For the unpredictable weather in Belgium, the Rapha Pro Team Shadow Jersey uses a pioneering fabric that protects the riders from foul weather and yet which is comfortable enough to be worn like a jersey. It protects from the wind, the rain and the cold and is an innovative response to the demands of WorldTour cyclists racing at the highest level of the sport.
In changeable conditions, the team’s riders can now wear just one garment all day, remaining shielded from the elements throughout. It is a whole new approach to bad-weather clothing in the sport and the jersey has been raced in by Team Sky since the start of the season to great effect.
With conventional rain jackets, even the most acclaimed options are made of a fabric with a laminate. The construction invariably includes a waterproof membrane and is taped at the seams. No rain comes in but no perspiration can escape either, so the rider gets hot and sweaty very quickly. The Rapha Pro Team Shadow Jersey in contrast, is far more breathable than all other wet-weather options, yet maintains impressive ‘hydrophobic’ qualities to keep the rain off too. It is both very comfortable and highly protective.
The key is in the fabric, extremely stretchy and densely woven, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish applied to both the yarn and the finished fabric. Rainwater rolls off, yet the woven fabric and lack of a laminate lets body heat out. Add to this a brushed inner face and the jacket can be worn comfortably over a base layer or even directly against the skin.
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