Rapha launches new flagship Explore Gore-Tex jacket - at £395/$530 you'd better not fall off...

New high-end jacket and trousers added to Explore off-road collection

Rapha Explore collection
(Image credit: Rapha)

Rapha has added a new Gore-Tex jacket and Gore-Tex pants/trousers to its Explore collection. The Explore range is, in Rapha’s words, “created to offer high-performance protection from harsh weather throughout off-road adventures."

The new premium-priced jacket is clearly aimed at taking on the best waterproof cycling jackets  while the best waterproof trousers are often aimed at commuting - but clearly not Rapha's.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.