RAPHA CLASSIC GILET II
WHAT THEY SAY: Designed for milder weather, this updated version of our popular gilet is perfect for cool starts and cooler descents.
WHAT WE SAY: Rapha’s gilet uses a mix of solid panels to keep the wind in check with stretchy mesh panels under the arms and at the back to add breathability. It’s paper thin and packs down into a tidy little package that can be tucked into one of the two rear pockets. A further small zipped pocket on the chest rounds out its carrying capabilities. It’s water resistant, rather than waterproof, while the elasticated armholes further help to keep the elements at bay. Discreet branding on the neck and back provides a splash of reflectivity. We like the little clip that along with the zip keeps it closed, while there’s also a label inside which tells you all about Le Mistral, the Mediterranean wind that bothers Mont Ventoux, among other places. As ever with Rapha, it’s all the detail. Available in sizes XS-XXL and in pale blue, navy and black.