11 facts you might not know about dryrobe

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11 facts you might not know about dryrobe

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dryrobe is one of those products you didn't know you needed until you have one.

Many of the uses aren't immediately apparent but when the dryrobe is part of your kit it's surprising you wonder how you ever managed without it. Here are some of the features and benefits of dryrobe that you only really understand once you've used one.

1. Warmth

Pretty much the most important factor in the creation of dryrobe. dryrobe was born from the simple realisation that there was a need to find a way to get changed and stay warm outdoors. We trialled, tested and refined to create the dryrobe, the ultimate solution to warm outdoor changes.

OCR cold dryrobeterritory

There is no comparison. Try it out on a cold day

2. dryrobe 100% Waterproof outer shell fabric

After sport or exercise, getting warm and keeping dry is the most important action you can take to speed the recovery process. That’s why the outer shell of the dryrobe has been engineered to eliminate shoulder seams with minimal double stitching. This is done by using one huge sheet of fabric, the dryrobe is a continuous construction rather than multiple pieces of fabric sewn together which keeps it’s 100% waterproof and completely windproof. All the dryrobe Advance seams are heat sealed.

3. dryrobe has a full length zip front:

If you suddenly have to get out the water and into something warm, the last thing you want to be doing is fumbling with kit and trying to pull it over your head. That’s why the dryrobe has a YKK® Zip, which is a two-way reversible zip, meaning you can operate it with your arms either inside or outside. You can also partially un-zip it from the bottom to allow more movement if needed for walking, sitting or driving. There is an easy to grab, branded pull tag too. The zip allows you to get in or out of the Dryrobe® while you have all your kit on, and get out of it with the same ease.

dryrobe outer

Tip: On freezing days leave the zip partially hooked, simply step in and pull the tag to zip it up.

4. Thermoregulation & dryrobe

The dryrobe inner lining is a synthetic lambswool lining which draws water away, without absorbing the moisture. It dries your skin by wicking the water away from the skins surface. You can put it on top of wet kit, change and use the dryrobe again throughout the day and it will still function perfectly. It warms you by pulling water away from the skin into the heat insulating pile of the lining and removes the moisture through the natural venting, engineered into the garment. It NEVER feels cold against the skin even after repeated use and is super fast drying in ambient room temperature and outdoors. dryrobe can be used indoors too and are used by athletes at the highest level of all sports to for it's muscle temperature retaining properties which have been scientifically to increase performance.

thermoregulation and dryrobe

5. dryrobe design

Our classic short sleeve dryrobe, which is about 3/4 length sleeve was a massive improvement on the old conventional square shape change robes that were already out there. During the creation of dryrobe factors such as protecting the user's arms and preventing flows of cold wind and air into the robe were key. The unique designs provide simple entry and exit of your arms whilst changing and the sleeve covers the opening when your arms are inside. This element protects from the wind chill and rain. If you’re a woman and have ever used one of the more old fashioned square shape change robes you’ll know about the unwanted chest flashes that can occur, the dryrobe has revolutionised the experience of changing outdoors.

We do a long sleeve version of our dryrobe advance, we took the original dryrobe concept and crossed it with the old school swim parka and combined it with the versatility of a zip up poncho, and then threw in all the great features of our short sleeve dryrobe. The long sleeve dryrobe advance offers a more conventional look and better suits people who intend to wear the dryrobe for longer periods of time.

"Simplicity can be deceptive, the presence of simplicity in design along with the level of its sophistication, are often an indication of desire, passion, connection, commitment and sustained care and attention to the smallest details." - Gideon Bright, Founder of dryrobe. 

Wake surf dryrobe

6. Value for money

Today we are faced with the cheap clothing industry, which is pumping out fast fashion for each season that doesn’t last more than a few washes. Clothing manufacturers work on speed and quantity, and sacrifice quality. We are all responsible for what we throw away, and the way forward is to buy less and buy better. We have heard from customers that purchased dryrobes six years ago, telling us how the product has never let them down, and has survived the wear and tear of all sorts of outdoor sport and activities.

At first glance the price of a dryrobe maybe high compared to cheaper basic towel robes. If you’ve read through all reasons above you’ll know the dryrobe’s features set it apart from any other robe on the market. The price tag for the dryrobe advance is a considered purchase but, the difference the dryrobe makes to your time spent outside really means that when you factor in cost per use and the additional motivation you get from knowing you won’t get cold changing, it becomes more of an investment. We have an honest belief there is no single purchase on any sports or outdoor equipment that gives you better value for money.

The saying, ‘you get what you pay for’ applies but ever so often you get a that and a bit more.

7. Awards & endorsements

dryrobe started with surf, it’s now used in almost all water sports including windsurfing, kitesurfing, surf life saving, wake boarding and more. We supplied kit to Team USA  (USLA National Team) at the Surf Lifesaving World Championships 2016. dryrobe is used by the Royal lifesaving society, leading water safety experts and lifeguards throughout the world.

dryrobe® was part of the official team kit at the Rio Olympics 2016, We have worked with many elite athletes in the past 6 years but it was pretty out of the world to work with a company like adidas for the Olympics, the leading international sporting event.

As more people are becoming aware of dryrobe we are finding more interest in dryrobe for camping, mountain biking, motocross, diving & OCR. In fact our dryrobes are used now in almost all outdoor activities & the list is still growing. We even spotted a picture of our towel dryrobes being used between boxing on social media today!

dryrobe partners

8. Reviews & real customer comments

dryrobe has been around for about six years now, and it has gained quite a reputation for quality and durability. The true test of a product is what real people who use it have to say about it, and we take our reviews seriously as dryrobe has evolved with the comments and feedback we have received. We listen and we improve, because we are committed to producing the best product we possible can.

Here are some real reviews from our customers, you can check out more reviews from real customers on our website (see the tab) or our Facebook page.


5 star dryrobe reviews


I bought two dry robes for my grandchildren, they are brilliant! Keeps them nice and warm after surf life saving! These robes are excellent quality and value!

Ann R.

5 star dryrobe reviews

Looks great, feels even better.  

Bought as gift for husband to keep him from using mine! Cosiest thing in the world after a cold swim. Perfect for changing back into clothes when no changing room available

Kirstie Y.

5 star dryrobe reviews


Excellent prompt service. Used it this weekend at the Chill Swim at Windermere awesome piece of kit. Just the best thing ever when get out of the water!

Leonard C.

9. New features

As we mentioned before we are always making changes to our products to better suit our users and because we take our feedback into consideration. The latest dryrobes now come with some added features which have added even more to the change experience it provides. The new zip pockets prevent unwanted moisture getting into the warm inner pocket lining. We have also added a storm flap in behind the main zip which wraps over the top and forms the chin protecting detail giving added comfort and protection.

Camo dryrobe detail

A little secret many dryrobe owners are unaware of is the access zip the is found on the inner lining on the right side. This is how we customise dryrobes without going through the synthetic lambswool lining, once embroidered we use heat sealing to prevent water getting through the small holes caused by the stitching process. Anyone can customise their dryrobe at a local embroiderers, for any tips and advice please drop us an email at admin@dryrobe.com.

10. It’s an investment in yourself, that lasts.

A dryrobe is investment in yourself, it gives you that extra push that gets you out there, out of your comfort zone giving you the security of knowing you’ll have that one piece of kit that will get you warm and will protect you from the wind, rain and cold when you need it. They say the best project you can ever work on is yourself, spending time outside, being mindful, eating well. They all go together, when you’ve got a dryrobe you’re more likely to take your dog for a walk in the pouring rain, you’re more likely to watch your child's football game on the sidelines despite the cold wind and you’re more likely to take risks and try ice swimming or an OCR race or to do something you've never done before. It can make all the difference.

dryrobe 11 reasons outside

11. You didn't know that you needed it until you owned it.

all sport dryrobe

The dryrobe is the best change robe in the world #dryrobeterritory