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Rapha Launches $245 Reversible Crit Jersey with L39ION of LA 

The new Rapha/L39ION of LA jersey arrives just in time for the inaugural ( and invite only) $15,000 prize purse CRIT Championship on October 21st in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rapha and L39ION of LA have collaborated on a unique, training-and-race-ready, reversible jersey.

Rapha L39ION of LA Reversible Crit Jersey 2000 video shoot
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Remember those jerseys you had as a kid when you flipped it inside out? The kind of jerseys where you could be the home or away team? The new Rapha Reversible Pro Team Crit Jersey is like that, except it is made from a super high-tech fabric that offers the user a ‘training’ side and a ‘race’ side. 

Rapha L39ION of LA Reversible Crit Jersey race close up

Rapha Reversible Crit Jersey — Why Reversible? 

Okay — so the idea is the ultimate “less-is-more” piece of cycling kit. Riders who want the best of both worlds in one jersey: training and race-ready.

Rapha L39ION of LA Reversible Crit Jersey zipper close up

The ‘training side’ is Legion-branded and has a seamless rear pocket construction. The large pockets provide ample space to carry essentials during training sessions.

Rapha L39ION of LA Reversible Crit Jersey back

The ‘race side’ features a sleek, logo-free design. This race side is the kit’s more “aero” side, with no pockets. The jersey’s lightweight woven fabric (both sides) ensures top-notch moisture management and thermoregulation, while aerodynamic fabrics on the upper body minimize drag.

Basically — there are different graphics on each side: one with pockets and one without.  

Rapha L39ION of LA Reversible Crit Jersey zipper

The jersey features a reversible and easy-to-use zipper. Rapha has also replaced the traditional zipper guard with zipper garages at the top and bottom, providing protection against abrasion for the neck and shorts (smart). Silicone grippers have been incorporated on both sides of the hem to guarantee a secure fit and not ride up when you’re the drops smashing it.

Santi Roig Dinares, Rapha Apparel Graphic Designer, explained: “We are incredibly excited to introduce our first ever reversible jersey to our Pro Team collection, which follows years of development. We wanted to create a jersey that not only met the needs of our professional teams but also provided a versatile solution for our customers. By combining the functionality of a race jersey without pockets and a training jersey with pockets, we have created a performance-driven product that truly celebrates ‘the future’ and showcases our commitment to pushing the boundaries of high-performance cycling apparel.”

Rapha L39ION of LA Reversible Crit Jersey riding

Rapha Pro Team Reversible Crit Jersey — Key Features

  • Fully reversible, two-sided elite racing jersey designed for training and racing
  • Seamless rear pocket construction on Legion-branded side to carry your essentials in training
  • The logo-free race side has no pockets to reduce turbulence when every advantage counts
  • Lightweight woven fabric for efficient moisture management and thermoregulation
  • Aerodynamic fabrics on the upper body aid airflow and reduce drag in key areas
  • Four-way stretch for a compressive fit and supreme comfort at speed
  • The team’s kit is sponsor-less on the training side. This is reversed on the commercial kit.
  • Price: $ 245
  • Sizes: TBD 

“Call it a flip of aswitch. This jersey represents that change in mindset where you go from relaxing to game time. Ride to the race, then reverse it to get those aero gains.” Cory Williams, Co-Founder of L39ION of Los Angeles:

Availability

Legion’s Chapter 3 team issue kit is available in minimal quantities for men starting October 19th. 
Check the Rapha Pro Team Reversible Crit Jersey out at Rapha.cc

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El Pataron
El Pataron
5 months ago

I’m beginning to hate this industry. $250 for a $15 jersey. Good grief.

Joe Bond
Joe Bond
5 months ago
Reply to  El Pataron

Won’t be all that long until there’s an Aliexpress knockoff for $30 or under.

Jetdog
Jetdog
5 months ago
Reply to  El Pataron

Sure, BUT, I have 3 Rapha jerseys I’ve ridden once a week for the last 15 years. I’ll have to throw them away, crash in them, or die before I “wear them out.” I didn’t get into cycling to save money. But, I DO get you.

Robin
Robin
5 months ago
Reply to  El Pataron

I guess you missed that Econ 101 course in college wherein you would have learned that there’s more to pricing than what internet commenters think the materials and labor cost. There’s that whole demand and supply thing.

I’m gonna assume that given your disgust with prices in the industry you only buy the cheapest bikes available, with the cheapest components possible.

Samuel Vrooman
Samuel Vrooman
5 months ago
Reply to  Robin

Nah. I just have a couple friends in the clothing industry –not high end at all, and their markups are crazy. I have no quarter for or with internet comments (or at least no more than you do) but pricing these garments seems to me a touch more arbitrary than their simple consumer-percieved value. But yes, I’m entirely self taught with regards to economics. Only selections of Das Kapital, etc.

Andrew
Andrew
5 months ago

Its still kinda just looks inside-out?
Does it come with a 3-month ban?

S Newtron
S Newtron
5 months ago

I can’t wait until they do this with their bike shorts. Hopefully they will be $500.00

Marc Smith
Marc Smith
5 months ago
Reply to  S Newtron

bring back team liqui-gas for that inside out chamy

Brent
Brent
5 months ago

Isn’t Legion the crit team with terrible attitude and questionable morale?

Marc Smith
Marc Smith
5 months ago
Reply to  Brent

The industry had been buzzing about Spesh and Rapha moving on because of the toxic environment and fiscal transparency, looks like everything is the same everywhere. Same old same old.

Morgan
Morgan
5 months ago

No cap, you wear this in NorCal, hands gettin thrown on sight.

Fig Ciocc
Fig Ciocc
5 months ago
Reply to  Morgan

I’ve been riding and racing bicycles for 10 years, wrestled and boxed in HS and College. Have never actually seen a cyclist seriously fighting with another cyclist after a race or ride. It’s mostly just idiotic posturing or maybe some shoving. Cyclists are awful fighters, think those pathetic baseball “fights” but worse. No one is going to assault you over a Jersey.

Morgan
Morgan
5 months ago
Reply to  Fig Ciocc

you can get it too, fig

Evan
Evan
5 months ago
Reply to  Fig Ciocc

Cap or no cap? Pls specify

Morgan
Morgan
5 months ago
Reply to  Evan

definitely cap from this fig

Marc
Marc
5 months ago

Is this Justin ‘I could win in europe but prefer to employ team tactics on solo riders in us amateur races’ Williams?

Starlight Champ
Starlight Champ
5 months ago

euro boys are so lucky he hasn’t joined the tour yet. he’d smoke everyone.

Flomoe
Flomoe
5 months ago

Bahahahah who wants him……………………………………………………….?

Brent
Brent
5 months ago

What? Didn’t he did one WT lower ranked race and said « boy this is too hard » when it was the easiest stage?

Nick
Nick
5 months ago

I’m surprised that Rapha continues to support this absolute sh*t-show of a team

Joenomad
Joenomad
5 months ago

Since many pro Crit racers wear skinsuits, maybe Rapha can produce a reversible one and charge over $500 for it.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Joenomad

Maybe you could add MAAP, PAS, Attaquer, Velocio etc etc etc rather than just crapping on the one brand? Or are those too many targets?

Fig Ciocc
Fig Ciocc
5 months ago

The super expensive kit isn’t really worth it these days. I used to be all on the Assos stuff back in the day and felt like while it was a rip off you definitely had a much better riding experience with it. Today though? Honestly a lot of the smaller brands are basically making the same thing at much more reasonable price. The $80 dollar ultimate black bibs (don’t compare to their base bibs which are horrible) are basically what $175 bibs where 10 years ago.

Evan
Evan
5 months ago

Exposed pockets are exactly what prevented me from winning any races last season

Brent
Brent
5 months ago

I missed the pocket side…
– Hey let’s do something never done before
– like what?
– a reversible jersey
– but the reason we never did is because it makes no sense and what about the pockets, can’t have them both sides or it’s super bulky.
– doesn’t matter we will say it’s more aero
– but what about gels? Still need to eat
– no we are going to claim being so aero that you finish your race under 30’

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