At A Glance
dryrobe have almost become so synonymous with the beach poncho; it's a little like when Hoover became the word for a Vacuum Cleaner. They have a range of options available, all of them wind and waterproof. As water sports enthusiasts, we use ponchos for getting changed in car parks, especially in winter and the dryrobe does that job very well, but it also does a little more.
Built with a wind and waterproof membrane on the outside, there are different length sleeve options all with Velcro cuffs. The double two-way zip allows you to close it up for warmth or have it in multiple stages of undone depending on what you are doing and the inside is filled with a warm liner and let's not forget the pockets…
On The Beach
Essentially this is the Rolls Royce of ponchos; you can forget your bamboo, fast-drying whatever's. If you want something that will keep you warm in the depths of winter, and keep you dry too this is it. They are also convenient if you fancy driving home in your wetsuit, as the water won't get through to your car seats. Perfect for those riders who don't want a waterproof car seat cover for those few odd occasions they decide getting changed at the beach is just too grim.
Easy to use, it's great to have all the pockets, and the multiple zips allow you to use it for different things too. As a changing robe, as a coat, as a portable car seat, a lot is going on here. They are also incredibly warm, being windproof and waterproof makes it a great bit of kit for competition days at the beach where you want to stay warm and dry in between heats.
Well built, well thought out and very functional, they are expensive, but then they are so much more than just a changing robe.
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By Rou ChaterRou Chater has been kitesurfing for over twenty years, paddleboarding for the last six years, and was there testing the first wingsurfer from Naish in Tarifa when it arrived on the continent. He is passionate about riding waves and exploring new places. As the publishing editor, he oversees everything at Tonic but also our sister magazines IKSURFMAG and IMB. He's been on the water since he was born and has never looked back, in the winter you'll find him chasing swells in the Caribbean and during the summer he can be found all over Europe at various SUP, Kitesurf and Mountain Bike events getting features for the magazines.