The Rapha Guide To Changing Conditions – Men

Enjoying your ride shouldn’t come down to a game of chance. Plan ahead, check the forecast and make sure you’re ready to cycle through the best and the worst of the weather with versatile clothing that allows you to be flexible.

14 March 2022
The Rapha Guide To Changing Conditions

Key Considerations

Packable protection

A lightweight wind jacket or gilet takes up little space but makes all the difference when the temperature drops.

Adaptable accessories

From insulated gloves to waterproof overshoes, having the right accessories can turn a not-quite-right outfit into a perfect one, without having to double up on outfits.


A durable water repellent (DWR) treatment features on all Rapha outerwear garments, causing water to bead up and roll away.

What To Wear

Rapha’s collection of clothing and accessories follow the above principles to keep you riding in warmth, comfort, and style through changeable conditions. Here are a few key pieces for this season.

The Warmth of Wool

Rapha’s first jersey brought the wonders of merino-blend performance fabrics to cycling, and Rapha Performance Merino fabrics have kept natural fibres at the heart of the Rapha collection. Our merino-based warmers and accessories are naturally breathable, comfortable, and anti-bacterial, ready to bring a touch of warmth and luxury to rides in cooler temperatures.

Merino Arm Warmers

Arm warmers are a vital accessory for riding in changeable conditions. Rapha Merino Arm Warmers offer the natural performance properties of merino with trademark Rapha styling.

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A key accessory for chilly starts or changeable weather, leg warmers can help improve a rider’s performance in cold conditions. Rapha Merino Leg Warmers offer the natural performance properties of merino with Rapha’s characteristic styling.

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Winter Collar

A versatile product, the Winter Collar is an extension of Rapha's base layer system and utilises the natural wicking properties of merino wool to make it a great, year-round option.

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Build from the base

It’s hard to overstate the importance of quality base layers. They’re wonder garments, working to keep sweat off your skin in the summer, and insulating your core against cool air when the weather turns. Perhaps the biggest benefit is their ability to extend the range of your existing jerseys – you’ll have the option of reaching for a midweight jersey and Merino Base Layer on decidedly crisp mornings. And the allure of a soft, warm, layer of merino next to the skin means that you might find yourself pairing a Rapha Base Layer with your work clothes, too.


Short Sleeve Merino Base Layer

Elite cyclists know base layers are as flexible as they are necessary. Keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter, Rapha’s Merino under vests wick moisture superbly and are extremely odour resistant.

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Long Sleeve Merino Base Layer

Elite cyclists know base layers are as flexible as they are necessary. Keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter, Rapha’s Merino under vests wick moisture superbly and are extremely odour resistant.

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Merino Mesh Base Layer

Offering exceptional breathability and moisture transfer, this lightweight merino-blend base layer is suitable for riding and racing year round.

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Familiar Favourites

Cycling gloves, overshoes, and oversocks are the traditional markers of cool weather riding, brought out of hiding when the days get shorter and only retired from regular use once the Spring Classics have been and gone. Aside from keeping your feet warm, overshoes and oversocks keep your shoes looking fresh, leaving you one less thing to clean if rain visits your ride.

Pro Team Winter Gloves

A wardrobe staple for cool starts and when the weather turns colder. These high performance, fleece-lined gloves offer protection from the elements on high tempo training rides.

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Hard-wearing, high-stretch overshoes that insulate and protect the feet against the rain and cold. With velcro closure for improved stability and coverage, and an abrasion-resistant Kevlar sole.

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Reflective Oversocks

Robust and wind-resistant oversocks, introducing a pioneering reflective yarn for increased visibility.

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Toe Cover

Essential for changeable weather when temperatures are low, but overshoes are too much, these neoprene toe covers provide added warmth in cool conditions.

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Lightweight Layers

Changeable conditions can bring cool weather and rain your way, but when you’re working hard, things also start to heat up. Our lightweight jackets and gilets are the perfect answer for when you want to either layer up or pack down with ease. Highly packable, easily accessible, and weather protective, make sure you’ve got the option either way.


Technical yet tough, waterproof yet breathable, and constructed with GORE-TEX Active™ for lightweight durability, it’s made to resist the rigours of regular use in challenging conditions.

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When the sun drops, pull out your packable, lightweight gilet for added warmth and without compromising on performance.

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An easy-packing, ultra light layer to help keep out the chill and provide peak wind protection for late evening descents and early rides before the sun rises.

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