Classic Softshell Jacket

$390.00(incl. import duty)

Classic Softshell Jacket is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 12.
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“A thing of beauty,” according to The Times. “The best road jacket money can buy,” said Cycling Plus. This high-performance cycling jacket is designed for tough winter road riding. Windproof, water resistant and highly breathable.


The ultimate cycling jacket

Test ride any of Rapha’s Classic products to destruction and if you are not 100% satisfied within 30-days you can return them for a full refund.

A high-performance jacket for tough winter road riding. Originally launched in 2004 – and part of the Rapha range ever since – today it is acknowledged as the world’s finest road riding jacket. Conceived as an all-day outer shell that was windproof, highly breathable (and didn’t involve fluorescent Lycra), the jacket has won numerous plaudits and the latest incarnation includes improved cuff bindings. Versatile enough to be worn in all but the warmest conditions, if you’re looking for the one Rapha product to start restocking your riding wardrobe, this is it.


“[Proof that] bike gear needn’t commit crimes against fashion.”
– The Independent (London)
It is the cut that sets it apart… no wonder it looks more at home on the pages of GQ than Cycling Monthly.
– The Daily Telegraph (London)
“[Proof that] bike gear needn’t commit crimes against fashion.”
– The Independent (London)
“A softshell is a must for every rider’s wardrobe."
– Cyclist


  • Highly breathable
  • Water resistant 
  • 100% windproof
  • Side-panel construction
  • Rear cargo pockets
  • Rubberized shoulder pad 
  • Discreet zipped underarm vents
  • Reflective piping
  • Drop down rear storm flap with saddle grip
  • Offset zip
  • Bite grip
  • Drawcord with friction locks
  • Cable routing loops


  • Body: Softshell (polyester 81%, spandex 10%, Hytrel® membrane 9%)
  • Shoulder pad: Cordura® (Silver colourway); Rubber (Black colourway)


  • Machine wash cool 30°
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not use fabric softeners
  • Tumble dry cool: 1 dot
  • Cool iron: 1 dot
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean

Body sizing

NECK: measure the circumference around the base of the neck.
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

    Neck < 31 31-36 36-41 41-46 46-51 51+
    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+
    Neck < 12 12-14 14-16 16-18 18-20 20+
    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 Pretty good jacket I expected thicker fabric, but on reflection, it's nicely tailored for what it's meant to do. I still haven't figured out the bum flap with RAPHA written on it, but I guess its intended function will become apparent at some point. This is a very expensive bit of kit. I would recommend it, but with the caveat that probably, if you search, you can find something as good for less money. It just won't have Rapha's name on it. And it might not be as chic.
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Jacket What a great jacket, fit nice and so confortable. Warm and and fast, you can't go wrong with it.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best jacket ever One of the best decision I've ever made it every thing Rapha says it is and much more it also fits me perfectly
Date published: 2015-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a classic! This jacket replaced an original softshell from 2004/5 which had given many years of exemplary service. The material on the new jacket appears slightly more 'heavier' than on the original, which put me off a little as the original was so easy to wear. Once on the bike, however, the new jacket performed exactly as the old, keeping me warm and dry in some very wet and windy conditions. The addition of pit zips is a welcome feature, adding ventilation when required. Although not billed as waterproof, I emerged from several heavy showers bone dry. The only minor niggles I have are the drawcords to tighten the jacket around the waist, which could be more effective, and the zipped waterproof pocket which could be slightly larger.
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Softshell Like the Telegraph states " the best cycling jacket money can buy" I love Rapha products. I've got some 3/4 length fixed shorts from 2004 and they are still as good as the day I got them. This jacket is warm, waterproof and I love the rear flap to protect your rear. Buy one for the winter you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great apart from Really pleased with the performance of this jacket, having used it for a good few rides. The Zips under the arms really help with temperature control and I find it a pleasure to ride in. My only criticism is the length of the arms , the jacket fits everywhere else but the arms are to long and bunch at the cuffs. I have just taken the action of getting the arms tailored for a better fit. Didn't want my premium cycling jacket looking baggy.
Date published: 2015-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lot of wedge but superb performance I bought this a few weeks ago as we approach the colder months of the year. it is good in the milder weather as it is in the cooler. lots of nice features like ventilation under the arm, sealed zips to keep the rain out, extra room in the pockets for pumps, food, keys etc. it's a lot of money to spend but I reckon as it is a classic piece of raphia apparel it will last a long time.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rapha Classic Softshell Jacket This is my third classic softshell. Each one seems better than the last. The original is years old and is still great to wear. Well thought out features comfortable to wear on and off the bike and I would have no hesitation in buying a replacement when that time comes in a few years.
Date published: 2015-09-02
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What is the "fit" of this jacket? I am 6"1 and usually take a medium in "outer" wear and a small/medium in skin wear, with a 16.5 collar size in shirts. I do not want to order the large (Going by your sizing guide) and end up with it being baggy. Thank yo

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