The latest piece of unapologetic luxury to come from the Rapha camp isn’t specifically cycling gear, but it is something you will use on the road. That is, if you frequently take to the road to travel between events. It’s probably safe to assume that most of us are fans of music, whatever your tastes may be. Whether you’re warming up on the trainer, trying to drown out the noise on a plane, or simply looking to isolate your brain for a bit, a good pair of headphones can be welcome distraction.
Leave it to Rapha to team up with Bang & Olufsen to create a pair of headphones worthy of the Rapha name, and a large portion of your wallet…
Starting with their BeoPlay H6, the audio performance of the B&O headphones is the same that you will find in their other H6 models. As to where Rapha fits in, the headphones have been given the luxury treatment in terms of looks and the feel of the materials used. Ultimately, this isn’t just to create a product with the “Rapha” look, but to make a pair of headphones that are the perfect companion for long trainer sessions.
Using the same black African Hair Sheep leather used in their GT gloves, the headphone’s ear cups are sweat resistant, soft, and breathable. The underside of the anodized aluminum headband is also treated with Rapha fabrics using the same technical material found in their Pro Team Softshell jacket. Combined, the two touch points keep the headphones comfortable on the road or on the trainer.
Additional features include a detachable 3.9′ pink cord with a built in microphone/remote as well as a removable jersey clip to keep the cord in place. As far as Rapha products go, the B&O H6 headphones are certainly expensive at $429, but only carry a $30 mark up over the standard B&O BeoPlay H6. Based on the premium materials used for the Rapha version, that’s not such a bad deal. So just what does Rapha sound like? Head over to their site to check out the Rapha Recovery Tracks Spotify playlist.