Rapha Pro Team Shadow leg warmers review

The Rapha Pro Team Shadow leg warmers are designed to be the best windproof, water-resistant and breathable leg warmers for use in foul weather. How well do they perform and is the high price justified?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Overall, the Rapha Pro Team Shadow leg warmers are a very versatile addition to your wardrobe that complement the other Shadow garments well. The fabric appears to have some slight limitations with regards to stretch, but is the best performing textile I have used with regards to thickness, insulation, breathability, wind-proofing and water resistance. I am sure we will continue to see products like this develop and improve, but if I had to race in foul weather tomorrow, I would be reaching for these ahead of any other leg warmers.

Reasons to buy
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    Class-leading fabric

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    Impressive insulation for its thickness, yet very breathable

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    Great water repellency

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Reasons to avoid
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    Fabric can bunch around the knee

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    Outer DWR will wear off, but can be replenished.

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Having previously reviewed the Shadow jersey and bib shorts I was keen to see how the Rapha Pro Team Shadow leg warmers performed.  These are made from the same fabric as the jersey – and this fabric is the key to the Shadow line. It is a thin but dense material, a tough textile that provides excellent breathability, windproofing and water repellency while still maintaining a good degree of stretch.

>>> Click here for a review of the Rapha Pro Team Shadow Jersey

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