We Amsterdammers cycle a lot. But it also rains a lot. A normal raincoat doesn’t really do the trick. Don’t you hate those wet patches on your thighs? And waterproof trousers are such a hassle to pull on and off. Perhaps a rain cape is the answer.
We tested three raincapes out for our viewers. And here’s what we found …
IMPORT > CLEVERHOOD CAPE
$249 | cleverhood.com
We tried out the Electric Gingham raincape, but there are lots of different designs. Plus points:
- loads actually!
- quick drying
- easy thumb loops and magnetic arm holes
- can tailor to your head size with the fitted hood
- reflective grid
- high quality finish.
Cleverhood is offering 15% off for Broadcast Amsterdam viewers. Ask for details.
MID RANGE > VAUDE’S VALDIPINO PONCHO
€42 | vaude.com
The sensible choice. Good for:
- sustainable materials
- big front pocket
- fitted hood
- value for money
- also available in the Netherlands from the Bever chain.
BUDGET > HEMA
€2,50 | hema.nl
- you are broke
- you need a quick high street fix
- you really don’t care how you look.
ALSO SPOTTED, RAINCAPES FOR SALE FROM:
Praxis, Ikea, AGU.
Dutch bike company, VanMoof, have been promising their all-singing all-dancing rain cape, Boncho, for ages and it is now shipping. It’s what they call the “love-child of a pop-up tent and a rain poncho”. NB For a good comparison of the Boncho and Cleverhood see here: https://jnyyz.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/raincape-comparison-boncho-cleverlite/ (now that’s the way to do a raincape test, btw!)
But tell us what you think? Raincapes YES/NO?