Rapha Pro Team Lightweight Shadow Jacket review

Rapha's proprietary Shadow fabric put to the test in this lightweight jacket

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Though Rapha says this jacket isn't designed for heavy rain, we found it was effective even after over 90 minutes of downpour. The fabric is breathable too, and the overall package is lightweight - the only downside really is the price.

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I’ve been unlucky enough to be caught out riding in the rain on more occasions than I'd have liked in the last two months. Of course as the fair weather cyclist I’ve now grown to be, this wasn’t by choice, but it did give me a chance to test the Rapha Pro Team Lightweight Shadow Jacket.

On one of these wet weather occasions, in Mallorca while at the Rapha Cycling Club Summit, I actually forgot to take the Shadow jacket with me. Well I say forgot, but really I stubbornly refused to believe it would actually rain. Luckily people are really nice, and I was able to hide my shame by borrowing another Shadow jacket to get me through the wind and rain to the end of the ride.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).