Nobody really likes getting wet when cycling, which must be why this Cyclist Raincoat from Amsterdam-based senscommon has smashed its €35k Kickstarter funding goal with, at the time of writing, €38,496 achieved from 229 backers. There’s still some time if you want to get involved.
So what’s it all about then? It’s a unisex raincoat made from a lightweight, durable and breathable fabric which is pitched as the ideal everyday essential. It can be folded away to the size of a flat A4 envelope when not needed.
The company behind it, senscommon, says quite boldly that the raincoat is effortless to use and will protect against all elements in all seasons. It has worked with a textiles manufacturer to produce a material comprising a 57% nylon and 43% polyester mix, with a waterproof and windproof coating. All seams are taped. The inside of the raincoat has a waxed and brushed finish to provide a soft feel.
It claims to have produced an adjustable fit that accommodates the full range of pedalling, with a “push-button” system that clips the raincoat around the legs to keep the lower body dry and stop the raincoat blowing up in strong winds.
There’s an integrated hood, specially developed to provide clear side vision, so it won’t obscure your sight of the road and surrounding vehicles when you’re sheltering under the hood.
The monochrome colour, produced by weaving black and grey yarn together, may not be the most highly visible, but there are black reflective prints on the back of the sleeves to provide visibility at night.
If you like the sound of the Cyclist Raincoat, you still have time to pledge €160 and get your hands on one when it ships, anywhere in the world, in February 2017. It’ll be available in six sizes to accommodate heights from 155 to 192cm.
Take a look at it here www.kickstarter.com/projects/senscommon/cyclist-raincoat-your-urban-life...?
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.