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26th May 2021 / Comments (1)

Rapha All Day Leggings review

Rapha All Day Leggings review

Rapha’s Women’s All Day Leggings’ are designed to be worn on the commute, post-work yoga class and everything in between, which in this new pandemic age, means wearing them a lot on work zoom calls too. One thing I know about leggings is that there is an overwhelming amount of choice and a huge variety of quality on the market. Let’s see how these Rapha leggings shape up.

Let’s start with branding. I’m a sucker for strong marketing and I have to say, the imagery shared as part of the launch campaign was great. Diverse models, cool locations and great shots of women riding. Rapha could have thrown in some imagery of women in a yoga class or drinking coffee with friends to labour the point of “all day leggings” but I’m pleased they kept to the cycling imagery.

Rapha has a sustainable list of pretty punchy commitments, targets and actions ranging from allocating a minimum of 50% of annual athlete sponsorship to BAME, LGBTQ+ and female teams and riders to offering carbon neutral shipping as standard. It’s great to see a big cycling brand make commitments like these, I hope they keep to them.

The All Day leggings are made from recycled nylon which is reassuring for those who seek responsibly made apparel.

On test

I tested the Rapha All Day Leggings for three months on group rides with the New Forest Off Road Club. I don’t ride with a chamois and have really struggled to find a pair of leggings to ride in that both feel comfortable and look good. I have ridden them in most weather conditions that this fair isle throws at us between cold dark, wet January and flashes of decent weather in April.

Rapha All Day Leggings review

The New Forest is Nic’s local turf and an excellent place to visit with a gravel bike

Design and features

The All Day Leggings feature a double layer waist band designed to stop them rolling down and I can confirm is incredibly effective. The leggings stay where they should on the hips whether you’re on a long ride or walking to the shops.

Rapha All Day Leggings review

The generous thigh pocket is a real plus

The pocket on the side is the perfect size for an iPhone 11, which is really useful when I’m documenting group rides. Lots of leggings boast about pockets that can be disappointingly small, but this one is actually a generous size: snacks and gloves would equally be right at home here. For me, riding with my phone handy is an essential so this feature alone sold them to me. No other leggings that I know of has a pocket generous enough to fit an iPhone 11.

Another feature that I was really impressed by was the turn-up cuffs. By rolling up the leg cuff, you reveal a bright pink panel which helps visibility in low light. The reflective Rapha logo and discrete ‘made you look’ motif is a cool feature.

Rapha All Day Leggings review

Unroll the cuffs for extra low-light visibility

The gusset has a decent sized panel which means no unflattering camel-toe. Again, you would think that this detail shouldn’t need to be mentioned but there are too many leggings out there with a seam right up the middle, which can also cause discomfort.

Rapha All Day Leggings review

Reflective details make a real difference when it comes to riding at night

The All Day Leggings are available in sizes XXS to XL. I had a size small on test which was a tight fit. I would buy the medium next time, and I usually wear a UK clothing size 8.

Construction quality

It was clear from the start that the leggings are incredibly high quality. All the seams are really resilient and the recycled nylon is both durable and stretchy. That said, I caught my leg on my cassette and promptly ripped a small hole in them three weeks after receiving them. I guess no amount of stretchy, durable nylon can hold up against those teeth!

Rapha All Day Leggings review

The quality of the leggings matches what you’d expect from the price tag

Opacity

It’s ridiculous this has to be mentioned but some leggings are so poorly made, you can see your pants through them. Obviously, when investing £80 in a pair of leggings, you don’t have to worry about this detail but worth mentioning all the same.

Colour options

The two-tone purple colourway. Photo: Rapha

The navy and purple colourways have two -one paneling which looks good and is very flattering. Almost all sizes of the black leggings have been sold out since they launched. Having consulted Rapha, it seems they’re due a restock in the autumn.

The Rapha All Day Leggings verdict

Rapha All Day Leggings review

An impressive addition to Rapha’s women’s line up, at a price

Without the chamois, it might be hard for people to justify spending £80 on a pair of leggings from a cycling brand when there are so many alternatives on the market, but Rapha obviously have a large and loyal customer base and it is great to see them catering for female riders who don’t want a chamois.

I would love to see Rapha offer the same legging in a winter version for the colder months, as there is a gap in the market for winter riding leggings without chamois.

If you want well designed, high quality leggings with practical and cool features and you are looking to invest in some forever leggings, look no further.

 

Rapha All Day Leggings

£80 €95 $110
9

Comfortable, practical and gorgeous 'forever leggings'

9.0/10

Pros

  • Excellent side pocket
  • Ace reflective detailing for night
  • Superb quality

Cons

  • They aren’t cheap but quality like this shouldn’t be

Last modified: 26th May 2021

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Xavier SEMONT
Xavier SEMONT
1 day ago

For me, the pocket on the side is perfectly located where you going to touch the floor in case of a crash. So 1 you crash, 2 you destroy your ‘leggings’, 3 you destroy your phone and at last, 4 you destroy your hip/thigh due to the presence of your phone ! COMBO !!!

Last edited 1 day ago by Xavier SEMONT
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