Rapha has just released three new women’s cycling pieces – Classic Bibshorts, a merino baselayer and the Souplesse Jersey.
The bibshorts, shown above, use a lightweight matte Lycra material with female friendly pad shaping and flatlock stitching for comfort. The straps are comprised of a broad section of closely knit mesh on the front with a full zip and lighter, more open mesh on the back. Both sides are cream colored so they won’t show through lighter colored jersey. Retail is $220.
The v-neck base layer is 100% fine gauge merino wool and comes in light gray and light blue. Cut follows the female form and it retails for $85.00.
The Souplesse jersey is a lightweight polyamide/elastane blend that’s close fitting and cut to offer muscle support “similar to control underwear”. So, yes, it’s like high end, fast wicking, technical Spanx for your upper body, except not ridiculous. Reflective bits and UPF 50+ sun protection keep you safe. Retail is $195.
Full details and specs, including their very cool real-time availability count, at Rapha.cc.