Rapha has worked to perfect the women’s range and add hot-weather products to ensure that female riders have kit for all conditions and temperature ranges.
With a focus on fabrics, finishes and seam placement, the Souplesse range in particular has been evolved for improved on-bike fit with fabrics more closely matched to Rapha’s Pro Team collection, which has been obsessively researched and developed with input from leading men’s and women’s World Tour teams including CANYON//SRAM, whose insights have led this season’s innovation.
The Brevet range, for long-distance and multi-day riding, has seen the addition of essential pieces for women including bib shorts with a perforated chamois and fabrics that can be washed and dried overnight.
In the Classic range, the Women’s Classic Wind Jacket II and Women’s Classic Gilet II have been overhauled with a fabric update and increased reflectivity built into the seams. New for SS17 is the Women’s Flyweight Jersey for hot weather riding – our lightest jersey yet, with fit, fabric and details designed for comfort in hot and humid conditions.
Maria Olsson, Rapha’s Pro Team and Souplesse designer, said: “We worked a lot on pressure points and how to minimise pressure across the body whilst still keeping you supported and comfortable. The new additions to the range are the culmination of years of research and we have worked obsessively to perfect every detail.”
Photography by Jane Stockdale.