Review: Rapha Hooded Wind Jacket

Apparel

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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
More Info: www.rapha.cc

Review: Rapha Hooded Wind Jacket Gallery
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Slim fit, elegant design.
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High viz draw strings.
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Road spray kept at bay.
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The hood rolls up.
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Air holes where you need them most.
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Easy-to-grab zipper.
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Like all Rapha clothing, the Hooded Wind Jacket comes with a story patch on the inside. This one tells the tale of the famed and fearsome mistral winds.
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The wrist cuff is soft and snug.
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Water denied.
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Still dry.
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Reflective arm band.
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Also comes in Orange.
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And Dark Olive.
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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 in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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