Rapha Souplesse winter tights review

The pro fit Rapha Souplesse winter tights pledge to keep you on your bike when the temperature drops, so we got out in the cold stuff to find out

Rapha Soupless Winter bib tights
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The excellent fitting women's specific Rapha Souplesse winter tights provide superb winter element protection for when you are riding hard, and could easily become my number one winter kit of choice.  

Reasons to buy
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    Water resistant

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    Wind blocking

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    Reflective detailing

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    Race Cut

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    Seamless edged upper

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    Two colour options

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Reasons to avoid
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Until relatively recently, an integrated chamois in bib tights wasn't a thing. In fact, for most of us, who have been cycling over a period of 20 years, it can still feel like a modern thing and quite frankly we're still half surprised to find one in 99% of bib tights, and the other half of us is still expecting that the fit will feel as bad a applying a wet kipper down the back of a pair of Ron Hill Tracksers - as was the feel of the first generation all in one bib tight.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.