Autumn open water swimming - it is a chilly affair. Those late summer sea temperatures are falling fast, and the wind-chill is a significant factor. Enter the new Dryrobe Long Sleeve - the perfect companion.


The original Dryrobe has been a best-seller at Wiggle ever since it was first launched. The fleece-lined poncho design is a warm and dry pre-and-post swim comforter; as well as being a portable changing room. The new long-sleeved version of the Dryrobe is even more luxurious, and a fantastic product to have with you on cold water swims, surfs and sails.

My first sea swim in two months came as a big shock to the system last weekend… Both mind and body were taken aback by the sudden fall in sea temperature, a strong rip tide, and also quite how un-used to swimming my body was after my recent cycling ventures (read the #7Countries7Passes story here).

Comfort, came in the form of the Dryrobe

Jumping out of the water; heart rate racing; I could quickly and easily get changed out of my wetsuit, in the privacy and warmth of the fleecy poncho.

It was so comfortable, that I drove home in it. Then, ate lunch in it. Then, sat around drinking coffee and reading a book; before finally telling myself that it was time to wash off the salt and get on with the rest of the weekend.

This thing is awesome. With hand-warmer pockets, an internal pocket for your phone, and a full-sized hood - you are fully equipped to be superbly comfortable as soon as you pull it on, whatever the weather.

Long gone are the days of frantic changing on the sea wall; followed by desperate pulling on of every layer possible, in an effort to warm up. This is now a cold-water swim essential.

View the dryrobe Advance Long sleeve Large at Wiggle

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Tim Wiggins
Published on: 20 Oct 2017

Tim Wiggins is an avid cyclist, involved in all aspects of the sport. Whether it is mountain bike marathons, or 500km road rides... he loves life on two wheels. He is also a keen trail runner in the off-season!