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Rapha's Guide To Staying Warm – Men's

Roll up to a ride without enough on, and you’ll soon be turning back home in search of central heating. But get your layers right, and you’ll make the most of your winter miles. Use our guide to learn the principles of staying warm on cold days.

05 November 2019
Rapha Guide To Staying Warm

Key Principles

Building from the base layer, Rapha’s collection of winter clothing and accessories follow the above principles to keep you riding in warmth, comfort, and style through the colder months. Here are a few key pieces for this season.

Kit That Fits

Close-fitting layers trap insulating pockets of air near your body. Loose layers act like a bellows, pumping cold air around your body, purging precious heat.

Bring The Heat

Your body is a radiator. Opt for lighter, removable layers on the days you’ll be pedalling hard.

Be Versatile

A packable extra layer, and wearing breathable base and mid-layers, will make all the difference if the weather changes.

What To Wear

Building from the base layer, Rapha’s collection of winter clothing and accessories follow the above principles to keep you riding in warmth, comfort, and style through the colder months. Here are a few key pieces for this season.

Beneath it all

Base layers are the foundation of a winter riding outfit, and they play a far more complicated role in temperature regulation than simply keeping your upper body warm. Base layers sit close to the skin, working to wick away sweat – without one, this sweat can turn to clamminess and chills very quickly.

Rapha’s winter base layers make use of heavier (yet still breathable) fabrics such as merino, and feature higher collars to stop the wind from venturing down your jersey.

Merino Baselayers

Merino Base Layer

Rapha’s Merino under vests wick moisture superbly and are extremely odour resistant.

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Long Sleeve Merino Base Layer

A cosy, odour-resistant wool layer that wicks and dries quickly.

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Pro Team Baselayers

PRO TEAM BASE LAYER - LONG SLEEVE

A long sleeve, lightweight base layer that wicks sweat, aids temperature regulation, and improves comfort.

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PRO TEAM THERMAL BASE LAYER

Perfect for fast-paced training and racing in wintry conditions.

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Don’t Forget The Thermals

There are few more cosy and comfortable cycling garments than thermal bibs and jerseys. Their warmth isn’t just derived from the weight of their fabrics, but from the use of brushed-back linings – the official name of the soft, fluffy interior of thermal clothes. These soft, short loops of fabric hold onto warm air around your body, creating a layer of insulation. Warm legs will work better, but not just that – thermal bibs and tights add warming material around your lower back and torso to keep your core warmer.

Jerseys

PRO TEAM LONG SLEEVE THERMAL JERSEY

A cold-weather training jersey for riders and racers looking to stay aero without freezing. Warm, fast, and reflective.

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LONG SLEEVE CORE JERSEY

Designed and constructed for every road rider, wherever they ride.

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Bib Shorts & Tights

CORE WINTER TIGHTS WITH PAD

Smart thinking meets smart looks in the Core Winter Tight, your daily defence against cold weather.

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PRO TEAM THERMAL BIB SHORTS II

Offers streamlined winter warmth with an updated, dual density pad.

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Block The Wind

A cold breeze can cut through layers but one sure-fire way of staying warm is to wear an outer layer with a windproof finish, keeping cold air away from your core.

For days when a windproof jacket is too much, choose a top with windproof front panels, and breathable rear panels. This will block the wind head-on, while allowing excess heat to escape out of the back, a clever way of staying warm without getting sweaty.

Jerseys

CLASSIC LONG SLEEVE JERSEY II

A warm and comfortable jersey made of a super soft merino-based fabric.

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BREVET LONG SLEEVE WINDBLOCK JERSEY

Offers protection and comfort across a huge range of conditions.

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Jackets

CLASSIC WIND JACKET

A windproof, water-resistant and highly breathable cycling jacket for changeable conditions.

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CORE WINTER JACKET

The Core Winter Jacket provides everyday defence against cold weather.

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Against the elements

The use of insulation in cycling clothing is a fairly recent innovation, but it’s caught on quickly. Down and Polartec® Alpha® insulation hold on to heat like nothing else, and they’re highly compressible when it comes time to put them in a jersey pocket, making them a great ‘just in case’ addition to your outfit

Gilets

BREVET INSULATED GILET

A lightweight, insulated gilet for breathable protection from the elements.

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PRO TEAM INSULATED GILET

A race gilet that fits close and packs small with Alpha® insulation.

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Jackets

BREVET INSULATED JACKET

A lightweight, insulated jacket for breathable protection from the elements.

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PRO TEAM INSULATED JACKET

A close-fitting, packable highly-insulated jacket for harsh conditions, made using Polartec Alpha® insulation.

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Warmers

CLASSIC THERMAL ARM WARMERS

A comfortable pair of arm warmers made with soft merino wool.

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CLASSIC THERMAL LEG WARMERS

A pair of leg warmers made with merino for cool weather.

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Like a Glove

Your hands and feet are the first things to feel the cold, and the right choice of gloves, socks, and overshoes can keep you riding through the most bitter weather.

Hands and feet are the perfect place to include high visibility detailing – as your feet are almost constantly moving while riding, and hands move while signalling, hi-vis elements are more likely to catch the eye. Rapha’s Pro Team Overshoes, Winter Gloves, and Brevet Reflective Gloves all include hi-vis elements, keeping you seen as well as warm.

Socks

WINTER SOCKS

A thick pair of socks for warmth and comfort on cold days.

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Deep Winter Socks

Highly insulating socks designed for the very coldest rides.

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Overshoes

Overshoes

Neoprene overshoes that insulate and protect the feet against the rain and cold.

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PRO TEAM OVERSHOES

Designed with the world’s fastest riders with a waterproof, high-stretch, highly breathable fabric to keep your feet dry in the wet.

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Gloves

CLASSIC GLOVES

A wardrobe staple for cool starts and when the weather turns colder.

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BREVET REFLECTIVE GLOVES

A pair of comfortable and reflective gloves made for riding from dawn until dusk.

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Protect Your Neck (And Head)

Flick through photography of cold weather races, and you’ll notice that the majority peloton wouldn’t dream of crossing a start line without suitably cosy neck and headwear. This is for a very good reason – not only does a quality Merino Collar or warm hat keep you feeling warm, they can also be stashed into a pocket whenever needed.

Hats & Caps

PEAKED MERINO HAT

Protect your head against the elements in the lightweight Peaked Merino Hat, ideal for training from Autumn to Spring.

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MERINO HAT

The natural fibre wicks sweat from the head to keep you warm and dry and the hat is fully reversible.

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Warmers

MERINO HEADBAND

A knitted merino headband that’s less bulky than a winter hat but more insulating than a cotton cap.

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WINTER COLLAR

The Rapha Winter Collar is a versatile product, ideal for both hard training and city cycling.

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