Rapha Core Rain Jacket II review - smart and well-fitted but a shame about the sleeves

A highly breathable, waterproof and visible (in Orange) jacket

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Overall this is a really nice jacket at a reasonable price. It looks classy and fitted well. It is very breathable and waterproof. It kept me dry and snug from the rain and I really appreciated the feeling of being visible to other road users whilst in the low light and poor visibility conditions that I rode in. The tight cuffs and zip are really two handed jobs when you put it on though. You may also want a longer dropped tail if you don't use mudguards in winter.

Reasons to buy
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    Lovely cut and classy finish

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    Water beads well on garment

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    Orange version is highly visible

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    127g for a size medium

Reasons to avoid
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    Zip is tight to zip up single handed

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    Neck is on the tighter side

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    Cuffs are tight when trying to get wet mitts through the arms

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The Rapha Core II is a waterproof jacket that can easily be rolled up to carry in a rear pocket, light enough so that you'll barely notice it there, yet snug enough that when you do wear it it'll keep the worst of the weather off you. It is available in six colours; Black, Navy, Green, Red, Dark Yellow and Bright Orange, and in six sizes from XS to XXL. There is also a Women's version available in either Black or Teal and in sizes XXS to XL. The price of $150 / £110 also includes free standard delivery in the US and UK from Rapha.

This jacket is a strong contender compared with others in our guide to the best packable waterproof jackets as it has many great features at a good price.

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Over 40 years cycling in a variety of disciplines including road riding, commuting, a self-supported Land's End to John o' Groats trip, XC mountain biking and several Polaris Challenge two-day events. Adventure, escape and fun are the motivations for my riding. I also love bike and kit design and have fillet brazed a couple of framesets using Reynolds 853 steel tubing for myself. A very satisfying experience to ride your own bespoke bike!

Height: 180cm

Weight: 66kg