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Rapha launches new lightweight Shadow rain jacket at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Spotted on Education First riders during the wet first half of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the new Shadow Jacket is much lighter than the previous

Jack Elton-Walters
29 Apr 2019

Seeing the forecast for rain and low temperatures for a ride around the countryside of Wallonia is unlikely to please anyone, or not normally anyway. But with the final Monument of the men's race calendar taking place in rain for at least the first half of its 256km, product designers and PR staff at Rapha would have been very pleased.

WorldTour team Education First took the start line of Liege-Bastogne-Liege with a chance of coming away with the win thanks to the abilities to Michael Woods, although Astana's Jakob Fuglsang ultimately wrote a different ending to the day's story.

Even so, Woods, Tanel Kangert - who made his own attempt at a solo win, and the rest of Education First could be seen in the new Rapha Pro Team Lightweight Shadow Jacket.

According to Rapha, the new jacket is 'constructed using the same technique of stretch weaving yarns dipped in a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment' as was the previous Shadow jacket.

The key to the latest version of the product, however, is that the 'new fabric incorporates threads that are just as strong but even lighter. Treated for a second time with DWR, the technique creates an out-of-the-pocket jacket whose feathery weight belies its incredible wind and water-resistant properties.'

The British clothing brand goes on to claim that the jacket will 'ward off biting wind and all but the most concerted of downpours,' but importantly, and as a result of the DWR treatment and weaving process, Rapha says that the need for a waterproof membrane has been eliminated which means the jacket 'breathes exceptionally well to regulate body temperature.'