They've been around in cycling for years and whilst they may be more popular overseas, cycling ponchos and capes have been seen pedalling around the UK in growing numbers.
Iona and Johnny Ratcliffe were inspired by China's rain embracing culture and so took a simple poncho and developed it especially for the needs of cyclists. The People's Poncho was established in 2016, since then, they've worked tirelessly to source the optimum fabrics for versatility and breathability, but with total waterproof protection too.
Their 2.0 poncho is constructed from three layer membrane which consists of a thick Japanese polyester, a TPU waterproof coating which is protective to 12,000ml of water and a Tricot Knit layer for breathability.
There are a number of features which make this poncho cycling-specific and fit for the purpose of riding your bike.
There's a water resistant front pouch to store your essentials safely, an adjustable peaked hood large enough to cover your helmet and three popper buttons on either side to make sleeves for when walking.
There are wrist straps to pop your hands through so there's no chance of the wind throwing up the front of the poncho into your face. A handy waist strap also keeps the poncho in place so you're not billowing too much in the wind.
One size fits all, so whether you're 5'2" or 6'3", The People's Poncho 2.0 will fit you, keep you dry and even fit over your backpack and helmet.
The People's Poncho arrives in a neat little 'bumbag' like carry strap (total weight 460grams), however, I found it virtually impossible to ever fold the poncho back down into this bag. Although, there is a tutorial on their website to show you how to fold and pack away properly.
When it comes to washing and care, the 2.0 poncho cannot be machined washed otherwise it can cause the waterproof protection to break down. It's best to simply wipe clean with a wet cloth, et voila, good as new.
What's great about The People's Poncho 2.0 is that it's pretty versatile and not just for cycling. If you enjoy walking, hiking, festivals and the general outdoors, these ponchos are wicked for keeping you protected and dry.
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