REVIEW: Rapha Jeans and Merino Sweatshirt

Rapha is a brand well known amongst cyclists for its cycling clothing. While most of it is specifically designed exclusively for cycling, Rapha has also introduced more casual clothing that can be worn while biking but also just worn for itself. 

The Rapha Jeans are made with a proprietary fabric milled in Italy that is a combination of cotton, nylon and Elastane which gives the jeans some stretch. The fabric itself is "stain resistant, and fast drying." In terms of comfort, that means the jeans are not as soft as you're worn in Levi's, but the tradeoff is for the jeans hard usage. The waist also contains a rubber grip, colored pink, inside the pants which helps the jeans stick to your waist without sliding down. 

The jeans heave light pink threading around the waist and the pockets which makes the jeans distinctive. The right leg of the jeans when rolled up reveal a reflective Rapha logo, along with pink tape, there is also reflective belt loop that is helpful when biking at night. The stitching along the inside of the leg is also pink. 

In our experience, we have found the jeans helpful as travel jeans, admittedly not the purpose which for they are made. But the combination of the unique fabric, with its strecthiness and ability to resist stains, and a deep dark blue color allows one to wear them for extended periods of time. Whether you're riding a bike to work, or will be jumping off a plane and exploring a city - these may be the perfect jeans. 

Rapha Jeans: Not just for riding a bike

Rapha Jeans: Not just for riding a bike

Rapha's logo is reflective as is one of the belt loops

Rapha's logo is reflective as is one of the belt loops

While the jeans use maybe somewhat limited, the merino sweatshirt is fantastic and can be worn as is for itself. While it may appear to be a simple sweatshirt, it has distinctive woven fabric patches on the shoulder and elbows. While the patches are designed to prevent wear along the shoulders and elbows of the sweatshirt, they also lend it a unique military sweater appearance. True to it cycling heritage, there is also a zippered pocket stitched along the left side panel of the sweatshirt, which is also helpful for storing valuables. The sweatshirt fits snugly, so you may want to size up. 

Rapha Merino Sweatshirt: Sturdy and warm.

Rapha Merino Sweatshirt: Sturdy and warm.