Rapha is offering Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jackets for the first time: the Pro Team Lightweight Gore-Tex Jacket, the Pro Team Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket and the Explore Hooded Gore-Tex Jacket.
There's no outer layer on top of the membrane to become saturated, the idea being that rain water and road spray simply bead up and roll off the surface.
"The extremely breathable fabric allows a high degree of exertion without overheating, ideal for the fast race conditions experienced by pro-level riders, while the 49gsm (grams per square
metre) Gore-Tex ShakeDry fabric is incredibly light and packable, allowing you to keep your protection on hand at all times in case of sudden showers," says Rapha.
Men's and women's versions are available for £220.
The Pro Team Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket (£320, no women's-specific version of this one is available) also uses the ShakeDry fabric, this time backed with PolarTec Alpha, a lightweight synthetic insulation developed for the US military (it's true!).
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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.
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