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High-end British cycling clothier Rapha has expanded its collection for 2011 with several cold-weather items, including the Pro Team Jacket, which will be available at the end of October and the Hooded Top, new for November. Also launching this month is a new zip-through cardigan-style Track Top, which adds to the line of city cycling jerseys, jeans and tops which the company has been rolling out over the last 18 months.
The new Pro Team Jacket is a high-performance softshell made from the proprietary Polartec membrane, which is windproof and water-repellent while remaining breathable and lightweight. The rear panels are constructed of Super-Roubaix fabric, providing essential wicking performance and insulation for cold-weather riding. Of the striking new color, which is new to the Rapha range of classic, muted hues, the company claims:
Scientific research shows the Chartreuse colourway offers exceptional visibility in low light. Though not technically fluorescent, studies have found that the rods in the retina – the part of the eye that work best in low light – are particularly receptive to the yellow/green color. As a result, chartreuse is increasingly used around the world for emergency vehicles.
The jacket – which is also available in black – features reflective side and rear trim, and the iconic Rapha armband is also reflective. It will be available late-October from the company website and will cost $275.
The Hooded Top is a clever mix of Merino for warmth, plus windproof panels to improve insulation. A close-fitting hood adds a contemporary edge to the top, and front and rear pockets add versatility. The Hooded Top will be available mid-November, and will sell for $195.
The Track Top is a characteristically low-key, elegant cardigan with a full-length zipper and subtle styling. Intended for wearing as a removable outer-layer in cool weather, the Track Top is constructed of 100% Merino wool, and is knitted – not stitched – together. It comes in charcoal gray or burgundy, and will sell for $165.
Already available, but new to the Rapha range, the Merino Roll Neck is a lightweight but high-performance woolen cycling jersey in the style of the classic jerseys worn by pro-riders in the early years of the 20th Century. Close-fitting, with a tall roll-neck and chest-level striping, the stylish jersey is available in one color – the popular Rapha black.
Rapha was recently named one of the fastest-growing UK companies by the Sunday Times in Britain. The company was founded in 2004, and has steadily built up a devoted following among cyclists in Europe and the US by offering low-key, classically-styled clothing of high-quality. A office in Portland, Oregon oversees the US market, which is increasingly receptive to the Rapha brand of old-school English tailoring. The company also sells high-performance waterproofs, shorts, accessories and a range of cosmetics and luggage.
Shirt We Like happens to come from one of our very own and don’t believe that there is any bias here… The “Mistress H” new line of clothing, which is available on ciclirati.com, is going to be awesome, her first design, available in men or women’s cut, is “Pedal your inner dragon”
This Shirt We Like comes in the wake of a tragic loss of cyclist, Woulter Weylandt, #108, who lost his life in horrific crash during Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia this past week. The folks at Stomach of Anger created this shirt in remembrance and all profits will be given to the fund Leopard-Trek created to help his family and unborn child. If you would like to donate directly to the fund, that can be found by following this link.
Scouring the internet for yet another installment of Shirt We Like, I came across Spoke Apparel. They are a lifestyle apparel company focusing in primarily freeride, downhill, trials and XC mountain biking shirts. They have several really cool shirts and the one chosen is an upcoming design. I dig the simplicity and what it represents. Check them out!
Twin Six brings us our fourth Shirts We Like. “Love Crank” was their February T-Shirt of the month and was a limited print. It has since sold out but check back every 6th of the month, Twin Six will announce their next T-Shirt of the month. Check out their other T-Shirts! They also make awesome looking Jerseys
The second installment of “Shirt We Like” comes from Stomach of Anger. It all got started from the 2010 Tour de France, Stage 15…
Andy Schleck dropped his chain. Contador attacked. And then Andy gave the world those 13 little words: My stomach is full of anger and I want to take my revenge. The lightbulb blinked on. We looked at each other and said, “That would be a sweet T-shirt! You think anyone else would want one?”
My choice stems from my 2011 goal to climb faster and stronger, quoted from Jens Voigt, “Shut Up Legs!”