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The People’s Poncho: Rain Poncho
The People’s Poncho: Rain Poncho
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The People’s Poncho: one size, different colours, to suit different personalities. This 100% waterproof cycling, camping and festival poncho is made from 3 layers of hard-wearing and fully waterproof Japanese polyester. Reflective piping ensures safety at night and a front pocket stores all your possessions. At the end of the day it’s all packed up in a dinky bag small enough to travel anywhere.
• Made using high quality Japanese Polyester
• One size (one size fits all)
• Just 380grams in weight.
• 3 Buttons either side of the poncho for a tapered fit
• Hi-vis, fully reflective piping all round poncho to ensure visibility cycling at night
• 100% waterproof zipped front pocket to store valuables + keep iPhone dry.
• Straps fitted on the inside to hook onto handlebars or over hands so legs are protected from rain if riding a bike
• Pack away easy using small compact waterproof bag
• Peaked hood ensuring both comfort + protection from wind and rain
The Hardy Black Poncho is made from three layers of hard-wearing and fully waterproof Japanese polyester. Trimmed with a drawstring hood, and detailed with a waterproof zippered chest pocket, the poncho offers safety enhancing reflective piping, side buttons to aid manoeuvrability, and internal straps to hook onto bicycle handlebars or over hands so legs are protected from the rain if you are riding a bike. The poncho only weighs 0.4kg and comes with a waterproof bag for easy storage.
Tell your Friends If you haven’t tried a poncho yet, you should try this one. The People’s Poncho is one serious stylish poncho that receives way more compliments than stares. Compact and lightweight it’s a great travel companion that you can break out and rely on even in the heaviest of downpours.
The internal straps are great to use when cycling and create a tent effect that’s very effective in protecting your lower half from the wet conditions. This does take some getting used to so I encourage a few laps around the block to practice. Your arms can get lost in the fabric and turn signals become a bit more difficult to do. The internal straps hooked my handlebar at one point and spun me so don’t go making any hand signals too hastily
The poncho is extremely lightweight and folds up to fit in a compact bag. Keeping this in my backpack or pannier took up very little space and weighed so little that I could forget about it until I needed it. Wearing the poncho over your backpack still provides you with good protection from the elements.
Wishlist A waist band. Being lightweight is a huge plus but when the wind is blowing strong the poncho acts more like a kite. In one instance the back of the poncho blew over my head blinding me and forcing me to hit the brakes suddenly. A scary moment to say the least. A waist band would help prevent this from happening when riding in strong winds.
The hood is quite large so shoulder checking can be difficult. The drawstrings help to improve visibility when pulled tight but it doesn’t eliminate all the blindspots. I would much prefer having a cinch on the back of the hood to pull it tight against my head removing blind spots all together.
Ideal User This is great for the stylish upright commuter that enjoys riding at a leisurely pace. Your bike needs fenders as there is no protection from the spray off your wheels. If the idea and inconvenience of wearing rain pants is keeping you from riding your bicycle in the rain this could be the piece of gear you need!
For the right type of cyclist this a great option for those rainy day bicycle rides. If you’re worried about the breathability of the polyester fabric don’t be, the poncho allows for plenty of airflow. I could see myself using this in a number of different instances, outside of cycling, when staying dry is the name of the game. I may have to sew a waistband onto the poncho to keep from flying away.
Summary On my usual rainy ride you’ll see me in rain pants and a rain jacket, while I stick to this option because it does keep me dry, it is neither stylish or all that convenient. Removing multiple layers when I arrive at my destination can be hassle, especially when your shoes don’t fit through the pant legs. Arriving in the poncho was a different story. Not only did the Japanese Polyester look and feel good it kept me dry on my 30 minute commute during heavy rains. The stylish details and clean look make this a fashionable piece of rain gear that works both on and off the bike. When I got to my destination pulling the poncho over my head couldn’t be easier.
A winter glove that’s tailor-made for cold, windy conditions and rides where dry hands are essential.
(S – L) The Candela™ Snowflake combines a weather and chill-resistant soft shell upper with X-Static® AGrid™ anti-microbial fleece performance lining and an AX Suede™ palm for warmth, water-resistance and dexterity. It’s light feel is great for long rides, yet it packs enough warmth to fight off temperatures that hover above freezing. TEMPERATURE RATING: 2° to 7° C
(L – XXL) The Ambient™ combines a water resistant Polartec® Windbloc® soft shell backhand with an ultra-cozy deep pile fleece lining. A Polartec Windbloc microfleece palm adds a layer of warmth with great dexterity, and Ax Suede™Echo patches provide grip and durability. For an extra layer of warmth, we’ve double wrapped the first two fingertips since they are most exposed to the cold air. The glove’s light feel is great for long rides, yet it packs enough warmth to fight off temperatures that hover around freezing. TEMPERATURE RATING: 2° to 7° C
The USB Light is compact, lightweight and surprisingly bright. It fits all bicycles and is quick and easy to attach to the handlebar or saddle pole with its elastic rubber band. The large button on the upper side makes the light easy to turn on and off, even with gloves.
The light is fitted with a micro USB port for recharging the battery. All mobile phone chargers with micro USB connection can be used as potential chargers for the USB Light. The indicator on the back of the light will start to flash when the battery is low and even then the light is programmed to hold a constant brightness so you can always trust the lights to be bright when you need them.
The USB Light is weather resistant and can be used all year round.
5 hours (steady)
25 hours (flashing)
Over 500 meters
— front light (white led)
— rear light (red led)
— USB/micro USB cable
A bike bell by David Shrigley not to be rung until Jesus returns! A fully functional classic bike bell bringing joy to cyclists and David Shrigley collectors alike. Probably a good idea to give it a ring regardless of Jesus returning, just for safety.
David Shrigley is a Scottish artist who has come to prominence through his drawings, publications and sculptural works. His drawings have a kind of throwaway beauty featuring monster children, idiots, aliens and bad parents. Full of twisted lists and exchanges, Shrigley is a favourite both for his angst about modern living, his disappointments and his cynicism.
Artwork: After David Shrigley’s, The Bell, 2007. Don’t Ring the Bell, 2016
Materials: Red metal with white detailing
Dimensions: 58mm diameter