Like this site? Help us to make it better.

Rapha Women's Long Sleeve Jersey



All the bells and whistles, but ultimately still just a straightforward long sleeved jersey, and as such, it looks expensive

At every product is thoroughly tested for as long as it takes to get a proper insight into how well it works. Our reviewers are experienced cyclists that we trust to be objective. While we strive to ensure that opinions expressed are backed up by facts, reviews are by their nature an informed opinion, not a definitive verdict. We don't intentionally try to break anything (except locks) but we do try to look for weak points in any design. The overall score is not just an average of the other scores: it reflects both a product's function and value – with value determined by how a product compares with items of similar spec, quality, and price.

What the scores mean

Good scores are more common than bad, because fortunately good products are more common than bad.

  • Exceptional
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Quite good
  • Average
  • Not so good
  • Poor
  • Bad
  • Appalling

The long sleeve jersey from Rapha is primarily designed as a piece for autumn and winter training and racing use. It is constructed from ‘merino rich’ Sportwool fabric (52% merino/48% polyester), and is designed to have the temperature maintenance and odour resistance properties of merino, together with the higher moisture wicking capacity of synthetics.

It’s a very attractive looking jersey, available in three colours, with the petrol blue/peacock type “blue” being particularly fetching. All are accented by the signature Rapha armband on the left sleeve. The outer of the fabric has a pleasant sheen to it, without being overtly shiny and the overall effect is stylish but understated.

The cut is well proportioned, with good length in the torso and sleeves, meaning it should suit a variety of heights without too many problems. Sizing available covers a pretty diverse range of women’s builds, and the size Medium I tried was spot on for a good 12. The fit is neat and contoured without being oversnug, and lends itself well to the possibility of layering. Cuffs are broad and comfortable, and are capable of being pushed up the arm a bit if overwarm. The collar is a good height and soft to wear, with no zip chafing. Hem grippers do a good job of preventing the jersey from riding up the body, even when down on the drops for a protracted period. There’s also a hem drawcord which does seem slightly like overkill with the neatish fit at the hem anyway.

Features include three classic gently elasticated pockets at the rear, with the central one containing a nifty pump sleeve and one of the others houses an eyelet for an MP3 headphone cable, should you be someone who likes tunes while you ride. The right hand pocket also has an extra zipped pocket with protection against moisture, a decent enough size to house all but the very largest smartphone. There’s a reflective tag at the bottom of the zip pocket too.

Created for stand alone use with coldish conditions in mind, the jersey is ideal for autumn riding. It will however, happily cope with a variety of temperatures and conditions, either layered up underneath, or over the top, or possibly both when the mercury really drops. The merino mix fabric is soft next to the skin, but wicks moisture well and dries fast enough to maintain a good stable riding temperature. In use it was comfortable and pleasant to wear, and with a reasonably versatile level of warmth and insulation.

It’s well made and with great attention to detail, but ultimately, £130 is looking a lot for a 3 season jersey, when other products, using similar fabrics and aimed at a similar purpose are much cheaper, such as the Shutt VR top at £89 and even the more expensive Smartwool only coming in at £105. There’s only so much you can do with a jersey, and this one does it all, but still doesn’t warrant the extra money I’m afraid.


All the bells and whistles, but ultimately still just a straightforward long sleeved jersey, and as such, it looks expensive.

If you're thinking of buying this product using a cashback deal why not use the Top Cashback page and get some top cashback while helping to support your favourite independent cycling website test report

Make and model: Rapha Women's Long Sleeve Jersey

Size tested: M

Tell us what the product 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?

Aimed at female road riders and racers for autumn and winter training.

On its own, better suited to autumn use, but with layering ideal for a variety of conditions.

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

Made from Sportwool (52% merino/48% polyester)

Fully lined zip with lockdown puller

Large cargo pockets

Pump sleeve pocket

zipped valuables pocket with lining

Gripper at hem

Hem drawcord

Sizes XXS-XL (approx UK6-16)

3 colours- Blue, cream, black

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Really well made with good quality components

Rate the product for performance:

Performed well.

Rate the product for durability:

Nice quality fabric with good surface should repel pulls and snags.

Merino content will protect against odour accumulation.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:

Neither light nor heavy weight. Merino based fabrics are rarely as light as their synthetic counterparts.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:

Very comfortable to wear, whether next to skin or as part of layering system.

Rate the product for value:

Looking very expensive when compared with jerseys using similar technology and fabrics.

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

Was extremely comfortable, maintained a good temperature, well cut and generally did what it was supposed to.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Fabric, colour, style, features, attention to detail.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product


Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Probably not, given the extra cost involved over other similar products.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Extremely well made, nicely cut and implemented design with good looks and style, but just costs too much for what you get.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

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

Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling. 

Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other. 

She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting. 

Latest Comments