Rapha revamps 2016 range with color & styling updates, plus hints at all-new Core collection

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With typical flair, Rapha debuted an updated Spring & Summer road line-up today that refreshes their complete range, but aims to break it down into six basic collections. Throughout the men’s and women’s race lines, the long distance Brevet line, Rapha’s own iconic Classics group and the lifestyle cross-over City collections the changes are mostly cosmetic. There are several completely new colors for Rapha and some more adventurous gradient color fades, plus a few more liberal applications of stripes, especially for the ladies. But new products are in short supply for now. There are a couple of updated Classics and a new piece here and there, but it seems that we will have to wait until the end of February for Rapha to unveil the sixth category, one they are calling the Core Collection. Take a closer look at what’s new and what we know after the break…

The new products are just now starting to go live on Rapha’s site. They put up a story page on the new organization that breaks it down and previews a few more products. Not all of the new gear is actually available yet, and the links to each collection don’t really lead anywhere useful for now. Have a look at our highlights below, and if you want to see more it’s probably best to browse the respective men’s and women’s New Arrivals sections over at Rapha’s site.

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Of all the products, the two racewear lines – the men’s Pro Team and women’s Souplesse – seem to have received the most development over the last year. So those products themselves don’t see much completely new, but get refinements mostly by way of new colors, updated styles, and new for 2016 graphics. The men’s side leans heavily towards pastels for this update, including this new mesh baselayer admonishing you to not touch your brakes, and a new Race Cape coming soon.

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The women get most of the graphics updates with a new mesh Souplesse tank baselayer that almost looks to get a little robot inspiration, along with a matching warm weather Souplesse gen II jersey and poly/cotton blend cap.

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There are also now Souplesse versions in the works of the pro-level Lightweight jersey in black, pink, and purple, plus subtle women’s pro race glove and pro sock options as well, all in matching vibrant red, purple, pink, and more low-key black.

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The Brevet collection also is mostly carry over, but with a new set of more-subdued, but still high visibility coordinated colors. There is also a better balance now, offering almost everything in both women’s and men’s cuts and slightly different styles.

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One interesting new Brevet piece is an insulated vest that uses a semi-quilted Primaloft insulation on the front to offer packable, lightweight warmth for those unpredictable rides or long off-season mornings and evenings.

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The pieces of kit that Rapha built its reputation on, the Classics also get mostly cosmetic updates (and some gradients). There is mention of an update of their Classic merino jersey for both men and women. But from images we’ve seen the new generation looks to pretty much copy the look of the current jersey, but at a 12th anniversary since its introduction claims 12 new refinements.

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Otherwise the Classic updates come mostly with the fade men’s Superlightweight jersey, and new Wind Jacket and vest colors for both men and women.

The City line seems to get updates too, although it looks like they are almost all fairly minor iterations of previous garments or some new pieces that don’t really jump out of the bunch.

The forthcoming Core Collection is the last thing that leaves us wondering what is next. So far all we know is that Rapha is calling it the new Standard. Whether that means it will be an all-new modern take on the Classics or a basic set of premium accessories like the recent softshell baselayer, we don’t really know. We’ll just have to wait to learn more.

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ptourkin
ptourkin
6 years ago

I’m not sure the point of creating a reflective “brevet” gilet without certifying that it meets the reflectivity standards required for PBP. It would also be nice if they’d at least state whether it meets RUSA standards.

Dreamer
Dreamer
6 years ago

Hey TeamDreamTeam,

Rapha likes what your doing over there

Flatbiller
Flatbiller
6 years ago

Looks like they’re hiring the recently-fired American Apparel models.

ddt
ddt
6 years ago

Warning: grumpy ahead.

Put those helmets on your damn heads, not on your handlebars. This is from someone who’s had to provide first responder service to someone who crashed on an uphill (unavoidable due to traffic and road conditions); that someone still has minor brain damage.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago
Reply to  ddt

Did you happen to notice the traffic and road conditions they had to contend with in that vid? Right, you guys never do. You’re not grumpy just a very typical helmet zealot with preaching tactics that we’ve all heard before; completely ignore the reference material for the sake of your own argument, followed then by a scary story of severe injury or even death. But this is Rapha you know, that nefarious cult that overtly promotes risky behavior to the masses. I heard they also run with knives at the Portland office. Hide your kids!!!

Mike Newberry
6 years ago
Reply to  ddt

Helmets/no Helmets….freedom to choose.

chadquest
6 years ago
Reply to  ddt

I don’t wear a helmet when driving my car, even though I have in my life cut and carried dozens of dead people out of auto wrecks. Why weren’t those people wearing race car helmets?

My point: I wear a helmet sometimes, and sometimes I don’t, because sometimes the risk is reasonable, and sometimes it is negligible. And despite all, the most overcautious man that has ever lived, is still dead.

I am going to die, you are going to die, and I am not going to live in paranoia every year until it happens. Have fun, and be reasonable.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago
Reply to  chadquest

And that’s exactly how they were riding in the vid. No traffic in the middle of nowhere, road conditions like glass. Then you come in with the uphill brain damage victim eulogy urging helmets at all times to your imaginary congregation. Your “point” is contrary to your first post, just can’t have it both ways.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago

Pardon, thought I was replying to the street corner preacher.

Antipodean_eleven
6 years ago

@ddt to be fair, there are more helmets on heads here than is usual for their photoshoots.

Thomas K. Stern
Thomas K. Stern
6 years ago

Made in China..

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago

Throw away everything in your house that doesn’t originate from your preferred country of manufacture then take a picture for us. You’ll be naked and homeless but remember to smile.

Allan
Allan
6 years ago

Made in China, priced as if hand made in Italy by Ernesto Colnago.

Kernel
6 years ago
Reply to  Allan

My Assos and Castelli bits aren’t made in Italy or Switzerland either.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago

Cory, none of those other countries countries matter. As long as anything is made in China the trolls are going to post on every Rapha article and complain that they may catch Mao’s Communism from an article of clothing.

stiksandstones
6 years ago

Nice to see the chatter about this unique looking collection is about helmets and china. Thanks Bikerumor.

Matthew
Matthew
6 years ago

Came here for the “I can’t believe they think they can sell a $[amount] [item that can be bought at Performance for less than amount]” flamers,

Stayed for the “I always wear my helmet, because [catastrophic edge case] what idiot doesn’t?” flamers.

NB: I wear a helmet, but don’t care if you don’t. Shut up and ride.

wunnspeed
6 years ago

Seems to me that the womens designers have been watching Tron. Kind of odd stuff. Sadly, for me, Raphas best times have past. Pretty well made stuff but overly priced considering that there are similar and better options for less. Well, at least for me.

Mind you, they need to make enough money to keep those pro teams in their logo.