Cotton Shorts


Cotton Shorts is rated 4.428571428571429 out of 5 by 63.
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Stretch cotton shorts with a reinforced crotch to withstand the rigours of regular riding.

Cotton Shorts£75.00

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Medium-weight shorts designed for city riding

The Cotton Shorts are made with a medium-weight cotton twill fabric, and have a reinforced crotch gusset designed to alleviate pressure on seams when riding. The shorts have a zip-close front fly, with hook-and-eye closure and inside bearer button. A hidden ‘device’ pocket features on the left seam, and two rear pockets – one button-close pocket and one zip-close pocket with a covering flap – offer further safe storage of valuables while on the bike.

N.B. The cut of the Rapha Cotton City shorts offers a more relaxed fit than our Randonnée shorts.


  • Hidden ‘device’ pocket on left seam
  • Two rear pockets, with a zip-close rear left pocket and covering flap
  • Inside bearer button
  • Reinforced crotch


  • 97% cotton
  • 3% elastane


  • Machine wash cool: 30°
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Cool iron
  • Dry in shade
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean

Rapha leg and waist sizing info

Waist: natural waist measurement is taken from above the hips, close to the navel.
Inside Leg: from the crotch to the base of the ankle.

    CM IN

  •   XS S M L XL XXL
    Waist 74.5 75-80 81-86 87-92 93-99 100+
    Inside Leg 76 81 81 86 86 91
  •   XS S M L XL XXL
    Waist 28 30 32 34 36 38
    Inside Leg 30 32 32 34 34 36
Rated 2 out of 5 by from For fashion, not for riding. Was hoping these would be a new set of commuter shorts for me, but honestly, I just don't have the faith that these would be up to long term usage. The fabric paper thin (paper thin), the inseam too short (for riding), and despite seeming otherwise, these shorts are not meant for sprinter thighs. Basically, buy them if you like the look of them, but don't consider them good for much other than fashion.
Date published: 2016-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shorts I've had these shorts for a month or so and love them. They are just the right length and colour for every occasion and I wear them pretty much all the time. If I had any minor gripes I would say that the main pockets openings are maybe a little large so that items can drop out when you sit down (headphones), but I should have used the zip pockets for valuables I guess... Also, I am a 32 inch waist and they seem very loose on me (contrast the Touring shorts I have...same size...but difficult to button up the waist is so tight!!). Over all - a great buy!
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favorite Shorts These are so comfy! They fit like regular shorts and can be rolled up to reveal the pink piping. There's a zipper pocket which can fit my iPhone 6+ although the regular pockets held the phone whilst cycling just fine. Nice details on the rear pockets. Highly recommend these. I also have the Randonee shorts, and those I would say are more bike-specific, whereas these are more like regular shorts, but smarter :)
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look and feel great These shorts are extremely stylish due to the discreet detailing and cut. The dark grey version look especially sharp and lean more toward smart than casual. The very discreet zipped pocket is a useful feature and the individually styled details to the back pockets work really well in my opinion. As other reviewers have stated they do run larger than the Randonee shorts but I stuck with my usual size and can always add a belt if preferred. Haven't used them when cycling but these will be a favorite for a while to come.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not short on style and comfort! I'm fairly certain that I have a 32" waist and yet, as the Rapha Loopback trousers which I already have are a size 30 I chose a size 30 in these shorts....and they are a great fit. This is partly as a result of the stretch of the fabric which translates into comfort both on and off the bike. Not cheap but worth every penny.
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great feel and design Apart from the size which is bigger than usual (go down a size from what you normally use) they have a great feel and the design is classic yet has some modern features. I chose the color Grey, but it differed a lot from the picture - they are much darker in reality, sadly.
Date published: 2016-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice details but the fit is off I was hoping for a fit similar to the Radonnee and Touring shorts but the Cotton shorts are larger in the waist, and looser and shorter in the legs. The pockets and details are very nice but for me fit is key.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very comfortable, looks great Bought these a month a go and am currently using them as "dress shorts". They look very dapper and sit nicely. Haven't tried them on the bike yet but think I'll keep them for everyday wear as well.
Date published: 2016-10-19
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What is the leg opening measurement?

Asked by: Shante
Hi, the leg opening measurements according to waist measurement in inches are: 28 - 23cm 30 - 23.75cm 32 - 24.5cm 34 - 25.25cm 36 - 26cm
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-09-09

What is inside leg measurement of 34 inch waist cotton shorts and 34 inch waist Randonee shorts?

Asked by: MikeWD
Hi, the Cotton shorts have an inseam measurement of 25cm across all sizes. The Randonee Shorts have an inseam length of 31.5cm across all sizes. The Randonee Shorts are often worn rolled up to display the hi-vis piping.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-08-17

I wear a size small in your Pro Team bib shorts, and typically wear a size 30" short in other brands. Should I stick with a size 30, or go down to 28 as many have suggested?

Asked by: MMBB
Hi, we would recommend you purchase your normal waist size. The shorts were designed to be true to size. As always we have a 90 day returns policy if needed.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-08-17

are these in any rain-resistant/repelling?

Asked by: JJB7697
Hi, I'm afraid not. They are comfy on a bike but are not waterproof.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-07-29

Are there any front side pockets? Total how many pockets are there?

Asked by: zoarium
Hi, there are two front and two rear pockets. So a total of four pockets.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-07-29

I have purchased one down-size as recommended by Rapha. However, it seems like bit tight on my thigh. Do they get stretched a lot?

Asked by: saucin
Hi, the downsizing advice is in comparison to previous seasons. I.e downsizing one size from your previous waist size in our shorts. They are made of stretch cotton but if you are not completely happy, we do offer a 90 day returns policy.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-07-29

What is the inseam measurement of these shorts? The measurements provided are not informative in this case.

Asked by: humphry
Hi, the inseam for the Cotton Shorts is 25cm.
Answered by: Rapha_AW
Date published: 2016-07-18

What is inseam measurement of these shorts

Asked by: David881
Hi, the inseam measurement on the Cotton Short is 25cm.
Answered by: Rapha_AW
Date published: 2016-07-22
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