Rapha Men's Commuter Lightweight Jacket review - great for all but the most ferocious winter warriors

A well made – and highly breathable – showerproof jacket that rolls up small for easy packability

Rapha Men's Commuter Lightweight Jacket
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

At $115 / £85 RRP this is a good value jacket. It's well made, highly breathable and waterproof enough to deal with a shower. Plus it rolls up reasonably small. If you are mostly riding in the daytime, you can be visible with the Pink or Yellow version or more discreet with the other remaining colours. Also, as you're likely to keep it on you most of the time, it's small pack-size is a real bonus.

Reasons to buy
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    Nicely breathable and showerproof

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    Lightweight (226g for a Men's medium)

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    Relaxed cut allows room for 'normal' clothes underneath

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    Decent price

Reasons to avoid
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    Not designed for the foulest conditions

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The Rapha Commuter Lightweight Jacket is designed to "keep you cool in a rush, and dry in a rain shower". Weighing in at a decent 226g (medium) it's easy to carry in a bag for all eventualities. Its looser cut is designed to be worn with a t-shirt or jumper, and the highly breathable fabric should prevent overheating - together all of these qualities make Rapha's offering one of the best commuter cycling jackets.

There are five colours in the range; Black, Dark Navy, Dark Purple, Lime Green & High-Vis Pink and six sizes from XS to XXL. There is a Lady's version available too, in sizes XXS to XL with Pale Blue and Mauve colour options in addition to the High-Vis Pink.

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