Review: Rapha Hooded Wind Jacket


Why You Want

You’re looking for a top-shelf lightweight, windproof hooded cycling jacket for cruising around the city — and you have some disposable income to spare.


No doubt about it, high-end apparel maker Rapha makes really nice stuff. From luggage, to race-day kit, to shaving cream, to commuter wear, the U.K.-based outfit does it well. The new Hooded Wind Jacket is no exception. Fabric is wispy light and breathable, but also highly water repellent thanks to a DWR treatment that repels rain like a golf umbrella.

It also works well on the bike thanks to a fabric blend that has just enough stretch to allow you to sprint through yellow lights and dodge rim-wrecking potholes. There’s also extra vents in the pits to help keep you cool, a roll-up hood that fits under a helmet, and a pair of zip-up front pockets with easy-to-grasp O-ring pulls.

Other notable features include ample reflective logos and piping, a drop tail design to keep road spray at bay, and woven cuffs for a snug but not-too-tight fit at the wrist.


Fit is definitely on the athletic side, so make sure to do your due diligence when selecting size. And of course, some will balk at the price tag. North of $200 is a lot to spend on any piece of clothing that you can’t get married in or wear to the Oscars.

RoadBikeReview Take

Price tag aside, this is a beautifully designed piece of technical apparel that doesn’t look like technical apparel. And that’s the beauty of it. It will keep you dry and visible, but not scream, Hey, look at me, I’m captain yellow-vest commuter.

Rating 4 out of 5
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colors: Orange, Dark Olive, Dark Navy
Price: $220
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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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