Rapha Pro Team Long Sleeve Shadow Jersey
Rapha launched the Shadow Jersey last year and now it’s available in a long sleeve version. If you’re not familiar, Shadow is Rapha’s take on the wet-weather jersey – designed to be windproof, water resistant and breathable, with a close, race-inspired fit.
In fact, Wout Poels used the long sleeve version of the Shadow Jersey when he won the 2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in sleet, snow and rain, so it has some pedigree.
The key with the Shadow Jersey is to offer wind and rain protection, without compromising on fit and, crucially, maintaining a level of breathability which just isn’t possible with a conventional waterproof fabric, in order to cope with the demands of high-paced training and racing.
The Shadow fabric has a DWR (durable water resistant) coating, applied twice during to the manufacturing process. Rapha say the stretch-weave of the fabric adds compression to create a race fit, while micropores within the fabric are there to move heat and moisture away from the body.
Other little touches include taped seams over the shoulders, placed to provide extra protection from driving rain, as well as drainage holes in the rear pockets. The long sleeve jersey costs £240, while the short sleeve version is £220. The Shadow range also includes bib shorts (£260), arm warmers (£70), knee warmers (£75), leg warmers (£85) and a hat (£50).