Women's Jacket Guide
Whatever the weather, Rapha has a jacket for it.
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.
If nothing else, a waterproof jacket is essential. From our durable, water repellent (DWR) outerwear to the proprietary Shadow range, Rapha has your back.
Carefully chosen fabrics from the world’s best mills are used in a range of garments that keep water out while remaining breathable.
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.
Layers are important, but none of them are worth anything without a quality waterproof jacket to keep the worst of the rain and roadspray off of your core. The Women's Core Rain Jacket is truly pocketable rainwear and comfortably packs down into a jersey pocket. The Women's Classic Rain Jacket II is also stowable, and combines 2.5-ply laminate on the body with a 3-ply laminate on the arms, broad, stretchy cuffs for comfort, and a silicone gripper to hold the jacket in place.
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.
The Women’s Classic Winter Jacket is our most versatile bad-weather jacket, redesigned for the needs of the modern rider
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.
A warm and comfortable jersey made of a super soft merino-based fabric.
The Merino Base Layer will improve every long sleeve jersey and jacket in your wardrobe.
The Women’s Core Winter Tight is designed to keep you warm while you train or commute on cold winter roads.
A perfect next-to-skin layer for high-tempo riding and racing in cooler conditions.
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.
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.
A wardrobe staple. These durable, lightweight, full-finger gloves offer protection from the wind, cold and rain.
Robust, waterproof overshoes created for tough winter riding. A three-ply laminate fabric offers excellent water resistance, insulation and breathability, and the overshoes are also shaped to allow the maximum range of movement.
Using a dual-layer construction, the outer layer uses the same water-resistant and breathable fabric used in our Pro Team Race Cape.
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.
A long sleeve jersey crafted from a protective and breathable fabric to revolutionise your wet weather riding experience.
A pair of winter cycling tights that offer unparalleled protection from the weather.
A lightweight, packable layer for weather protection on high tempo training rides and races.
Exceptional wet-weather protection for your legs, made from Rapha’s revolutionary Shadow fabric and worn by Team Sky at the Belgian Classics.
Whatever the weather, Rapha has a jacket for it.
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