Like many people, my rainy weather cycling debut wasn’t one to feature in the pages of Vogue. I was 17 on an electric bike called ‘Georg’ travelling to my part-time job, wearing a purpley pink ‘mac in a pac’. I often looked like I was going camping. It didn't help that I regularly suffered from a very low bicycle battery! Practicality had well and truly overtaken style in this stake and I was fighting a losing battle.
These days I have stepped up my game big time with the help of a beautiful coat from the Cambridge Raincoat Company (and ditching the electric bike in 2003). Many of you may call yourselves lycra-clad cyclists who enjoy wearing a sporty raincoat, but me? Why, I like to look like I had never even hopped on a bike when I arrive at work in the mornings! But when those clouds are grey and it rains, this ideology quickly evaporates and I end up turning up to work looking soggy and messy.
This all too familiar scenario has thankfully inspired Sally Guyer, owner and founder of the Cambridge Raincoat Company, to produce a stylish raincoat which takes into account practicality and comfort, marrying it with style and some serious cycle chic.
It seems that Sally and I share the same ethos about clothing and cycling. It’s not about having to dress for the bicycle ride and get changed at your destination, but instead wear something you like and would wear even off the saddle. This is simplicity, the less accessories and clothing for my bike ride, the better!
So with these April showers well and truly making their ugly mark on the grey buildings of London and my trusty commute in the past month, I sure have had the chance to test the raincoat out in all weathers.
So here's the deal:
I’m a navy kind of girl so when I saw the coat has been recently produced in this colour, I was super pleased, but if you fancy something brighter to maximise your visibility to cars on the road then the coat also comes in vibrant green, tomato red, iris orchid, poppy red and aspen gold. All colours to swoon at!
|Super easy to cycle in|
|Gorgeous half-belt detail on back|
Also, check out the jazzy lining!
Comfort is secondary for me when I buy clothes, but if an item ticks the comfort box as well then it’s a bonus in my book! I can well and truly vouch that this coat has the comfort quality BIG TIME! The material 100% Cordura which to you and me translates to sumptuous light and soft material, not hot nor itchy. Additionally, the tailoring of the coat is such that there is enough extra material to move your arms and legs freely, so if you want to pelt past those Brompton Divas, then this coat sure isn’t stopping you!
The Cambridge rain coat scores highly in the functionality category tested by my ability to freely be able leap on and off the bike successfully in the event of a van/Addison Lee/SUV attack. Additionally, the lightweight material of the coat surprisingly folds up nice and small leaving plenty of room in my pannier for other delights. The only qualm is that the sleeves are slightly short on me, but that could just be because I have extra long arms!
There sure hasn't been a shortage of wind and rain these past few weeks and I have to say, this coat has been a life saver! The material is 100% waterproof and wind resistant which exceeded my expectations. With other waterproof jackets I have often found that I will have patches of wetness around the shoulders, but this jacket managed to repel the rain away. The long skirt is designed to cover the knees and has saved me on numerous occasions this month from having to change my what-would-have-been rain soaked tights when I get to work. There is also a low button lapel, which helped to keep my skirt down in blustery conditions. The collar can also be pulled up high to stop any sneaky drops of rain from falling down your top.
|Collar you can pull up high to stop the rain getting in|
|Low button to help stop coat flapping in wind|
These darn April showers no longer get the better of me and I no longer turn up to work looking dishevelled and windswept after a ride in a storm. So long purple mac-in-a-pac, your days are OVER!
The coat retails at £250. Currently the Cambridge Raincoat Company are developing a stylish mens coat so watch out!