rapha rain jacket sucks don't get one

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rapha rain jacket sucks don't get one

gifted to me at christmas.

this jacket is meant for SURPRISE! rain showers. this is not a commuter jacket. the material used is very stretchy and, if your shirt/jersey is wet, is difficult and "grabby" to get on over your arms. i've noticed that the stitching can pop and snap if you're not careful to put it on. the zipper is offset/asymmetrical and gets a little flappy in the wind if it's not zipped up all the way. i also have a bigger neck(not really? 16.5 dress shirt) and it's snug. it is, however, a great windbreaker. it's not as breathable as i would want it to be, but it's a rain jacket, not a wind jacket, so you get a little sauna-y. i have the grey version and i'm a little scared to be unseen by cars at dusk/night. also, the front is a bit short for me. it sits RIGHT at the top of my belt and (at 6' 0.5" and 180 lbs, size large, i'm not too tall or that overweight) if i stretch my arms up, it will go over. the style is great, it makes me feel like im in a well designed jacket.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:13
Larry Winget
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Does it make every ride feel more epic?

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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:32
NOVELTYNAME
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i go on an epic every time i commute

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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:41
fezdango
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i love review threads w/o pics.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 22:58
dougtruck
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is it the white 2009 side zip one?
how much you want?

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 00:04
timberland boots
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miguelaron wrote:
gifted to me at christmas.

this jacket is meant for SURPRISE! rain showers. this is not a commuter jacket. the material used is very stretchy and, if your shirt/jersey is wet, is difficult and "grabby" to get on over your arms. i've noticed that the stitching can pop and snap if you're not careful to put it on. the zipper is offset/asymmetrical and gets a little flappy in the wind if it's not zipped up all the way. i also have a bigger neck(not really? 16.5 dress shirt) and it's snug. it is, however, a great windbreaker. it's not as breathable as i would want it to be, but it's a rain jacket, not a wind jacket, so you get a little sauna-y. i have the grey version and i'm a little scared to be unseen by cars at dusk/night. also, the front is a bit short for me. it sits RIGHT at the top of my belt and (at 6' 0.5" and 180 lbs, size large, i'm not too tall or that overweight) if i stretch my arms up, it will go over. the style is great, it makes me feel like im in a well designed jacket.

So it's a well designed jacket that isn't meant for wind or rain, has to be worn zipped up or the zipper flaps around and is delicate enough that special care needs to be used when putting it on.

I hope it's at least more expensive than jackets meant for rain or wind or putting on without breaking

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Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:09
NOVELTYNAME
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yep. overdesigned cycling jacket made for gentle riding

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Fri, 03/25/2011 - 17:45
Cadence
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Jesus, how is a size large barely long enough for a six foot tall dude? I'm 6'3" and rail thin...there is no hope for me ever finding a cycling jacket long enough for me that doesn't fit like a garbage bag.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 04:30
Patch
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I'm 6 flat and a medium has long ass sleeves.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 05:28
NOVELTYNAME
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im 6' 1/2" and the large has long enough arms. my shirt fit is a 16.5-34/35 at last measurement.

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Wed, 06/01/2011 - 18:26
JUGE FREDD
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Cadence wrote:
Jesus, how is a size large barely long enough for a six foot tall dude? I'm 6'3" and rail thin...there is no hope for me ever finding a cycling jacket long enough for me that doesn't fit like a garbage bag.

I'm 6'3" and 145lbs

The small Rapha softshell I got in 2007 is the best fitting jacket I've ever owned. Chest fits perfectly with room for one tight fleece layer underneath, armholes are all the way up there, hem is right at the belt line in front, and holy shit the sleeves are more than long enough

Mine is worn the hell out, like all softshells it eventually delaminated, plus I tore a few holes in it crashing. I'll probably get another one eventually when I have a pile of money to blow.

I also have a small Rapha wool long-sleeved shirt that I got at a yard sale, it fits exactly the same.

This is my current favorite jacket, the small fits just like the Rapha small, and the eVent fabric is the best shit on the market by far: http://www.rei.com/product/801580/novara-verita-bike-jacket-mens

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Thu, 06/02/2011 - 17:56
NOVELTYNAME
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i just want to mention after 2 1/2 years this POS is still a POS and unless Rapha has changed the fabric then there is no reason to buy it unless you are a collector or someone who might put on a splashproof jacket before heading out for a 5 minute/mile ride.

i am completely dissatisfied with this jacket.

it gets waterlogged while in the rain for longer than 30 minutes, doesnt breathe very well and feels like a delicate piece of kit that you wouldnt want to tear accidently. when putting on the jacket while riding and your LS jerz/arm warmers "grab" the inside of the sleeve it feels like seams are ripping and -sometimes- there are even popping sounds that can't be good.

avoid the rapha rain jacket at all costs. there are better options elsewhere.

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Wed, 06/05/2013 - 13:46
randsome beast
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That jacket is pretty widely considered a poor choice. Not sure how well the commuter rain jacket works?

I'll probably write up a review at a future junction but figured I would quickly note that the Pro Team Race Cape is, ahem, cut of a different cloth. At the moment I find myself quite enamored of it and would highly suggest it for PNW folks with the sidenote that sizing is unconventional. The discretely firm order to go for a medium instead of small was spot on in my case. Very minimal, astutely designed jacket with a capacious lower back to accommodate fully stuffed rear jersey pockets and not a cm more length than necessary below.

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Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:31