Review – Rapha Explore Long Sleeve Pullover

Tim Wiggins Rapha Explore Pullover
The Rapha Explore Long Sleeve Pullover is an insulating mid-layer designed for back-of-beyond exploration in variable winter conditions. Packable, protective, and comfortable—it is an excellent addition to any tour kit list.


The Rapha Explore range is the UK brand's innovative product set created to deal with the rigours and challenges of bikepacking and cycle touring adventures. This long sleeve top is the perfect layer for adventurous pursuits, either worn on its own or layered up underneath an outer shell.

The Explore Pullover is constructed of Polartec® Power Grid™ fabric. This soft and stretchy technical material is lightweight but insulating; protective yet breathable; form-fitting yet not restrictive. Quite simply, Power Grid™ is the ideal choice for a lightweight cool weather mid-layer.

The Rapha designers have added windproof panels to the shoulders and arms of the Explore Pullover to supply added protection from windchill; while not restricting the breathability and moisture evaporation from the back of the garment.

Further features include a zippered pocket on the top of the right-hand sleeve—for stashing small essentials, as well as integrated hanger loops for fast drying in the event of an unexpected downpour.

With its relaxed fit and classic autumnal colours, I have found myself wearing the Rapha Explore Pullover on many occasions both on and off the bike. Thanks to the unique Polartec fabric, it is warm, stretchy, and incredibly fast drying; perfect attributes whether you are heading out in the saddle or relaxing in front of a campfire. A great outdoor layer.

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Tim Wiggins Rapha Explore Pullover

Tim Wiggins Rapha Explore Pullover

Tim Wiggins Rapha Explore Pullover

Disclaimer: Rapha supplied an Explore Long Sleeve Pullover for test and review 

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