Cafe Du Cycliste, rider in albertine gilet

Is there a foreseeable end to the ever-increasing wardrobe of a cyclist? For those who pedal through cold and wet weather especially, there always seems to be something missing from your collection that might make it harder for you to cop out on a potential ride…

For such poor weather warriors, the double-treated fabric used throughout Rapha’s Shadow line claims to boast the ‘holy grail’ properties of water and wind resistance, without sacrificing breathability and comfort. Café Du Cycliste also has some stylish new thicker threads for cool weather, featuring mountain-inspired looks melded with high tech modern fabrics.

And when the mercury rises, Kitsbow has two new pairs of technical boxer shorts aimed at trail riders who are either pumping out quick laps or can’t get comfortable with padded chamois shorts…


Rapha men's Pro Team Shadow jersey, rear Rapha womens Shadow jersey, front

Rapha’s men’s Pro Team Long Sleeved Shadow Jersey (left) is made from a wind resistant, DWR treated hydrophobic fabric that provides the protection of a jacket and the comfort of a jersey. With its soft brushed inner this jersey can be layered or worn next-to-skin, and its micropores allow body heat to escape efficiently. Three rear pockets provide storage and a reflective patch on the arm keeps you from blending into the shadows too much. The Pro Team Shadow jersey sells for $350 USD, and comes in sizes XS-XXL.

The Women’s Pro Team Long Sleeved Shadow jersey (right) bears the same construction as the men’s model described above, but features tailored panelling and a tapered waist for a flattering, feminine fit. The women’s model also sells for $350 and is available in XXS-XL sizes.

Rapha Pro Team Shadow hat, side Rapha Pro Team Shadow hat, rear

And to keep your noggin warm during cool wintery rides, Rapha’s Pro Team Shadow Hat offers breathability and weather resistance in a lightweight package. One nifty feature is the hat’s smoke-colored brim, which shelters your eyes from rain but doesn’t impede your peripheral vision. The Pro Team Shadow hat also features soft ear flaps and reflective trim, and sells for $75.

Café Du Cycliste

Cafe Du Cycliste Albertine gilet, front and back

Café Du Cycliste’s Albertine gilets are stuffed with Primaloft Active insulation to provide plenty of warmth but still remain highly breathable. The vest’s front panels are windproof, and the back panels are constructed from high-wicking merino polar fleece. A chest pocket, zippered side pouch and two rear pockets carry your cargo, and the rears bear reflective bottom accents to increase your visibility. The Albertine gilets come in orange/camel or blue/grey colors. Sizes XS-XXL are available, at a cost of $216.

Cafe Du Cycliste, rider in alphonsine jersey

The Alphonsine merino fleece jerseys are a great partner to the Albertine gilets, as they definitely reflect the same style. The jersey is primarily constructed from merino polar fleece but features windproof shoulder panels for a little extra protection. This jersey will carry your ride essentials in its chest, side and rear pockets, and the full length zipper makes it a versatile three-season garment. Café Du Cycliste’s Alphonsine jerseys come grey/blue and sell for $210. Sizes XS-XXL are available.


Kitsbow trail boxer, orange

Last but not least if you’re one of those riders who prefer to keep it light on the saddle padding, these boxers might be, well, I won’t say ‘up your alley’… Kitsbow’s Trail Boxer uses moisture-wicking Polartec Power Dry fabric to keep you dry, and the seams are carefully placed to not create any uncomfortable friction. The Trail boxers sell for $40, and come in Moab Orange or Dark Forest green. Sizes range from XS-XXL.

Kitsbow mesh trail boxer

The Mesh trail boxer was designed for really hot days in the saddle, and certainly not as an outer layer- With ultimate airflow as the goal the company cautions buyers that these boxers don’t hide anything behind their all-mesh construction! They feature the same ergo shape and seam placement as the Trail boxers, and also come in sizes XS-XXL. The Mesh Trail boxers retail for $40 and are available in black only.


  1. mudrock on

    I never understood vests for cyclists. My core is the first thing that gets hot. I’m often unzipped, while my arms stay cold, or comfortable, depending on what I’m wearing. Someone who has a Primaloft layer on their torso isn’t riding hard enough, to generate their own heat, IMO.

    • Ryan S on

      I completely agree with the vest theory regarding cycling, but this particular vest is windproof in front and highly breathable merino in the back, so it’s essentially a short apron. This is the only vest I could see using for biking.

    • Tessar on

      You just answered the question… Flexibility. If you head out on a cold morning, knowing that once you’re warmed up you won’t need core insulation – do you A) Wear a jacket, and then remove it leaving you with cold arms, or B) Wear arm warmers and vest, remove the vest and stay warm in the arms?

      I could never see the benefit in a jacket except for rain protection, but vests are super convenient.

  2. Maus Haus on

    $40 boxer underwear… totally worth it because they are made from 1000 year old Mayan llama wool knit by Japanese Nippori textile artisans w/ waistbands knit with Suzhou Chinese Silk known for it’s legendary superior stretching qualities.

    • Dave on

      Ya know, if they were Merino I might consider -consider, mind you- paying $40 for a pair of boxers, but these aren’t even wool. They’re wicking synthetic. The latest iteration of polyester, I imagine. And you just thought your synthetic jerseys got smelly….


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