RAPHA BREVIT INSULATED
The 240g Brevet from high-end cycle clothing brand Rapha is of a different mould to other offerings on test, with insulation to make it more suitable for cooler temperatures as the off-season gets into full swing. Polartec’s Alpha technology is responsible for the insulation, aiming to be breathable and core temperature-regulating. While we found this to be true, to a point, in temperatures of 10ºC or above the Brevet was just a bit too warm for training rides, but fine for casual jaunts and fending off rain very well. Though Rapha describe the Brevet as packable, this is the only jacket we couldn’t fit into a standard jersey pocket, so isn’t really suitable as an emergency option, requiring further on-bike storage unless you’re wearing it for the duration of your ride. Annoyingly, there’s also no access point to your jersey pockets and, although you get a small phone-sized pocket on the jacket, we’d have liked this to have been considered for longer rides. Still, it’s soft to the touch and looks great, if a bit short in the body. There’s also a hi-viz yellow version.