Long Sleeve dryrobe

Bex from Bright Lights Big City in her Long Sleeve dryrobe sat on the beach looking out at St Michael's Mount.

The long sleeve dryrobe is THE piece of kit for active outdoor sports people. It’s a change robe that keeps you warm and protects your diginity.

I love my dryrobe. My world would certainly be a colder, less dignified place without it, and here’s why…

Bex from Bright Lights Big City wearing her long sleeve dryrobe at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, UK

What is a long sleeve dryrobe?

A dryrobe is a really big fleece lined coat that’s waterproof with enough room to get changed in. A dryrobe is great for before and after outdoor sports or events that require a lot of waiting around.

I don’t know about you but, I struggle to get dry on the beach after a swim. It’s a challenge to change and dry while preserving your dignity. The wind, onlookers and sand certainly don’t help the situation. I don’t know about you but I’m really not up for accidentally exposing myself to the universe.


There’s a lot of different, bright colour combinations for both the outer and inner linings of the dryrobe and plenty of well thought out technical features.

The big hood and deep pockets are very deep which is useful for all the things I take on my travels. I am a human version of the Mary Poppin’s bag, and I always end up carrying a lot of bits and bobs around with me. I’m ready for anything, a bit like a girl guide!

The main features…

  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Light – only 1.3kg in weight
  • Adjustable velcro wrists
  • Synthetic lambswool lining
  • A 2-way zip to make getting changed easier
  • Deep fleece lined pockets
  • Internal waterproof pocket which is at about chest height – good for phones, money and important event documents
Bex from Bright Lights Big City wearing her long sleeve dryrobe at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall

Long Sleeve dryrobe Uses

Usually I wear mine after paddle boarding, and on the sidelines supporting my boyfriend at sporting events.

The dryrobe is useful for so many different occasions and situations. It is particularly useful during the more active holidays we take in Cornwall.

Kit that has multiple uses can help to reduce how much stuff you pack. I hate struggling to fit everything in the car or sitting on your suitcase to close it!

Bex from Bright Lights Big City wearing her long sleeve dryrobe after body boarding at Polzeath in Cornwall
Warming up in our dryrobes after a day body boarding on the beach.

Built for long days on the beach, the dryrobe is versatile and eases the transition from the day to night.

After spending all day body boarding it is an incredibly easy piece of clothing to pop on and get changed. It also doubles up as a coat for the evening while you’re sat around the barbecue enjoying the sunset.

I also find it useful for camping, after hiking and gardening in the winter.

During my last trip to Cornwall I wore my dryrobe a lot. Even when the weather turned it allowed me to just keep going with my plans. Rain isn’t a problem because the dryrobe is calf length and covers most of your clothes.

Bex from Bright Lights Big City wearing her long sleeve dryrobe at St, Michael's Mount in Cornwall

Visits to St. Michaels Mount and the Minack Theatre (famously on a cliff edge) were enjoyable, dry and warm thanks to the dryrobe. It’s a relief because you want to make the most of your holidays and not let the weather get in your way.

Bex from Bright Lights Big City wearing her long sleeve dryrobe at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall

I also enjoyed a star gazing event at Trerice more because I wasn’t as cold. Many people asked me where I bought my dryrobe from throughout the evening and I think our snugness inspired a few purchases.

dryrobe at Stonehenge

A more unusual use for my dryrobe was wearing it to Winter Solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire. It was a genius idea and one I’ll definitely be repeating.

Bex from Bright Lights Big City wearing a long sleeve dryrobe at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, UK

Winter solstice is an early start and the queues are very long, despite it being winter and less people attending the event. I waited a long time before the field opened you can enter and walk to the stones.

This year the Marshalls delayed entry so I stood still for a long time in the cold. This is when I found the dryrobe really came into its own.

I watched the Druids, the chanting and sunrise without getting cold. The long sleeve dryrobe really made a difference compared to my visit to Winter Solstice the previous year. I didn’t have to worry about the rain, wind or carry a bag – perfect!

dryrobe Territory

I bought my dryrobe a year ago and it still looks brand new. I use it all the time and I’m really impressed with the quality.

Anything that makes early mornings, cold and wet weather or getting changed a little bit easier is a win in my book. It’s a piece of kit I wouldn’t want to be without.

I recommend you get the long sleeve dryrobe if you take part in sports events, are a sideline supporter or are regularly out on the water.

Bex from Bright Lights Big City wearing her long sleeve dryrobe at Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

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