Rapha Releases New Trail Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket

Sep 29, 2022
by Alicia Leggett  
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Rapha today announced its new Trail Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket, a harsh-weather centerpiece to the brand's updated Autumn / Winter mountain bike collection.

As the name suggests, the jacket uses Gore-Tex's Infinium fabric, which is water-resistant but places priority on windproofing and breathability. The 30D nylon ripstop outer surface allows water to bead, a middle layer blocks wind and provides warmth, and a soft C-Knit lining helps with comfort.

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In addition to the fabric stretch, the jacket uses paneled gussets for movement. The jacket also has a stowable hood that fits over a helmet and two chest pockets, but otherwise Rapha aimed to keep the design minimalist.

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bigquotesCombining signature Rapha styling with next-gen fabric technology, this is the jacket to reach for when conditions may turn for the worse, versatile enough to transition from chilly early morning rollouts to after-dark descents. Off-season has officially been cancelled.Rapha

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The jacket comes in both women's and men's versions and is available now for $375 USD.

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125 Comments
  • 252 1
 It should repel the tears of the peasants quite nicely I'm sure.
  • 16 6
 nah, it’ll get soaked in peasant tears before you’re even finished with your $20 espresso.
  • 7 6
 I'm sure it'll soak up a lot of saliva from a dentist's chair.
  • 73 13
 Let the complaints about price commence….

(No more dentist jokes, and please mention your jacket that does the same thing for much cheaper).

-Thanks, Management
  • 35 4
 I was expecting it to be a lot more to be honest. Seems an average price for a goretex coat, especially from Rapha
  • 16 17
 @awilso27: Average price of a Gore-Tex Coat is no where near £400. Maybe when it's got the typical "Cycling" marketing bullshit added on.
  • 4 4
 @J3cc: £275 in the UK. Still high but not really that mad compared to other MTB jackets out there. Granted, they are waterproof not just water resistant.
  • 24 3
 @awilso27: this isn't a GoreTex jacket. It's a windbreaker with DWR
  • 9 0
 Price always matters.
  • 9 0
 @skiboot1: Exactly. Infinium is nowhere near as effective as a Goretex membrane. This is a softshell, and for autumn/winter UK riding the back of it will wet through after 5 minutes.
  • 7 2
 @awilso27: What are you on? Columbia, Marmot, NF, etc... all have mid weight to light weight GoreTex (or Omni whatever for Columbia) jackets in the $120/ USD range.
  • 12 2
 @jmhills: yeah, everyone makes GoreTex jackets for $120...well... except for the small detail that it's not actually GoreTex
  • 14 0
 @skiboot1: yeah, seems pretty similar to the arc’teryx gamma sl jacket, which is only $225. Interesting when arc’teryx is affordable in comparison
  • 6 0
 @f00bar: Including this, which is just an overpriced windbreaker because Infinium. AKA, it's not even the Gore-Tex that we all want.
  • 2 0
 The Rapha Jacket looks nice and has a good pocket (this matters), and I've never used Infinium (I don't think?) but this is a great jacket from Patagonia and it's quite a bit less money. I use this on all my winter rides and it's been fantastic. www.patagonia.com/product/womens-dirt-roamer-mountain-bike-jacket/24406.html?dwvar_24406_color=SNDB&cgid=sport-mountain-biking-womens
  • 2 1
 @J3cc: but it’s not £400
  • 3 2
 @f00bar: This is not the true GoreTex either. The problem with GoreTex is that it does not breathe. At all. One thing I do not want when doing physical activity, unless it is very cold outside, is a GoreTex jacket. I will not get wet from the rain but I will be soaked through with sweat. The Columbia Omni stuff is cheaper, water resistant, and breathes better.
  • 4 1
 @skiboot1: It is actually a Gore-tex fabric, just not the same on u are probably used to. I prefer infinium as it breathes better than the normal Gore-tex and is highly water resistant. Perfect fabric for riding in cool temps with a wife beater.
  • 5 2
 @skiboot1: it is actually a Gore-tex fabric. Have worked for Gore for over a decade.
  • 2 0
 Bass Pro/Cabela's Johnny Morris jacket. Gore Tex, $139 (bought it on sale for $110)
  • 4 0
 This jacket won't do. I need apertures for my gold cufflinks.
  • 7 1
 @jmhills: ok this comes up EVERY TIME a jacket shows up on PB, but "Gore Tex" is not one thing, there are many different Gore Tex membrane products with varying levels of water resistance / breathability (regular, Pro, Paclite, etc). Same goes for the competitor products (DryQ, eVent, etc). Usually if you compare like-for-like membrane materials levels the costs are roughly similar. The $100 Gore Tex jacket is not using the same membrane as the $400 one.

Having said that... I have a high end shell (DryQ Elite, $400 MSRP) and a low end shell (Ventia, $100 MSRP), and if I'm exerting myself even moderately hard, I'm getting soaked in both. Managing layers, zippers/vents, and effort levels, matter way more than the membrane IMO.

DWR softshells like this are different and you can definitely go harder without soaking yourself in your own sweat. But they're also kinda useless if it's actually raining in my experience.
  • 4 0
 @bkm303: No shit.
Go to the 2nd hand store, buy a wool shirt, cut it into a jersey.
Solved.
  • 5 0
 @sinatorj: except Gore-Tex specifically states Infinium isn't waterproof. So if it's somewhat waterproof, it's because of the DWR coating, not the Gore-Tex fabric. For the "windbreaker" version of Gore-Tex, this is heavily overpriced, with "real" Gore-Tex (classic, Pro, Paclite, etc.) jackets being cheaper or comparably priced.
  • 4 0
 I buy black trash bags from Walmart, 100 for $3. Cut a hole in the top for my head and I have a waterproof poncho. Another for my lower body gives me a waterproof battle-dress.
  • 5 0
 @Orthodontist: silly peasant, cufflinks go on your shirt cuffs. And, you really shouldn’t mock the needs of others: I’m still waiting with bated breath for Rapha to make French cuffed riding shirts so I can meet the dress code requirements at the country club for post ride Moet.
  • 1 0
 OR Helium - got it on sale for under $80CAD. Pretty light (164g), very packable, hood is compatible with my helmet. Held up in a heavy rain/hail storm out in the open. No clamminess after climbing out of heavy rain back to the car. Wore it on another ride before that where it was showering on and off for 10-15 minutes. No problem with heating up or wet on the inside. So, really happy with the jacket. Even when it's not on sale at $160USD, it's still 1/3 the price and slightly more than half the weight of the Rapha Infinium Jacket. Yes, I know you can say it's a Gore-Tex laminate and that brand has stringent processes for materials, seam sealing, etc. There are other breathable fabric lamination that does similar job and for half the price. Gore-Tex is overrated and overpriced and that cost is passed onto the consumer, unfortunately.
  • 1 0
 @lacykemp: I've got both but it's not comparable. The dirt roamer is a shell with zero insulation. The closest ting to Gore Tex Infinium would be h2no from Patagonia ... and guess what ... the new anorak jacket retails for 320euros so same price than Rapha. I'd be interested to try the new 7Mesh range...
  • 3 0
 @awilso27: The jacket comes in both women's and men's versions and is available now for $375 USD. Ok, it's $375 and I missed the dollar key. Thank you for your input. Isn't even waterproof, typical Rapha shite.
  • 2 0
 @DenSeven: except H2No is waterproof, which makes it incomparable in functionality and therefore value.
  • 4 0
 @DenSeven: also, a Patagonia Torrentshell 3L H2No jacket is less than $200 in the Netherlands.
  • 5 0
 @bkm303: It comes up every time as every single time the company trying to advertise their product is trading on the traditional GoreTex name and capabilities and then over charging for it. This is not that traditional, somewhat vaunted, GT fabric but something else entirely. Infinium 'beads up light rain' and has all of the properties of offerings from Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Marmut, NF, etc... The difference here is that Rapha is asking +$150 more for a jacket no doubt produced in Vietnam, same as the others out there.

This is another case of 'look it is made for cyclists!' seemingly justifying a gouged price. What I would like to know is what the licensing fee looks like in order to use GT fabric and the brand in adverts.
  • 38 0
 It’s Gore Tex Jerry!
  • 3 0
 It's all pipes
  • 4 0
 No way wine is better than pepsi
  • 22 3
 god i hate rapha. goretex literally charges $135 for the same exact jacket (actually theirs is nicer)… rapha charges $375…it’s for idiots that buy stuff bc they think it’s “prestigious”—just like those goof prestige rides they did around the country that prestigiously took people on mediocre trails.

www.gorewear.com/us/en-us/r5-gore-tex-infinium-insulated-jacket-100665?variant=2705&gclid=CjwKCAjwhNWZBhB_EiwAPzlhNlMka68fvMst3JWb8UTdn8YzwvKBGWQsLBCVGiEhM2XRZCRAy4PLPxoCDd8QAvD_BwE
  • 8 0
 Showing $270 to me, not sure where you're getting $135.
  • 6 0
 I went on a Rapha sponsored gravel ride once. Free food and beer, no fees, and free water bottle giveaways. I wore PI stuff just to save some shred of dignity, though...........
  • 1 0
 @labiker9: It's only the Lab Gray/Fireball colorway only
  • 1 0
 I would pay $135 not to have to wear that jacket so I would be saving money by just buying the Rapha over the Gore version.
  • 4 0
 @moroj82: good price but bit ugly? and no hood? and pockets? not the same product IMO.
  • 1 0
 Includes Gore’s wrong-side zipper pull to F with North Americans.
  • 19 0
 Well, it's Infinium. Stronger than Thor's hammer or Wolverine's skeleton. Totally worth it.
  • 19 1
 Let me pose in my over-priced, too warm of coat for riding, with my un-marred $15k bicycle. Why are you not bowing to my obvious superiority?
  • 17 0
 Because your teeth are crooked. You're not a real dentist.
  • 4 0
 This one is even better, it's mainly for wind. Go in too much water and you'll still get wet. Yay!
  • 12 0
 yep, it’s an overpriced windbreaker. it doesn’t seem pricey until you understand that it should actually cost $80 for what you’re getting.

this is literally a water resistant wind breaker.:

www.gore-tex.com/technology/infinium
  • 3 1
 I have a wind proof burton for what would've been around $80 usd, but it's only a 1/4 zipper, I guess the full zipper costs hundreds more..
  • 14 0
 Will I have to grow a crappy mustache?
  • 1 1
 brilliant lol
  • 13 0
 I'm waiting for the $650 special edition version.
  • 7 0
 Ebike rated
  • 2 0
 Will have " Palace " and the silly duck all over it
  • 1 0
 And special Allied paint colourway. (That's how you know it's special...b/c it's not a special "color"...and they add a "u.")
  • 11 2
 I get that brands have margins and inflation and blah blah blah, but a jacket that costs as much if not more than a car payment? seriously?
  • 7 1
 how many big mac are a car payment? in football fields please
  • 4 0
 Never mind a car payment, I've bought 2 cars that were cheaper:

1/ 1988 Accord for $250
2/ 1982 Corolla for $300

Both were functional daily drivers.
  • 1 1
 @Sethimus: American or Australian football? Or that other sport with a round ball?
  • 2 1
 @noapathy: neither has defined lengths for their fields afaik
  • 2 1
 @Sethimus: Sure. They put those lines wherever they feel like. This one time I went to a game and the players were running right into the stands to score...oh, wait. LOL
  • 7 0
 Bruh, I can get a Columbia jacket from Sears for like 80 bucks that does all the same things an almost $400 jacket can do. The MTB tax is real and Ill continue to avoid all clothes and gear with the word MTB connected to them.
  • 2 0
 What sears are you shopping at?
  • 7 0
 @DizzyNinja: What sears are even left?
  • 14 0
 @DizzyNinja: the one next to Blockbuster Video
  • 4 1
 @jaybird951: Well done, sir!
  • 5 0
 I just checked the Rapha site. Worst product video ever...someone just riding in a jacket doesn't help. I would have a lot of interest in this jacket if there was a demo on how exactly the hood stows away (I don't like having a hood flapping around or collecting water and junk when not needed, but you always want the hood if it rains bad). And more importantly, if it really "is water-resistant but places priority on windproofing and breathability" because I'm just a sweat reactor.
  • 7 1
 I didn't think the price was too bad compared to other Gore-Tex jackets I have seen, but then checked Arcteryx and their Infinium jacket is only $280....ouch
  • 3 0
 $230 usd even ouchier
  • 12 0
 Pricing 30% over Arcteryx takes real effort, I'll give them that.
  • 3 0
 @dcaf:thats a bold move Cotton, let's see how it plays out.
  • 7 0
 My BS filter goes apeshit when I read descriptions of fabric “performance.”
  • 1 0
 As it should.
  • 6 1
 This will go perfectly with my special edition BC40, for those long fire road days during the winter when you're likely to see some moisture.
  • 3 0
 NF released a Canadian made jacket today for $259.

We don’t get a lot of moisture where I am and if it’s raining trails are a no go. I use the patagonia Houdini for wind.

Rapha is not for me but if you need to dog whistle to the other investment bankers or whatever, go for it.
  • 2 0
 Be sure to switch from CDN to USD on NF site, Jacket is about $190 retail
  • 3 0
 Or just buy an Endura Jacket for £70 that works just as well....or just buy a Decathlon jacket for £14 that works just as well. If its wet, itll get covered in mud and then it doesnt matter how fancy it looks.
  • 2 0
 I did laugh when is saw $375. It's £275 in the UK which isn't a lot more than the Endura MT500 which is £230 (rrp). Other than saying Rapha on it I'm not sure how it's so expensive for a water resistant jacket.
  • 3 0
 that’s the future price, pound adjusted, lol
  • 1 0
 @Sethimus: HAHA! We are doomed!
  • 1 1
 Endura MT500 is actually waterproof, this jacket should be compared to a generic DWR coated softshell jacket, which I assume costs around €120-150 if it's made by Endura.
  • 3 0
 Rapha: "Off-season is officially cancelled"

Gore-Tex website about Infinium:
"WANT A BOOST IN PERFORMANCE, BUT DON’T NEED WATERPROOF?"

So only off-season in Nevada then?
  • 4 0
 My guess was $500 CAD. I was pretty close
  • 5 1
 I love my Rapha riding pants, they make good stuff.
  • 3 0
 I'm holding out for the Vibranium model.
  • 1 0
 Let's see I can get a Rapha XC jersey made in a third world country for $140 or I could buy an Eliel jersey made in the US for $150. Hmmmm, tough choice.
  • 4 0
 Is it e bike compatible?
  • 1 0
 No, MucOff have that market cornered.
  • 2 0
 $375 for a rain jacket jacket with no hand pockets. I don't even have words.
  • 2 0
 Idk about this one but the normal trail jacket is fantastic! One of my favorite riding clothing I’ve bought.
  • 2 1
 Price wise it is seemingly competative with the equivielent product from 7Mesh, Fox and Endura. They dont seem to get the hard time for their prices like Rapha do.
  • 2 1
 I remember when Endura gear was really good value. These days it's as expensive as the other brands but just doesn't feel as good as the competitors
  • 1 0
 I like to wear my Infinium Jacket with my Unobtanium eye-jackets and Matrixyl 3000 Plus anti-ageing skin cream, because if it sounds like science, then it must be science.
  • 2 0
 I'll wait till Walmart rolls this one back to the sale rack.
  • 3 2
 here is the main selling point: Carbon Neutral Shipping

www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/sustainability
  • 2 0
 getting into the Arc'teryx levels $$-wise
  • 2 0
 Without the performance, with it not being waterproof...
  • 2 0
 i'd be scared to get it dirty....
  • 1 1
 Rapha makes me want to ralph. I’ll stick to my local used gear store that not only has great deals but also does a lot of local charity.
  • 2 0
 After pricing out some Norona ski jackets this looks reasonable.
  • 3 1
 I'm ok with Rapha going back to being a company just for poncy roadies
  • 1 0
 Although I love Rapha, just get a Patagonia, Arcteryx or Gore brand rain jacket on sale and call it a day.
  • 2 0
 It's nice but it's no pit viper
  • 1 0
 Ha ha wow that’s a lot of money. I just got two pertex mec shells for 220 CAD .
  • 1 0
 How much!? It has got elasticated cuffs for £400 near enough, you only expect them on cheap kit.
Just get a paramo
  • 2 0
 Aka unobtanium.
  • 1 0
 i look forward to the reaction on the Ride NF jacket that just launched.
  • 1 0
 Missed me with that one, I won't buy a jacket that costs less that $400
  • 1 0
 Whats up with the stupid looking armband thing on Rapha tops?
  • 1 0
 ahahah AHAHAHAHAHAha hahahah HAHHahahahHAHAhahh Big Grin
  • 1 1
 Gore-Tex infinium isn't even waterproof like regular Gore-Tex

It's literally a compromised "windproof" version
  • 1 1
 That costs more than a designer suit. Lol.
  • 1 4
 The purple colour is nice, but it is perhaps the worst colour for people cycling to the trail on the road. That colour blends with tarmac almost perfectly...
  • 17 0
 But how would it look when hanging out at a coffee shop?
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