RAPHA BLAZING A STYLISH TRAIL
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.