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A guide to the best cycling jackets

Rapha's Guide to Cycling Jackets

No compromises, no shortcuts, no such thing as bad weather. We make the world’s best weather-protective cycling jackets for use on all types of terrain, in any conditions.

27 October 2022

Choose your riding style

Key considerations

WEATHER PROTECTION

When it comes to creating cycling jackets for a wide range of riding styles and weather conditions, we make sure each jacket is tailored perfectly to its surroundings. That’s why many of our products use technology from world-leading weather protection experts GORE-TEX, each made with the most relevant of their fabrics.

VISIBILITY

Whether you’re up before dawn or out after dark, cruising through the city or tearing up the trails, as a rider it's important to stay seen throughout the seasons. Our jackets include reflective detailing to increase your visibility, and come in a variety of colour options to ensure you won’t go unnoticed wherever you ride.

PACKABILITY

Cold or windy weather may require an outer layer to keep you protected, but when the clouds clear or you turn it up a gear, it's just as important to be able to pack away your jacket as it is to put it on. Changing conditions and longer trips will require premium packability for easy storage in your pockets and bar bags.

JACKET OR JERSEY?

The art of layering can be a tricky one to master. Picking between base layers and deciding whether you require a jacket or a jersey are all things to consider. Whilst jackets offer better weather protection, it’s also important to take temperature into account, and some of our jerseys offer jacket-like protection without the bulk.

Training and Racing

PRO TEAM INSULATED GORE-TEX RAIN JACKET


Designed for high tempo rides in cold, wet conditions

 

Made with GORE-TEX PACLITE® PLUS, this jacket features a completely waterproof, abrasion-resistant shell for durable weather-protection. Includes breathable insulation for added warmth when riding at high tempo in harsh conditions.

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PRO TEAM GORE-TEX RAIN JACKET


Designed for high tempo rides in wet conditions

 

Made with GORE-TEX PACLITE® PLUS, this jacket features a completely waterproof, abrasion-resistant shell for durable weather-protection. Includes breathable insulation for added warmth when riding at high tempo in harsh conditions.

Shop men's

PRO TEAM WINTER JACKET


Designed for high tempo riding in cool conditions

 

A water resistant performance jacket designed for high tempo training and racing in cool to cold weather. Features a close fit for consistent comfort on the bike as well as three rear pockets if you choose to wear with just a base layer.

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PRO TEAM LONG SLEEVE GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ JERSEY


Designed for high tempo riding in changeable conditions

 

Highly breathable for high tempo riding in changeable conditions, this jersey is made with GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® and high-stretch fabric for optimum weather protection and on-bike aerodynamics. Fits like a jersey, protects like a jacket.

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All Round Road Riding

BREVET GORE-TEX RAIN JACKET


Designed for wet conditions during longer rides

 

A reflective, waterproof jacket designed as a highly packable, weather-protective layer for long-distance rides. Made with a fully waterproof GORE-TEX Paclite® Plus shell and reflective details for 360º visibility in low light, it's the perfect garment when you’re going long.

Shop men's

CLASSIC GORE-TEX WINTER JACKET


Designed for cool to cold conditions

 

A highly water and wind resistant jacket designed for weather protection throughout the winter months made with GORE-TEX INFINIUM™. Breathable, durable and allowing space for a jersey underneath - wear in cool to cold conditions.

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CORE RAIN JACKET II


Designed for all-round riding in wet, windy conditions

 

An ideal, all-round rain jacket designed for everyday protection from the elements, it’s made from lightweight, waterproof fabric with a hydrophobic membrane and fully taped seams. Breathable and made with an elasticated hem, it’s perfect for wet, windy conditions.

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BREVET LONG SLEEVE GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ JERSEY


Designed for longer rides in changeable conditions

 

A breathable, windproof, and water-resistant softshell made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® technology and Octa-active insulation. Designed for longer, lower tempo rides in changing conditions.

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COMMUTER JACKET


Designed for wet, windy rides to work

 

Waterproof, durable and, most importantly, highly visible in low light, this jacket is tailor made for the twists and turns of your ride to work. With fully sealed seams, secure zipped pockets and a reflective pixel pattern on the rear for riding in low light.

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MTB

TRAIL GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ JACKET


Designed for mountain bike rides in cold, wet conditions


A highly breathable mountain biking jacket made with GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ for a windproof and extremely waterproof shell. An adjustable halo hood fits over your helmet and ergonomic patterning creates a perfect outer layer for cold, wet conditions on the trail.

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TRAIL LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET


Designed for mountain bike rides in windy conditions


Made with windproof nylon ripstop fabric that’s lightweight and durable for maximum resistance on the trail. Packing inside its chest pocket for easy storage, this jacket provides versatile, wind-blocking protection all year round.

Shop women's       Shop men's

Adventure and Off-Road

EXPLORE LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET


Designed for longer, off-road rides in changeable conditions


Windproof and highly packable, this jacket provides protection from the elements when you need it, and packs away easily into its own bag when you don’t. This is one of our lightest layers and is designed for off-road adventures and multi-day trips.

Shop men's

GORE-TEX Guide

BLACK DIAMOND
 


 

Every garment with the black diamond logo features the GORE-TEX Guaranteed to Keep You Dry™ promise. Durably waterproof, completely windproof and breathable, it protects from the elements whilst regulating body temperature.

Fabrics under this standard:

GORE-TEX PACLITE® PLUS

GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY™

ACTIVE™

 

WHITE DIAMOND
 


 

Garments with the white diamond logo belong to the GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ family. These products are not waterproof, but are completely windproof, water resistant, breathable and insulated for rides in changeable conditions.

Fabrics under this standard

GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER®

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