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(The Gear Loop) - Rapha is busy adding to its women’s-specific range of cycling clothing with a lightweight and highly-insulated down jacket that’s designed to perform both on and off the bike.

Part of the latest Explore range, which we featured in our bike-packing guide, the jacket is built to meet the demands of off-road riding, so is constructed with a lightweight woven nylon outer fabric and filled with high loft 850-fill-power down to create an insulating layer for exceptional warmth in the cold conditions.

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Deliberately cut to fit female body shapes, the Explore Down Jacket moves with the rider but equally doesn’t go OTT with a large, boxy frame, meaning it can be worn off the bike without compromising style. It’s also specifically cut so it is comfortable to sleep in, should you be planning some serious bike-packing adventures.

The 90 per cent goose down / 10 per cent feathers insulation used is both traceable and is treated with a durable water repellent coating in order to retain loft and lock in warmth even in damp conditions. On top of this, body heat is trapped with elasticated openings at the hood and cuffs as well as an elasticated waistband, which is adjusted via hidden cinches inside the front pockets that double-up as hand warmers.

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A removable hood means riders can unzip and pack as light as possible, while subtly reflective details on the chest and back improve visibility in low light.

It’s available now in Navy and Pale Purple colour ways, while Rapha has confirmed it will cost £220/$290/€260 and is available from the website.

Writing by Leon Poultney. Originally published on 18 November 2021.