Rapha Classic Gilet II

A lightweight gilet should be a versatile garment that's ideal for cold starts, short showers and chilly descents. The Rapha Classic Gilet II is a refined, second iteration of the original Classic Gilet

Score

10/10

Pros

  • Light
  • Packable
  • Excellent quality
  • Fits well

Price as reviewed:

£100

  • Rapha’s second iteration of the Classic Gilet is much lighter than the previous one, hitting our scales at a mere 78g. It is also 20 per cent less expensive with the previous version retailing at £125, the review of which you can read here.

    The low weight of the Rapha Classic Gilet II also transpires to excellent packability – this a gilet that won’t dominate your pockets and will not cause uncomfortable jersey distortion.

    Rapha Classic Gilet II

    Rapha Classic Gilet II packs down very small

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    Despite the low weight, the windproof panel on the front is effective. Mesh panels are placed on the back and sides to aid ventilation. Overall, I really like the fit and aesthetic. I found the sizing to be consistent with other Rapha kit – a size small fitted me perfectly at 6ft 1in and 69kg. At £100 the second iteration is still a pricey gilet but I feel the price is justified by the excellent quality, versatility and Rapha’s repair service.

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    Rapha Classic Gilet II has a small front zipped pocket

    Water resistance is good too, with the hydrophobic coating performing well and remaining intact even after a few runs through the wash. It remains to be seen how long it will last, but these coatings can be reapplied. Although it is capable of seeing off a short shower, be aware that the mesh panel on the rear instantly lets in water. It’s a trade-off I am willing to accept against weight, breathability and ventilation.

     

    Rapha Classic Gilet II

    Two rear pockets mounted on the sides

     

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    Rapha Classic Gilet II – nice details

    A small front zipped pocket is useful for a key or credit card and there are also two rear pockets, ideal for a phone and food. Many lightweight packable gilets often don’t have pockets meaning you have to lift them up or awkwardly reach through a flap to gain access to your jersey pockets beneath. Consequently, I found the inclusion of pockets on the rear of the Rapha Classic Gilet II a welcome feature.

     

    Verdict

    The Rapha Classic Gilet II represents a well-thought-out and considered design, with lots of nice little touches. There’s a nice range of colours available too. The price is justified by the quality, versatility and repair service.

    Details

    Weight: 78g (size small)
    Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
    Colours: Black, Chartreuse, Dark Green, Dark Navy, Light Blue

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