It doesn't get much better than this for #dryrobeterritory - an entire weekend of snow here in the UK. Awesome to see so many of you getting out there and enjoying it - looks like a whole lot of fun was had!
We've seen so many incredible photos out there of you all getting outdoors in your dryrobes - thank you to everyone for posting. We put together a round up a few of our favourites to share, keep up the awesome work and remember for your chance to feature you can tag us @dryrobe or use the hashtags #dryrobe or #dryrobeterritory.
"The more you do, the more experiences you have.
The more experiences you have, the more knowledge you gain.
The more knowledge you gain ‘should’ mean the less stupid stuff you do...😉 Very happy to have my @dryrobe yesterday while filming in the snow wearing just a t-shirt. ❄️❄️❄️" 📷 @luketyburski
"Another feature of my dryrobe - it's the perfect snow cape ❄️ To add to the other list of features I experienced this year: * Towel * Changing Room * Coat * Picnic blanket * Festival attire * Sleeping bag" 📷 @ciawa_lily
We're always working to ensure that the dryrobe is the best possible product that it can be, by listening to customer feedback and pushing ourselves to always continue developing. The classic short sleeve dryrobe works perfectly for many applications but for those times when that extra coverage and warmth is needed, the long sleeve dryrobe is the style of choice.
We recently took a look at the reasons why customers opt for the short sleeve dryrobe, so this time we will be taking a closer look at the top 10 reasons to choose a Long Sleeve dryrobe.
1. A more conventional looking garment, offering huge versatility for all outdoor activities.
2. Ideal for activities which require large amounts of waiting around in cold environments, spectating or waiting to participate.
3. It’s still a change robe! Easily slide arms in and out of the generously wide full length sleeves to change.
4. It goes on over even the biggest coats or kit.
5. Chunky velcro cuff closures combined with our unique tapered cut, shaped sleeve design.
6. Our 'top of the range', premium product.
7. The newest colour combinations and largest choice of options.
8. Simply the warmest change robe on the planet.
9. Five sizes, tailored to suit all shapes and sizes.
10. Full length, super warm, protection from the elements.
At dryrobe we're all about getting people outside and doing what they love. Whether they're using their dryrobe to change before going for that epic surf, monster run or chilly swim or if they're throwing it on to stay warm while enjoying time outdoors. No matter the weather, dryrobe has got your back.
There are so many awesome photos out there of your dryrobes in action - thank you to everyone for posting. We've rounded up a few of our favourites to share, keep up the epic work and remember for your chance to feature you can tag us @dryrobe or use the hashtags #dryrobe or #dryrobeterritory.
"Log carry?? There is always a way to train! 🤣🤣🤣 The new season @spartanrace is almost here! The before and after races will be warm and comfy with my @dryrobe! It is just perfect 😍😍😍!!!" 📷 @red_wolf_ocr
"💥STAY WARM💥 The cold will no longer be an enemy 😊 Merci @dryrobe" 📷 @schlumpfe92
"Two hounds down for a morning wash 🌅 #sunrise" 📷 @hugogallagher1
"How everyday should begin 🌊 " 📷 @megansilcocks
The dryrobe advance short sleeve is our original, classic design. The story of it's origin came out necessity - changing out of wetsuits in cold, wet car parks presented unique problems and dryrobe was the answer.
We're often asked about which style of dryrobe to choose so here are 10 reasons why people choose 3/4 length sleeve (short sleeve) dryrobe.
1. The huge versatility for sports and applications.
2. The distinctive look and simplicity of design of the classic original dryrobe.
3. Very fast changing - fast and super easy for arms to slide in and out.
4. Better for working with other kit and equipment set-up and breakdown as no forearm restriction
5. Price - our cheapest all climate change robe.
6. Size and weight - more compact when packed and our lightest design.
7. Better over wetsuits with freedom to stretch and warm up.
8. One size fits whole team or Family - give it to the coldest one.
9. The most colour options in the range.
10. the 3/4 length of the sleeve design covers most of your arm and when hand are buried in the pockets you get full protection from the elements.
We're Opting Out again.
We're proud to announce that we will be shutting the office on Friday 24th (Black Friday) and giving our staff a paid day off to spend time outside. We received a lot of positive feedback last year - when, apparently, we became the first company in the UK to do this.
The website will still be operational but we don't wish to be a part of the sales, which simply don't suit our business or the way we work. They don't fit in with what we are about or reinforce any ideal we aspire to promote.
dryrobe has always been about making the World's best change robes and selling them at the best prices we can with the best customer service we can, all day, every day. It is that simple.
We certainly aren't the only ones taking this stance - giant US based retailer REI will be closing it's 151 stores for the third year in a row as well as launching a new "experiential search engine" at REI.com/optoutside. Designed to capture the experiences of the outdoor community and provide inspiration - the search engine features images pulled entirely from #OptOutside user-generated content on Instagram.
We value our relationships with our customers and we like to keep things simple. We would like to be part of a movement towards making Black Friday less about consumerism and excess, and more about simplicity and appreciation of the great outdoors.
We would like to think others might understand and even join in.
Time to leave you with the same quote from last year - as it very much still applies.
"It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, it's what we do consistently." - Tony Robbins
It's here. One of the biggest events in the Obstacle Course Racing season has arrived - it's time for World's Toughest Mudder. And now for 2017 - you can get the Tough Mudder dryrobe there! (If you're quick!)
We work with some amazing partners across the globe, keeping people covered while they do awesome things outdoors - and teaming up with Tough Mudder is one partnership that really makes us proud. Here in the UK the Tough Mudder dryrobe has become a familiar sight at events and races across the country, so we're very excited to be bringing it to the USA for the first time - available this weekend at the one and only World's Toughest Mudder.
Currently not available online, the Tough Mudder dryrobe will be on site at Lake Las Vegas in Nevada - head to the merch tent to get your hands on one. We get a feeling these are going to be in demand, so you'll need to be quick!
World's Toughest Mudder is an event that dryrobe has a lot of history with and we look forward to every year. From Amelia Boone keeping warm in hers after taking the win in 2015, Hunter Mcintyre rocking the camo while interviewing racers and of course Team Goat Tough - Jon Albon and Ryan Atkins - smashing 105 miles on their way to team victory last year.
If you haven't heard of it before - World’s Toughest Mudder is the most extreme, insane, imposing 24-hour obstacle course challenge on the planet. The man, woman and team that completes the most 5-mile course laps at this outsized event in a 24 hour period will be crowned champion. Individuals and teams who complete 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles will be honoured for their efforts. With sweltering daytime temperatures, freezing night time ones, many challenging obstacles and a good amount of swimming – this isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Want to catch all the action from the desert? You can tune in live on November 11th/12th on TOUGHMUDDER.COM and Facebook Live. Plus don't forget to check out the coverage from the awesome Mud Run Guide and Obstacle Racing Media
At the start of every year I try to set some lofty goals. Like any athlete that loves their sport and wants to test their limits, these goals often build upon the previous year’s accomplishments presenting new or harder challenges. In the calendar year 2017, I set off to finish in the top ten of every 24 hour Obstacle Course Race (OCR) in the world. While 2017 is not yet over, at the end of August I did hit a major milestone. Over the last 365 days, I have finished in the top 10 of every 24 OCR in the world with one more lined up for 2017.
Here is a quick recap of each, how I did and why I was glad dryrobe was there to help me.
November 12-13, 2016: World’s Toughest Mudder, near Las Vegas, Nevada
I finished 8th in the longest running and most prestigious 24 hour OCR in the world after completing a gruelling 90 miles and a full 24 hours on the course. World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) is known for its extreme temperatures. The 75+ F (21+C) degrees during the day is met in stark contrast to the 50ish F (10ish C) degrees at night. Add in multiple cold water crossings and your ability to regulate your body temperature becoming less efficient as you fatigue and it’s a recipe for hypothermia. At the end of the day, dryrobe was there to warm my body temperature back up and keep me healthy. Crawling inside that fluffy robe at the end of such a gruelling event is just as physically rewarding as it is mentally. It continued to help for the next two days as my body temperature would swing wildly going from sweaty to cold providing an easy solution to quickly warming up or cooling off.
April 1-2, 2017: Terrain Race 24 Hour Relay, near Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona in April, no need for a dryrobe there right? Wrong. The temperatures definitely dropped at night more than expected. While not freezing by any means, the constant go/stop of a relay event caused wild fluctuations in my body temperature. dryrobe was there to keep me warm as I waited to start my next lap. When it was go time, I would drop my robe, step forward and start running. How good was the dryrobe? My Strength & Speed teammate and co-host of the Link Endurance OCR podcast, Miles Keller, went out and purchased one the week after the event. Between laps, dryrobe kept my legs warm and the result was a 2nd place finish for the team.
May 27-28, 2017: Dirt Runner’s Midwest Mayhem 24, near Chicago, Illinois
In late May, the temperatures were heating up as long as you were on the course moving. I ended up not using the dryrobe before the event but my pit crew consisting of my wife and daughter used it a ton. Thy were not exercising and generating a lot of body heat so they used it throughout the night sometimes as a jacket, occasionally as a blanket and even as a cushion so my 2 year old could sleep comfortably. The result: flawless pit support from my wife, a happy daughter and a 1st place finish.
June 10-11, 2017: True Grit Enduro 24, near Sydney, Australia
Ahh, nice June weather…except in Australia, June is winter in case you forgot. Luckily the weather was nice…oh no wait…it rained for four days leading up to the race, proceeded to rain through the race and then continued to rain for another three days after the race. dryrobe was there to keep me warm and dry before the race started ensuring I was as comfortable as possible. Post event when my body temperature was low, I collapsed on the ground and took a nap under the dryrobe. Time zone changes and another 24 hour race two weeks before definitely took its toll on me and my performance started to suffer. Around 8 hours into the event I was as high as 5th place but ultimately dropped back to 10th by the 24 hour mark.
July 29-30, 2017: Shale Hell near Killington, Vermont
My plans to finish in the top ten of every 24hr OCR in the world in a calendar year almost came to a crashing halt. The Shale Hell event at the permanent OCR venue in Benson, VT switched dates on me from a free weekend to the same weekend as the CBS Televised event America’s Toughest Mudder Midwest (Chicago). Not to be discouraged, I contacted the race owner and he let me run a shadow run of the actual event. So I went out to the course by myself, followed the same rules and stayed on the course for 24 hours. My performance, had it been done on race day would have put me in 1st place by two laps. While I didn’t need my dryrobe for the event, my dad who was my pit crew used it as the temperatures plummeted to 50ish F (10ish C) degrees.
You may be thinking, that is more than four OCRs, so why is it called a Grand Slam? Well, when I made the plan there were only four 24 hr OCRs on the schedule and since then two more companies have added races to their schedule, hence the outdated name. But I still refer to it as a Grand Slam or sometimes a Super Grand Slam.
The year is not over yet and there is at least one more 24 hour OCR on my schedule for 2017. This November, I will once again head back to Las Vegas for WTM’s final event at that location (according to their website). You can survive the wild Vegas weather and occasional windstorm at the event without a dryrobe, but I think I will be finding it much more bearable with one.
See you in the desert. #getchanged #staywarm
We recently spent the day with some blogger friends of ours, Jessica Skye and Kitty Cowell, for a stay at Saunton Sands Hotel. The girls got the full Devon experience - yoga on the beach plus an introduction to surfing from Walking on Waves Surf School.
Check out some of favourite photos from an awesome day outdoors.
Thank you to Jasmine Bennett for the yoga session!
"Can not wait to go back again, the salt water, the fresh air and such a fun way to work out. I feel SO good after two days in the sea. I'm now kinda hooked on surfing." - Kitty
"Drop what you're doing and head to the coast - you won't regret it! Had such a nice break from the city, surfed and turfed, got cosy with dryrobe!" - Jessica
Another awesome weekend gone and we've been catching up on the epic stuff that you've all been up to. This seriously is one of our favourite things to do - the community of dryrobe lovers out there get up to some incredible things and we love to hear all about it! dryrobe was created to make time spent outdoors more enjoyable - it's awesome to see it do just that.
Please keep sending us your photos! You can tag us @dryrobe or use the hashtags #dryrobe or #dryrobeterritory - it might be your photo that we feature!
"Prepared for battle... #dryrobe #essentials @spartanrace #letsdothis #thisgirlcan" 📷 @spartansoz
"Feeling like Eskimos at work #endofseason #london #wakeboarding #evenings #winteriscoming #dryrobe #wakeupdocklands #eskimo" 📷 @kirraharvey_
"The Great South Run is all complete! Finished 10 miles in well under 2 hours and very happy, especially considering I hadn't used my wheelchair in months, prior to my recent surgery." 📷 @jamieganethrower
Massive thank you to everyone sharing their photos - keep up the awesome work guys!
Well that was one incredible weekend. Action all over the place - with the dryrobe team getting involved with as much as possible.
For this week's round up we thought we'd focus on three of the big events that took place - there was definitely more going on so don't think we've forgotten it - be sure to share your story with us on social!
First up the big one - the OCR World Championships. Taking place at the Blue Mountain Resort in Canada, the annual event is a true highlight of the Obstacle Course racing calendar, with athletes from 67 nations competing this year. We were there to witness 3 days of incredible action - the competition is at such an amazing standard, it was great to catch up with old friends and watch the athletes give it their all out on the course.
The pro races were unbelievable to watch this weekend, some awesome performances went down on a very tough course - one man who put seriously put on a show was dryrobe ambassador Jonathan Albon. After winning the 15K classic course race for the last 3 years in a row, he was a firm favourite to take the title again in 2017. True to form, Jon blew the competition away, taking first place with a comfortable lead. To top off his weekend, Jon also claimed the win in the 3K race, beating good friend and 2016 champ Ryan Atkins along the way.
In the Womens Pro division, there were some familiar faces on the podium - with the top 3 dominated by the same 3 women in both the 3K and 15K race. On Friday it was Nicole Mericle claiming the win, beating 2016 champion Lyndsay Webster into 2nd, with Karin Karlsson in 3rd. Saturday's 15K classic course saw a switch in the placings - with Lyndsay storming to victory, with Nicole 2nd and Karin 3rd - an incredible weekend of racing!
The World Championships is one of our favourite events of the OCR calendar - getting to see so many athletes from across the globe meeting and racing in one place is just awesome. Serious #dryrobeterritory in Canada this year - serious rain and wind meant that dryrobes were a total necessity. Bring on 2018!
Back home in the UK, the team from the dryrobe office were getting stuck into their own obstacle course - the 10K Mission Unbreakable. The team were running to raise money for the North Devon Hospice - an amazing charity who provide care for people suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
The team put in amazing effort over the course - for most it was their first ever challenge like this and they all conquered the course in style.
Massive thank you to North Devon Hospice for holding such an amazing event and also to the 24 Commando Royal Engineers who encouraged the team round the course!
Another huge event taking place this weekend was the annual BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) Surf Championships, held at Fistral beach in Newquay. A classic event that is a definite highlight in the BUCS calendar, teams from across the country battled it out in pumping surf to contest the title.
Huge congratulations to our partners - Falmouth University - for claiming the overall title for the second year in a row! The team put on an incredible performance throughout the weekend - with Matt Chapman taking the win in the Mens division to top it all off.