Rapha Brevet In­su­lated Jacket £112.50

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Rapha de­scribes the Brevet In­su­lated Jacket as an ex­tremely light­weight yet in­su­lat­ing jacket that packs down eas­ily and pro­vides breath­able pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments. The Brevet range is de­signed with a more re­laxed fit than Rapha’s Pro Team gar­ments and is in­tended for long days in the sad­dle.

It looks great, the qual­ity is su­perb, the hi-vis fea­tures are ef­fec­tive and stylish and it even comes in a cool pouch bag.

As the name sug­gests, it is in­deed very in­su­lat­ing and breath­able. Un­for­tu­nately, that’s where our praise ends. The siz­ing is in­con­sis­tent with other Rapha kit, with the size small tested com­ing up too short on the waist: it wouldn’t fully cover a cor­re­spond­ing size small Brevet Jer­sey. Fur­ther­more, the jacket only has one tiny valu­ables pocket mak­ing you re­liant on your jer­sey’s pock­ets. Un­for­tu­nately, the short cut of the jacket means it strug­gles to fit over full pock­ets. And if it did fit over full jer­sey pock­ets the Brevet Jacket has no ac­cess hole, or flap, mean­ing that ac­cess to jer­sey pock­ets is ham­pered.

In the­ory an in­su­lat­ing layer that can be packed away doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily need pock­ets, but un­for­tu­nately the Brevet doesn’t pack down small enough. We would sug­gest that if it doesn’t pack small enough to fit into a pocket, it re­ally needs pock­ets of its own.

We re­ally wanted to like the Brevet In­su­lated Jacket and it’s not in doubt that it looks and feels great. How­ever, the fit is off and in cy­cling jacket terms it is nei­ther fish nor fowl — it is bulky when packed into a jer­sey pocket, and doesn’t have pock­ets of its own.

Rapha has re­cently re­duced the price from £150 to £112.50 so if you’re short in the body grab a bar­gain.

Weight 225 grams

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