Rapha Hardshell winter jacket review

At the top end of the market, this jacket worked really well in the wettest conditions

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Expensive, but really will keep you dry

Reasons to buy
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    Very waterproof

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    Ready for almost anything when worn over the correct layers

Reasons to avoid
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    Less breathable than comparable jackets

Rapha calls its Hardshell a ‘workhorse’ jacket. It’s designed for serious riding in seriously dodgy conditions, and will keep you dry in the worst of the winter rain.

It’s very nicely made, and became the jacket of choice for very cold days where there was a threat of rain, or even sleet. Worn in low single-digit temperatures, and with the right base layer the jacket was great and an unstoppable force for a British winter's training ride.

The material is highly waterproof and fairly breathable, but doesn't shift unwanted condensation quite as well as many of the other winter jackets that have been tested recently. However, this jacket can cope with extremely wet conditions excellently, in a way that few other outer layers can.

This garment is expensive, but of all the jackets used in recent months it really excels in conditions that have proved too much for similar products.

To find out more, visit the Rapha website.