Rapha Brevet Insulated Gilet review

Visibility and weather protection are high on the list of features with the new light and packable gilet from Rapha

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Rapha Brevet Insulated Gilet performs exceptionally well in typical British spring/autumn weather. With a weight and packability that belies its warmth and weather protection, the Brevet should be top of your list.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent fit

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    Warmer than it looks

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    Functional for long rides

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Reasons to avoid
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    Lack of pockets

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    Lower zip tends to undo when riding

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The insulated version of the classic Rapha long distance staple, the Rapha Brevet Insulated Gilet is unlike many other cycling garments I have tried.

Primarily made up of seemingly thickly wadded front and back panels attached with the sheerest mesh material I have ever seen used give it a very distinctive look. The insulation comes courtesy of Polartec’s clever Alpha insulator, engineered to work as an active insulator to regulate core body temperatures during both ‘dynamic and static activities’, i.e. protects without overheating whilst riding but also proving warm enough at the café stop.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.