PRO TEAM SOFT­SHELL

£200

Triathlon Plus - - The Big Test -

rapha.cc

RAPHA’S PRO TEAM range is de­signed for rapid rid­ing, and this jacket nails the brief. Its seams are taped in­ter­nally, giv­ing the jacket a clean, stylish look and the three-layer Po­lartec fab­ric em­ployed through­out its con­struc­tion keeps rainwater at bay ex­cel­lently, while en­sur­ing that breatha­bil­ity is up there with the very best, de­spite its very close fit. Be mind­ful that this jacket has a ‘rac­ing’ cut, so you’ll just about have room for a long-sleeved baselayer be­neath. Given its level of in­su­la­tion, how­ever, that’s all you’ll need any­way. Three rear pock­ets are easy to reach, and a sep­a­rate strip of re­pel­lent fab­ric on the cen­tral rear sec­tion keeps spray from your rear tyre from dirty­ing your back. As ever with Rapha, it’s a bit pricier than the rest. If you can stretch to it, for pur­pose­ful winter rides, it’s very im­pres­sive.

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