Continuing one of the themes from yesterday's post, Rapha styling doesn't discriminate. You don't have to ride a fixie to go along with Rapha's new Fixed Jacket. It arrived a week or two ago and I've been saving it for a cool, breezy day late in the month for its inauguration. Today was that day. As you can see from the photos the jacket has a clean urban look that's going to work on and off the bike.
I found the fit through the body just a touch closer than the same size (L) of my Light Weight Softshell and Stowaway Jackets. No doubt some of this is due to the razor sharp cut and additional structure of the lined 3xDry Schoeller fabric. The shoulders are executed in a matching lightweight Cordura for improved weatherproofing/durability. The jacket conformed to my position on the bike perfectly; the waist didn't ride up while pedaling and sleeve length was comfortable even when pushed back in the saddle with arms outstretched, palms on the outer reach of the hoods.
A garment with a hidden story entitled "Commute" will see its share of ride duty but the Fixed Jacket is going to be my walking, driving, go-to jacket right through the winter. Design details like the articulated shoulders and ribbed collar/cuffs/waistband are beautifully thought out. Even more impressive, the jacket features two "secret" compartments: a large chest pocket accessed by a clever hidden zipper and a special pocket on the right forearm complete with lanyard and clip for your keys. If that doesn't appeal to the boy in you nothing will. If only I'd kept those shoes with the compass in the heel.
Getting back to the fit. It's not the kind of jacket you'd wear on top of multiple layers. A merino base layer was all I wore underneath today. The new Fixed Base Layer would be ideal and it just so happens one arrived today. We'll give that a try tomorrow perhaps.
The Fixed Jacket coordinates with the Fixed Shorts, Touring Shorts, Bib Shorts and goes especially well with jeans. This may be Rapha's first big cross-over hit with non cyclists.