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Credit Rapha for helping usher in the renaissance of understated aesthetics. The Brevet sticks to solid colors with straight lines for a classy look on the bike. It’s hard to beat Rapha for aesthetics, though the Brevet Lightweight’s fit was a bit off the mark, and we got a bit of rubbing from the chest stripe seams.
This piece is a lighter-weight version of the Brevet jersey designed for hot days in the saddle, and it’s got an anti-bacterial and odor-resistant treatment to keep you from grossing out your riding buddies. This is an excellent summer piece, though we’d recommend a thin base layer underneath for comfort.
The Brevet includes the unmistakable Rapha arm stripe, this time with a reflective element that extends across the chest. It’s an excellent reflective hit that doesn’t look lame, like hi-vis yellow. Our only problem with this smart reflective bit is its integration into the rest of the jersey: The seams stood out enough that we noticed rubbing on the ride, so it’s best to wear an undershirt.
We were also a bit surprised at how loose the jersey fit. We normally wear a size medium, but this medium felt roomy in the sleeves and across the chest. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but if you demand a performance fit, look to Rapha’s Pro Team line.