For those of us who are the most fond of riding light and carefree in the summer months, Rapha has introduced a game changer in the sport of winter riding. They have recently released their Pro Team Thermal Aerosuit, "an innovative and aerodynamic one-piece suit for fast winter riding, without bulk." Basically, get ready to look bad-ass in this Rapha onesie.
Hailed as "the ultimate garment for high-intensity winter riding", the Aerosuit combines the best elements from Rapha's Pro Team apparel and provides versatility for both racing and fast riding.
The upper half of the Aerosuit has a windproof and weather resistant shell covering the arms and front, while the back is composed of breathable jersey fabric. Based on the Pro Team Jacket, the suit offers protection from the elements and awesome temperature regulation. No more stops for removing copious layering!
The lower half borrows from the Pro Team Winter Tights and are lined with a "waffle print" fabric that is said to trap heat and wick away moisture. This way the legs stay warm without the dreaded clamminess. To add onto the awesomeness, the chamois is the same one featured in Rapha's award winning Bib and Pro team Bib Shorts.
The Aerosuit has rear pockets that lay flat across the back (ideal for racing) but provide enough space for all of your riding essentials, a thick tabbed zipper for ease use while wearing gloves, a tailored fit meant for comfort during a wide range of motion, and a front flap for bathroom breaks. It is unknown how useful the front flap is for female riders (Rapha's site offers sizing for the suit in both men and women's sizes), but either way, the ultimate onesie struggle comes when trying to keep the top off the bathroom floor when those protein bars want out.
Only offered in black so far, the Aerosuit has reflective detailing to improve visibility and is listed at a cost of $440 USD. Castello previously released their Wintersuit, the SanRemo Thermosuit.
If you've had the pleasure of trying either of these suits, please let us know your opinions at firstname.lastname@example.org