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Old 06-14-20, 07:21 PM
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To Rapha or not to Rapha

I own a few tid bits like shirt, hat, head band thing but lust for a big or a Jersey .
I been to the nyc store had a nice latte and watched TV.
is the stuff worth it.
I want the cargo bins
anyone own ?
big
$$$$
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Old 06-14-20, 07:38 PM
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For a second there I thought this was a haiku lol. I have the core cargo bibs and core normal bibs. If you are inquiring on the core cargo bibs (I think the brevet bibs are pretty similar too) then I definitely recommend them. Comfortable and seem pretty well wearing. The pockets are great and I am a big fan of the back ones specifically. The side pockets are good and things seem to stay in them well. Sizing is pretty spot on for their size chart. Though if you get the Core line of bibs and are close/between the 2 sizes, I would say the smaller one. I am between M and L in Core line and M fits better/more comfortably in my opinion. Hope that helps. Core line is only $150 for the cargo bibs which is less than most offerings you will get with Castelli/Assos/Giordana/etc
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The Core stuff isn't that expensive and it's good. I really like the latest Core jersey - a little more flexible/stretchy than the previous (which was still pretty good). If the cut suits your body type, I think they're a great deal at $80. The Core bibs are also good and not terribly expensive (the Core Cargo do up the price a bit vs the standard Core). They're a bit wedgie off the bike (speaking only for myself), but they're nice in the saddle - I've only had them since spring, but I've done an 80+ and 100+ mile rides in 'em with no complaints.

Also, check the Archive Sale section - there's often good stuff discounted there.
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Do it. I was recommended the Rapha Classic II jerseys as they met the criteria of what I was looking for. That was last week. I have since bought 3 more jerseys and I ordered 3 pairs of the cargo shorts. Rapha is good stuff.
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I own a few pieces - core bibs, lightweights, pro team bibs, long and short sleeves, jackets - the only negative Iíve had was with their 2016/2016 lightweight bib shorts - feels cheap, leg grippers are too constructing, and and chamois is too squishy. Otherwise all others have been great.
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Old 06-15-20, 01:42 AM
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i swear by their merino base layers and own like 6 of the short sleeve ones and four of the long sleeve ones (recently picked up 1 ss and 3 ls) and have
found their jerseys-even the thin flyweight or lightweight ones meant for hot days-last for years with proper care if you don't shove the rear pockets full to bursting on every ride.
i used to handwash all of my rapha (and cycling clothing) and then line dry but nowadays, i machine wash it and line dry it. still holds up well. have 3 of the thicker "classic" jerseys
and have owned them all 7+ years with them all seemingly having years to go. Most worried about the second jersey i ever bought from them, an original "lightweight" hot weather, full-zip jersey.
love the look of it (slightly higher collar) but it's gotta be nearly a decade old. wear it about 25x a year. zipper is getting a little dicey and there are a few little holes in the rear pockets
from the occasional overstuffing. garment still performs beautifully on those hot days tho. guess i'll just start wearing it unzipped on the 90+ degree rides. have a neck gaiter from them that's
going on its' fifth year w/o issues. got a 3 yo winterish jacket that's good down to about 30 degrees f. have never tried the bibs. have tried four pairs of the arm warmers over the years and
find that a pair will last through a year/season before the upper arm elasticity gets too loose and the arm warmer is continually sliding down.

was curious about the semi-recent "core" line so bought a regular core jersey for $80 and was so impressed, i picked up another within the week.

if you buy the stuff through their website (and not at one of their stores/pop-up stores) and set up an account, it comes in handy since they'll do repairs (if able) if they can verify
date of purchase/order number (archived on your account) in case of a crash. in the case they can verify the purchase but the repair is too costly, difficult or archaic, they will send you a credit
towards a new rapha item. i think it was $40 last time they couldn't repair a jacket for me.

i've probably spent (between gift cards and outright purchases) $900-$1,000 usd this year with rapha because of the performance, durability and customer service. i usually don't spend that much
every year with them since some years, i'm not digging their colors/style. some years are better than others.

the other two brands i tap for jerseys and occasionally bibs are danny shane and demarchi the last 5 years. had good success with both of them as well but no repair/customer service interactions with either.

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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
I own a few tid bits like shirt, hat, head band thing but lust for a big or a Jersey .
I been to the nyc store had a nice latte and watched TV.
is the stuff worth it.
I want the cargo bins
anyone own ?
big
$$$$
thanks guys. good feed back.
sorry for typos.
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Iíve got 2 core jerseys and 1 core lightweight. If itís over 80ish degrees, the core is a little too warm for me.

They are great jerseys though
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Does Rapha ever do an annual sale or anything along those lines?
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
Does Rapha ever do an annual sale or anything along those lines?
Yeah, they do sales multiple times per year - something in the neighborhood of 25% off. They also do bundle deals (link), which are just about as good if you find a bundle that you want/need. The best deals, though, are still the archive sale items (link).
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
Does Rapha ever do an annual sale or anything along those lines?
yes.
they have sale now on thermal bib. big savings.
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Old 06-15-20, 10:33 AM
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For those of you with core cargo bibs - would love to hear thoughts on using back pockets while wearing a cycling jersey. Thinking about grabbing a pair for a credit card bike trip later this summer. The extra pockets would be nice to have. Thx.
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For those of you with core cargo bibs - would love to hear thoughts on using back pockets while wearing a cycling jersey. Thinking about grabbing a pair for a credit card bike trip later this summer. The extra pockets would be nice to have. Thx.
I can speak on this. I love them. They are *roughly* upper L-spine region. Depending on your flexibility they are pretty easy to get stuff out of and I would say I have average flexibility. I usually use them for things I wont need to remove often though. So, slim wallet/cards/$, keys, phone. Not too difficult to reach on the bike and off it is obviously easier. With a Rapha Pro Fit Jersey I can reach in them without difficulty despite having a rain cape and various bits in the jersey itself. Good sized pockets too.
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Originally Posted by PedalHardr View Post
I can speak on this. I love them. They are *roughly* upper L-spine region. Depending on your flexibility they are pretty easy to get stuff out of and I would say I have average flexibility. I usually use them for things I wont need to remove often though. So, slim wallet/cards/$, keys, phone. Not too difficult to reach on the bike and off it is obviously easier. With a Rapha Pro Fit Jersey I can reach in them without difficulty despite having a rain cape and various bits in the jersey itself. Good sized pockets too.
Awesome, thanks for that. I'm pretty close to convinced I should add a pair of these to the wardrobe.
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As the other post stated, the rear pockets are easy to reach. Basically, they are directly under your jersey pockets.
I use those pockets more than the thigh pockets.

The one bothersome issue with Core cargo bibs are the straps attach too far apart. Pro Team has the straps on the front of your chest.
The cargo core sit off the sides of your torso, so the straps tend to bunch up.

I also went one size down on the Core compared to Pro Team. They are a good value, though I'm probably not going to buy Core again.

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Awesome, thanks for that. I'm pretty close to convinced I should add a pair of these to the wardrobe.
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I own a number of their products, cargo bib tights, thermal bib knickers, bib shorts, wind front jersey (EXCELLENT PRODUCT) in short sleeve and long sleeve, and a few pair of their gloves. The core base layer is one of my go-to items in many weather conditions. All bought at the sale or discount pricing, either directly through Rapha or from Chain Reaction I think. I would say that there stuff is pretty well worked out with some unique and nice features. It runs small so I have to use XL in all bib shorts or tights. Is it worth the money? That is a subjective question that is up to you. Is it the best? For some of their stuff, it is up there with Assos, with other stuff, close but not quite in the same league. Customer support is pretty good but I had to argue that the failure of a pair of full finger gloves was a manufacturing defect and not my fault. At first, I was told it was not their's to honor. I complained and they stepped up, which is what you would expect from a reputable company, such as Rapha. There stuff does have the "cool" factor which will of course make you faster on the bike...
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I have a long torso and find there bibs uncomfortable, the ride up the backside.
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
Does Rapha ever do an annual sale or anything along those lines?
yes...the big sale is usualy at the end of the year after december 25th. granted, the stock isn't the best but it is a great time to pick up summer/warmer gear.
if you're a little (or a lot) shorter/taller/bigger/smaller than the average bear, you'll likely have better luck finding stuff in your size for a decent discount.

they used to float new e-mail subscribers a 15 or 20% discount on your first order. unsure if that still applies. i think it's still free shipping on orders over $100 usd which isn't difficult to hit.
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seems to be shipping out of kentucky these days so it takes about 4 days to get cross country to san diego, ca.

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