Rapha Launches Mountain Biking Apparel

The English brand branches out into performance trail wear for the first time

When Rapha initially launched back in 2004, most other road cycling kits looked like they copied cereal box graphics, and many cyclists would mine thrift stores for ancient, wool Faema espresso jerseys from the 1960s. Thankfully, along came the London-based brand, with its elan for decidedly subtle style and carefully tailored sportswear. Ever since, brands and designers (from the athletic realm to the auto industry) …

Tiger Camo Jersey

In the brand’s 2018 signature prints, this pattern for the S2-R Tiger Camo Jersey from Search and Slate was hand-painted in NYC before being digitally rendered and transferred to the stretchy, textured synthetic fabric. With a locking zipper, there’s also a silicone waist-gripper to keep the jersey in place and five pockets for storing small, light possessions.

Pro Team Shadow Hat

For those dedicated riders hitting the streets, tracks or trails in the dead of winter, Rapha’s Pro Team Shadow Hat—an ear-covering, eye-protecting and water- and wind-deterring base layer—is an essential. The hat is still low profile for wear under a helmet, but it’s substantial enough to battle the toughest of weather. A smoke-colored acrylic lens acts as a veil against debris and water, but won’t …