Aerosuit combines a windproof upper and insulated bibtights for aerodynamic cold weather riding

Going out for a winter ride normally means layering up like the Michelin man before sallying forth, making sure that the various bits of clothing don’t leave any gaps for the wind and rain to sneak in.

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Now Rapha has launched a one-piece skinsuit for performance winter training rides, which addresses these problems and is a lot less bulky.

Thermal Aerosuit comes in black with plenty of reflexives. Photo Rapha

Thermal Aerosuit comes in black with plenty of reflexives. Photo Rapha

The aerosuit is two garments in one, joined together at the waist. The top half is based on Rapha’s Pro Team Jacket and has a front made of water resistant and windproof three layer fabric, which also extends to the arms and includes a waterproof membrane.

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The rear of the top is made of breathable material for better temperature regulation and sweat dissipation. Rapha claims that this reduces the need for gilets or other garments which would need to be put on or taken off during a ride.


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There are the usual three rear pockets, which are designed to sit flat against the rider’s back when empty. Rapha uses a front zipper designed for low friction and with a large puller for easy use when wearing gloves.

Peter Kennaugh rides around the Isle of Man in the Aerosuit. Photo: Rapha

Peter Kennaugh rides around the Isle of Man in the Aerosuit. Photo: Rapha

The bottom half of the aerosuit follows the model of Rapha’s Pro Team Winter Tights. It uses the same seatpad as Rapha uses in its Pro Team Bib Shorts and Rapha Bib Shorts. Again there’s a combination of fabrics used in the tight part of the aerosuit, with a lining made of an air-trapping “waffle print” fabric which helps retain warmth and wick sweat away from the skin to avoid dampness.

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The aerosuit comes in black with a range of reflectives incorporated for low-light visibility. Rapha suggests that it is good for high intensity winter training and also for cold weather racing. It’s available now on the Rapha website priced at £320.

  • Dan

    Working as hard as possible to get creamed by a car. I mean, share the road and all, but can’t we cyclists take SOME steps to be visible?

  • phill

    Castelli rip off

  • Darren Garvie

    What is the price and as someone has said black is a bad idea for winter or even summer keep safe be seen.

  • ridein

    Why dress in all-black kit on an overcast Winter day?

  • Matt

    Rapha launches new winter line? Probably costs a totally reasonable £4000