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Classic Gilet II

CAD$185.00 (incl. import duty)

Classic Gilet II is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 57.
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Designed for milder weather, this updated version of our popular gilet is perfect for cool starts and cooler descents. It’s lighter and packs down smaller than its predecessor, is totally windproof, and is an essential on any all-day ride through changeable weather.

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Lightweight cycling gilet

The Classic Gilet II is designed for changeable conditions during milder weather. Completely overhauled it features a new, lighter weight stretch nylon fabric and a more streamlined construction, allowing for greater freedom of movement.

Bonded seams and hems provide further weight saving, and also help to create a clean aesthetic. A low-profile bonded chest pocket with a bonded zip keeps small valuables secure without adding weight or bulk, and stretch mesh panels on the sides and centre back aid ventilation when working hard. It is windproof, water resistant and perfect for cool mornings and brisk descents. The gilet has a full-length, offset zip with a soft fleece chin guard to prevent chafing and a lockdown puller to eliminate rattles. Reflective details on the back and sides offer an element of visibility, and when not in use, the gilet packs down small enough to easily fit into a jersey pocket. The gilet has a long-cut back, and a dropped tail protects from road spray.

"The Rapha Classic Gilet II represents a well-thought-out and considered design, with lots of nice little touches. There’s a nice range of colours available too. The price is justified by the quality, versatility and repair service."
- 10/10, Cycling Weekly, 24th April 2017


  • Packs small enough to easily fit in a jersey pocket
  • Windproof and water resistant to prevent chills
  • Reflective elements and logos for safety
  • Off-set front zip to prevent drafts running through layers
  • Discreet bonded chest pocket for easy access without bulk
  • Zipped valuables pocket


  • 100% nylon


  • Machine wash 30°C
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Cool iron
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean

Body sizing

Chest: measure underneath the armpits with the tape measure straight around.
Back Length: measure from the bottom of where your collar sits/base of the neck to the bottom of your spine.
Arm length: measure from where the seam would start at shoulder to bottom of the wrist.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have. I have had my Classic Gilet II for 6 months and it is one of the pieces that I use the most. Great pocket fitting that swallovs a lot . Just zip it up on the evening ride and you are warm. It is really versatile and weight very little so it is easy to bring.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my new go to cool weather vest fits great, looks great, warm and cool at the same time. "heart"
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features, zip front pocket and two rear Nice fit on the shoulders and true to size. Having side access to jersey pockets would be a nice to have and the two rear pockets are excellent
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT Just so cool. Quality and style A Grade ! Want to get the other colours now
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant. This was a replacement for a gilet that I bought many many years ago. The new gilet is a completely different animal to the old one. The windproof front panel is waterproof to a point as most of the water just runs off it. The back is designed to stretch in all the right places and theres no fear of a sweaty back because the back is highly ventilated. The two pockets on the back are the right size, just big enough to hold gels in place without jumping out and you being able to reach them. The new front pocket is a nice touch but really too small for much else but keys or cards/cash. Not sure how water proof it is as I haven't tried it. Nice touch though. It packs up real small and is a great "get you out of trouble" piece of kit. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Gilet Very happy with this. I am 6'3, 81kg and bought a medium. I'm usually a ProTeam Large, and this classic II medium gilet fits perfectly, in the sense that i like a very slim fit, and it does the job without excess bunching at the front when riding. This is a much slimmer fit medium than the Brevet gilet which i ordered as a comparison. The Brevet gilet feels about a size larger. I also preferred the slightly heavier weight of the classic II versus the Brevet. The classic is therefore an ideal partner of a jersey and arm warmers set up for a cool weather ride.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oozes quality I bought the gilet for a recent cycling trip from London to France. Opening the package you are forgiven for thinking theirs not much to it. Upon close inspection you realise it's because it is super light. The stitching, the detail and fit are just perfect. Personally I prefer the understated Rapha but everyone's different.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best gilet I have ever tried Very satisfied with my purchase, the gilet is very good at keeping the wind out, and also works very well in light rain. The fit is perfect, and the quality is very good.
Date published: 2017-07-13
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can this fold into jersey pocket? or is it too bulky.

Asked by: MichaelMM
This garment can be folded into a Jersey Pocket.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-08-01

Hi,i currently own a small brevet gilet that fits with enough room to wear a long sleeved jersey and nylon shell underneath would I fit a small in the classic ii gilet?

Asked by: Lithiumrx
The Small Classic Gillet II should be a good fit too. This also has a relaxed fit.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-06-14

Would this be warmer than the brevet insulated gilet?

Asked by: Conza
The Classic Gilet is designed for miler weather and the Insulated Gilet would be more appropriate for cooler temperatures due to its in built insulation. However, as we all regulate temperature differently it is hard to advice on the temperature range for individuals and differing exertion levels will also affect its properties.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-04-27

I am a L in the original Classic Gilet. Will I be an L in the version 2?

Asked by: DannyP
Hi, the Classic Gilet II is of a more streamline construction, if your Large Classic Gilet in Large fits with ample room to go over a jersey with stuffed pockets then a Large will be suitable. Should you need to exchange, we have a 90 days return period.
Answered by: sezr
Date published: 2017-04-27

Hi, are there back pockets on this Gilet? Looks like there are in the picture but wanted to confirm

Asked by: Craig_D
Hi, this Gilet has mesh strip at the back for exertion and 2 pockets, one at either side of the mesh strip.
Answered by: sezr
Date published: 2017-05-13

Hi I wear a larger brevet jersey what size in this please?

Asked by: Shorn
Hi, please refer to the size guide as far as possible. With the information you have provided, we would suggest you try a Large. Should you need to exchange, we have a 90 days return period.
Answered by: sezr
Date published: 2017-04-21

I wear an S for my classic jerseys and M for ProTeams. This gilet would be ok for S? 

Asked by: EddyEddEd
The Classic Gilet II is made of a stretchy nylon fabric but also has a more streamlined construction so I suggest trying a Medium unless you like it to fit quite streamline.
Answered by: sezr
Date published: 2017-04-19
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