British clothing manufacturer Rapha has launched its Team Sky range, including 60 items of Sky-branded clothing and accessories.
Sky has signed up Rapha to produce its team kit for the next four years, and the company launched its range of replica kit on Friday – on sale from mid-February 2013.
There are three tiers of Sky-branded clothing on offer: Pro-Team, Replica and City Wear & Supporter. Prices range from £15 for Sky socks, to £240 for a Sky softshell jacket.
The Pro-Team range is, as the name suggests, exactly the same clothing as the professional Sky riders will wear this season. The range includes jerseys, shorts, jackets and accessories. Price examples: short-sleeve jersey £140; race cape £220; bib shorts £170.
The mid-level Replica range looks like the pro-level clothing but uses different fabrics and fit to bring the price down a notch. The Replica range also includes ‘Wiggo’ branded items, women’s and children’s clothing. Price examples: short-sleeve jersey £75; bib shorts £100.
The City Wear & Supporter clothing range includes more casual items, cut for comfort and includes T-shirts, tops, jeans, scarves and other items perfect for cheering on the team from the roadside. Price examples: short-sleeve jersey £40; socks £15; musette £15; belt £70; cap £15.
“The opportunity to work with the riders and staff of Team Sky has always been about improving how they perform, look and feel as a ‘Team Sky rider 24-hours a day’,” said Rapha founder and CEO Simon Mottram.
“We are excited about the refinements we have brought to the on-bike clothing and are very glad to be able to redefine their look off the bike in a way more commensurate with the stature of these riders and the team.
“This has been a massive undertaking for everyone here at Rapha to get this launch today. To see the full breadth of the offer become a reality for everyone at Team Sky and for our customers is amazing.”
Evans Cycles will be stocking the complete range of Rapha Sky kit from February. For more information on the range and for pricing go to the Rapha website.
Above, left to right: Pro Team (£140), Replica (£75) and Supporter Sky (£40) jerseys
Above: The range includes cap, scarf and long-sleeve tops among its 60 items
Bernhard Eisel and Salvatore Puccio wearing the new Rapha Sky clothing
Edvald Boasson Hagen models the Norwegian champion’s version of the Sky kit, which will be available along with the British national champion jersey