Here at HQ we love to hear about the epic adventures and incredible locations where dryrobe can be found, it always amazes and inspires us to see people keeping warm all around the globe.
Recently we heard rumours of an epic surf session that happened north of the Arctic Circle, at Unstad in Norway, with none other than surfing legend Tom Carroll. So we did some hunting around and found some photos.
If anyone can be considered a great of the surf world, then this man certainly can. We found out that Carroll had come to Norway at the invitation of Tommy from Unstad Arctic Surf School, who we have been proud to supply with dryrobes after meeting them at ISPO when we were at the Cold water surfing section with our friends from Carve magazine, along with others, after receiving an invite to be there from Patagonia.
Add in to the mix the incredibly talented photographer Olivier Morin and this was an adventure that just had to be shared.
With water temperatures of of roughly 5 degrees C, this was a slightly different climate to Tom Carroll's home of Australia.
With air temperatures as low as 2 degrees C, keeping out of the cold wind and using a dryrobe to get changed on & out of wetsuits, makes a whole lot of sense.
dryrobe is right at home in Unstad - definitely #dryrobeterritory
At 55 years old, Tom Carroll still shows the style and skill that won him two world titles
Olivier keeping himself warm between shooting in Norway's icy waves
Tales of the day's surf being swapped next to the campfire
All photos by Olivier Morin
We scoured the internet to group these photos together so a mention must go to the article posted here: http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2017/03/arctic-surfing-unstad-norway/ - check it out for more great photo coverage of the trip.
For the past 3 years dryrobe have had the privilege to be involved in one of the most challenging and unique open-water swimming events out there - Red Bull Neptune Steps. This is an adventure race that challenges athletes like no other - pitting them against 420 metres of cold water, forcing them to climb 18 metres over 7 canal lock gates and pushing participants to their limits. This year’s event was no different, with over 320 competitors hitting the water on a rainy Saturday in Glasgow - and dryrobe was on hand to witness this intense challenge.
Mark Deans (Instagram @markodeans) - Undefeated RedBull Neptune Steps Champion
dryrobe ambassador and big wave surfer Andrew Cotton was one of the brave swimmers taking on the Neptune Steps this year and he told us it was one of the hardest challenges he has faced yet - and this is from a man who takes on the world's biggest waves! “The cold was a good 7 out of 10 - the swimming and the climbing was definitely the hard part - next level hard. It was definitely dryrobe territory!”
We also caught up with Nicolas Dewalque - a truly inspiring athlete who conquered the Neptune Steps this year. Nicolas is a visually impaired triathlete who takes on some seriously extreme challenges, with the Neptune Steps being no exception. After completing the course, Nicolas and his guide Sarah gave us their rating for the event:
Sarah: “It was at least an 8.5/10 for difficulty - but over a 10/10 for fun!”
Nicholas: “It was definitely hard, but it was a lot of fun. It’s easier to say it’s a lot of fun once you’ve finished though! We definitely enjoyed it very much!”
Nicolas Dewalque - Visually impaired Triathlete & dryrobe sponsored athlete & guide Sarah
The event itself had a real festival feel to it, with crowds of spectators lining the canal through the entire day, cheering the swimmers the whole way up the course. It almost became a race against the swimmers as the crowd moved up the canal to keep up with the competitors - they weren’t hanging around! There were some seriously nail-biting races through the day, as the top swimmers from heats progressed through to semi-finals and then the finals, which saw the biggest crowds of the day encouraging the athletes on - almost willing them up the obstacles with their cheering.
The finals themselves were intense, incredibly fast races up the canal - in the Men’s division it was local Glaswegian swimmer Mark Deans who topped the podium, for the third year in a row. His winning streak just keeps on going. Andrew Horsfall-Turner came in second and Marc Austin took third. The women's final was equally as incredible to watch - 25-year-old Jennifer Davis took the crown, with Lilyella Craw-Seamen coming in second and Fiona Gibson in third. The swimmers took to the podium to celebrate their achievements - and having claimed their coveted Neptune Steps dryrobe!
Left to right - Andrew Horsfall-Turner, Mark Deans, Marc Austin, Lilyella Craw-Seamen, Jennifer Davis & Fiona Gibson
Red Bull Neptune Steps truly is one of the most unique and awe-inspiring events out there, every single swimmer who completed the gruelling course can certainly be immensely proud of their achievement. We are very proud to have been a part of this event and we are already looking forward to next year - see you there.
To see more images from the event click here.
Photo Credits: Pete Hill & Red Bull Content Pool
By Athlete Adventurer Ross Edgley
Last year’s schedule was (pleasantly) manic as I set out to raise money and awareness for some truly amazing causes. All from the safety and comfort of my dryrobe, it started in January when I ran a marathon pulling a 1.4 tonne car around Silverstone Race Circuit. In May I then climbed a 20m rope (repeatedly) until I’d climbed the height of Everest (8,848m). Finally — and perhaps the only logical way to top this — in November I completed an Olympic-distance triathlon carrying a 100lbs tree which the media dubbed, “The World’s First Tree-athlon”. But among the sports-based, charity-led mayhem the one piece of kit I was never without was my dryrobe. Here’s why.
World’s Strongest Marathon | 1.4 Tonnes | 26.2 Miles
Silverstone race circuit is iconic! It’s home to British motor racing and renowned around the world. But it’s also a vast stretch of land that’s void of any shelter from the wind and rain which makes it freezing cold in January if you’re crazy enough to try and pull a car around it. This is something I discovered the hard way when at 4:00am I was only 5 miles into my 26.2 mile challenge. Fortunately help was at hand in the form of my support team at THE PROTEIN WORKS™ who came equipped with my beloved — and much needed — dryrobe.
With my lactic-ridden legs growing numb from the cold, we decided to break up the marathon into sets of 2km. In between sets I would be wrapped up, fed (copious amounts of whey protein), stretched and watered and then continue for another 2km. It wasn’t fast, it wasn’t pleasant and it definitely wasn’t a spectator sport, but after 19 long hours it was finished.
World’s Longest Rope Climb | 8,848m
7am, April 22nd 2016 and I’m standing in Ashdown Forest, England. Found in south England it’s an ancient area of tranquil open heath-land that occupies the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 30 miles south of London the scenery is stunning! But I can’t enjoy any of that right now, all because for the next 20 hours I will be climbing a 20m rope (repeatedly) until I’d climbed the height of Everest (8,848 metres).
Burning through 4 pairs of climbing gloves and 2 pairs of trainers, my body was bruised and battered but warm. The latter being very important since according to scientists from Duke University Medical Centre, USA, who analysed muscle activation during climbing techniques there is an “Abrupt peak in bicep and forearm muscle tension during the pull-up and lowering” phase of the climb. Over 20 hours this “abrupt peak” in tension becomes even more pronounced and amplified so keeping my arms warm, fed and massaged was key to combatting this kind of extreme, localized fatigue.
Thankfully I only needed 1 dryrobe (as the rest of my kit was ripped, worn and destined for the bin) and after a long, sleep-deprived night the World’s Longest Rope Climb was complete before sunrise.
World’s First Tree-Athlon | 1.5km Swim | 40km Cycle | 10km Run | Carrying a 100-lbs tree
My final sports-based charity event was (thankfully) in warmer climates. On the sun-soaked beach of Nevis in the Caribbean, I walked to the start line with a tree attached to my trunks (all under the confused gaze of many competitors) and then proceeded to swim 1.5km, cycle 40km and run 10km with it on my back. It (again) wasn’t fast and I definitely won’t be challenging for a place at the KONA World Championships any time soon, but it was (semi) enjoyable as the crowd cheered and handed me water and fruit on every corner.
But the only reason it was (semi) enjoyable was because of the hours and kilometres I spent in the freezing cold lakes and rivers of England in October training for it. To borrow a quote directly from the dryrobe website, “There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” Which is I attacked every cold morning swim with my pre-workout sports drink in one hand and dryrobe in the other. Since (again to borrow another age-old sporting quote) once the Tree-athlon arrived my goal was to “train hard and compete easy”.
Now looking ahead to 2017 and my schedule looks set to make last year look like a “warm up”. Details coming soon…
Ross Edgley is an athlete adventurer, chief sports scientist at THE PROTEIN WORKS™ and considered one of the world’s foremost fitness experts.
Last year our paths crossed with Dave Cornthwaite adventurer, author, motivational speaker and founder of SayYesMore. After receiving some great images of Dave in his dryrobe we wanted to get to know more about him and his adventures:
Have you always been interested in the adventure lifestyle or did you make a life change?
I had a totally addictive Playstation habit in my early twenties. Woke up in the morning on my 25th birthday and I looked at my cat who was asking me for breakfast, and just realised that she was going to have a much better day than I was. Then I thought “that’s ridiculous” and realised there was no way I can just carry on going into work doing something that I’m not very good at, or that I don’t really enjoy, for the rest of my life — it just didn’t really make sense. So ever since then I’ve had a mission to make my life better than my cat’s. I started doing new things, which starts with saying yes more often, and eventually I found myself a skateboard.
Two weeks after stepping onto that I quit my job and decided that I was going to try and get the world distance record on a skateboard. I went from John o’Groats to Land’s End and then crossed Australia — almost 4,000 miles — and after that I got a book deal and I’ve never really looked back! It's amazing what one, big, crucial decision can do to change the direction of your life forever.
For someone who hasn't come across it before, what is SayYesMore?
For 10 years SayYesMore was a personal motto to make sure I didn’t just waste away. Every time we do something new we grow and develop and learn new skills, or even learn that we don’t need or want to do that thing again. I want to get to the last day of my life and know that I reached my potential because I couldn’t have spent my time better. So ‘Say Yes More’ is kind of about making the most of life, making it count, not letting opportunities pass us by — and not just living for decades just doing work because it pays — but getting out there and working out how we can be the best possible versions of ourselves.
In 2015 I had a project to try to turn my Facebook audience into real friends — so turning social media into a proper social connection. So I invited people camping. I told them to meet me under the clock at Liverpool Street station, and I said “we’ll go camping and you’ll be back in time for the next morning. You might be a bit smelly but you’ll have had a good night under the stars and have met some new friends”. 19 people turned up for that first camp-out and then the next week 25 people and then on and on. We had hundreds throughout the summer, and that community of people we called the YesTribe. They were the type of people that if you went to them and said, “Hey, I’m sick of my job, I want to quit and cycle around the world or set up a charity”— just something that’s a little out of the box— they’d say “that’s awesome! I’ll help you”. Suddenly things just started to happen because people were supported by folk with a positive mind-set.
We had a festival called Yestival at the end of summer in 2015 — to just celebrate this growing community — and that went down a storm. 200 people came so it was just a little festival but in the following year those 200 people collectively went out and raised three quarters of a million pounds for charity and travelled over 100,000 miles under their own steam. Each one of them sent out their own ripples and formed their own communities — now we’ve got over 3,000 people in the YesTribe and it’s growing fast. In October we had our second Yestival with 400 people. I think everybody wants to feel that they can enjoy life — that they wake up on a Monday morning and are actually excited to get out of bed — and, in all of these adventures, spend time with good people and spend more time outside. It’s amazing what can happen.
Yestival (pic by Jon Chater)
What draws you to adventure, particularly the most recent journey across Japan?
There's a wonderful quote which reads, "You will either experience the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret. The choice is yours." For me, this defines any aspect of our lives where there's an element of growth or hard work required to get somewhere, and I see a long-distance endurance adventure as the best teacher of all the basic disciplines needed to forge a really varied, successful life.
I adore that combination of 'bloody hell, this is grim, get me out of here' with 'I would take this moment, this toughness, over another minute in an office doing something just for money." I find challenges really fun, especially the tough bits, and there's nothing like carrying everything you need to survive, waking up in a tent or hammock every morning, feeling fit enough to keep on going no matter what, and living a story worth telling. I know what it's like on the other side; to be lazy and stuck and pasty and all of the examples that you see during a typical London commute (!) and adventure totally unlocked that for me.
I have a project called Expedition1000 which is more of a life than career project. The idea is to do twenty-five different non-motorised journeys of at least 1000 miles in distance, each one using a different form of transport. So far I've covered over 20,000 miles across twelve journeys, including skateboarding across Australia, paddle boarding the Mississippi, swimming the lower Missouri and most recently, taking a kick scooter named Swifty around Japan. I don't plan, train or spend a lot of money, just get to the start line with the basic gear and start moving. Everything else turns our ok if you go into it with a positive attitude, and generally living adventurously with an 'I want to do this and it doesn't matter who says it's stupid or impossible' attitude gets me up in the morning.
What would you say to someone who wants to make a change?
What the hell are you waiting for? If it's really something you want to do nothing will get in the way, and if you want some support drop into www.sayyesmore.com and join the YesTribe group on Facebook, then come along to some events. When you're surrounded by positive, supportive people, endless magic begins to happen. You have NO idea what you're capable of, and you'll never know unless you try. So get moving!
And finally what does dryrobe do for you, what do you use it for?
Well, I live on a boat and Winter is pretty chilly, so I'm sitting here right now in my Dryrobe. I'm also working out whether I can feasibly pack it for an upcoming adventure I'm leading in Iceland, but primarily my Dryrobe gets used every day. I leave my boat to go to the shower rather than drain my water tank every day, so Dryrobe is both protection from the elements and a really effective towel. I run an adventure and positivity festival called Yestival each October and wore it every morning as I wandered around in the freezing cold, checking in on everyone and everything, and if I had a tenner for everyone who said 'that looks AMAZING, it's so cool and warm!' I would be much richer than your average festival organiser! Haha! Sure, it comes to the beach with me now and then for surf and kite surf changing, but it's the first thing I reach for when I go outside. It's a down jacket-killer!
Dave in his dryrobe taken by Reece Pickering
You may have previously seen some footage of dryrobe being used in Iceland by pro surfer Taz Knight. When the opportunity to film dryrobe in the land of ice and fire came around again we did not hesitate to get involved.
We collaborated with the talented adventure and action filmmaker Ryan Lovejoy to create our latest dryrobe Iceland short film. As someone who uses dryrobe during his film expeditions before we even began working together, we knew that we had found the right person to capture what dryrobe is about. Having such a varied experience of portraying the world and a good knowledge of Iceland, this has come together and we are proud to share it with you.
It’s a great time of the year with many getting to spend time with their families and away from their usual routines. We have been seeing loads of pictures of people with their new dryrobe Christmas presents, spending time outside and of some very courageous people going for festive swims. We have picked out some of our favourite posts to share from Christmas & we will be looking out for the New Year Swim pics too :)
“Can't believe how amazing this weather is! Perfect for a winter dip. So glad I have my @dryrobe for afterwards though!!’’ @sarahrowssolo
“Naomi and sarah with just some of our amazing supporters and fish friends!’’@ptaswimmers
I'm so lucky to have swim spots like this!! 20mins at 6 degrees! I enjoyed every min! Even if there was a bit of swearing at the start! And we convinced Tom to go skins!! @neh_90
“Tow floats, Dry Robes and a degree of trepidation at Cromhall Quarry this morning. Warmer than last weekend's 2.5 degree shocker though.” @sonjajefferson
“Merry Christmas everyone....Team Bear ran our Christmas run 2016. 8 km along the Beach, and a lovely swim in cold sea..” @Jess Eric Bjørn Friis
”Our boy is officially a dryrobe wearer Merry Christmas one and all xxx” @Matt Price
“Was meant to go climbing…” @ndisaac1
“Best #christmasgift this year!” @anneglass
“Got dad a @dryrobe for Christmas! Looks like he's one of the cool kids now! Perfect for all the outdoor activities he likes to do” @beast_m0de_activate
“Looks like Santa got it right” @amandajayne30
“Best present ever! Ready for winter surfs with my bubby” @staygold92
“When your Christmas gifts are perfectly themed to your passion. Bike stand and #dryrobe...black and pink, obviously!” @charlie_triathlon
“ #크리스마스이브#커플사진 #임랑해수욕장#서핑 #dryrobe #서핑하고우리오빠지금앓아누움🤒 #메리크리스마스는집에서🎄ㅋㅋㅋ” @l.k.h_christina
“If you don't already know this lady, she is seriously awesome! One of many Alderney based authors. Check out her books on Amazon 'Work It Out in a Week' and 'Success at Sixty Plus'. She's also my favourite swimming buddy and the best cupcake baker! She has been a huge support as I prepare for my solo row around Britain, can't believe how lucky I am to have such great friends. Xxx” @sarahrowssolo
No snow and no sleigh, but the sickest Santa you've seen yet.
Remember, a dryrobe is not just for Christmas.
Photos by Olivier Morin
Warning: dryrobe should never be used when there is a risk of falling into water.
PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE WHEN USING DRYROBE PRODUCTS - BE AWARE THAT FALLING INTO THE WATER WHILE WEARING A DRYROBE WOULD BE A FAR FROM FUN EXPERIENCE AND THERE WOULD BE A SERIOUS RISK OF DROWNING EVEN FOR THE STRONGEST SWIMMER. HAVE FUN BUT BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS, EDUCATE YOURSELF & YOUR CHILDREN TO THE RISKS WITH ALL SPORTING ACTIVITIES.
dryrobe are opting out of Black Friday & cyber Monday. We are closing our office and giving the staff a paid day off on Friday the 25th November. We will be spending the day outside. The website will still be operational but we don't wish to be a part of the insanity.
dryrobe has always been about designing & building the best possible products and offering them at the best price we can. It is what we do. We have kept our prices largely unchanged for 4 years but post brexit, due to increased costs of materials and services we will be increasing our prices in the New year. We don't build our pricing on a model that has x amount of sale days 'built in', or produce 'sales' stock just for sale days and we dont have styles that go out of fashion.
We make the World's best change robes & sell them at the best prices we can with the best customer service we can, all day, every day. It is that simple.
It's not that strange a move, we aren't the only ones. Huge US Outdoor gear and apparel retailer, REI is going taking this approach for the second year. The Seattle-based retailer announced that it would close all 149 of its stores on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday. It would also pay all 12,287 employees to take the day off and spend it outside.
We walk our own path and make our own decisions and we have to do things in a way that makes sense for us. The sales 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.
We value our relationships with our customers, and our retailers and we like to keep things simple. We hope that Black Friday might just be transforming from a day of consumerism & excess, into a day of minimalism and appreciation of the great outdoors.
We would like to think others might understand & even join in #OptOutside
Time to leave you with a quote from Tony Robbins:
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, Its what we do consistently.
Yes November the 1st is World vegan day. So what does veganism have to do with dryrobe? To be honest we have never marketed ourself as a vegan company or pushed any agenda outside promoting an active outdoor life, but on a day like world vegan day, it’s a good time to take a minute to think about the way we live, and how we can all make more efficient and compassionate decisions in our everyday lives.
The link between our interest in promoting the #dryrobeterritory 'healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle' & concern for our environment is obvious. Information about how meat and dairy consumption is affecting our environment and our future is impossible to ignore. Going meat free is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. World Vegan Day is a strong l reminder of just how far the movement as come, and in relatively short time the term vegan is only seventy years old.
No other lifestyle choice has a more positive impact on the planet than choosing to stop eating animals and dairy products. Do what you can do, as well as you can do it, everyday.
So what are we doing? As dryrobe develops and grows, as a company, we are always actively promoting spending more time outdoors along with developing our products which make the experience better. At the same time we also try to minimise our impact on the planet by implementing continuous improvement to what we do & how we do it. We continue to educate ourselves & live the lifestyles we choose.
The dryrobe advance product is made from a nylon waterproof & windproof outer shell fabric and our lining is a completely synthetic lambswool. We have introduced greener plastic bags into our packaging, and are currently working towards changing our outer packaging from plastic bags to cardboard boxes, which hopefully will make it into the recycling after orders have been received. There’s always room for improvement and it's work that is ongoing and high on our agenda.
From the point of view of performance benefits of adopting a vegan lifestyle, we thought we would get some advice from a couple of our heroes.
One of the best known and most successful athletes in freerunning and parkour, in 2009 he was the World Champion after winning the Barclaycard World Freerun Championship and in 2015 he entered Ninja Warrior UK and was the only person to complete the second course in the final. We asked Tim about what he thinks about his dryrobe and what training on a vegan diet is like.
"dryrobe has given me the confidence to attack my training sessions and races knowing that comfort is just beyond the finish line and that I won't have to go through wasted minutes of freezing once the session/race is over!
I would recommend vegan diet for anyone involved in racing as it's a more efficient fuel source for the body, keeps you light and strong and helps improve recovery also!"
Another one of our heroes is Luke Tyburski, the ultimate endurance athlete who has just finished a world tour promoting his new film, documenting the ultimate triathlon. An epic 12-day, 2,000km journey from Morocco to Monaco. We got in touch with Luke to ask him on his thoughts about dryrobe and how he completed his journey from Morocco to Monaco on a vegan diet. Again we asked for a comment on how dryrobe helps with performance & what effect a plant based diet has on his performance & recovery.
"A dryrobe is one of those pieces of kit that you think you don’t need, or will even use all that often, until the day you to try it, then you’re hooked!
I started using my dryrobe to keep me warm and dry before the start of many ultra-marathon running races. Pre dawn up in the mountains can get quite cold, so having something that’s quick and simply to put on over my entire race kit is essential to stay comfortable, and start my races in a positive frame of mind.
I now use both (yes, somehow they multiplied) my dryrobes during my endurance adventures to keep me warm, as well as pre and post challenges that I put myself through. They have come in handy on more than one occasion as a blanket at random times as well.
When you use a dryrobe for the very first time, you’ll not only fall in love with this fantastic, versatile piece of kit, but never want to take it off!
During my 2000 km in 12 day Ultimate Triathlon from Morocco to Monaco, both myself and my crew ate primarily a Vegan diet. This way of eating not only fuelled my 16 hour days in the saddle or running, but also gave me the nutrients, and minerals that my body needed to recover, so I could wake up the next day feeling fresh, and ready to do it all over again."
Here's a link to Luke's film, definitely worth a watch
You might have guessed, this is an issue we are more than interested in and there is a wealth of information readily available. We have two recommended video's for your viewing pleasure, leave us a comment and tell us what you think. Yes they will take an hour or so of your time but you will hard pushed to spend your viewing time on anything more interesting or as important.
It really shouldn't be beyond expectation to live in a World where changes happen fast.
The leaders of the travel industry came together on the 4th of of October for the Family Traveller awards. Family Traveller is the "indispensable guide to anyone travelling with babies, children and teenagers, providing parents with a one-stop location to plan their family holidays". The awards tie in with Family Travellers mission to be the most trusted guide for family travel online, they featured a wide range of categories ranging from destinations to products, and with 18,000 votes from all of you it's really a people's choice.
We were all thrilled when we found out that dryrobe® had been nominated for an award. The homemade ‘thing’ founder Gideon Bright was given for christmas from his mother, is now one of the leading products in the family travel industry. Initially dryrobe® started on a list of 1600, it was exciting times at our HQ when the short lists of 309 came out with dryrobe being one of eight products in its category.
So we did not win our category, but we are very proud. We hope to be involved next year, as it was an experience of its own to attend the event and we really enjoyed watching people win their categories. Congratulations to Bundlebean for winning and Jurni for getting runner up. For a full list of the winners of each category click on the link below
We will be exhibiting at the NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show this year for the first time. It's the only show where you’ll see all the new-for 2017 caravans and motorhomes trailer tents and accessories. People have always told us how great dryrobe is to take on camping trips. Anyone whose been camping knows the feeling of walking to the shower block in a flimsy towel, the freezing late night toilet trips and sometimes just needing an extra layer in bed. We are really excited to be there.
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"Took one out today at the Southampton Boat Show when out testing one of the boats, started raining when going from the dry robe stand to the change hut, stayed beautifully warm in the tender. Out to the boats and then straight back in, full shorty wheel suit change in the hut re-dressed and back to the stand, really lovely piece of kit, the sizes may seem baggy/puffed out/oversized in some of the photos but the temperature regulation is absolutely brilliant partially as a result of that size ratio to material density. Also delightfully present when wearing it but by no means heavy or cumbersome in any way. Worth the price. "- Arthur Dexter, Facebook