Rapha Pro Team Training jersey review

Fashionable jersey with large pockets that's ideal for long rides

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Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey

Rapha’s Pro Team Training Jersey offers fashionable function at a fairly reasonable price.

What is it

Rapha’s Pro Team Training Jersey delivers all-day comfort thanks to a fit that’s slightly looser than many aero jerseys. Large pockets make carrying food and extra layers easy.

Pros
  • Well-priced, functional cycling fashion
  • Large, elastic pockets easily carry jackets, food, bottles
  • More relaxed fit than Rapha’s ultra-tight aero collection
Cons
  • Still a very slim fit
RoadBikeReview’s Take

Rapha’s Pro Team Training Jersey is great for any ride, whether you take your training seriously or are simply serious about enjoying your time on a bike. While its cut is still quite slim, the materials used are not as compressive as Rapha’s aero jersey. This lends an added element of comfort for the average cyclist or those taking on long days.

Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey

Large, elastic rear pockets carry clothing, food, and other essentials with ease.

Three large pockets on the back sag a bit when not in use. But load them up with a jacket, wallet, phone, ride food, and an inner tube and they hold it all with ease. Additionally a small zippered pocket is great for stowing small valuables. The hem at the back of the jersey has a rubberized treatment to help keep it from rotating in the event that your pocket contents aren’t perfectly balanced.

Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey

A small, zippered pocket is ideal for a slim wallet.

The zipper moves effortlessly, never binding even when used with only one hand. Unlike some of Rapha’s earlier jerseys, the collar isn’t too tight on the back of the neck. Mesh sides help keep you cool on hotter days, but the jersey’s main material is a medium weight fabric, making it versatile throughout the year.

Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey

Like many race cut jerseys, the front of the Pro Team Training Jersey is fairly short. This isn’t an issue on the bike, but can be visible at the café.

Because the Pro Team Training Jersey is cut with a cycling position in mind, the front of the jersey is fairly short. That’s not a big concern while riding, but at cafes it can ride up a bit, exposing your undershirt or more.

Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey

Mesh panels on the sides keep you cool on a hot day. The rest of the jersey uses a medium weight material, adding year-round versatility.

At $135, the Pro Team Training Jersey sits in the middle of Rapha’s range. Compared to other similar jerseys, like Velocio’s Signature Jersey or Castelli’s Free AR 4.1 Jersey, its price is slightly lower.

Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey

The sleeves lay flat and forego any rubber grippers, instead emphasizing comfort.

At 5’10” and 150 pounds, the size small I tested fit perfectly. I wouldn’t have minded a centimeter or two longer sleeves and I could personally do without the white Rapha logo on the back pocket. But this is nitpicking. On the whole, I really liked the Pro Team Training Jersey. Even as a decidedly slow amateur, it serves my cycling needs well and is highly recommended.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5 stars
Price: $135
More Info: www.rapha.cc

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About the author: Nick Legan

Nick Legan is happiest with some grease under his nails and a long dirt climb ahead. As a former WorldTour team mechanic, Legan plied his trade at all the Grand Tours, Spring Classics, World Championships and even the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In recent years, gravel and ultra-distance racing has a firm grip on Legan’s attention, but his love of mountain biking and long road rides hasn’t diminished. Originally a Hoosier, Legan settled in Boulder, Colorado, 14 years ago after finishing his time at Indiana University studying French and journalism. He served as the technical editor at VeloNews for two years and now contributes to Adventure Cyclist, Mtbr and RoadBikeReview.


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