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Dryrobe Advance long sleeve


In the past few years Dryrobes have become ubiquitous on the open water swimming scene. Warm, waterproof and big enough to get changed in, they are now a common sight at cold water swimming events and on the beaches, riverbanks and lakesides of the UK. At winter swimming competitions they are now an essential bit of kit (see page 38) as they are perfect for wearing before and aft er a race.

We have reviewed Dryrobes before, but as the changing robe market starts to expand, we were interested to see how the product has developed. We put the Dryrobe Advance (long sleeve version) through its paces on a week away in Devon over the new year – plenty of cold water swimming and inclement weather for it to deal with!

The super-tough windproof and waterproof shell and synthetic lambswool fleece lining remain the same. The lining is designed to dry you and keep you dry. On a windswept Croyde beach (perhaps Dryrobe’s spiritual home) we found that it lived up to expectations, doubling up as changing robe and rain coat, preserving our modesty from incredulous dog walkers (yes, we really are going for a swim in December!).

When we last reviewed a Dryrobe one of the things that we queried was the length of the sleeves. Short sleeves are great for gett ing changed with but not so good for keeping your arms warm and dry if you are wearing the Dryrobe as a coat. We therefore loved the long sleeve version. The sleeves are wide enough to easily slip your arms out of to get changed and the Velcro cuffs mean that, once you are dressed, you can tighten them at the wrists to keep the warmth in.

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In our fifth anniversary issue we take a look back at the first five years of H2Open magazine as well as looking to the future and asking ,where will swimming take you in 2016? Whatever your level of swimming, there is a challenge out there for you! If that challenge is a winter swimming competition, we have plenty of top tips and expert advice on swimming in icy water. But if the cold doesn’t really do it for you, we have destination reports from sunny Bermuda and the German lakes. In this issue we also profile four young BLDSA swimmers as well as catching up with open water swimming champions Keri-anne Payne and Cassie Patten. Plus all the usual training, technique and nutrition advice and gear reviews. Happy swimming!