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Rapha Clothing opinions

Old 09-04-08, 10:54 AM
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Rapha Clothing opinions

I've just discovered their website. I like the understated look, but is it worth the money? You would certainly not want to fall off in a $400.00 jacket.
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Old 09-04-08, 11:06 AM
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Rapha uses Smartwool for their jerseys. Their garments are extremely comfortable and very well made. Their service is also top notch.
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Value is subjective. If you use the jacket a lot (and can afford it)... it's worth it. I know a VERY value conscience rider who bought the same jacket on "super sale". After owning it for three years he said he would gladly pay full price for it.
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i agree with geist. i bought a club jersey last month, and love it. absolutely comfortable, with the super wicking capabilities even in 80 degree temps. much lighter and dryer than my 100% merino wool jersey I had been wearing. plus, they pieces look great; subtle and stylish. if you can afford it, buy it.

i ordered the fixed shorts yesterday, and might post on those soon.

no doubt you'll read a lot of forum posts from folks who think rapha is not worth the money. these are people who do not own any rapha clothing.
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i got a "soft shell" jacket from them that i like... i like their slim-cuts. but i need to wear it A LOT to make it worth the price (about $200)!

although i must admit i just about died when i saw they sell a bandana for 50 pounds.. that's like $90
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I wear a few of their items - jersey, club jersey, long sleve jeresy, light weight jacket, touring shorts, arm warmers, some socks and a hat...

jersey is the best shirt I have ever worn, out of any shirt, tried to wear it as pj's and the wife shot that down ~

club shirt is fantastic

long sleve jeresy is ok

jacket is very very good. very strong, and functional.

shorts I wear almost every day commuting...very well made

arm warmers are good

socks are fine

hat is ok

all in all I have other items to wear in place of my Rapha clothes, but I generaly choose to wear Rapha as it is understated, extremely comfortable and well fitted.

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I have two rapha jerseys, the club and the classic (comes with armwarmers). They're both about two years old and so far I've had only minor complaints. The armwarmers have started to stretch out and the stitching came undone on one of the pockets in the club jersey. Otherwise, they're great products from both a performance and style perspective. Considering how much time I spend on a bike in these jerseys, I consider them a great investment. I'm currently debating about whether I should pick up the bib shorts as well.
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i have one of their lightweight softshells and they're great. i got it on sale, so it wasn't too painful. some of their stuff is priced in the ballpark but some is just too much. you have to draw your own line.
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Originally Posted by roomtone View Post
i ordered the fixed shorts yesterday, and might post on those soon.
All I can say is you'll love them. Nothing else comes close in pure function to these IMO. I would like to find a black pair in my size (30) as well as the green pair I own, but may have to wait until next year.

As for the rest of the Rapha gear I own, it's absolutely worth the money. Also, it's conservatively styled, which is a huge plus in my books.
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Old 09-04-08, 01:44 PM
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Surely you can't be serious. People complain about $2600 groupsets, but $200 for a basic wool jersey or some lycra and a chamois is crazy. Oh, but they have mysterious black and white photos on their website and Italian sounding product names .
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Disclaimer: I have never seen Rapha gear in-person. I have, though, purchased 100% merino wool jerseys (both short and long sleeves) for around $60 each which look better than the jerseys pictured on the Rapha site and which perform perfectly. And 100% merino is, in my experience, better than any Smartwool or Sportwool or whatever they call the wool/poly blends -- merino is more comfy and never takes a stink.

I reckon the jackets and vests (oh, sorry, the "gilettes") may be good stuff, especially for those who don't want Assos' spaceman-on-a-bike styling, but for the money I think I could do better.
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I own a number of Rapha jerseys.

I also own a number of other wool and merino wool jerseys.

The Rapha are simply the most comfortable jerseys I have ever worn. Bar none.

They are also not significantly more expensive than other wool jerseys.

I have never owned any of the Rapha jackets, but if they fit and wear as well as the jerseys I think they will be very good value for money, even at list price.
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Originally Posted by waytoomanybikes View Post
I own a number of Rapha jerseys.

I also own a number of other wool and merino wool jerseys.

The Rapha are simply the most comfortable jerseys I have ever worn. Bar none.

They are also not significantly more expensive than other wool jerseys.

I have never owned any of the Rapha jackets, but if they fit and wear as well as the jerseys I think they will be very good value for money, even at list price.
Incorrect. See my post above.
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Originally Posted by Coyote2 View Post
Incorrect. See my post above.

That would be based on YOUR views and preferences.

The other wool jerseys I have bought, have been in the same price range as Rapha.

If you choose to buy something else, some other brand, that is your choice.

It does not change my experience.
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I love my Rapha stuff (though don't own the jacket). Dont' regret a nickel of it... FWIW, all the guys I ride with wanted to know where I got it. Happily shared, but it's also nice being the only guy with the kit...
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i love the looks. just far too much money for cycling clothing. i dont ride as frequently, so im okay with performance-branded stuff.

kinda like Arcteryx technical gear... ill stick with REI house brand for now
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I have two longsleeves, two classic jerseys and one fixed jersey.

Rapha is a bit pricey, but I managed to get this stuff on a pretty heavily discounted sale, so for me it was definitely worth the money because they are 1: extremely comfortable and 2: not totally cheesy/excessively flashy in design.

Their longsleeve combined with a Craft sleeveless base layer is perfect for dry early spring/late fall rides.
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i have the "gillette" aka vest and have been incredibly pleased with it. I got it on sale but it was still a little expensive. However, I think it has been well worth it. I would also like to know where the person who has the "merino" jerseys got them for 60$. Merino is inherently expensive I am curious because that price is awesome.
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Originally Posted by redfooj View Post
kinda like Arcteryx technical gear... ill stick with REI house brand for now
Yeah, I know what you mean. I have a closet full of Arc'Teryx stuff mostly from when I worked there. I have paid retail for some pieces since then, but it only takes wearing it for what it was designed once to make me realize it's worth it. Same with Rapha.
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For the guys who got the Rapha kit on sale, where did you find it? Through the Rapha website, a third party site or a shop?
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I got the gillette on competitive cyclist.
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For the guys who got the Rapha kit on sale, where did you find it? Through the Rapha website, a third party site or a shop?
Sign up for their catalogue/mailing list.
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I hear bikesdirect is selling Rapha now.
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Why is it that some cyclists seem to be happy for others to have overly expensive bikes and components, when a bike several thousand pounds cheaper would perform the same function for the most part, but have real issues with people "wasting" money on expensive cycle clothing?

I have loads of cycle clothing, and lots of Rapha gear. I bought the Rapha clothing after having tried many other brands. For me Rapha is very well made, and has attention to detail that makes that little difference. For instance the little sewn in pump pocket on the jerseys and jackets that fits a mini pump prefectly and holds it upright and secure. I lost a nice mini pump from a jersey pocket when it jumped out on a descent and got trashed by a following car, so that feature alone saves me money.

Sportwool doesn't pick up smells any quicker than pure merino - I have several pure merino tops as well as Sportwool. But Sportwool does hold it's shape better, and survives washing better. The gloves are the best I've ever worn and still going strong after over 20,000 miles, and in fact look better now than when new.

The one thing I think Rapha are bettered in is thier bib shorts, my Assos F1 Mille S5's are much better, but I do like Rapha's 3/4's and longs, the cut is nice and the material has lasted well.
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