Rapha Pro Team Flyweight jersey review

The Rapha Pro Team Flyweight jersey is intended for use in hot and humid conditions and is the lightest jersey Rapha makes

Rapha Pro Team Flyweight Jersey
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A high quality jersey, that fits well and is very comfortable. There are lighter jerseys out there, but the Rapha Pro Team Flyweight remains svelte without compromising functionality or durability. I would, however, suggest that I don't entirely see the point of this product when the Pro Team Aero Jersey is just as light, very breathable yet more aerodynamic.

Reasons to buy
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    Very light

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    Good fit on torso

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    Good pockets

Reasons to avoid
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    Fit on the sleeves

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    Might as well just get the aero jersey

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I recently travelled to Tuscany and used it as an opportunity to test a range of hot weather kit, including the Rapha Pro Team Flyweight jersey as the temperatures were consistently between 30 and 40 degrees.

It proved an ideal testing ground and when riding through the hills and sweltering vineyards, this jersey performed brilliantly. It does an excellent job of wicking sweat and you don't feel it sticking to your skin, stopping the jersey becoming uncomfortable. The fabric feels really soft too and is no way itchy, as can be the case on lower quality and cheaper items.

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Despite being a lightweight item, functionality has not been sacrificed either - The pockets are a case in point. In a bid to shave grams, I have encountered lightweight jerseys with pockets sag like rocks in socks, as soon as you put anything useful in them. That isn't the case here, pocket construction is secure, solid and there is an additional, 4th zipped pocket for valuables.

Nice detailing is present throughout. The quality is excellent.

Nice detailing is present throughout. The quality is excellent.
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Sizing is consistent with other Rapha Pro Team kit, with a size small fitting me very well. For reference I am 185cm and 69kg. The fit around the torso is especially good and I didn't experience any riding up of the hem, or bunching. The fit of the sleeves could be more snug though as they had a tendency to ride up my arms slightly.

Rapha Pro Team Flyweight Jersey Sleeve detail. - The sleeves are no where near as fitted as the Pro Team Aero Jersey
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Although the Pro Team Flyweight is a great jersey, for just £10 more, you can get the Pro Team Aero Jersey. Interestingly, when I weighed it, the Pro Team Aero jersey also came out at 103g in a size small. Out on the road it doesn't feel noticeably hotter than the Flyweight jersey either.

Rapha Pro Team Flyweight Jersey pockets

Really secure pockets for a lightweight jersey and a nice little valuables zipped pocket too
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The main difference is with the sleeves, which are a much better fit on the aero jersey, although they are longer. Aside from the slightly longer sleeves, perhaps making it a fraction warmer, I were choosing between the two, I would always opt for the aero jersey. I am convinced a bigger performance benefit is to be gained from the aero jersey.

That said, if you are less preoccupied with speed and prefer shorter sleeves the Flyweight is a great jersey.

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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.