Rapha’s Classic Winter Jacket was always best-in-class. But the collaboration with Gore-Tex has made it a pandemic no-brainer
The Rapha Classic Winter Jacket has always been GQ ’s go-to jacket for winter weather riding . While other jackets forced you to pick between “hardshell” or “softshell” jacket (broadly speaking: something a bit baggy but waterproof or something fitted and softer but only water resistant), Rapha’s jacket provided the best of both worlds. Or, rather, the best of what else was out there. It was light and flexible, windproof and warm, fitted but with enough give for a base layer or two. Also, being a Rapha jacket, it was pretty damn stylish.
In fact, it only really had one flaw: while it was mostly resistant to short showers, you would often find yourself a little on the damp side after cycling in a downfall. Until now. Gore to the fore
Yes, sure, you could just wear a fully waterproof cagoule as a cycling jacket if you really want to. But quite apart from it being the wrong shape for when you’re actually riding – there’s a reason cycling jackets are short in the stomach and long at the back – most waterproofs aren’t particularly breathable. And it’s not that different with most waterproof “hardshell” cycling jackets: there’s little point in a jacket that keeps you perfectly dry from the elements if you find yourself soaked in your own sweat after a strenuous ride.
Step forward, Gore-Tex. Gore fabrics only got into the […]