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Item # RFA005R
Description

No more shivers.

The Rapha Men's Pro Team Softshell Baselayer caters to demanding cyclists pushing through the cold, damp conditions inherent to shoulder season training and racing seasons. It's designed to be worn underneath a racing jersey, so you can still wear your team kit when it's drizzling or colder temperatures threaten your comfort. This way, you won't have to worry about wearing a protective jacket or vest, especially when the clouds part and you need to stop and stash your jacket to prevent overheating.

Three-layer softshell fabric is highly breathable, traps precious body heat from escaping in the cold, and repels moisture with its DWR finish. It's complemented with strategically placed stretch panels for greater range of motion, despite its race-inspired, close-to-body fit. Smooth flatlock seams won't scratch or irritate, especially considering it sits next to your skin. It's finished with reflective details along the back of the sleeves for a bit more visibility, even if you're wearing a race jersey over the top.

  • Fends off the cold and damp conditions of shoulder seasons
  • 3-layer softshell fabric is highly breathable for comfort
  • DWR finish repels moisture from chilling your body
  • Strategically placed stretch panels for full motion
  • Smooth flatlock seams won't scratch or irritate skin
  • Reflective details at rear sleeves for visibility
  • Layers under a team kit with its next-to-skin fit
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Material
[face fabric] 3-layer softshell fabric (72% nylon, 16% polyurethane, 12% elastane), DWR finish, [panels] breathable stretch (85% nylon, 15% elastane)
Fit
Race (form-fitting)
Style
water-resistant, protective baselayer
Recommended Use
road cycling
Size

Rapha

Men's
Tops
 SMLXLXXL
Chest

33 - 36in

(83.8 - 91.4cm)

36 - 39in

(91.4 - 99.1cm)

39 - 42in

(99.1 - 106.7cm)

42 - 45in

(106.7 - 114.3cm)

45in+

(114.3cm+)

Back Length

22 - 24in

(55.9 - 61cm)

24 - 27in

(61 - 68.6cm)

27 - 29in

(68.6 - 73.7cm)

29 - 31in

(73.7 - 78.7cm)

31in+

(78.7cm+)

Arm Length

23.6 - 24.4in

(59.9 - 62cm)

24.4 - 25.2in

(62 - 64cm)

25.2 - 26in

(64 - 66cm)

26 - 26.6in

(66 - 67.6cm)

26.6in+

(67.6cm+)

Bottoms
 SMLXLXXL
Waist

30in

(76.2cm)

32in

(81.3cm)

34in

(86.4cm)

36in

(91.4cm)

38in

(96.5cm)

Inside Leg

32in

(81.3cm)

32in

(81.3cm)

34in

(86.4cm)

34in

(86.4cm)

36in

(91.4cm)

How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Inside Leg:
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Arm Length:
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.

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Fit for purpose

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I got this for one type of racing. Wet and cold. It’s good for nothing else. It think and tight and not the most comfortable to wear at all. It’s hard to get on and hard to get off. But when the competition is freezing, my core temp is holding up. I wish I had looked for the updated model with the zip neck and longer torso. This is really short and doesn’t go much below the top of bob shorts. Also after a few wears I can see the neck being warped from stretching. Not for regular use. You’ll boil in it.

Excellent Vapor Barrier, too excellent

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

I've only worn this twice, but find it's a bit too clammy for me. To help move moisture off my skin I wore with my uber favorite LS baselayer, the Craft Active Extreme. That helped a lot.

I love the concept of a long-short sleeve with excellent wind resistance. And I suppose if I did have to wear a race shirt without an outer layer, this would be the ticket. But that's not my situation. I recently picked up a Sportful Fiandre short sleeve and I prefer that. I can unzip it to vent on the uphills and zip up for the downhills. I know that's a totally different piece kit than this, but for my uses the Fiandre is more versatile.

I wear a Medium in street clothes and a Large in any cycling kit from Europe. This is euro sizing for sure. The large is the right size for me.

Best baselayer I’ve ever worn

  • Fit: True to size

I agree with Mike R’s initial impressions. It’s snug. Get passed that and actually wear it on a ride and you discover it works great. You can actually wear your race jersey and arm warmers in 40 degree weather.

I don't have a use for this

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

My first impression was that this was a very tight-fitting rubber shirt. Trying it on was a chore - one of the other reviewers likened it to being born. That's not a bad comparison.

As stated, the shirt has a bit of a rubbery feel to it. It seems like it might be great for wearing under regular bike gear (in a race maybe, when your team jersey must be worn) during bad weather.

It appears that it would be good at keeping wind and rain at bay.

Here's what prompted me to return it:

- I don't think it will feel good next to the skin. There appears to be nothing absorbent about the lining - seems totally hydrophobic. I project that this could lead to a clammy feeling.

- The fit is so tight that I could not easily wear a more comfortable layer beneath it (like a Merino base) to mitigate the clammy feeling.

- I don't think I have a use for this. The material feels like a thin version of the fabrics I wear as an outer shell (Castelli Gabba series, kinda). I'm already wearing a layer like this Rapha base, so underneath I can wear a combo layer with a windproof front and poly-pro or wool. The Rapha base seems redundant.

I bought this because I was curious about how it would be and the price was great (again, thanks CC). It does have usefulness if you have to wear non wind/rain resistant gear as a shell (i.e. racing), or if you like to wear your primary weather-stopping layer closer to the skin.