Capes and ponchos are commonly overlooked when it comes to cycling. They get passed over for more stylish waterproof jackets instead. However, these billowy shapeless garments are pretty useful, and rather stylish.
When we say ponchos and capes, we’re not referring to the thin bin liners you get at the theme parks, we mean quality made cycle specific ones – there is a difference. Investing in a good quality cycling rain cape/poncho is ideal to see you through the wet season. You don’t have to worry about changing into or out of anything, you can simply pop them over your existing cycle clothing to ensure that you are kept bone dry.
Ponchos and capes are equipped with an extra long tail. This means you can either sit on the fabric to keep your saddle dry, or use the additional length to cover your seat entirely. These garments provide you with full cycling coverage from your head to your thighs, you can even get longer ones that cover your handlebars too!
They don’t all have to be dreary and dull, you can get some pretty stylish designs and colours to compliment your ride, as well as keep you dry…
Carradice – Duxback Rain Poncho
Designed specifically for cycling, this lightweight, reproofable waxed cotton is waterproof, rustle-proof and long lasting. With taped seams throughout and reflective detail, this rain poncho will keep you dry, and seen in low-light conditions.
Available in one side, this poncho measures 97cm at the front and 85cm at the back. With tape fasteners on the inside, you can secure the poncho to yourself, and the bike – ideal for windy conditions. With a high collar and large hooded opening for your helmet, you can really ensure full coverage with this garment.