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Rapha Pro Team Aero Jersey



Laser-focused on speed and breathability, this pricey jersey isn't concerned about everyday rides
Gorgeous materials
Incredibly aero fit
Looks great
Some practical concessions
Wildly expensive
Too tight for casual riding
No SPF protection
Consider your colour choice

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The Rapha Men's Pro Team Aero Jersey is ideal if you're at the sharp end of the summer peloton, and prioritise aerodynamics, weight, a tight fit and a reduced bank balance. It looks great and has cooling breathability but the fit is almost too snug for it to double as a jersey for casual riding. It certainly feels like a fast jersey and if you're willing to part with almost £200, the build and detailing are top notch. Rapha has seen fit to stick with three pockets and a bank card zipper so it still functions in the non-race world.

> Buy now: Rapha Men's Pro Team Aero Jersey for £185 from Rapha 

As usual for a Rapha garment, lots of care has been taken to create a jersey that feels meticulously put together – I counted three different main materials used on different panels. For aerodynamics, the arms and shoulders are made of a brushed, textured, patterned material that feels slightly rough to the touch. Due to the use of this material, there is no classic Rapha armband.

The main body is a light silky material, while the internal side of the three pockets is made of a thin, vented fabric that lets air through. There is a thick wind-blocking panel behind the main zipper.

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The rough material is the proprietary Italian Clima fabric that comes with the usual watt-saving claims from Rapha: four watts against the last Pro Team Aero Jersey – assuming you're riding at 46km/h. Alison Jackson wore a prototype of the jersey when she won Paris-Roubaix Femmes in 2023.

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This material does certainly compress your arms, providing just enough stretch for you to manoeuvre your way around the bike. Rapha also says the material is very quick drying and designed to be worn in temperatures north of 18°C. And many of the materials used in production are recycled.

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My only issue with this is the black colour. If I'm buying a jersey specifically for hot weather, I don't want a colour that absorbs sunlight. There's a reason all the cars in Tenerife are white! Luckily Rapha also offers it in a lighter Silver Gray/Rum Raisin and  'Eclipse/Aleutain'!

Fit and size

Rapha says that model Neilson Powless from EF is 183cm/6' and wears a size small, which only speaks to the shape of these pro riders. I concurrently tested the new long-sleeve jersey from Rapha and fitted comfortably into a Large. This is also a Large and it is a snug, incredibly aero fit. Rapha's suggestion that I fit a base layer under here too is optimistic. I would need to size up to an XL to do that.

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At first the long and aero-ready sleeves pinched me a little above the elbow, but soon loosened up and felt fine. Body length was not a problem, which can be an issue with speed-focused jerseys. Walking around off the bike it pulled down enough to meet my bibs comfortably, and my skin was still covered when riding on the hoods and in the drops. But if you aren't looking for a tight jersey (which you should be if you're after the latest aero offering) then definitely size up.


This jersey makes you feel fast – if only because its tight fit is a constant reminder that you should be going fast!

It isn't the most comfortable jersey I've ever worn – due to that aero fit – but for two-hour blasts down at Regents Park it was perfect. Rapha has seen fit to include three pockets and a bank card zipper, so it isn't quite a skin suit-level of impracticality either.

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The pockets comfortably accommodate a mini pump and a multi tool without any bother, and they'll also take an iPhone X.

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I was riding on the warmest days I could find in April, which meant around about the 20°C mark. I thought it made sense to put in some serious efforts on the flats and go deep on the hills to see how much sweat this black jersey could handle. It hid my sweat patches well, but there was a hint of salt deposit by the end of the ride. I would imagine on properly hot days that these would show up extensively.

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Overall, breathability was really good during the ride. I didn't feel like I was overheating at any point, but since I couldn't fit a base layer underneath I was keen to keep moving at all times. The body material is the same thickness as the long-sleeve Rapha jersey I have also been testing, but where that is aimed at year-round riding, this is strictly for warm weather. That said, it's slightly disappointing that there is no SPF protection from a jersey designed exclusively for hot temperatures.

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For proper racers, the undeniable aerodynamics of the jersey will be a real draw – there isn't a millimetre of flap or looseness anywhere. I won't be wearing it for my dawdling rides out into the countryside where I mean to eat something at some stage, but if you're solely concerned about going fast, saving weight and staying cool then you won't go far wrong.

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For £185 you might think you were buying a jacket or a long-sleeve jersey. But no. This is Rapha's top-of-the-range pro team jersey – the same one EF riders will be wearing in the Grand Tours, so you inevitably pay a premium. Rapha does offer lifetime repairs, however, so if you do hit the deck in a sprint, at least you know the jersey won't be getting demoted to the bike oil rag bin.


When a jersey is among the most expensive we've ever reviewed, it's going to be tricky to make a case for its value, unless it's totally exceptional. But the Pro Team Aero Jersey is a genuine pro-level top designed to shave off a few watts.

Personally, £185 is too much for me to spend on a jersey that isn't that versatile. I love going fast, but it's a relatively small amount of my riding – though Rapha hasn't totally removed all the practical elements. This is about as fast as you're going to feel in a jersey, and that is not to be sniffed at.

The £175 ASSOS Equipe RS Jersey S11 is also hot off the press and used by pro teams. It's light, compressive and so thin you'll need to wear sunscreen underneath.

The Castelli Aero Race 6.0 is worth looking at. It's widely reduced from its £125 RRP down to as little as 50 quid and the fit looks very tight.

MAAP's Evade Pro Base Jersey 2.0 is priced at £165. Steve loved the cut, style, and comfort but he thought it too expensive. It has the long aero sleeves but not the exacting, svelte cut of the Rapha.

If you're less fussed about aero but still want to shop in the premium aisle, the Castelli Premio Black Jersey is lighter than the Rapha and has been beautifully designed. Ben noted its eco credentials and breathability but couldn't get past the £185 price tag.

Or if you'd rather have something no one else will be wearing, check out the Bristol-based Kostüme Edit002 Men's Short Sleeve Jersey that costs £135. The sleeves are shorter and less aero, but it's very planet-focused and the design is certainly eye-catching.

There are further options in our best summer cycling jerseys buyer's guide.


When the price is £185, it seems fair to judge a jersey by pretty exacting standards. This aero jersey does the fundamentals very well, keeping you slick in the wind, comfortable and pretty cool and breezy to boot. The construction is flawless and every thread feels carefully thought out. Gripes with the versatility and the lack of SPF protection are relatively minor – it's the price that will be the sticking point for most. But if you want to share kit with the pros, then it's going to cost you.


Laser-focused on speed and breathability, this pricey jersey isn't concerned about everyday rides

> Buy now: Rapha Men's Pro Team Aero Jersey for £185 from Rapha test report

Make and model: Rapha Men's Pro Team Aero Jersey

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for

From Rapha:

New for 2024. The fastest jersey we've ever made. Completely redesigned and refined with WorldTour rider input. Built to make you feel fast, and ride even faster.

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

Refined construction – A fully updated design for 2024 to produce our fastest ever jersey

Materials – Proprietary Italian Clima fabric produced in Italy for maximum aerodynamic gains

Aerodynamics – Proven at the elite levels of the sport, as ridden by Alison Jackson and our EF athletes

Breathability – Material combination designed to keep you cool on the hottest days

How To Wear:

To be worn in mild to hot conditions (18-32°C / 64-90°F).

We recommend pairing with a sleeveless or short sleeve Rapha base layer to maximise performance.

Fit: Compressive-feel for maximum aerodynamic gains and an engaged on-bike fit

Rate the product for quality of construction:

I was really impressed with the way this jersey is made. The seams are immaculate and every element feels like a very smart jersey. The zip is strong and doesn't open itself despite the snug fit.

Rate the product for performance:

Anecdotally it feels like a quick jersey, which is its main aim. The material is so fitted that there is no flapping whatsoever. It's also meant to keep you cool, which I think would be improved in a different colour. Despite this, the breathability was good up to 20°C and heat did dissipate, but sweat does still appear on the jersey eventually. No SPF protection is a drawback.

Rate the product for durability:

The construction seems excellent so I can't foresee any issues here. The sleeves stretched slightly to accommodate my arms after the first use which was welcome.

Rate the product for fit:

As Rapha promised, this is a very tight jersey. Rapha delivers in spades here. The material is pliable enough that it remains surprisingly comfy both on and off the bike – but do not even consider this jersey if you prefer a good bit of flex and movement in your jersey material.

Rate the product for sizing:

I struggled to get a base layer on underneath, as suggested by Rapha, so would've considered sizing up to an XL, but Large still worked fine and achieved a better aero fit. I'm 6'2" and 84kg.

Rate the product for weight:

It's not as light as something like the dhb Aeron Ultralight SS Jersey that comes in at a mere 77g, but 122g is still light considering the thicker Clima fabric used on the shoulders and arms will add weight. Another lightweight option is the Santini Redux aero jersey that's a few grams lighter than the Rapha at 113g.

Rate the product for comfort:

I wasn't expecting such a concentratedly pro and aero-leaning jersey to be very comfortable – but I found this nice to wear. That said, it stops short of being a jersey I would choose for anything other than rides where I'm very keen to go fast.

Rate the product for value:

It may be a lightweight jersey but it comes with a heavyweight price – £185 puts it very much at the upper end of the market. But this jersey does have specialist applications and is one that's actually worn by the pros, so you wouldn't really expect it to be cheap. But it's a lovely jersey and if you are desperate for aero gains then I think you can probably justify the price.

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

Fine – no problems here. Dries incredibly quickly.

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

Judging breathability and insulation is one thing - good on the former, not good on the latter – but quantifying aero capacity when you're out riding is hard. For sheer snugness of fit and meticulous material selection, the Pro Team Aero Jersey scores highly.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The Clima material feels fantastic and overall I think the jersey looks great. That Rapha has managed to incorporate some everyday details like decent pockets and a zipper into a racing jersey is good for the everyman – aka me.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

While it is available in different colours, black does seem a strange option for a hot-weather jersey. The lack of SPF protection is a shame.

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

The only properly aero jersey we've reviewed recently is the Santini Redux Speed Jersey that's a fiver more at £190. Josh noticed a bit of material flap during test but it has a similar design to the Rapha, with long sleeves and different materials on different parts of the jersey. Something like the Castelli Aero Race 6.0 is currently 60 Euros and has some aero credentials, so it's worth shopping around.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? No – out of my price range.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – if it was in their price range.

Use this box to explain your overall score

The Rapha Men's Pro Team Jersey is an extravagant choice for speedy summer riding, but since it is a specialist piece of kit, it achieves what it sets out to and doesn't really miss the mark anywhere. Yes, it isn't wildly versatile, but there are plenty of other jerseys available if comfort and everyday use is the priority.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 34  Height: 187cm  Weight: 80kg

I usually ride: Pearson Hammerandtongs  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Ultra endurance

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