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