High end apparel maker Rapha has developed a new apparel line dubbed Fast + Light that is, well, you guessed it, light and made for going fast. The pieces are made of ultra lightweight material with pedal friendly fitted cuts made to disappear on the bike. Rapha says that they focused on three key elements in these Fast + Light pieces: weight savings, heat management, and ventilation. The line consists of men’s and women’s pants ($150), shorts ($125), a men’s lightweight technical tee $80) and women’s lightweight tank ($70).
We got our hands on a pair of the Fast + Light pants and after a couple of good rides we have no problem saying that Rapha knocked it out of the park with these. The lightweight material breathes better than any other pants we have used so far and the pocket placement on the outside of the upper leg is absolutely perfect. They are easy to get on and off and the adjustable waist offered a perfect fit that comfortably kept them in place throughout the ride. Another smart feature of these summer friendly riding pants are the light colors that will reflect radiant heat instead of absorbing it like darker colors will. We have not tried the men’s jersey yet but will soon so keep an eye on the pages of Mountain Bike Action for a full long term review.
Finally, the long, scorching days of summer are just around the corner. Charge ahead in the all-new Fast + Light collection, a series of staples built for the hottest and fastest rides.
The Fast + Light collection delivers the renowned quality, style, and durability of Rapha’s trail-oriented gear, but in a package that is more pedal-friendly. Perfect for afternoon laps to all-day missions. Extend your season in apparel that is crafted from featherweight, ventilated fabrics, with refined features and a more streamlined fit. You are never held back from finding your flow out there, even on the hottest days and on your longest rides.
We took four of our existing designs (each having been put through the wringer by the likes of Isaac Wallen, Jill Kintner and Eliot Jackson), then optimized for a wider range of uses, from jib sessions to marathon pedalfests, by focusing on three key elements: weight savings, heat management, and ventilation. The end result: four brand-new products that breathe incredibly well, are tailored yet aren’t overly engineered, and look sharp whether you’re out for a quick lap, an all-day epic, or a post-ride burrito.
Those golden trails are ripe for the taking, so don’t let summer heat slow you down. Push your progression further with the new Fast + Light Shorts, Fast + Light Pants, Lightweight Technical T-Shirt, and Lightweight Tank from Rapha Performance Trailwear.