Rapha Pro Team Softshell Jacket review

The Rapha Pro Team Softshell Jacket is designed to offer insulation and water resistance in a well fitted package, but how does it stack up against competing products?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The jacket performs well, but it is not as breathable as many other competing products we have tested. At £200, the equivalent Gabba offers better performance at a lower price.

Reasons to buy
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    Fits well

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    Wipe clean panel on the rear

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    Looks great

Reasons to avoid
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    Not as breathable as competition

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    Shorter tail than others

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Rapha already has a selection of jackets and jerseys suitable for racing and high-tempo riding, but this, the Rapha Pro Team Softshell jacket, is its first attempt at making a Castelli Gabba rival. In terms of technology, it’s a jump, rather than a step forward for Rapha. The firm has developed a brand new stretchy and water-resistant three-ply material over a year of extreme testing – Some of which involved riding back and forth along the Foscagano Pass, Italy, in horrendous weather.


The jacket features some venting under the arms
(Image credit: mike prior)

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.