Road Cycling

Reviewed: Rapha’s Hooded Rain Jacket and Classic Winter Jacket

Confront winter head on with Rapha's new cycling jackets

They are perhaps one of the biggest advocates of women’s cycling and they’ve certainly made their mark in the cycling industry. Not only has Rapha teamed up with the likes of Canyon//SRAM racing, but they continue to grow an avid following of female cyclists through their social campaigns, like the Raph 100.

Rapha is arguably one of the leady luxury brand names out there. Their cycling garments are instantly recognisable, sleek, performance-driven and they carry an air of prestige not found amongst rival brands.

Let’s face it, when it comes to riding in the winter weather, it can be a little rubbish. Cold and wet with whatever spray the road decides to throw at you – it’s not always fun. All you can do is be as best prepared as possible and with brands like Rapha on hand to help, it becomes a ride in the park…

Rapha Women’s Hooded Rain Jacket

New for this winter is Rapha’s hooded rain jacket which is pretty self-explanatory really. Designed to keep you dry, this midweight jacket has been carefully considered to keep you covered through any rainy spell.

Available in either black or dark blue, the hooded rain jacket from Rapha has an elegant and tapered fit, sealed seams to keep the water out, zipped pockets for your essentials and a packable hood.

When you’re riding in particularly wet or dirty conditions, or in low-light, there’s a popper-fastened drop-down high-vis ‘bum flap’ which not only keeps you from getting a wet behind but also reflects light to help keep you seen on the roads.

Available in sizes xx.small to x.large, the Rapha Hooded Rain jacket is available here for £230.

Rapha Women’s Classic Winter Jacket

It took the best part of a decade to develop this jacket because Rapha knew they wanted to get it spot on for female cyclists – and we think they have.

Unlike the Hooded Rain Jacket, the Classic Winter Jacket is more minimal. There’s no drop-down flap or hood, but it does have the same waterproof capabilities along with wind-resisting fabrics. However, this jacket is a lot stretchier which I quite like because despite the taped seams and element fighting properties, this jacket moves with you, allows you to layer up underneath and doesn’t make any annoying rustle sounds as you ride.

There are spacious cargo pockets in the rear of the jacket, along with a zipped compartment for your essentials bits. Along the inside of the hem is an adjustable toggle which you can use to pull in and really dial in a more precise fit.

Reflective detail throughout helps keeps you visible in low-light conditions and the asymmetric front zip adds a lovely aesthetic finish to the jacket.

Available in three different colours and sizes xx.small to x.large, Rapha’s Classic Winter Jacket can be found here for £260.

If you’re looking to get yourself into something elegant and take on the elements then certainly consider Rapha’s range of jackets. While there are more affordable winter cycling jackets on the market, there’s nothing quite like the clean sophisticated style that comes with a luxury cycling brand such as Rapha.


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