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Road Tested: Winter Cycling Tops

  • By Geoff Nenninger
  • Published Jan 17, 2013
  • Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM UTC


Rapha Pro Team Jacket, $290 Rapha.cc
Best for: shorter, high-intensity workouts on cold days
Key feature: extra-long tail makes the fit perfect on the bike, even in the aero position

Leave it to Rapha to come up with a jacket that is warm, comfortable and still stylish. The Pro Team Jacket has an “aero” fit, perfect for triathletes training in aerobars through the cold months. Aero fit is marketing-speak meaning the front of the jacket is cut higher than most with the tail extending generously down the back. Arms are also cut long, another welcome feature for aerobar jockeys. The jacket does have a very trim fit, and is most functional when worn as the outer layer of a training outfit. The Polartec softshell protects against a wide range of conditions, but still breathes remarkably well, allowing for excellent temperature regulation, keeping the tester both warm and dry. Our only complaint is that the trim fit might prevent some athletes from adding layers that might otherwise help to insulate from the cold, making the Pro Team Jacket better suited for shorter, high-intensity training sessions. The attention to detail is extraordinary, with flat stitching in all of the right places, expertly placed storage pockets and small touches that are uniquely Rapha—like an asymmetric zipper.

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