Rapha Rain Jacket – Review

Rapha Rain Jacket

Rapha Rain Jacket










          • Waterproof
          • Breathable
          • Lightweight
          • Packable
          • Reflective Detailing


          • Cost
          • Lack of Care Instructions

          25 Responses

          1. Francis says:

            Hard to compare the Rapha Rain Jacket and the Vulpine Rain Jacket in terms of performance too, as the vulpine isn’t waterproof, only water resistant (or so it states on its website). I have the Rapha Rain Jacket and I’ve been in some pretty harsh rain conditions, both commuting and out on the road bike, and its never let me down. Only downer is the neoprene cuffs as they take a while to dry, so can become a little wet and cold.

            I have never used the Vulpine Rain Jacket but my experiences with treated cottons being ‘water resistant’ not ‘waterproof’ is that they are ok for short downfalls (10-30 minutes) but for anything longer or in extreme conditions they just don’t cut it, as they will eventually let in water and become soaked through. Plus they take a while to dry once wet. ‘Waterproof’ jackets like the Rapha rain jacket take minutes to shake off the rain on the outside.

            • thecyclist says:

              Hi Francis,

              Thanks for the comment. I think you’ve made a good point and after reading back the post I realised I didn’t mean to sound like I was comparing the 2 on a function level but on a style level so I’ve corrected that to reflect the point I had in mind (still finding my blogger writing feet). I’m a big fan of the look of the Vulpine Rain Jacket but I do agree with you the Rapha is a fine coat for cycling through a down pour.

              Thanks again

          2. Francis says:

            Loving the site and Illustrations too! Hope to see more soon.

          3. Mark says:

            Just got the red version as a (very generous) birthday present and went out today in a total downpour. This jacket is excellent, the rain just beaded off it… and not only the rain, all the mud and sheep’s wotsit that is all over the Gower roads just rolled off.

            Not sure how long that level of water proofing will last but very impressed so far.

          4. Jonathan says:

            Was doing a Google search for reviews on the Rapha Rain Jacket and came across your stylish blog 🙂

            I already have other Rapha cycling pieces but after getting caught in the rain on a recent ride (not surprising for London in November I suppose ) have started my hunt for a rain jacket. Am eyeing the cream one but one reviewer had stated that it becomes too noticeably dirty so red could be the next choice.

            So my question is, with the spray on water proofing that you have done after 1 year how long will that re-spray last based on similar usage to that first year? Is it a case of diminishing performance as the item gets on.

            • thecyclist says:

              Hi Jonathan,

              Thanks for the comment. The red has a cream ring around the arm and that is slowly getting mucky so I can imagine the cream version will get noticeably dirty. They do a black version now that looks very sleek but you loose the visibility.

              I’ve noticed that with the spray, don’t skimp and then it usually lasts a good few months but after you’ve wash the jacket you’ve got to re-treat it just to be safe. It’s been a bit of trial and error as Rapha don’t have care instructions for re-waterproofing the jacket.

              Let me know how you get on and enjoy the jacket.


          5. Jonathan says:

            Ended up going with the Team issue Rapha Condor rain jacket as it went on sale on the Rapha website, only comes in black but I can only assume its very similar to the normal Rapha rain jacket.

            • I imagine the fit would be a bit closer as it’s dedicated to the sport side rather than the commuter style. Still think it’ll do you very proud and black! Very snazzy 🙂

              Thanks again for your comments man, appreciate it 🙂


              • Jonathan says:

                My pleasure adding my quasi mediocre comments 🙂

                Rode this weekend with the Rapha Condor team issue rain jacket in a medium and was a good fit (have tried on a small in the normal cut which is my normal size and as you said is very similar) given I was wearing a bib, baselayer, jersey and gillet underneath


                • Hey none of that. You’ve taken the time to comment and we’re very grateful here.

                  Glad the jacket fitted well. Did it get a test against water from above?


                  • Jonathan says:

                    Was exposed to a bit of rain but as expected was beading off nicely. Has since doubled up as a wind jacket.

                    Back to the topic of the Rapha rain jacket my mate uses the grey one and is about to re-waterproof after having washed it. Be interesting to see his results.


                  • Oh yes very interested. You’ll have to let me know.

                    What’s he using to re-proof?

                    Thanks for keeping me up to date with it too 🙂 Really pleased hearing how it’s getting on.


          6. neil's wheels says:

            I have been using reproofing stuff for a few years and have just bought one of these red Rapha rain jackets. I really like it as you can carry it in you pocket at all times, and as Jonathan says, doubles up well as a wind-proof. My suggestion is that you need to pay more attention to what you wash the jacket with so that the proofing treatment doesn’t get washed off. Do NOT use a regular machine-wash detergent under any circumstance as you will need to keep reproofing, as the detergent removes all the oil-based DWR (durable water-repellant coating). Instead use a soap-based solution eg Nikwax ‘Techwash’ or Grangers performance wash. If you are handwashing – soap flakes are cheap, available from any supermarket and work well. You will then need to apply a new DWR coating much less often.

            • Thanks Neil,

              Brilliant advice. Certainly will be even more careful in future.

              Rapha jacket is a brilliant jacket and I hope the 2 of you have many happy rides together.

              Thanks for your comment


          7. I’ve just been made aware of these apparel wash and re-proofers from Rapha from very nice chap Mark on twitter https://twitter.com/RourkeRider



          8. Rich says:

            Hi Guys

            I’m after a bit of advice from people that own a Rapha Rain Jacket, if I may.

            Do you use it all year round i.e. sub 10 degrees in January with a decent base layer / long sleeve jersey underneath?

            I have just sent back a Castlelli Espresso Duo due to issues with the fit though it felt nice and warm – though not as cool to look at as rapha


            • Hi Rich,

              I love the Rapha Rain Jacket, I do wear it all year round and just build my gear around it (like the influential midfielder in your favourite football team :D)

              In winter extra layers go beneath, in summer it’s lightweight enough to not make you boiling hot when you’re caught in a summer shower.

              I really do recommend it highly 🙂

              Hope that helps, anything else or more details. Just drop us another comment or email 🙂


          9. Phil says:

            I usually wear a medium rapha jersey
            Do you need to go up a size ?

            • Hi Phil,

              I went a size up as I wear a lot underneath a jacket as I feel the cold but the size guide on the site is spot on if you’re just going to wear a base layer and mid layer underneath then you’re usual size should be fine.

              Hope that helps

          10. Doug says:

            Hi, love this site! Found it via London Cyclist, which I found via NYCE Wheels’ site, which I found because because they do excellent video reviews, particularly of folding bikes. I live near Sydney Australia. I digress…

            I need to replace my rain jacket soon. Currently I have a Ground Effect Stormtrooper. Goundeffect.co.nz. This is an amazingly functional jacket in terms of waterproofness AND breathability, the holy grail. It may not be quite as stylish as the Rapha though. The Rapha is beautiful! I’m just wondering about the waterproofness on the neck closure of the Rapha though? In a real monsoonal downpour I mean?

            Best regards, Doug

            • Hi Doug,

              Thanks very much, I’m glad you like the website.

              The Rapha jacket hasn’t let me down, I highly recommend it. I will say bad rain in Liverpool may not reach the monsoonal downpour level you mention where you live but the Rapha rain jacket has kept me dry in every type of rain I’ve ridden in it in.

              Hope that helps man, any other help I can give, just drop us a mail or another comment


          11. Martin says:

            Just to help sizewise, I’m 5′ 11″ with a weight varying between 72kg and 78kg depending on my training and about a 37″ chest.

            In the winter I usually wear Med Pro Team Jacket (my favourite piece of Rapha clothing) and a base layer and if it’s raining put on a Med Rain jacket over.

            In the summer it’s just a jersey under the Rain Jacket.

            I have the previous version to the current one, and find it can get quite damp from sweating – but utterly dependable from keeping the rain out. If I’m going to be slightly damp, I don’t want it to be from cold rain!!

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