October 31, 2016

So what does veganism have to do with dryrobe? - World Vegan Day

World vegan day 

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.

outdoor healthy lifestyle - dryrobeterritory

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. 

Tim Shieff

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!"

 

 

Luke Tyburski

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. 

October 10, 2016

dryrobe® -Best Family Travel Accessory nomination 2016

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.  

 

Family traveller awards 2016

 

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.

 

Family traveller awards 2016 dryrobe beach

 

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

https://familytraveller.com/news/family-traveller-awards-2016-ceremony/

 

Family caravan dryrobe family traveller awards 2016

 

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.

Check out our most recent review

"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

 

Friends motorhome dryrobe family traveller awards

September 23, 2016

Were they really wearing dryrobe at the Olympic Games?

Olympic Rio 2016 - Great Britain’s (almost) secret weapon - dryrobe

TEAM GB make an impression wearing dryrobe® #Rio2016

dryrobe Olympics Rio 2016

Who would have thought that dryrobe® would be official team kit at Rio Olympic games? How did this all come about and what is the adidas connection?

Well as we understand, the athletes already using dryrobe informed adidas® that this was the kit they needed. We have worked with many elite athletes in the past 6 years but it was still quite a surprise to get a phone call from the mighty adidas®. It was an exciting time with lots going on in the office but I remember when Sharon showed us the first email from them we did have to have a quick look to check that it wasn't a prank.

The chance to have Team GB athletes wearing dryrobes at #Rio2016 was the stuff of dreams and we worked for over a year towards making it happen, the whole time keeping our involvement hidden from the public & the other international teams. 

The advantage the athletes would get from using the dryrobes was key to the decision making around when we could announce our involvement. After the games was the call.

You might have noticed that there were some key differences with the dryrobes in use at the Olympic games, most noticeably where was our logo? Well it was there, big & bold but on the inside due to the televised sponsorship issues and the mega deal that adidas® have with the Olympic Games. The dryrobe performance was the same & the Olympic team dryrobes also featured the new zip off sleeve, which offers the short & long sleeve versatility, all in one.

We will have this new Zip-off sleeve Model in our classic dryrobe branding, available very soon on our website. Make sure you follow us on social media for updates.

Rio Olympics 2016 TeamGB dryrobe

dryrobe® were an official supplier of Team GB kit, working with adidas® to supply the diving, triathlon and swimming teams across both the Olympics and Paralympics. The weather-proof, outdoor change robe was spotted throughout the Games and was worn by an array of leading athletes.

 "dryrobe is one of those products you don't know you need until you put one on"

Probably one of the most notable exposures for dryrobe was Paralympian Ellie Robinson’s iconic entrance, before confidently winning gold in record time during the 50M Butterfly final. Her entrance in the dryrobe® attracted attention across social media, being described as ‘gangster’ by some - but her choice of clothing captured the imagination of the watching public.

 

The dryrobe was getting talked about by presenters who were discussing it's function and why the athletes were using the dryrobes. We were surprised to hear them being called dryrobes by name too. Obviously they had been getting some attention. 

"The dryrobe was born from necessity, now it’s now used by sporting stars in world events"

Gideon Bright, owner and creator of dryrobe®, said: “What an unbelievable Games! We are extremely proud of our association with Team GB at Rio games, their most successful yet and we are honoured that dryrobe® was chosen to supply the athletes, working in collaboration with adidas®, as an official supplier to the swimming, triathlon & diving teams Olympic & Paralympic teams.

“Since the development of the first ever dryrobe®, we have continued to develop a product that performs for athletes at the highest levels. Our performance technical kit has become well respected, and is used by some of the world’s best athletes. It is great to hear that the athletes were the people who instigated the talks which led to our collaboration with adidas for the Rio 2016 Team GB kit.”

dryrobe rio 2016 Olympic Games


dryrobe® Ltd have also worked with a selection of organisations who have embraced the dryrobe ‘stay warm’ philosophy such as British Para-Swimming and Diving, GBR Lifesaving Team, USA Lifesaving Team, Various Red Bull events, The Royal Lifesaving society, Sport Relief challenges & many other reputable sporting and endurance focused companies & events.


Media contact:  for media enquires, please contact Amy Paternoster on 01237 403764 or email amy@bluefrogmedia.co.uk



September 22, 2016

dryrobe kit of choice at Rescue 2016!

What a brilliant performance at Lifesaving 2016, with 3700 competitors there was fierce competition and some great results. This year the competitions took place in the city of Eindhoven and Noordwijk, Netherlands from the 1st to 18th September 2016.

A big congratulations to the Australian BMD Northcliffe team who won the tittle of World Champion Lifesavers in the interclub open, they did a fantastic job and finished well above the rest of the competitors. Last Saturday the South African Durban SLSC took the title of Interclub youth champions, and the total ranking of national teams was won by New Zealand. 

dryrobe® are proud kit suppliers to Team GB and Team USA  (USLA National Team) when they attended the lifesaving World Championships. Here is a link to the dryrobe advance which was used by team GB and USA. The dryrobe has become a very popular and almost essential piece of kit for the surf lifesaving community since they started being used back in 2011.

List of full results of the inter club open and the interclub youth teams

http://livetiming.lifesaving2016.com/index_nl.html

http://livetiming.lifesaving2016.com/intyouth/index.html

We are looking forward to Australia hosting the World Championships in 2018, as it has been officially handed over to them. If you have any pictures or stories from the event we'd love to see them, get in touch with us through email or tag us at #dryrobe 

 Here are some pictures of team GB and USA with their custom dryrobes

Lifesavers 2016 team GB dryrobe

 

Lifesavers Worldchampionship team usa dryrobe

 

Lifesaving team GB dryrobe

 

 

September 13, 2016

Jacob's Story

Its been incredible watching the performance of the Paralympic athletes at the Rio Olympics 2016. At dryrobe® we are all about making sports and pastimes more accessible for all, no matter what age, gender or physical and athletic ability. 

Here is an email we got, we thought we would share it with you.

Jacob is from Annapolis, Marlyand, USA., he lives with a mild form of cerebral palsey. His condition makes getting changed after a surf much more difficult, and he was looking for something to ease the struggle:

“I live in the US and was also looking for something which would dry the water off quickly. I was disappointed with products which looked like glorified coats but which weren't specifically manufactured with athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in mind. In my search efforts, I found www.dryrobeusa.com.

I was born with a mild form of cerebral palsy affecting the legs and balance and I use forearm crutches for long distances, but I still wanted this product. I don't let minor inconveniences weigh me down. I spoke with dryrobe’s USA Sales & Marketing Director at length clarifying my confusion and reassuring me, then I knew I had to have the robe. She was kind enough to get my order out ASAP so I could use it right away.

About the robe: the navy blue with gray lining was sent and it was very easy to put on and take off. Just as the instructions make clear simply slide the hands inside of the spacious robe and change clothes totally covered. I adjusted by tucking the back portion of the robe under my bottom sitting on it while I changed into my swim trunks. I was totally covered from the front, there was no fear of exposure. I know most of you will change back and forth the normal way, standing up, but even with this minor adjustment, I would highly recommend the dryrobe for recreational use, also. I plan on using my dryrobe at the beach soon. Thank you dryrobe USA for your help! It is much appreciated.” 

Jacob C., Annapolis, MD

Jacob dryrobe story

 

Great to hear that the dryrobe is being useful & really appreciate Jacob taking the time to tell us his story. 

If you have personal experience or know of anyone with a unique story, we would like to hear about it. you can send us an email or tag with #dryrobe

 

 

#dryrobeterritory.

August 30, 2016

The lifesaving World Championships - rescue 2016

dryrobe® are proud kit suppliers to Team GB and Team USA  (USLA National Team) when they attend the lifesaving World Championships which will take place from the 1st to 18th September 2016 in the city of Eindhoven and Noordwijk, in the Netherlands.

We also know that many other competitors from around the globe will be packing dryrobes for this event.

The dryrobe has become a very popular and almost essential piece of kit for the surf lifesaving community since they started being used back in 2011.

We attend many surf lifesaving events & they don’t get any bigger than this.

The lifesaving World Championships - rescue 2016, Ocean & pool competitions are on the programme for National Teams, Inter-club Teams, Masters, Surfboat teams and IRB Teams.

The competition will be fierce between the competitors when competing at a national level. We are so proud to be involved, providing kit to keep competitors warm between heats and after events.

 

dryrobe supply Team GB surf lifesaving national team

The International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) is the world authority in the global effort to prevent drowning and works with national lifesaving organisations to improve drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport. ILS is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, worldwide lifesaving sport and humanitarian organisation.

The International Federation was established in 1910 and is now representing over 30 million lifesavers and lifeguards in over 130 countries. They all have one objective: the preservation of human life in the aquatic environment. Sports competitions are organised under the motto ‘fit to save a life’.

The above information & the video are courtesy of: http://www.lifesaving2016.com/ 

July 24, 2016

The SPARTAN dryrobe®

We have teamed up with Spartan to produce a custom designed Spartan dryrobe. Here is a little info on the story so far..

There were only 100 of these custom Spartan dryrobes available on a Pre-Sale offer:  Buy a SPARTAN dryrobe® & get a FREE race pass for any 2016 UK Spartan race. Needless to say they didn't last long. The offer was open to all but SOLD OUT very quickly, in fact with only one email sent to SPARTAN email subscribers & we saw some great comments on social media where many discovered the offer.

SPARTAN dryrobe®

The interest in the SPARTAN dryrobe has been there for a while & when we met with the Spartan team in London earlier this year, we came back very excited to start work on the project.

The custom Spartan dryrobe has all the brilliant features of a regular dryrobe advance wi the addition of new external zip pockets, and the usual, large internal pocket and even a pocket for your MP3 player.

SPARTAN dryrobe sleeve detail

Spartan races began in the United States, and are now franchised to fourteen countries. There are three different types of race: the Sprint is 5km with 20+ obstacles; the Super is 13km+ with 25+ obstacles and usually a tougher terrain; the Beast is 20km+ with 30+ obstacles. There are also junior races for children under 14 which encourage teamwork and fun (as well as getting muddy).

Here are the remaining UK Spartan races for 2016: Peterborough, September 03-04 & Windsor, October 01-02

The new SPARTAN dryrobe® will be available to buy at the events & online very soon, but we are please to announce that SPARTAN have advised that, "due to the high demand", the offer has been opened again for the next 100 purchases”.

The first 100 were shipped a week earlier than estimated delivery date & this new offer has an ESTIMATED DELIVERY date 5th August 2016.

See this page for the offer SPARTAN dryrobe® + FREE SPARTAN UK race pass offer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This offer only applies to purchases of the SPARTAN dryrobe®, (The product on this page).

 

June 20, 2016

Battlefrog College Championship - Summer 2016 on ESPN - dryrobe

BattleFrog College Championship - America’s best collegiate obstacle course racing teams battle for ultimate bragging rights on a course designed by US Navy SEALs.  West Point returns to defend their title in this fast-paced, bracket-style competition where it’s win or go home.  Hosted by Ron Pitts with Amelia Boone and Rachel Demita
We only have some preview pics but cant wait to see the series..
Battlefrog college Championships - dryrobe
Competitors feeling the cold. Ditch the foil folks & feel the dryrobe warmth!
Battlefrog college Championships - dryrobe sponsor
The popular BattleFrog College Championship will return for a second season on prime time on ESPN. The show will once again feature 16 of America’s top college obstacle course racing teams going head-to-head to capture the coveted Trident Cup and a grand prize scholarship.
 
We supplied our dryrobe products to Battlefrog and from what we hear, it was a good move having them there.
" the last day of filming was freezing and dryrobes are being worn by the athletes & spectators"
 We are very excited to see this series which will air, prime time on  ESPN June 30th at 8PM ET. Tune in to see the start BattleFrog College Championship season 2 
June 20, 2016

dryrobe trip to Baja

Barry Mottershead and his girlfriend decided to travel to Baja and tour the coastline in kayaks. 

They explored some beautiful stretches of coastline that were accessible only by boat, coming ashore in the evenings to camp. A friend supported them from land with a 4x4, but they were on their own for the most part - kayaking and surfing their way around some amazingly beautiful coastline. They packed some dryrobes to take along for the evening chill. 

Barry Mottershaw - Baja Mission #dryrobe

surf Baja trip - dryrobe

mission to Baja #dryrobeterritory

Baja evening chill with dryrobe

Baja trip #dryrobeterritory

Here's the video from their trip... be warned though; it will make you want to pack up and go.

Niebla from Peter Clyne - Outer Cells on Vimeo.

Barry was able to research his entire route using Google Earth.  These days it's hard to get truly away from civilisation, people seem to be everywhere - but with this trip Barry really managed it.

Washing plates in rock pools and hunting for firewood, far away from convenience stores and hotels. The photos are stunning and a far cry from the crowded line-ups we are all getting used to here.

Yep, it makes you want to get away.

kayak - surf - Baja - dryrobe

 

 

June 01, 2016

dryrobe sponsors Castle Triathlon Series

This year we are supporting the Castle Triathlon Series as an official sponsor. On Monday the 23rd of May we were at Castle Triathlon's Pop-Up City Triathlon in London. As well as sponsoring the changing area, we also had a stand selling dryrobes and really enjoyed the buzz of the city atmosphere.

Last weekend we were at the second event of the Castle Triathlon Series at Lough Cutra Castle in Galway, Ireland. Being a bank holiday weekend and also the first weekend of half term for a lot of the country the event was heaving with competitors and families alike.

dryrobe castle triathlon series

Lough Cutra is one of the most impressive and imposing castles in the Castle Triathlon series. The history of the estate can be traced back to 866AD, and the castle itself looks out over the 1,000 acre lake, which is the largest privately owned lake in Europe. The scenery at Lough Cutra is absolutely stunning and as much an experience as taking part in the race. 

A truly inspiring young man named Bailey Matthews with Cerebral Palsy was also in attendance at this event and completed his second Castle Series Triathlon. Use the hashtag #bemorebailey to follow his amazing story.

 

We have a full calendar of events this year, travelling all over the country to be at different races & events. It's always fun to be involved in these races as we get to meet the people we made and developed the dryrobe for. After Lough Cutra, Castle Triathlon moves on to Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire on June 26th, then to the Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle on July 10th, Castle Howard on the weekend of July 23rd and 24th. Then there's a hop across the Channel to the Chateau de Chantilly in France at the end of August, and the season closes back at Hever Castle in September. 

As an official sponsor of Castle Triathlon Series, dryrobe is extremely proud and excited to be a part of these awesome events.