21 September 2007

Rapha gears up for winter

Last winter, one of us blew nearly our entire tax refund on a Rapha Softshell jacket. For those who aren't familiar with Rapha, they make beautiful, over-the-top cycling clothing. Expensive, especially with the tanking US dollar, but with fantastic materials and attention to detail. Despite somewhat retro (classic?) styling, they do introduce new product from time to time, and even make revisions to successful gear. For this winter, a long-sleeve jersey, lightweight softshell, and 3/4 length bibs (see right) have been introduced and the original weight softshell jacket revised. Check out the reflective bits on the knickers, which are increasingly appealing as the days get shorter.

What happened to our Softshell? It ran big (the Large more like a Castelli XL), so it had to go back on ebay, from where it had come. Man, that was one beautiful jacket, though...


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