The Essentials: Full Pedal Jacket

Rapha's Tailored Jacket     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

Stylish sport coat or performance cycling apparel? Actually, it's both. I first rode around town in Rapha's Tailored Jacket on a roasting summer day—and, believe it or not, was comfortable, unconstrained, and even cool. Rapha joined forces with famed London tailor Timothy Everest (no relation to that other one) for this convertible piece, made from a three-season wool impregnated with a DWR coating to augment its natural water resistance. The design reflects real-world cycling, with savvy details like extending cuffs, a poppable "storm collar," a rear pocket, button-up front flaps, and a long pleat in back for increased range of motion—all of which are surprisingly inconspicuous when you're in office mode. Now, are you man enough to pull off the pink accents? Maybe. Will they make you highly visible on the road? Definitely. Available May 3; $550; rapha.cc

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