Rapha - Souplesse Aero
The Women's Souplesse Aero Jersey is all about speed - Rapha has used wind tunnel testing to ensure that drag is minimised and speed maximised. To the front, you'll find smooth fabrics that are slippery through the air while trailing surfaces use rougher surfaces to impart an added aero advantage. The pack panel itself feels smooth in one direction but is rough in the other, the roughness, counterintuitively, actually works to reduce drag - less drag equals free speed for the same power output.
As you'd expect, the fit of the jersey is close and figure-hugging and the lightweight material makes use of bonded seams in strategic areas to boost the aero performance further. Bonded tape inside supports the pockets and those pockets also get a mesh inner to maximise breathability across the lower back. An extended placket over the front zip ensures that when you're low and aggressive it won't rub on your bib shorts.
Whether you love racing or get a thrill from riding fast for fun, you'll certainly enjoy the aero gains of this high-performance Women's Souplesse Aero Jersey.