Core Jersey


Core Jersey is rated 4.3429752066115705 out of 5 by 242.
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The Rapha Core jersey uses collection-specific materials and technology to set the new standard in performance, comfort and value. Designed and constructed with simple quality for every road rider.

Core Jersey£75.00

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Essential everyday jersey

‘For weekday training and commuting, Rapha have totally nailed it. Bravo all round’The Times

Cycling jersey cut using a soft, light stretch fabric. It is shaped to fit the body perfectly in road-bike positions, with raglan sleeves and side panels for stability. Colour-matched throughout, the jersey uses high-spec finishing details, such as ribbed collar and cuffs, a concealed zip pocket and a deep, laser-cut rear gripper lined with soft silicone. Made of a fabric that has been treated with an antibacterial process, the jersey stays fresher for longer during your rides. With subtle Rapha branding and a low-profile left armband, the Core Jersey includes only the essentials.

“The Core collection is about optimising innovative fabrics and processes across the entire collection to reduce production hours and wastage. For example, the leg-gripper trim reappears in the jersey back, the material for the zip guard is used again on the sleeve tips, and bindings use rolled edges. This means we can produce Core garments without compromise, leading to a new standard for everyday cycling apparel.”
Alex Valdman, Head of Design


  • Side panels and raglan sleeves for a perfect fit
  • Soft and highly breathable matt fabric to keep you comfortable in all conditions
  • Colour-matched trims throughout
  • Ribbed tipping on collar and cuffs
  • Deep-cut, silicone rear gripper to hold jersey in place
  • Three rear cargo pockets with secure storage capacity for all rides
  • Additional zip-pocket to keep valuables secure
  • Subtle tonal branding


  • Main:
  • 100% Polyester
  • Trim:
  • 84% Polyester
  • 16% Elastane


  • Machine wash cool at 30 degrees
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Warm iron
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean
  • Use non bio detergent

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.

    CM IN

    Chest < 84 84-91 91-99 99-107 107-115 115+
    50-56 56-62 62-68 68-74 74-80 80+
    < 60 60-62 62-64 64-66 66-68 68+
    Chest < 33 33-36 36-39 39-42 42-45 45+
    20-22 22-24 24-27 27-29 29-31 31+
    < 24 24-24.5 24.5-25 25-26 26-26.5 26.5+
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Value The Core Jersey is a good jersey for road riding. The fit is a bit small and is slightly tight across the back in the riding position as opposed to higher end brands. The fabric is more transplant than higher end brands but not as transparent as their ultra lightweight jersey. It also could be slightly better at breathing and wicking. The construction and finish are immaculate enough to make up for the fabric and cut deficiencies. Seams are straight and even with no hanging threads or excess fabric. I recommend it for shorter training rides in warm weather but not long events in hot weather - just as the marketing indicates.
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not usual Rapha quality I own several Rapha garments (~10 or so) and I have always been very satisfied with the style, quality and the fit. This piece is an exception. The fit is very poor for a skinny/medium build male, it's really oddly shaped like a box. Also this jersey doesn't look like a quality piece of cycling wear. Like my girlfriend put it "It looks like a 10 euro jersey from a supermarket sales bin". It's reasonable priced in the Rapha range, but not worth 100 euros. I have to mention that the material itself seems ok, though I only tried it on and didn't do any cycling in it. I also bought the Core bibs, which I am 100 % satisfied, but the jersey I will return no question about it.
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poor design and fit This jersey is poorly designed. Fit is too short and sizing is on the large side. I bought a L which is too big in the body, but a M would be an even shorter fit (even my friends with a size small say it's too short). The rear pockets are hard to access because they are too high up, possibly because of the shortness of the jersey. And the silicone rear gripper continually folds into itself defeating its purpose. One good thing is the fabric is nice
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simple design - great comfort The Core Jersey is less thight then the ProTeam line and even as the Club/Classic. Specially at the arms. It's perfect for training days. A great plus are the pockets. They are a bit higher, and although I had lots of spare cloth, food and a camera in it, they didn't moved at all!
Date published: 2016-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely jersey but too tight I've ordered Medium Jerseys from Rapha before (pro aero - very stretchy light fabric) but M in this line (Core) is about 10% to 15% too tight since the fabric has less stretch to it. I fear a L will be too big / loose, so I'm giving the M to GF instead of returning it and calling it a day (so she's happy! LO). Note: I have a very stocky build so this issue is not unique to Rapha; generally speaking I'm only ok with designs that have a lot of stretch built into them. Beautiful jersey though and it would fit a normal human being perfectly. I was attracted to the simplicity of the look - can't stand flashy graphics.
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic jersey, but go a size up! I bought this with the intention wanting something simple but sleek. I originally bought it in my usual Rapha large but i found the sizing to be a bit too big, I returned it and got a medium which fits perfectly. So I'd say if you want your usual fit go down a size, however if you want a relaxed more loose fit stick with your normal size. It's an awesome jersey with a thick silicone gripper on the back that eliminates the annoying ride up you get from other brand jerseys and deep pockets for carrying everything you need. I got mine in black but given how happy I am with it I might even treat myself to another in a different colour!
Date published: 2016-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A go-to, do-everything jersey I bought this soon after it was released hoping it would would fill the gap between performance and comfort. After riding in it has certainly proved itself as a hard wearing top that you can easily train hard in and still remain comfortable. It's breathability is perhaps lacking and the sizing isn't quite spot on but at this price it blows any similarly priced jerseys away in terms of cut, style and detailing.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile. A colour for everyone. The Core jersey has really great sleeve lengths that work better with arm warmers and don't ride up like jerseys of yesteryear, the fabric is soft and comfy and the pocket openings are big and easy to use. The choice of block-colours means there's a a jersey for everyone!
Date published: 2016-02-25
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Hi what is the sizing in comparison to the super light weight? reviews suggest it's boxier and larger on sizing? I'm a medium in the super light weight. 

Asked by: Sinjin
Hi, this jersey has a slightly more relaxed fit than the Super Lightweight jersey. We would normally recommend the same size, unless the Super Lightweight Jersey fits you quite loosely in which case you could size down one size.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-09-19

I am 185 cm, average build 21 year old Male. (75kg) Would a medium or a large be better? (40 inch chest)

Asked by: James G
Hi, we would recommend you try a large in this jersey. As always, we do have a free 90 day returns policy if needed.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-09-05

Is the Core jersey designed for cooler fall/winter weather or can it be worn comfortably on hot summer days? 

Asked by: Maddmax
Hi, you could certainly wear the Core Jersey in warm summer conditions.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-09-06

I am 178 CM with a 34-35" waist, what size should I order?

Asked by: Fab_vr6
Hi, please do refer to the chest measurement on our size guide for a more accurate measurement of a suitable size. However, with the information you have provided we would recommend you try a Medium. We do have free 90 day returns period should you need to exchange.
Answered by: Rapha_AW
Date published: 2016-10-01

Does the white Core jersey have the Rapha logo on the chest and back like the others do? It doesn't look like it from the photo

Asked by: adamkhan
Hi, yes the Core Jersey in white does feature the Rapha logos on the chest and back.
Answered by: Rapha_AW
Date published: 2016-06-22

Hi.. I'm used to the lightweight jersey.. I use Large size.. Shall I stick to same size L on these Core collection? Thks

Asked by: arodri
Hi, we would suggest you also order the large. We do have a free 90 day return period should you need to exchange.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-03-31

How long are the sleeves? Are they cut long like the pro team jerseys? 

Asked by: TEFP
Hi, the cut and fit is similar to our Classic range
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-02-29

Does this jersey provide any SPF protection?

Asked by: Kylektg
Hi, the jersey does not have an SPF rating.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-02-26
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