What is a Dryrobe? A must-have for swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts

Spotted on beaches and the high street, meet the practical cover-up causing a splash.


by Eleanor Weaver |

If you're an avid swimmer, both in the pool or in the wild, you'll know just how sticky and uncomfortable getting changed immediately after a dip can be. Trousers are a nightmare to peel on, you have to hope you packed those undies in the rush out the door, or you're having to get changed awkwardly in sub-par conditions when you'd just prefer to go straight home and jump in your own hot shower.

Fortunately for us all, Dryrobe has come to the rescue with a cosy, all-season coat that'll keep you snug and is quickly becoming the ‘best friend’ for outdoor enthusiasts.

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What is a Dryrobe?

The Dryrobe is self-described as "The world's warmest, most versatile change robe", and we'd have to agree. First launched in 2010 by surfer Gideon Bright, it's been developed with a fast-drying and super-warm inner fleece lining, a weather-resistant outer shell, and a hood to be worn in all weather. It's breathable, has a two-way zip for easy changing, and even waterproof zip pockets.

Adopting both practicality and style, you can opt for designs ranging from plain black to a fun, pink-lined camo and the Dryrobe will dry you in an instant so your skin can return to its natural warmth for the trek back home. Plus, with its oversized nature, you can even use it to change in - no more shivering in the changing rooms or on the beach for us!

If you're not a swimmer or into your watersports, the Dryrobe has also become a favourite away from the water. Thanks to the supreme warmth and waterproof coating that’ll keep you dry no matter what, it's fast becoming a must-have coat perfect for dog-walking, popping to the shops, or for wearing on your daily stroll.

You can shop the beloved Dryrobe below.

Who is wearing the Dryrobe?

It’s not just us everyday folks that are fans; the £160 coat has become a favourite with warmth-hunting celebrities, Olympic medalists, elite athletes, and open-water swimming super-fan influencers alike.

Keri-anne Payne, two-time Open Water 10k World Champion, and Lucy Campbell, British Women’s Surfing Champion, are keen advocates and ambassadors of the brand, wearing theirs for training.

One commenter on Lucy’s post even wrote, “I love Dryrobe! I use mine for scuba, surf, free dive, and just about anything cold really. I’m sure you could use an oversized robe as a tent in the Arctic and still stay cosy”.

Meanwhile, journalists Bryony Gordon and Lorraine Candy have worn theirs for outdoor swimming adventures.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Candy said, "My Dryrobe is as much a part of my wardrobe as Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes are a part of hers. It was given to me, a small Lorraine monogrammed on the right sleeve, by Dryrobe in 2017 when I was training for a 70km relay swim across Lake Geneva, which changed my life. I slept in it on the boat and I spent most weekends in it beforehand as we trained.

"The first time I wore it for coffee on the high street, after a local lido swim, people stared at me and a stranger asked me what it was, but nowadays everyone wears them when the weather turns rough. I worked in fashion for 30 years and believe in the power of clothes to transform your mood, when I put mine on I just feel happier. It’s one of my most precious items of clothing."

The Dryrobe has even been spotted on the likes of Poldark’s Ross (Aidan Turner) and Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow (Kit Harington) who have worn theirs on set to keep them lovely and warm and their costumes protected on cold and windy film locations.

Dryrobe worn on Poldark set
©Image: Dryrobe.com

If it's good enough for them, it's definitely good enough for us!

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