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Rapha Brevet Insulated Long Sleeve Gore-Tex Infinium Jersey



Lovely looking and feeling jersey with some jacket-like features, but draughty zip and high price disappoint
Stylish yet visible day or night
Windproof yet breathable fabric
Very expensive
Zip is the least windproof part

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The Rapha Men's Brevet Insulated Long Sleeve Gore-Tex Infinium Jersey is oddly named, because it has as much in common with jackets as jerseys – taped seams for water resistance, wind-resistant fabric, additional pockets, reflectives, and a high price. A very high price. It's expensive even for a winter softshell jacket, and too expensive for something that's not the best in every area.

Check out our best winter cycling jerseys buyer’s guide for more (and cheaper) options.

While undeniably quite jackety, this identifies as a jersey and fair play – it works impressively underneath a 'real' jacket. Its resistance to wind and water doesn't lead to low breathability or struggles with wicking sweat, so it stays very comfortable.

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I rode through a lot of heavy rain during the test with a (far cheaper) Gore waterproof over the top of it and, despite often very mild air (around 8-12°C), I never boiled up or felt excessively sweaty. That's impressive given the taped seams and general weather-resistance of the Infinium fabric.

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It's very good at wicking. I carry my phone in a case (this MudHugger PhoneHugger made from old inner tubes) in a jersey pocket, and post-ride I'd find the case absolutely dripping wherever it was pressed against me and dry wherever it wasn't. Clearly this was moisture shifted out by the fabric and trapped by the rubber; the rest of the jersey would barely feel damp, as the sweat had just evaporated from the surface as designed. The amount of water generated was more extreme than with any other jersey I've worn. It's impressive.

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On dry or showery days this does very well as an outer, though disappointingly the main zip is a noticeable weak link. It's not windproof, and its small baffle doesn't do much to seal out draughts.

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As a consequence I personally found 5°C borderline cold with this over a long-sleeve base, because of the chilling effect on fast flat sections and descents. I even stopped a few times to make sure the flap was actually lying flat behind the zip. It was. It needs to be broader and perhaps fluffier. Sort of like my cat, now I think of it.

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Obviously you can extend this jersey's usefulness with another layer beneath or a windproof gilet on top, but there's not masses of room for the first, and having to rely on the second seems like missing the point. This is supposed to be windproof and warm on its own.

If you wear your recommended size there really will only be room for two thin layers beneath, max. I tested a large even though the guide recommends a medium, and it fitted well – slim but not actively tight, with just a little bit of room in the sleeves and body. Even so it's probably as narrow across the shoulders as I'd really want (my shoulders are fairly broad but not unusually so, for the record).

There's not that much stretch in the rear panels, and even less in the front, but the thin side panels add plenty while helping with breathability; it's not at all restrictive to movement, and I'm confident it would still feel unrestrictive even in the smaller size, so long as you don't wear many layers beneath.

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Even sized up to large, I didn't like any more bulk than a thin long-sleeve and a thin short-sleeve base under this. If you want a really slim and fold-free fit (it's too thick to actually flap) then go for your recommended size, but be prepared to carry a truly windproof outer for colder days and/or a waterproof shell for properly wet days.

The plastic-toothed/metal-pullered YKK main zip moves easily, at least, though its Rapha-branded dongle could be bigger – it's barely any larger than a normal puller – to make it easier to use in gloves. It's hard to beat the big metal ring on the Santini Guard Nimbus Rain Jacket for that, in my opinion.

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Inside the Rapha you find a clever patchwork of insulation: a thin, soft flock lining on the back and sides, no insulation under your armpits at all, and thick insulation for the front and sleeves. It's all very comfortable, and the grid-type fabric in particular feels nice against bare skin. It reaches all the way to the neat little cuffs, or to put it another way, to Infinium and beyond.

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Everything is polyester or elastane, by the way, and a small amount of that polyester is recycled.

The seams are either overlocked or flatlocked, depending on position, and the major ones are taped to stop water creeping through. I found them all perfectly comfortable, and they're neat and look strong.

I like the stripes and logos, both for their bright visibility in daytime and their excellent reflectivity at night. Being Rapha they're extremely stylishly done, though for us in the UK the armband is on the least useful side. I also appreciate that this jacket is navy blue, rather than Abyss Black with Coal Mine highlights and Ebony details like so many.

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There's a cheerful red version as well, plus a grey option that doesn't look even a little bit like a fog bank or a stretch of wet concrete. Fashionable yet visible cycling apparel? Whatever next?

On the back sits the usual three-pocket array, but while they're stretchy enough to hold any likely cargo, the pockets aren't especially deep – not quite wrist deep for me. Nevertheless, they kept my phone in its case secure.

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There are two zipped, well-hidden hand pockets in the front, too, and they're big, if not nearly as useful on the bike. They reach all the way to the main zip, and are pretty much square.

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This costs £240, and though you're getting a fair few features for your money, good value isn't on the list.

The Lusso Long Sleeve Jersey, for example, is both warm and water resistant with a DWR coating, and it's £90. Though there are no claims of windproofing, overall it's good enough to do well as an outer layer down to 5°C, according to our tester Steve Scott.

The Santini Colore Pure Men's Long Sleeve Jersey is another good option that works as an outer (down to about 8°C, it says in our test by George), and that's £99. Both these options leave you lots of change for a windproof/showerproof gilet or jacket to go with them.

Even the 'luxurious' MAAP Force Pro Winter LS Jersey, which was judged as 'very expensive', is £85 less than the Rapha, at £160.

But okay, this Rapha is almost a jacket. How does it compare with them? Again, it's expensive – the Pactimo Men's Alpine Thermal jacket is a good option and £180, for instance, while the Stolen Goat Men's Mango Alpine Epic Jacket is very similar to this Rapha – bar the taped seams – and £190.


Despite this jersey looking and (in the right mildish/dampish circumstances) feeling pretty damn lovely, I'm not entirely convinced by its jacket-style features. It's windproof but not completely because of the zip, warm but not enormously so because of the lack of room for layers, and can't really cope if 'changeable' weather includes downpours. Basically, it needs the same windproof/waterproof backup as any other jersey.

All this would be forgivable if the price were competitive, but it isn't.

With plenty of equally effective jerseys costing less than half the asking price here, this is hard to recommend – despite its many qualities.


Lovely looking and feeling jersey with some jacket-like features, but draughty zip and high price disappoint test report

Make and model: Rapha Brevet Insulated Long Sleeve Gore-Tex Infinium Jersey

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the jacket is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Rapha says, "A highly breathable and fully windproof jersey with added insulation for all day rides in changeable conditions."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the jacket?

Rapha lists:

-Made with GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER technology – highly breathable, windproof and water-resistant

-Active insulation with sweat-wicking properties placed in key areas for added warmth

-Reflective details on chest, armband and lower back for visibility in low light conditions

-Three rear pockets and two concealed front pockets for carrying ride essentials

Recommended for all-day rides in changeable conditions

All critical seams taped to prevent water ingress

Under arm stretch panels for freedom of movement

Full-length front zip with oversized puller for ease of use

Raised collar for added wind protection

Rate the jacket for quality of construction:

Very neat and feels strong.

Rate the jacket for performance:
Rate the jacket for durability:
Rate the jacket for waterproofing based on the manufacturer's rating:

It's water-resistant rather than waterproof, but the seams are taped to help with keeping showers out.

Rate the jacket for breathability based on the manufacturer's rating:

Impressive given its water resistance and thickness.

Rate the jacket for fit:
Rate the jacket for sizing:

The recommended size will give a tight fit; size up if you want a bit of room for layers or have wide shoulders.

Rate the jacket for weight:

Not the lightest, but fine for its protection.

Rate the jacket for comfort:

Very comfy either on top or beneath a waterproof, though the zip lets in draughts that limit comfort if it's too cold.

Rate the jacket for value:

It's more expensive than most other expensive options.

How easy is the jacket to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

No issues at all with the usual 30°C wash.

Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It's very good under a waterproof, and good as an outer so long as it's mild (above 5°C, for me) thanks to the draughty zip.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket

The comfort when it's in its own comfort zone, and the looks.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the jacket

The price, and the draughty main zip.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market including ones recently tested on

It's furiously expensive against other jerseys, and still looks expensive even against dedicated winter jackets.

Did you enjoy using the jacket? Yes, mostly.

Would you consider buying the jacket? For half price, yes.

Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Maybe

Use this box to explain your overall score

The fabrics, the layout of the insulation, the construction and the looks are all great. Unfortunately the zip fails earlier than all of it as temperatures drop, and that limits usefulness. While you can of course fix it with another windproof layer, having to rely on something else when the price is this high seems crazy. It's good, but for the money you can reasonably expect better.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 48  Height: 183cm  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: Vitus Zenium SL VR Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: general fitness riding, mtb,

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ejocs | 1 year ago

I'm pretty surprised by this (very nicely written) review. I've got the non-insulated Pro Team Infinium jersey, and it's not only extremely breathable, as the reviewer says, but also very windproof and warm. I've never felt a draft coming through any area of the jersey, and I've comfortably worn it on long rides far below 0 (at least -12 plus wind) with only a couple of thin layers underneath (granted, I run warm, but I'm also wearing the non-insulated version). I'd be perfectly happy making it my only outer layer from late fall to early spring.

It's not perfect--the fit and sizing are up for debate, and I've got issues with the zipper and pockets in particular--but it's an excellent bit of kit and actually not a terrible value considering its versatility. If I were building my cycling wardrobe over from scratch, it's one of the first pieces I would include.

I wonder at the reason for the gap in our experiences. I wear mine *very* snug (there's no way I could go down a size) so perhaps there's something in that. Or perhaps the performance of the Pro Team and Brevet versions differ in more than just the presence or absence of insulation. I'm curious if (and ideally the same reviewer) are going to cover the Pro Team version as I'd love to see the comparison.

fenix replied to ejocs | 1 year ago

I always find it interesting on winter rides - I go out with two mates and we all have different amounts of layers and different kit. 

In the summer - almost identical - shorts, vest, top.

There are many ways to wrap up warm in the winter - and plus some people work harder than others on the same ride. 

fenix | 1 year ago

I do love the look of the jersey - but at those temps - my £60 DHB jersey does the same job. And if it rains - they both need a shakedry over the top. 

MattieKempy | 1 year ago

So it's a little bit like my Le Col Pro Aqua Zero jersey - well-made, good looking but not really what it pretends to be. Based on this review I wonder whether the Le Col top would also be better worn with a thin long-sleeve jersey underneath.

Shades | 1 year ago

I've just got one of these; expensive, yes, but it was an Xmas present.  Ultimately, it's a jacket that's cut as a jersey; I've used it on commutes down to 0 deg and it does what it says on the tin with only a thin long sleeve base layer underneath, so it solved my multiple layering issues on cold days.  I could use a short sleeve baselayer/vest on warmer winter days.  My commute is pretty flat so I haven't given it a good sweat test; I did stick a rain jacket on over the top (as an extra layer) as I was catching the train in (too icy in the morning; cycling back).  Haven't tested it in the rain but would expect to add a rain jacket if it got heavy.  The only slight issue I have with it is the fit; I went with the Rapha sizing (and other Rapha kit; I'm Large) and it's pretty snug (wouldn't get an additional, or thicker, layer on underneath).  The Gore-Tex material doesn't stretch like a jersey, although there is stretch material under the sleeves; whilst it feels snug off the bike, it feels better in the riding position.  I decided to stick with the Large (ordered on-line so didn't try an XL) as I felt the performance would be better without a looser fit and didn't want that 'baggy' front look when in the riding position.  I also felt that in sizing up I would end up with a jacket cum jersey that wasn't doing either role particulary well; may have been harder to get a rain jacket over the top if needed.  I guess for some people sizing up and accepting some looser fit (in places) would be the only option if they didn't get on with it; if you can't try before you buy, order 2 sizes and return 1.  The red colour is good; excellent visibility (not yellow!) and plenty of reflective panels.  Rear pockets are fine (haven't had them fully loaded) and the front pockets useful although not easy to get into whilst riding.  Overall I'm happy, although the jersey concept using Gore Tex material means going a size up may be the only option for some people and when your spending a lot that could feel that your not getting your moneysworth.  There are some useful reviews on the Rapha website.

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