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Rapha Expands Mountain Bike Apparel With Autumn/Winter Line

Oct 19, 2021
by Matt Beer  

Rapha officially entered the mountain bike market back in June of 2021 with summer apparel, and has now released their AW Performance Trailwear, aptly named after the autumn and winter seasons. The AW collection includes DWR treated pants and jacket, a wind-blocker long-sleeve jersey, as well as a fresh looks to their shorts and technical jerseys, available in three arm lengths. Styling is classy and simple with Rapha's signature band of additional color added to the upper sleeve of torso garments, while the pants are also available in other solid, natural shades if you prefer a little more spice than plain black.

PRESS RELEASE: Rapha









Trail Lightweight Jacket - $180 USD

The Trail Lightweight Jacket is a packable windproof shell made for mountain biking in changing conditions. Made with a lightweight yet breathable ripstop nylon fabric that’s treated for durable water repellency (DWR), this jacket offers weather protection in a seriously small package. A helmet compatible hood features an adjustable cinch cord to offer a locked-in ft when the conditions turn nasty, while an oversized TPU zip puller allows for easy ventilation while riding. When you’re not wearing the jacket, it stows into its chest pocket for maximum packability. Further still, the Trail Lightweight Jacket comes with an added strap that allows you to cinch your jacket down to your frame for a clean, off body storage solution.

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Trail Pants - $180 USD

The cornerstone of the Rapha Performance Trailwear range; the Trail Pants are a highly durable, fully featured pant for all-round trail riding in cool conditions.

The Women’s Trail Pants are constructed from a durable yet forgiving plain weave stretch nylon which are tough enough to handle the abuse of daily mountain biking in cool conditions, while still prioritizing flexibility and breathability. A low profile stretch waist creates locked-in comfort on and off the bike, while the fit of the shorts has been sized to accommodate a liner and tailored to fit with or without modern trail knee pads.

The Men’s Trail Pants feature a contoured, variable width belt for locked-in comfort on the bike and are constructed from a durable yet forgiving plain weave-stretch nylon, with reinforced panel on the knees for added durability. The Trail Pants are designed to be worn with or without modern trail knee pads.

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Trail shorts - $150 USD


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Windblock Jersey - $135 USD

A long sleeve Merino jersey with a new, highly breathable yet durable proprietary merino blend on the back and an abrasion-resistant, windproof panel overlaid on the front, the Trail Merino Windblock Jersey is designed to combat the challenge of regulating your body temperature in cold conditions. A constant comfort when the weather turns cool.

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Tech Long Sleeve Jersey - $90 USD / Short Sleeve - $75 USD


A durable, long sleeved technical t-shirt made for mountain biking. Constructed from recycled materials, the Trail Long Sleeve Technical T-Shirt is durable and snag resistant thanks to an incredibly high strength knit while remaining incredibly airy and lightweight. A honeycomb fabric structure not only wicks sweat away from the skin but also disperses the moisture over a greater area, creating an incredibly fast drying shirt. The textured fabric combined with a loose fit helps the t-shirt stand off a rider’s skin for improved comfort, while an antibacterial treatment maintains freshness for longer days in the saddle.

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Tech 3/4 Sleeve - $100 USD







Trail Hip Pack - $80 / Trail Socks $22.50 USD


The Trail Hip Pack is a dependable companion for longer days on the trail, capable of safely stowing your things while you ride. Constructed from a fully recycled, durable ripstop fabric that’s easy to clean, this comfortable hip pack features multiple storage and fixing solutions for your essentials – including two water bottle pouches, a 3 litre internal capacity, and an external drawcord that can be used to strap down a jacket or extra layer. A further front valuables pocket inside the pack includes a key clip for safe carriage of your valuables. Adjustable waist straps provide a locked-in fit, while a form-fitting and breathable back panel boosts comfort at the same time as preventing the pack from jostling while you ride. Finally, an aqua-guard zip seals things up, adding an extra layer of protection against the elements.



For more information on sizing, availability, and technical details, head overt to rapha.cc.


121 Comments

  • 141 0
 I knew some day I could afford Rapha, that day is now people. I will take one pair of your finest socks good man.
  • 4 0
 I do enjoy their socks. It's about all I'm willing to pay for.
  • 42 0
 I can't decide if I'll take left or right one ;D
  • 5 0
 @Demiourgos:

"Are those skis yours?"
  • 1 0
 3 points for the person with the next line in the movie....
  • 1 0
 ....
  • 2 0
 @enis: both of them ?
  • 1 0
 @Gremclon:
Close.....it was actually "yep"
  • 1 0
 @enis: story of my life :-)
  • 31 1
 Guarantee no matter what size waist you pick on the Men's Trail Pants, you'll get a 32in inseam. FFS!
  • 1 0
 This!
  • 22 0
 If you're tall and skinny the only pants that I've found that have a chance of fitting are endura, they at least come with a 34" inseam in M.

I seriously do not get why every apparel manufacturer thinks that only people with a 36"+ waist have long legs.
  • 3 0
 Adidas 5:10 trousers come in a long. I got a 32 long (I think a 34 inseam) and they are spot on. I hate that most riding trousers are around my ankles.
  • 3 0
 @Notbn: I literally learned to use my wife's sewing machine just so I could take in my Fox Ranger 34 pants at the waist because the leg on the 34 is an inch longer than the 32. Still an inch too short but at least I don't look like I'm wearing capris. Tall lanky guy problems.
  • 1 0
 @mca896: And get this, the leg on a 36in and a 38in then stays the same as a 34in
  • 5 1
 @jenksy: I've never understood why manufacturers think that the wider someone is the taller they are.
  • 5 1
 @jenksy: Just cause the waist is bigger doesn't mean the legs should be any longer? Just cause I'm fat doesn't mean I have long legs...
  • 2 0
 This. I am not even that tall (5’11”) ordered a pair or large trail pans from a manufacturer and they had a 29” inseam! Handup at least sort of scales their pant lengths and they are “only” $69.
  • 6 0
 @NRZ: All I'm saying is they should cater for the thinnies...and not just the fatties Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I feel this. I’m 6’2” with a 35” inseam
There are zero pants that come close to fitting and all look like damn capris. I’m always looking for pants that’ll finally fit. Best I’ve found so far is Forbike pants.

If anyone knows any others that might be long enough, please holler
  • 1 0
 @stormracing: backcountry slickrock pants work for me - they are just a bit short, as opposed to ridiculously short. 6’6” 220 with a 36” inseam and I’m in the XL
  • 1 0
 @bigbrett: Lol there are so many people out there who wear an XL who would be drowning in a 36" inseam and would literally have to roll them up. Just shows that everything needs to come in different lengths as well as widths.
  • 1 0
 So, not directly speaking to trail paints fit (which is crap) but in you are in the US Costco has a 5 pocket DWR waterproof stretch fabric pant that does the job and you can find them in 34" inseam. Very basic and if you undersize the waist they fit kinda normal. Called the "Weatherproof Vintage Men’s Flex Commuter Pant".
  • 1 0
 @stormracing: Try Enneff (NF) DP3.

Most comfortable and best fitting riding pants I've ever put on. I've got two pairs of their shorts and their long riding pants. The elastic waist is simply amazing
  • 1 0
 SportHill just came out with MTB pants, they offer long and short sizes from small through XL. Been running em for a bit and they're very good. $120 as well.
  • 2 0
 @stormracing: Endura MT500 pants are long (and extremely comfortable). Prefer them to my TLD Sprints as they are longer.
  • 1 0
 @carym: Which manufacturer? I have shot legs for my height so those might actually fit me Smile
  • 23 5
 Not anymore expensive than proper outdoor gear from Patagonia or Arc'teryx... But probably not as good as that either. If only we had some proper critical reviews rather than just regurgitated marketing.
  • 12 1
 NSMB do good in-depth reviews of expensive technical clothing.
  • 2 1
 @tremeer023: have a link?
  • 6 1
 @tremeer023: nsmb does good technical reviews in general
  • 1 3
 @tremeer023: have a link?
  • 3 0
 I can't bring myself to spend this kind of money on MTB clothing as I know it'll get torn by brambles and/or when I crash...
  • 18 1
 too cheap to wear it on my Yeti ebike
  • 12 0
 If you don’t wear full yeti branded attire you’re expelled from the Tribe. Underwear included
  • 13 1
 @Almostredbike: They are not using the word "Tribe" anymore due to fears of cultural appropriation. I think the correct term for a group of Yeti enthusiast now is a "Chode." For example, "Sorry, we can't schedule your root canal till next Wednesday as Dr. Chad McWhiterton will still be in Moab riding with his Chode" or "Well Kyle, Porsche only had a few options but I went with the burnt autumn leather finish as I thought it would be easier to clean after hauling around the chode."
  • 1 0
 @snl1200: nice Smile I wasn’t allowed in because i drive a mini…
  • 12 0
 Rapha's marketing campaign for their MTB stuff is weird.
  • 5 0
 I thought we all stopped our "riding season" when the trails were still dry and seemingly running perfectly?
  • 5 1
 It’s like they’re making a conscious effort to shed the pretentious, preppy image from their roadie line and enlisting dirtbags to lend authenticity to the brand.

The precious ad featured bros slamming Banquets post ride. This one has dirtbag Yota driver building trails and blowing up berms.

I don’t hate the attempt to remake their image within the MTB community toward something more authentic and core, but I’m curious whether it will be successful or not. Comments on this thread indicate probably not.
  • 3 0
 @Hogfly: I won't speak to the actual campaign, but the riders are genuine. Joey Schusler is a ripper, and in their initial launch our local boy Snook was one of the riders. He is a true local ripper who just lives his life and shreds. They are enlisting actual riders and letting them do their thing.
  • 8 1
 Would it help if I bought a different truck? @Hogfly:
  • 1 2
 @isaacwallen: I thought that was Teddy’s Tacoma!
  • 3 1
 @GregorHayes: I totally agree that they’re legit riders (know Teddy and Colin). I’m not hating on the riders or who Rapha is sponsoring. I think they made high quality gear and am stoked they’re in Arkansas.

I just will be curious whether they will be able to overcome the reputation they seem to have with MTB crowds through these campaigns.
  • 4 1
 @GregorHayes: i gotta admit, I was impressed by their stable of ambassadors. Other than Joey, Jill Kintner and Bryn atkinson!! I can't remember whose gear they used to wear. I think Jill was with Sombrio. Also man of the moment almost Eliot Jackson. Young Ella Connolly, one of my EWS faves but also a fresh face. Gives me a they did their homework impression
  • 11 0
 My mind is telling me no but that windblock merino jersey is telling me yes
  • 5 0
 That jersey does look really nice!
  • 1 0
 I’ve got the explore jersey, it’s spot on..
  • 2 0
 I don’t see nothin wrong… with a little wool and Lycra
  • 1 1
 Leatt have the Jersey 5.0 which is the same concept, windproof front, breathable back, $80!
  • 5 0
 I was treated to one of those waist packs as a birthday present; I use it for shorter rides. It's actually really good with some clever little features that make it work well - someone obviously spent time tinkering with the design, more than can be said for the old Karrimor it replaced. There's always lots of brambly undergrowth where I mostly ride, and that precludes really spendy outer layers or base layers when it's a bit warmer, but I can imagine people looking at the price difference between this and other higher end stuff and thinking it makes sense.
Just outside the M25 by way of explanation. Looking at my kit drawer, most of it is Alpkit or Endura, and some of it is over a decade old.
  • 7 0
 Their pricedags seem basically in-line with other premium brands like 7mesh and POC. Why does Rapha get so much hate? Is it because of their roadie origins?
  • 4 0
 cus this is pinkbike?
  • 8 0
 Would clash with my perfect teeth
  • 1 1
 Your dentist would buy it though...
  • 10 2
 I might have to sell one of my Audis.......
  • 3 1
 For all you budget minded types out there, or anyone who would rather spend money on the bike than the kit, honestly Target has clothes by their house brand All In Motion that are actually really good for riding. Good shorts, good lightweight longsleeve shirts for summer, and great merino wool longsleeve shirts for layering or midseason.
  • 1 1
 I was going to ask if anyone had any ideas for some riding pants for less $, good tip. The all in motion brand ones look fine.
  • 1 1
 I agree the materials are decent, but like most cheap brands the fitment is atrocious. Narrow shoulders, short arms and length, and if you size up to get the proper length, the body becomes a literal wind sail.
  • 2 0
 @SvenNorske: I found the opposite for their pants - their slim fit offerings actually provide real leg length without the billowy-ness.
  • 2 0
 For a bit of a joke, when they first released their MTB range, I bought the t-shirt...The joke was on me, now I own the jersey, the helmet, the socks, the beanie hat and I will be going to try the long pants as soon as they're released.
I'm no dentist but I like quality clothing when I'm riding. The rapha gear is well made, washes up really well, very comfortable &...DURABLE!
On top of this you get free repairs (and a repair kit included) If you lose weight, you can downsize for half price.
I like the 'plainess' design, not massive branding plastered all over it.

Bottom line is...Don't buy it, your pockets will regret it!
  • 10 4
 Peloton content this is.
  • 22 1
 Sadly no...but we're working on bringing you Peloton content. Are you most interested in buying information or ways to enhance your training on the Peloton you already own?

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 3 0
 @notoutsideceo: Mr. Outside, I would be remiss if were not to direct your attention to the recently revised masthead of this fine publication where you will be illuminated of the fact that indeed there is an asset called Peloton in your media portfolio which is distinctly has no relation to the exercycle of the same name. It is a road bicycling magazine, you may also be interested to know, depicting scantly clad road cycling aficionados pretending they have VO2 max values of note. Cheers, good day.
  • 6 0
 @polarflux: Thanks for the reminder, Polar. The brand has become so big, so successful and made me so much money its hard to keep all these things straight. That said, you just gave me a GREAT idea! A sub-brand called INSIDE+ Stay tuned for more soon.

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 4 0
 @notoutsideceo: That is brilliant, man. For your convenience I've acquired the Inside+ URL for you. I'm sure we can work something out.
  • 4 0
 @polarflux: I have a place for you on the team - I need to dump the current CTO who keeps trying to ban me from PB! Please get the web3 .eth domain as well! We'll be accepting payments in crypto soon!

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 3 0
 @notoutsideceo: Why stop at payments, when one could monetize the asset via a security token offering taking the value to the moon via a modest pump and dump boiler room operation. Apparently Martha Stewart is cool again and is into NFTs and Snoop Dog, she definitely needs to be on the team as the Inside+ ambassador.
  • 4 0
 @polarflux: Careful, Polar. That kind of thinking is going to land you a Board Seat at Inside+!

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 2 0
 @notoutsideceo: Sorry but we already have the inside of things covered here at Inside+.
  • 2 0
 @inside-plus: Whatever, dude. It’s Inside+. Just because you can say “I’m Rick James!” doesn’t make you Rick James.
  • 1 0
 @polarflux: I'm not your dude, guy.
  • 2 0
 @inside-plus: ...aaaaand, back to riding bikes in the last few hours of loamy sweetness before a failing sun. Winter is coming. I never wanted the job, anyway.
  • 3 0
 The bike mechanics complaining about low wages in the other thread can't even buy these at shop cost...what is notOutsideCEO"s opinion on this?
  • 2 2
 It’s “Go back to school”
  • 11 0
 Pink..I sense that you don't like me...? It's not my fault I'm rich and use Rapha clothing as shop towels...

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 4 0
 @notoutsideceo: personally I hope the paywall gets even more expensive
  • 2 0
 I look at the prices and think by ek but the clothes will last for years....I've had a merino wool top for 4 years now and still going strong.
  • 3 0
 This guy’s from Yorkshire…
  • 4 0
 Why do women's jackets have to be only pink?
  • 3 0
 The men's shorts are pink, the women's jacket is salmony orange, so it's *almost* as if Rapha is bucking the stereotype. I feel you on the "gender specific" colors, though. Personally, I wish more men's clothes came in pink / purple. Maybe more color options are up on their website?
  • 2 0
 Because they know that women who don't want pink/feminine colors will just buy mens colors. Working retail, it's what I see constantly. Most ladies in the outdoor realm of clothing don't care about the more feminine cuts of clothing from my experience, and I'm sure it's what they notice as well.
  • 1 0
 @hi-dr-nick: Yeah, that what I usually do too.
  • 2 0
 @Lokirides: Salmony, pink, equally appealing xD
Although those dark pink pants were a little bit better...Still, not my choice.
  • 2 0
 It’s cuz men design the clothes and make these assumptions
  • 1 0
 @chmurka3rg: I also noticed there is a gray option - if you look at the pictures, the lady on the left is wearing a gray jacket, not the pink-salmony color (which is not to my taste, either).

Personally, I'd rock those pink shorts, and like that they made men's shorts in something besides burnt orange / black / dark grey.
  • 1 0
 This man was thinking the women's Tech Long Sleeve Jersey looks much better than the men's. In general I think the colours of women's MTB clothing is better than the stuff aimed at men....
  • 3 0
 Wranglers Outdoor flex pants for the win. They even got side pockets with zippers. All for $27
  • 1 0
 Trail Hip Pack looks like it's designed to eject your water bottle the moment you roll off the curb. I like how they pulled the mesh pocket up over the bottle to make it appear like a normal 21oz bottle would fit. Nope.
  • 1 0
 Hard to tell if the button the pants is a popper fastener or a traditional button-through-hole job... If it's the former then no thank you, the latter and I might just cop a pair...
  • 3 0
 I got cold looking at the first picture ...
  • 2 0
 I love the feature of a strap integrated into the jacket to keep on a bike.
  • 4 2
 Sells pretty well for a brand only bought by people within the M25
  • 2 0
 Can confirm, live in E2 just bought a top
  • 3 1
 It's all Rapha expensive.
  • 1 0
 The pricing is so off…180$ usd for a wind breaker? Come on, this is bullshit
  • 2 0
 Pre-last photo is .. intriguing.
  • 2 0
 Dear company, please include some UPF protection. Sincerely, old man.
  • 1 0
 are any of these for special members that you have to pay a premium just to qualify to buy it? i swear Rapha does/did this.
  • 1 0
 RCC rapha cycling club is the road version of what you’re talking about
  • 1 0
 I like that the jacket is available in colours that will make you simply vanish against a backdrop of fall foliage!
  • 1 0
 The Windblock jersey looks nice and of course, the medium, the most common size is the one sold out...
  • 4 2
 Understated, Overpriced!
  • 1 0
 Ah yes, truly the rip-off prices I expect of MTB gear.
  • 3 2
 Intrusive logo IMO.
  • 1 2
 waiting for the Rapha S-Works Peter Sagan Edition Crossover, this is simply to cheap/Plebe tier for me.
  • 1 0
 Jackets need a tail.
  • 3 5
 I stop reading at the price tag thing....
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