A highly technical wet-weather race jacket
The research and development process for the Pro Team Softshell Jacket was the most challenging and intensive of any Rapha product. The result is the most advanced race-ready jacket in the world. This is a jacket for riders who seek the highest levels of performance in wet conditions, when a race cape would be too constricting and a jersey too exposed to the elements.
The fabric is an extension of Rapha's softshell concept, incorporating two thin layers, separated by a membrane, to create a fabric that is breathable, highly water resistant, insulating, but retains a soft and comfortable feel against the skin. The seams are fully taped, and laser cut ventilation holes under the arms allows air to circulate.
The fit is in line with the Pro Team collection, with a slim and close fit suited to a low riding position.
‟Rapha have developed a worthy alternative to the popular Gabba with a fabric that offers a great balance of protection and breathability, making it a useful three-seasons top. It's a big chunk of cash, and both the Castelli Gabba and Parentini Mossa are cheaper, but in my opinion the Pro Team Softshell just nudges both in performance, fit and features.”
‟The Rapha Pro Team Softshell is a superbly versatile garment, currently pretty much state of the art as regards foul weather cycle clothing. Rather than making every effort to be specifically waterproof or breathable, it combines the best of both aspects to make a deliberate stab at keeping the rider comfortable and all but oblivious to any malevolent elements encountered along the way.”