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Old 01-30-07, 04:15 PM   #1
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Rapha Fixed. Jersey (Pics)

I just got my Rapha Fixed. Jersey (dumb name, yes), thought I'd share how it looks on a real human being instead of Rapha bike models. So far it's phenomenal. So comfortable, soft, breathable, and a great fit.



For reference, I'm 5-11, 183, with about a 43" chest, and this is size L.

Say what you will about their cost or aesthetic, I'm a believer already. Quality garments in a style I like are worth it to me!
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i <3 rapha. i have the soft shell.
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Where's the rapha bike models?
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Where's the rapha bike models?
I just meant the dudes on the page, and the fact that it's rare to see an item of clothing in a full-body shot of a person on their site.
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Old 01-30-07, 06:26 PM   #6
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I also just bought that jersey. It fits bigger than expected, which makes it nice for just chilling off the bike too. People should note too that it does not have pockets in the rear. I pretty much wore it everyday on my recent trip to India (weather permitting).

Enjoy yours as I've been enjoying mine!
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I bought a soft shell and it is awesome. Commuting at 13 degrees, I only wear a craft base layer and my rapha soft shell and I am cozy. Also does a good job of keeping me dry in the rain. Expensive as hell though!
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I bought a soft shell and it is awesome. Commuting at 13 degrees, I only wear a craft base layer and my rapha soft shell and I am cozy. Also does a good job of keeping me dry in the rain. Expensive as hell though!
Yeah, the soft shell is just way too far out of my price range.
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Looks nice. I wish I could find a plain lightweight full zip wool jersey that fit right.
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i want them to bring back the refer a friend get a discount thing they had going on.

i totally referred myself, and got that plus a holiday discount which knocked the softshell down to around 100 bucks.
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Yeah, I did that with their winter pack from last year. That was before they had USD prices too, so I ended up saving a lot.
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I really really really want the winter training pack they have now, but they don't have the winter jersey's in large at all, and no socks in large either!

Sidenote: anyone familiar with the Pearl Izumi Gavia? I'm thinking of getting it for the very cold winter here in the midwest.
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I've heard mixed reviews on the Gavia and Pearl Izumi stuff in general. Two companies that always get good reviews though are Showers Pass and Foxwear. Some added benefits of getting anything from Foxwear is that it's custom made and designed specifically for you, but it's all reasonably priced.
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Telix/endo shi, I was wondering what you think about the durability of that jersey. I mean, are there any special washing instructions? Did it shrink? I know that might sound sarcastic but I would really like to know what you think.
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That softshell sounds like a great jacket. Too bad it costs as much as a wheelset. :\
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Telix/endo shi, I was wondering what you think about the durability of that jersey. I mean, are there any special washing instructions? Did it shrink? I know that might sound sarcastic but I would really like to know what you think.
I'm generally really not mindful about how I wash clothes, I just throw it in with the warm wash and hang dry. I'm pretty sure the jersey says it's okay to dry in the machine. Telix?

As for durability, it is very good. I was a little dismayed at some loose seams around the cuff, but other than that no problems.

I got the tricolor jersey from my girlfriend for the holidays. It also is very impressive. Rapha=the commuter's Assos.
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Socks?

I'm looking at getting the 'Winter Training Pack' , anyone tried their socks out?
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I'm looking at getting the 'Winter Training Pack' , anyone tried their socks out?
I assume they are just as good as any other merino wool sock. Unfortunately they don't have the winter jersey or socks in my size.
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I'm looking at getting the 'Winter Training Pack' , anyone tried their socks out?
The socks are extremely thin and are left/right foot specific. The insides of the foot (arc area) are extra padded for cyclists, hence the specific footedness.
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i am a freak for rapha and i have just about everything they sell. the socks are the best most comfortable socks ever. i like the fixed jersey so much i wear it as a sweater and hardly ever ride in it. the softshell lets you ride in any weather including 33 degree drizzle. the club jerseys are great too.

i am a rapha poseur baby....
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...rapha group buy?
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...rapha group buy?
I'm in

Now I'm looking at their gloves. I think I need help ...
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...rapha group buy?

Yeah, you organize it. It should certainly take only 2-3 years.
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No point for most of their winter items, as they are sold out of many popular sizes of things like the winter jerseys and socks. A softshell group buy would be awesome, but there is no point in moving foward until we talk to Rapha. I'll shoot them an email to see if they would be supportive.
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