Okay. Below is a review of a product- and it’s taken way too long to make happen. Between using it in the fall of last year, moving back to Alaska, my video review process shitting the bed, then it being summer- the time wasn’t right. But as can happen, fall has arrived once more, and it’s time for folks to start thinking about the rain that comes with it. So here is my review, as originally written, with photos from last week.
A couple months back I got the opportunity to put the Cleverhood Rain cape through a long term review process. I of course jumped on it because rain capes have seemed like a good idea to me since I first saw them in the Rivendell Reader. I have a tendency to run hot- when wearing a waterproof shell I often get to my destination soaked from sweat, not rain; the thought of not needing a waterproof jacket and pants when the clouds open up was like a breath of fresh air.
You may wonder why I haven’t put one through the paces already if it’s been in my mind for so long. In one word: cost. Quality rain gear is expensive and rain capes are no exception. I’d seen Carradice and Brooks rain capes over the years, but they were difficult to source (being from across the pond) and over $250 a pop. That, and they were made of waxed cotton- which though aesthetically pleasing, is fairly bulky, dries slowly once saturated and they take maintenance (more maintenance is needed the more it is used in the rain, the wax being something of a sacrificial element.)
So now that we’ve established that I’m
a cheap bastard frugal, we’ll get on with it.
Cleverhood was born in, and still based in Providence, Rhode Island. They are made in the United States and inspired by the slow bike movement, or in their words: “the simple, elegant way the bike is affecting broad change in our cities.”