RAPHA BREVIT IN­SU­LATED

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

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.

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