Rapha's Guide to Staying Dry - Women

For years, riding in the rain was a question of fortitude – clocking up lots of winter miles with soggy feet and a case of the shivers was a mark of a determined rider.

15 February 2020
Rapha's Guide to Staying Dry - Women's

What To Wear

Depending on the type of ride you’re planning, you’ll need to tailor your approach to dressing for the rain. Following the principles outlined below, we’ve taken a look at outfits for three very different wet weather riding situations: getting in the miles at a moderate pace, racing in the rain, and all-weather adventures.

01. Waterproofing

If nothing else, a waterproof jacket is essential. From our durable, water repellent (DWR) outerwear to the proprietary Shadow range, Rapha has your back.

02. Breathability

Carefully chosen fabrics from the world’s best mills are used in a range of garments that keep water out while remaining breathable.

03. Temperature regulation

Riding hard in the rain can leave you clammy and cold. Rapha’s wet weather products include laser cut ventilation holes to allow heat and moisture to escape.

Dry Miles in the Rain

The Main Attraction

Layers are crucial, but when the heavens open none of them are worth a thing without a quality waterproof jacket to protect you. Our range has jackets to suit all riders, from the staple Women's Core Rain Jacket, which packs into a pocket, to the cutting-edge performance of our latest GORE-TEX jackets, built for the worst conditions.

Women's Pro Team Lightweight GORE-TEX Jacket

Superlight, breathable and waterproof for complete protection in the rain.

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Women's Core Rain Jacket

Extremely lightweight, it folds down small to comfortably fit in your back pocket, ready to be whipped out when it starts raining or the wind picks up.

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Women's Classic Winter Jacket

The Women’s Classic Winter Jacket is our most versatile bad-weather jacket, redesigned for the needs of the modern rider.

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Women's Explore Hooded GORE-TEX Pullover

Made for adventure not speed, this quarter-zip waterproof pullover makes use of GoreTex Active™ whose lightweight three-layer construction is both waterproof and breathable.

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A Warm Core

Keeping warm in the rain is of paramount importance, but it’s advisable to do so with a series of breathable layers. We prefer merino and merino-blends, such the Rapha Performance Merino 190 of the Women's Classic Long Sleeve Jersey (a slightly heavier fabric weight than its short-sleeved cousin), which insulate the body while allowing excess heat and moisture to escape.

Women's Classic Long Sleeve Jersey II

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

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Women's Long Sleeve Merino Base Layer

The Merino Base Layer will improve every long sleeve jersey and jacket in your wardrobe.

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Women's Core Winter Tights with Pad

The Women’s Core Winter Tight is designed to keep you warm while you train or commute on cold winter roads.

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Women's Pro Team Mesh Base Layer - Long Sleeve

A perfect next-to-skin layer for high-tempo riding and racing in cooler conditions.

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Spin your legs

You might feel the cold more elsewhere, but it’s crucial to keep your legs protected. The Padded Tights and Souplesse Winter Tights have wind and water resistance, to keep your muscles warm and working hard in the worst weather. Warm legs work best.

Women's Padded Tights

The dense knit of these tights helps water roll off the surface, adding an element of weather resistance.

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Women's Pro Team Winter Tights with Pad

Weather-protective cycling tights for training rides in the cold.

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Hands & Feet

Your hands and feet are the first thing to feel a change in temperature. As riders constantly move their feet, and the hands are used for signalling to other road users, Rapha’s overshoes have reflective design details with catch the light and the eyes of drivers.


Neoprene overshoes that insulate and protect the feet against the rain and cold. With updated grippers to create an improved seal and an abrasion-resistant Kevlar sole.

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Classic Gloves

A wardrobe staple. These durable, lightweight, full-finger gloves offer protection from the wind, cold and rain.

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Women's Pro Team Gloves

Using a dual-layer construction, the outer layer uses the same water-resistant and breathable fabric used in our Pro Team Race Cape.

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Racing in the Rain

Pro Team Shadow

Shadow was originally developed for Rapha’s world-class athletes to give them an advantage in the often cold and wet Spring Classics. The kit offers all-day protection in wide-ranging comfort, reducing the need to add or remove layers, so they won’t be fiddling with a jacket’s zip when the break of the day forms off the front. The advantages for an amateur racer are much the same – focus on your effort, not how wet and miserable the weather is.

The fabric is extremely water and wind resistant thanks to a unique manufacturing process. The yarn is coated with a water-repellent treatment and woven into a dense-knit fabric which is then dyed and shrunk, increasing its density and improving its water repellency and wind proofing. The fabric is then coated with another water-repellent treatment, making a garment that protects from the rain and wind at high speed.

Women's Shadow Tights

A pair of winter cycling tights that offer unparalleled protection from the weather.

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Women's Lightweight Shadow Jacket

A lightweight, packable layer for weather protection on high tempo training rides and races.

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