Rapha expands the Explore Collection

New additions include warm Gore-Tex off-road gear just as the winter temps arrive

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Rapha releases new Explore Collection

We don’t stop exploring just because the weather gets cold. Off-road riding in winter can often throw up the most rewarding adventures, as well as plenty of mud and grime. But to get the most of your riding, you’ll need the right gear. The expanded Rapha Explore range features brand new products designed to keep you warm and dry through the most demanding offroad trips.


To ensure these products meet the most demanding expectations, Rapha has tested them in one of the most demanding cycling environments on the planet. Iceland can be an unforgiving moonscape of a location, much of the time offering little in the way of shelter. The gear has to work beyond its limits to do its job and ensures you can rely on it to perform for you anywhere. 

Rapha Explore Collection


WOMEN’S EXPLORE TECHNICAL PULLOVER 


The gridded structure of the fleece fabric traps a layer of air against the body, boosting insulation and keeping you warm while an antibacterial finish keeps you feeling fresh even after multiple days in the wilderness. Rapha added a quarter-length zip for better airflow and to help you get the pullover on and off, while a raised collar and elasticated hem trap precious warmth when it gets chilly. Rapha’s signature stripes run around the chest, and we’ve added a small storage pocket on the back. For those running tubeless tires, a valve core tool is integrated into the hem drawcord, while a hidden label doubles as a temporary tire boot. 


FEATURES: Gridded construction improves insulation without extra weight. Raised elasticated collar and adjustable hem retain heat. The breathable, odor-resistant fabric stays fresh. Relaxed fit for on and off-bike Signature stripes across the chest Rear pocket secured with popper Quarter-length zip for ventilation Adjustable drawcord at hem Rapha armband on the sleeve. 

Price: $ 130 


WOMEN’S EXPLORE HOODED GORE-TEX PULLOVER


 A relaxed fit and soft next-to-skin feel ensure the jacket is comfortable on and off the bike, regardless of what you’re wearing underneath. For off-road riding in all weathers, the storm hood features an elasticated closure with enough room to wear over a helmet. A large chest pocket with internal mesh dividers keeps riding rations and maps dry and close at hand. Reflective stripes on the side panels and dots on the rear ensure visibility in low light. The jacket packs down into an integrated stuff sack, which doubles as a pillow for overnight pit stops. 


FEATURES: Gore-Tex Active – Gore’s lightest ever three-layer waterproof fabric. Durable, all-terrain fit with storm hood. All-in-one map pocket, pillow, and stuff sack. Relaxed fit for comfort on and off-bike Aquaguard quarter zip with O-ring puller Drawcord hem with integrated valve core tool Microfibre lining on the collar to prevent rubbing Elasticated hood to be worn over a helmet. 

Price: $345 


WOMEN’S EXPLORE CARGO WINTER TIGHTS


Insulated winter tights with storage built-in. The Explore Cargo Winter Tights are made from a fleece-backed water-resistant fabric and an 11mm-thick chamois pad explicitly designed for long-distance riding, ensuring they keep you dry and comfortable in the worst weather. Rapha adds four cargo pockets, two of which are zipped for security with the others mesh for quick access and incorporated distinctive reflective stripes to the calf section and the rear of the tights to ensure you’re visible in low light. Additional visibility is provided from reflective Rapha logos on the legs. 


FEATURES: Reflective panels on the lower legs vastly improve visibility in low light. Reflective dot application on the rear sits in a driver’s line of sight to keep you seen. Two water-resistant zipped pockets. Two mesh sleeves on the lower back and the left leg. Quick-drying chamois pad Brushed fleece inner for warmth and comfort DWR treatment for water repellency Lightweight mesh uppers for support without bulk Fast-drying chamois pad for multi-day adventures Flatlock stitching to prevent rubbing. 

Price: $325 


EXPLORE TECHNICAL PULLOVER


 The gridded structure of the fleece fabric traps a layer of air against the body, boosting insulation and keeping you warm while an antibacterial finish keeps you feeling fresh even after multiple days in the wilderness. Rapha incorporated a quarter-length zip for better airflow and to help you get the pullover on and off, while a raised collar and elasticated hem trap precious warmth when it gets chilly. Rapha’s signature stripes run around the chest, and we’ve added a small storage pocket on the chest. For those running tubeless tires, a valve core tool is integrated into the hem drawcord, while a hidden label doubles as a temporary tire boot. 


FEATURES: Gridded construction improves insulation without extra weight. Raised elasticated collar and adjustable hem retain heat. The breathable, odor-resistant fabric stays fresh. Relaxed fit for on and off-bike Signature stripes across the chest Chest pocket secured with popper Quarter-length zip for ventilation Adjustable drawcord at hem Rapha armband on sleeve Available in Carbon Grey, Grey Blue, and Plum.

Price: $130 


EXPLORE TECHNICAL HOODIE


The gridded structure of the fleece fabric traps a layer of air against the body, boosting insulation and keeping you warm while an antibacterial finish keeps you feeling fresh even after multiple days in the wilderness. Rapha incorporated a full-length zip to allow you to wear it undone and maximize ventilation, while the elasticated hood and hem trap precious warmth when it gets chilly. Rapha’s signature stripes run around the chest, and we’ve added a small storage pocket for your phone. For those running tubeless tires, a valve core tool is integrated into the hem drawcord, while a hidden label doubles as a temporary tire boot. 


FEATURES: Gridded construction improves insulation without extra weight. Raised elasticated collar and adjustable hem retain heat. The breathable, odor-resistant fabric stays fresh. The hood can be worn under a helmet. Relaxed fit for on and off-bike Signature stripes across the chest Chest pocket secured with popper Quarter-length zip for ventilation Adjustable drawcord at hem Rapha armband on the sleeve. 

Price: $ 155 


MEN’S EXPLORE HOODED GORE-TEX PULLOVER


A waterproof hooded rain jacket with a chest pocket for storage. Made for adventure not speed, this quarter-zip waterproof pullover makes use of GORE-TEX Active, whose lightweight three-layer construction is both waterproof and breathable. With a new, more relaxed fit and soft next-to-skin feel, the jacket is comfortable on and off the bike, no matter what you’re wearing underneath. Should your adventure take you off-road, there are several technical features to keep you comfortable. The storm hood features an elasticated closure to keep the weather at bay and can be worn with or without a helmet. A large chest pocket with internal mesh dividers keeps riding rations and maps out of the rain and close to hand. Reflective stripes on the side panels and dots on the rear ensure you stay seen in low light conditions. Once night falls, the jacket packs down into an integrated stuff sack, which doubles as a pillow for overnight pit stops. 


FEATURES: GORE-TEX Active- GORE-TEX’s lightest ever three-layer waterproof fabric. Durable, all-terrain fit with storm hood. All-in-one map pocket, pillow, and stuff sack. Relaxed fit for comfort on and off-bike Aquaguard quarter zip with O-ring puller Drawcord hem with integrated valve core tool Microfibre lining on the collar to prevent rubbing Elasticated hood to be worn over a helmet.

Price: $345


Check out the Rapha’s Explore Collection in full here.

About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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