Essential Polo

£60.00 was£80.00

Essential Polo is rated 4.730769230769231 out of 5 by 52.
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A cleanly styled polo shirt with concealed buttons and a raised-profile armband, constructed from a Japanese-milled, quick-drying cotton-polyester blend.

Essential Polo£60.00

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Quick-drying polo shirt

The Rapha Essential Polo is made from a cotton-polyester blend manufactured in Japan, for a quick-drying warm-weather shirt. Cool against the skin and soft to the touch, the polyester content in the fabric aids moisture-wicking and faster drying. A continuous side-body panel gives the shirt reduced underarm bulk.


  • Concealed buttons
  • Quick drying
  • Japanese-milled, cotton-polyester blend with soft handfeel
  • Raised-profile armband


  • 68% cotton
  • 32% polyester


  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not iron trim
  • Do not bleach or dry clean
  • Machine wash cool – 30°C
  • Cool iron - one dot
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not leave wet
  • Cold rinse well

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 5 out of 5 by from Great shirt for riding and working I've begun cycling to work and was looking for clothes to wear on the bike and into the office. The commute is short (2.3 miles) and easy, so I wanted to wear the same clothes on the bike and while treating patients. This shirt (in 3 colors) is great for that. Doesn't smell, dries quickly and looks great. Plus, the sleeves are on the longer side, so they cover my prominent tan lines well. They work well as a casual shirt, too. The pink accents on the buttons set it apart by adding a little flair. I'm still undecided on the Rapha stripe sleeve. While it's all the same color and blends nicely sight-wise, it can get a little cluttered and bulky during the day. I'm 6'0" (183 cm), 172 lbs (78 kg), 39.5 in chest (100 cm). I wear a Medium, and it fits wonderfully. I do like my clothes to be rather fitted.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from New polo shirt I just bought this polo shirt and unfortunately I was dissapointed by the type of material used. Having bought one of the last seasons polo shirts prior I was expecting a more upmarket material than is used this season. This material related more to a tennis / golf polo shirt material than the high quality wools that rapha used on their previous polo shirts. It's more of a sports top than the previous mix of sports/social wear item. Great fit though and as a sports polo shirt it is a good quality material; it's just not what I was expecting.
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Most Attractive Article of Clothing I Own I'm not certain that I even deserve this shirt. The material glistens; the fit seems tailored, hanging just perfectly from my shoulders. The classic Rapha elements -- the subtle armband, the pink button -- appear only after an initial viewing or two. My friends know to look for that something extra when they see me in Rapha clothes. If I'd owned this shirt when I was single...I wouldn't have been single for as long.
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A polo that is not a polo I'm normally not quite a polo person but the South East Asian humidity and my current work requires quite a bit of running about. Hence I'm in a situation where a t-shirt is too causal and a shirt is not practical when the perspiration soaks through , showing unsightly sweat marks at the underarms and chest. In comes Rapha Essential Polo. The blend of cotton-polyester is spot on, giving this polo a very comfortable feel differentiating it from the other ones I have. The material is not thin like most quick drying sportswear but it possesses a similar quality like polyester. Definitely will be getting a few more for my wardrobe but the thing that is holding me back is the price tag. Despite all the pluses, it is a hefty price tag to pay for a polo tee.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice quality, less slimming The new Essential Polo is well crafted and the weight of the fabric gives the impression that the garment will serve me well for many years to come. This shirt is not as slim fitting as the previous wool polo's Rapha has produced in the past. Slender builds might find that is shirt isn't as form fitting as past Rapha's previous polo collections.
Date published: 2016-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice shirt for commuting or pretty much anything! I'm a long-time fan of the Rapha polo. This iteration is a bit more technical fabric than I'd like (Merino would always be my first choice for commuting), but it's still a really nice polo for commuting to the office or around town. Dries quickly. Fit is a little on the larger side. I don't mind the roominess, but if you want a bit more form fit, you might consider going down a size. The longer tail is welcome. As ever, the Rapha styling is great.
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely design, great fabric I love this polo shirt, the cut is perfect. i chose M, being between an M and a S but preferring a slightly looser fit for this garment, which I intend to wear off the bike more than on th bike. The fabric is a dream to wear, including in high temperature. And not having the old single back pocket as on previous editions of the polo shirt is a big improvement, as the pocket can look out of place when thshirt is worn off the bike.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Perfect I love these polos. The fit and material is absolutely perfect for a dressier work polo. I've been rocking the white sneakers, khakis and polo look for some time now and finding that Rapha shares similar aesthetic makes my life easier when looking for new duds. They seem to be holding up very well in the wash. Colors are strong and appear that they will hold up over time.
Date published: 2016-08-23
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how many buttons (total) are on the placket, including the exposed button at top?

Asked by: EricinDC
Hi, the Essentials Polo has three buttons.
Answered by: Rapha_AW
Date published: 2016-09-01

I generally like a medium with your past polos given the slim fit. I also wear medium Rapha jerseys. Does this change in material keep the legacy fit, or does it warrant a change in size?

Asked by: Danyofeeney
Hi, the new essential polo and t-shirt have a slightly more relaxed fit. The reason behind this is that cotton has less stretch than merino wool. We would still recommend you chose the same size. As always we do have a free 90 day returns policy if needed.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-08-17

Is it a slim fit?

Asked by: Parbat
Hi, we would recommend buying the same size as you do in our on the bike clothing. It is a moderately slim fit.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-07-29
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