The ‘Brevet’ Jersey from Rapha is all about endurance riding. Long tough days in the saddle, lightweight, breathable with reflective detailing and plenty of storage space.
With temperatures dropping in Australia it’s time to build up those long winter kilometers. The Brevet Jersey and Gilet could be just the combo to keep you comfortable.
Photography - Andrew Clifforth
Rapha’s Brevet Jersey and Gilet were born as a result of one of cycling’s most iconic races. The Paris-Brest-Paris Randonnee. In case you don’t know, this race is an epic 1,200km unsupported race that must be completed in under 90 hours (just under 4 days).
It’s one of those rides where weather can change, you’ll also be riding in low light and darkness and you need to carry plenty of food, spares and extra clothing.
Rapha’s solution is the Brevet Jersey and Gilet.
Updated for 2015, it comes in both a men’s women’s specific style and in constructed using Rapha’s ‘Sportwool’ fabric. As with other Rapha products the construction of this Jersey is fantastic. The attention to detail is great. Storage wise, there’s three large rear pockets plus a rear zipped pocket for the Brevet Gilet. In addition there is a front zipped pocket designed to carry valuables.
The Marino Sportwool fabric feels great and does a good job of dealing with a wide temperature range. It’s really comfortable in cooler conditions right through to warmer days. If you’re expecting really hot conditions you’ll probably want to move to a lighter weight jersey.
Visibility is good with horizontal reflective stripes on the front and back, plus reflective details on the arm cuffs.
The Brevet Gilet is very lightweight and it’s important to note that the Brevet Gilet is different in construction to the Rapha Women’s Gilet.
There’s no pockets in the Brevet Gilet and being so lightweight with large mesh side panels it’s unlikely to keep your core warm if temperatures really start dropping. In this case you’ll probably be wanting to move to a full winter jacket anyway.
Saying this, the Brevet Gilet’s intended use is to take the edge of cold winds, be easy to pack down extra small and provide extra visibility in low light, all of which it does well.
We’ve found ourselves grabbing the Brevet Gilet for morning rides when it’s not too cold so you don’t want to overheat but you just want a little protection and to be seen by drivers.
As usually style is a personal thing but we like the updated colour scheme, detailing is nice and the contrasting Brevet Gilet looks great and can be paired with other Rapha jerseys.
Brevet Jersey - RRP$210
Brevet Gilet - RRP$135
Brevet Jersey and Gilet Bundle - RRP$285
You can check out the Rapha Brevet Jersey and Gilet here
The Rapha Jersey and Gilet bundle is a really versatile package. While designed for long endurance riding it’s also a great combination for shorter rides in varied temperatures. The Rapha construction quality is high and the material’s used have been tested many times over.
- Rapha Brevet Jersey
- Reflective chest stripes and cuffs
- Lightweight and breathable
- Zipped valuables pocket
- Mesh-lined, zipped gilet storage pocket
- Three large cargo pockets
- Laser-cut logo on back pocket
- Windproof front fabric
- Offset zip for comfortable layering
- Reflective chest stripes
- Reflective Rapha logo
- Mesh side panels for breathability