Engineered for cycling in the rain, this rainwear is designed to be worn as an outer layer over everyday outfits, all year round.
The raindress is a fully technical rain cape/apron.
Bluesign® industry-approved 2 layer technical material.
Laser cut with bonded and sealed seams.
The back of the cape and the skirt are weighted for wind resistance.
There is a reflective strip down the centre of the back for visibility.
Two loops at the front give a secure fit on either leg.
A sash allows a fit at the waist.
A hood provides extra protection with 100% side view visibility.
In five simple steps, the entire dress snaps up into a bag.
Composition: 86% Polyester and 14% Polyurethane Satin.
Waterproof W/P 10,000mm H2O, breathable M/P800+/-300gm/m2/24hrs
Made in Portugal.
Washing Instructions: Machine washable at 30ºC.
Do not tumble dry or dry clean. Iron on the outside only.
The raindress is measured in height only as this is the only measurement that changes between sizes. Due to the unique design the raindress works on a one size fits all basis, however the tall is slightly wider than the regular and the petite.
Petite: height 162 cm or less
Regular: height 162 cm to 172 cm
Tall: height 172 cm and above
The Raindress is essential "a trendy rain poncho", but there's more to it than that. This thing is so ridiculously elegant that it goes way beyond gear. When I put it on for the first time I actually wanted it to start raining so that I could go out and bike around showing it off. To paraphrase the designer, it's all about dressing up and feeling good about heading out on your bicycle in the rain, and if that's not an argument for the transformative power of fashion then I don't know what is.
The dress pulls over the head, tied with a sash at the back and fastens under the arms, so it's loose enough to fit over a light jacket or coat. The skirt is long enough to give good coverage and the elastic loops around the legs keep it in place when you're cycling. The loose design gives sufficient freedom of movement and adequate ventilation without too much air resistance. A nice touch is the weighted hems on the skirt and cape, which keep everything from flapping about in the high wind.
The hood fastens snugly under the chin and the tucked design means that it stays put and doesn't impede visibility when you turn your head. It fits easily over a helmet (I checked!) which is an obvious requirement in environments with no bike-friendly infrastructure, which would be anywhere other than the Netherlands.
In general, it performs very well in the rain. The material is impregnated poly satin with a breathable backing, all seams are taped and the edges are laser cut for a very clean finish. The whole thing folds into a built-in pocket so you can carry it around when it isn't raining.
It keeps me very dry and my only complaint I have so far is that the short hem on the cape at the back means a wet backside if I hop on the bike without first wiping water off the saddle. This is a minor quibble, as my guess is that more coverage in this area would probably compromise freedom of movement in the skirt.
So yes. I can definitely recommend the Raindress. If you're an urban cycle commuter and you're fed up with anoraks and nylon over-trousers in bad weather then this is the product for you.
I can’t think of anything else I’ve ever worn that’s provoked such a positive reaction from random strangers. Best of all was the guy who ran out of a restaurant into a rainstorm to ask me where I got it from. I’ve also been wearing it out and about on foot, so it’s not just for the bicycle.
Thank you to L.Turner, a BYBROWN customer, who wrote this review.