On hard rides or races in changeable conditions, cyclists need a breathable and waterproof outer shell that will protect them from downpours but won’t cause them to overheat. The Souplesse Race Cape is constructed from supremely technical three-layer Polartec fabrics to ensure it meets those demands, and features a host of updates and improvements for this season. Reflective elements have been included all over the jacket, from the cuffs to the armband and collar. A small zipped pocket on the left side is a handy spot for an energy bar or gel, and the two-way VISLON zip allows easy access to your jersey pockets. Other technical details include a dropped tail – with splash panel – to keep road spray off your rear, and new collar and cuff fabrics for improved comfort and water repellency. The race cape is a favourite of Rapha’s pro riders, for good reason: it’s a WorldTour-proven winner.