Rapha has unveiled the new Pro Team Lightweight Wind Jacket which is designed for early morning starts or long mountain descents.
The new £120 jacket is intended to be used when a gilet doesn’t quite offer enough protection, and the weather doesn’t call for a heavier more insulated jacket.
It’s made from a lightweight fabric with a size medium weighing a claimed 135g, which the company tells us is 35g lighter than its Classic Wind Jacket.
Its development has been inspired by a jacket that Team Sky has been wearing since 2015 and as with any cycle clothing designed for racers, and especially Rapha's Pro Team range, it has a close fit that is intended to ensure the jacket doesn’t flap around.
The front-facing panels are made from a windproof material, and it has incorporated a mesh fabric back panel to provide ventilation and a mesh collar inner for comfort. There’s a full-length plastic Vislon zipper and a 10mm elastic waistband with a gripper tape.
Of course, it packs down extremely small when not needed. And in a nod to the concerns of non-racing cyclists, there are a handful of reflective details.
It costs £120 and is available in six sizes from XS to XXL. More info at www.rapha.cc
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