Rapha has expanded its women's range, with new products for racing, training and long-distance riding. To highlight the range, the U.K.-based apparel maker sent three riders on a training camp in Malaga to build their mountain legs and give the new products an outing in the warm Spanish weather.
Focus is on hot-weather products with the aim to ensure that female riders have kit for all conditions and temperature ranges. With an emphasis on fabrics, finishes and seam placement, the Souplesse range in particular has been evolved for improved on-bike fit with fabrics more closely matched to Rapha's Pro Team collection, which has been obsessively researched and developed with input from leading men's and women's WorldTour teams including CANYON/SRAM.
Meanwhile, the Brevet range, for long-distance and multi-day riding, has seen the addition of bib shorts with a perforated chamois and fabrics that can be washed and dried overnight. In the Classic range, the Women's Classic Wind Jacket II and Women's Classic Gilet II have been overhauled with a fabric update and increased reflectivity built into the seams. New for 2017 is the Women's Flyweight Jersey for hot weather riding - Rapha's lightest jersey yet, with fit, fabric and details designed for comfort in hot and humid conditions.
Maria Olsson, Rapha's Pro Team and Souplesse designer, said: "We worked a lot on pressure points and how to minimize pressure across the body whilst still keeping you supported and comfortable. The new additions to the range are the culmination of years of research and we have worked obsessively to perfect every detail."
Souplesse Aero Jersey
As worn by CANYON/SRAM women's World Tour racing team and previously only available in team colors, the jersey has been updated for 2017. Inspired by pro riders and tested in the wind tunnel, the fabrics is cut for and tested in the wind tunnel. The collar is cut to sit flat for aerodynamics and the fit is slim for maximum air flow over the body. With longer sleeves, aero fabric and minimal technical finishes, this jersey is the result of years or research. XXS-XL
Souplesse Lightweight Jersey
The lightest jersey in the Souplesse range, the main body fabric is 110 grams and has excellent wicking and stretch for hot days in the saddle. Details and stitching have been made as light as possible, to make the jersey feel barely-there, with laser-cut ventilation holes for additional breathability. The pockets have a new construction with an internal wall, providing extra storage even in the smallest sizes without adding any bulk to the jersey. The backs of the pockets are mesh-lined for air flow next to the skin. XXS-XL
Souplesse Bib Shorts
Performance bib shorts for racing and high-intensity training, updated for 2017. With fabric based on the award-winning Pro Team Bib Shorts, these bibs are supportive, opaque and breathable. The mesh upper is constructed from a high stretch, high-wicking fabric and have been crafted to minimize pressure points across the shoulders. The shorts have a new low profile gripper that is raw cut with a wider impact area to minimize pressure points on the leg whilst staying in place. XXS-XL
Women's Brevet Bib Shorts
Designed and developed for long days in the saddle. The straps have a lined mesh fabric for comfort whilst reflective stripes on the legs provide visibility in low light and poor conditions.
With a higher front rise, the upper portion is designed to work like a base layer to provide warmth on descents or in cooler temperatures while helping with ventilation on climbs or in warmer conditions. The Brevet Bib Short fabrics and chamois are quick-drying and designed to be washed and dried overnight, ready for the next day's riding. Cut in a Classic fit for comfort and breathability. XXS-XL
Women's Flyweight Jersey
Cut in a more relaxed fit than the Souplesse collection, the Women's Flyweight Jersey is for riding in extremely hot and humid conditions. Lightweight and highly breathable, made from a high-wicking and fast-drying fabric, the fit of the jersey is designed to sit slightly away from the skin to allow air flow around the body. The collar sits low for improved breathability, unnecessary seams have been removed to improve moisture transfer, and a mesh yoke and lining inside the back pockets increase ventilation in areas of high perspiration. XXS-XL
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