Early December isn't exactly prime time for a summer weight cycling jersey release. But Rapha did it anyway, unveiling their new Rapha Silk Jersey, the lightest jersey they've ever made, with the fabric weighing in at only 75 grams per square meter. Of course the price is not so light. This breathable top will set you back a cool $215. Color options are navy and black. Sizes run XS to XXL.
Rapha explains the rationale of the new top, saying, "The use of silk in cycling jerseys was pioneered on the track in the 1940s and has now been combined with our best-loved Flyweight design to create one of the most advanced hot-weather jerseys we have ever made."
"The Silk Jersey brings an historic fabric back to the vanguard of performance clothing design by using an exceptionally lightweight construction that combines the natural sweat-wicking, fast-drying and antibacterial properties of silk with polyester for added strength, stretch and breathability. Weighing in at just 113 grams in a size medium, it's our lightest jersey yet and the perfect partner on rides in hot and humid conditions."
Produced in the same Italian mill as Rapha's Shadow material, the silk fabric is highly absorbent, wicking away sweat rapidly, but also quick-drying, meaning that it feels cool and dry on the skin even when you're working hard in the heat, claims Rapha.
Mesh side panels provide additional breathability and create the same stretch fit as the Rapha Classic Flyweight Jersey. To keep weight to a minimum, the jersey features a lightweight full-length zip, a slimline rear gripper, and bonded seams on the back at armband. Three gusseted rear pockets carry all you'll need for the ride, while a raised collar to help protect your neck from the sun.
"It was a case of fabric first in the development of this jersey," explained Maria Olson, Rapha Design Manager. "As soon as we found the woven silk polyester blend, we knew we had to create a special hot weather garment."
For more info head to www.rapha.cc.