Road Cycling Clothing

Rapha expands women’s range with bib shorts and Souplesse Jersey

Clothing maker Rapha has long made well-regarded women’s clothing. The range has just been expanded with the addition of a new jersey and bib shorts specifically designed and tailored for women.

Rapha’s new women’s bib shorts and Souplesse jersey
The Rapha Classic Women’s Bib Shorts

If you’ve read Kirsty Medlock’s article of a few weeks ago, you’ll know that we’re fans here of bib shorts, so it’s great to see another women-specific option. The Rapha Women’s Classic Bib Shorts are available in any-colour-you-like-as-long-as-it’s-black, though there is a Team Sky edition, which is interesting as Sky doesn’t have a women’s team. Maybe Rapha knows something we don’t? At £150 they’re quite a long way from cheap, but the price is comparable to other high-end bib shorts from the likes of Castelli, Assos and Gore Bike Wear.

The Rapha Souplesse jersey

Rapha’s other new piece for women is the Souplesse Jersey. Rapha says it’s “designed for female-specific fit from the ground up” though if we were designing a jersey we’d probably start at the waist. “Extremely breathable, it is ideal for high-volume training and sportive riding,” says Rapha. The Souplesse Jersey costs £125. Rapha has also introduced new colours for several women’s garments, including the Wind Jacket in purple and red and the Lightweight Jersey in purple, cream, and grey with high-vis pink. There are also new colours for the T-shirt, a Short Sleeve Merino Base Layer cut specifically for women, and a new Silk Scarf. More information from Rapha.


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