Rapha Women’s Classic Softshell Jacket


Spending as much on a jacket as some people spend on a bike could seem like an indulgence! As ever with outdoor gear you do get what you pay for and sometimes as well as a perfect fit, fabulous materials and wonderful performance, you also get something fabulously stylish. This softshell is a lovely example of style and substance!


Rapha Women’s Classic Softshell Jacket


We can’t fault the build quality of this jacket and despite much use, in equal measures on and off the bike, it looks as good as new. The softshell fabric is wind proof and water resistant, and of course, as we’d expect of a high-end garment, it’s breathable too. It’s joy to ride in!


Not only is the cut just lovely on the female form, comfortable and flattering, surely this combo should be a standard requirement for women’s bike apparel! Anyway the features are beautifully thought out, as we’ve come to expect from Rapha, bite grip on the collar, easy to use zip with lockdown puller, fleece chin guard and under-arm zippered vents! Then there’s the rubberised shoulder pad to keep your bag steady and not a seam in sight where you might experience annoying rubbing etc.  See we told you it had been properly thought out and designed. Every feature works so well and if you’re riding at a high level you won’t be let down by the fabric, performance, or the fit.


If you’re caught out in a nasty weather day there’s the pull down storm flap with reflective logo and the cuffs have handy thumb and wrist holes to keep you extra cosy. There are plenty of pockets for everything from iPod to pump and spares, all neatly arranged and easy to get to. We could wax lyrical about the internals of the jacket, but you’ll have to look for yourself if you get the chance, it’s pretty stunning inside too.


So if you only buy one softshell in your lifetime, or you can roll the next few Xmas and birthdays into one, then go for the Rapha Softshell. You’ll feel good on every level – just don’t crash in it!


Sizes: XXS (UK6) XS, S (UK10), M, L (UK14), XL
Colours: Black
Cost: £240

Website: http://www.rapha.cc/womens-softshell-jacket


Performance: 10

Value: 8


Tested by Bex Hopkins



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