Urban Cyclist - - New Gear - www.rapha.cc

Yes, the days are warm­ing up but a cool blazer’s suit­able for the ma­jor­ity of the UK cal­en­dar, al­beit bike-spe­cific blaz­ers are a rare event. A lack of wa­ter­proof­ing and breatha­bil­ity is com­mon and a de­ter­rent for many – but that shouldn’t be a prob­lem in the new Shadow Blazer from Rapha. Core to this £400 gar­ment is the Shadow fab­ric, which has been bor­rowed from the 2016 kits of Team Sky. The ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary’ wo­ven ma­te­rial is pre-treated with wa­ter-re­sis­tant coat­ing and then shrunk 50% to in­crease den­sity and pre­vent wa­ter pen­e­tra­tion. Nice. Two zipped front pock­ets, an in­ter­nal pass­port pocket and zipped credit-card pocket add a prac­ti­cal edge, while a typ­i­cally Rapha hi-vis tab with re­flec­tive brand­ing sits neatly on the rear of the col­lar.

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