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.
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
Colors: Orange, Dark Olive, Dark Navy
More Info: www.rapha.cc