PRO TEAM SOFTSHELL
RAPHA’S PRO TEAM range is designed for rapid riding, and this jacket nails the brief. Its seams are taped internally, giving the jacket a clean, stylish look and the three-layer Polartec fabric employed throughout its construction keeps rainwater at bay excellently, while ensuring that breathability is up there with the very best, despite its very close fit. Be mindful that this jacket has a ‘racing’ cut, so you’ll just about have room for a long-sleeved baselayer beneath. Given its level of insulation, however, that’s all you’ll need anyway. Three rear pockets are easy to reach, and a separate strip of repellent fabric on the central rear section keeps spray from your rear tyre from dirtying your back. As ever with Rapha, it’s a bit pricier than the rest. If you can stretch to it, for purposeful winter rides, it’s very impressive.