Rapha Brevet women's long sleeve cycling jersey review
Merino wool used to best effect in this comfortable, relaxed fit long sleeved jersey
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A warm and cosy layer that will serve you well in autumn and into early winter. A stylish take on visibility, with handy extra pockets. The fit is very relaxed: some will find this overly loose fit, but its nice for long days on the bike when all-out speed isn't the primary goal.
Stylish reflective stripes
Warm but breathable
Very relaxed fit
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Rapha’s Brevet long sleeved jersey was first tested over a selection of ‘brevet’ rides – ranging from 200 to 600km. The testers had two goals: to develop a new jersey, and to qualify for the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonnée.
The remit then was for a comfortable but performance orientated piece of clothing, and Rapha has certainly delivered.
This jersey offers the technical fabric a rider needs for a very serious outing, but without the restrictive ‘pro fit’ that no one wants to wear for hours on end.
The ‘Sportwool’ fabric is made up of a merino/polyerster mix – the former of which is known for offering both warmth and breathability, as well as failing to cling on to whiffs as per other fabrics.
Wearing the jersey at around 10 degrees, initially it felt a tad too warm – but once the wind was rushing past me and the fabric could get to work it breathed well.
Only when I stopped was I reminded of the then much appreciated radiator-like features.
The Brevet jersey’s styling is incredibly relaxed. There’s two drawstring pull chords at the sides which can size it down – but I tested a small and had a lot of room to spare. This said, a chilled-out fit is nice over the winter months, and I could layer this up over a short sleeved jersey with ease once temperatures really start to sink.
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In a highly effective nod to visibility, there's two reflective chest straps. These come into their own at dusk and dawn, when the audax riders this item was designed for would be setting off and perhaps trundling home. The stripes are subtle in the daytime, but light up under headlights in a perfect style meets practicality merger.
Another notable brevet-ready feature is the addition of more than the average number of pockets – three standard at the rear, plus one zipped, and one mesh lined ‘gilet’ zip pocket.
The extra compartments are ideal for long winter rides when you just need to carry more.
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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.
Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor.
Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.
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