8 Reasons Why Dryrobe is the Worlds Best Changing Robe... And How a SRFDRY Matches Up

8 Reasons Why Dryrobe is the Worlds Best Changing Robe... And How a SRFDRY Matches Up

We all know the market leader in the changing robe world, and for good reason, Dryrobe are the original change robe brand. Some of the world’s most respected water safety experts and biggest brands, including RedBull & Mercedes-Benz, choose to work with Dryrobe and its easy to see why it has become the industry standard for a huge range of sporting events and why so many people rely on their changing robes for their sporting needs. If however, like many people, you feel like the cost may be inhibitive to you, SRFDRY is here to offer the same high performance but at a more affordable price. See below how our robes compare to Dryrobe...

red bull dryrobe

Official RedBull - Dryrobe

The Concept:

Dryrobe is all about warmth. Staying warm while changing, standing around waiting to compete or train. It’s about getting warm after being cold & staying warm.

The details: 

Dry robe's confidence in continued innovation along with the fact that they have protected their designs from imitation, means that they are happy to share this information in the hope it will help people trying to decide what product might best suit their needs & explain some of the thinking behind the design processes.

While the Dryrobe is regarded as the best change robe in the world, we believe SRF DRY robes match up in almost every department. Like Dryrobe, SRFDRY robes use a synthetic lambs wool lining inside that will dry you while keeping you warm! The outer shell is a waterproof fabric that keeps you dry while changing or hanging about. It can be used for many sports and outdoor activities inc. swimming, SUP, surfing & climbing through to camping & spectating sports such as football or rugby. SRFDRYs spacious long sleeve design makes it easy to pull your arms up and in to and get changed inside. The Polar Edition comes in various colours and sizes. It can be used for simply a warm coat on a wet day or for changing outdoors in after any activity.

Once you have a SRFDRY robe you will not believe how many times you will use it.

Sierra Blair Coyle - climb deep water solo | dryrobe

Dryrobe Advance DWS Sierra Blair Coyle

So what are the top 8 features & benefits that make Dryrobe the best surf changing robe that money can buy?

1. Warmth

This is the single most important reason that the Dryrobe came into existence. A simple realisation that there was a need to find a way to stay warm while changing outdoors. Dryrobe experimented, refined & have found the ultimate solution to warm changing outdoors. 

SRFDRY robes come in two styles with differing sherpa thickness for differing needs. For all-winter use, choose our Premium Polar Edition robes, with a thicker lining and improved waterproofing outer. 

2. 100% Waterproof outer shell fabric:

The most important action you can take to start recovery from cold is to get out of the wind, get dry & warm. Like Dryrobe, SRFDRYs outer shell is constructed using one huge sheet of fabric to eliminate shoulder seams, the outer shell fabric is 100% waterproof and completely windproof, with minimal double stitched seams. All Premium Polar Edition Robes seams are heat sealed and have a massive 10K watercolumn waterproofing.

3.Full length zip front:

SRFDRY uses the same zip as Dryrobe, a super strong, chunky YKK Zipper. This allows fast & easy entry & exit also you can simply wrap it around you & take it on or off easily. 

Mark Foster (with Adam Walker, of Oceans 7 fame, after his dryrobe) at Swim Expo #dryrobe

4. The Dryrobe moisture control lining:

Both Dryrobe and SRF DRY uses a synthetic lambswool which draws the water away from your skin, drying you instantly while insulating you and making you feel unbelievably warm. It does not absorb but wicks water off skin, so you can put it on a wet wetsuit & it wont get wet as it does not absorb water, then when you take the wetsuit off inside the change robe, or as soon as it touches wet skin, it will warm you by drawing any moisture away from the skin into the heat insulating pile of the lining & remove the moisture through the natural venting due to the garments construction. It never feels cold against the skin even after repeated use throughout the day & is super fast drying in ambient room temperature & outdoors. SRFDRY robes can be used indoors too. 

What are some of the options?

Cotton Towelling: is very absorbent & will feel great against the skin, We use this for our spring Summer towel poncho robes. It will dry you very well providing it is a good quality but cotton towelling is the worst thing you can put on a cold wet person if you are trying to get them warm. You should never stand around in a towel robe outdoors if you are cold. The towelling absorbs water & keeps it close to your skin, combine this with a breeze & you are cooling down very quickly. They are great for drying yourself but get covered up after use if you are feeling cold. Cotton towelling always requires drying after use & therefore is not suitable as a lining for outdoor change robes.

Polyester microfibre: They are not as absorbent as a cotton towel but they do absorb water & hold it close to the skin. They do not wick moisture away from the skin. It costs less than cotton towelling, it is faster drying that cotton towelling but the slippy, sticky, cold feel is often off-putting when using this type of towel. If used as a lining it is not fast drying & should be dried between uses.

Andrew 'Cotty' Cotton RedBull Surfing sponsored surfer dryrobe

RedBull Surfing dryrobe – Andrew 'Cotty' Cotton

5. Dryrobe design

The Dryrobe Advance long sleeve version will suit users who want a more conventional look & intend to stand around in the dryrobe for long periods of time. This is designed so that it functions in exactly the same way for changing inside as our original short sleeve design. 

If you don't want to walk around looking like an advertisement board, SRF DRYs subtle branding is perfect

The unique designs provide simple entry and exit of your arms whilst changing & the sleeve covers the opening when your arms are inside. This protects from the wind chill and rain. Once you are changed and your hands are buried in the deep outer warm lined pockets your arms are almost completely covered too (for women it also stops you accidentally flashing your chest to the world). The whole garment is made from one huge sheet of fabric, then the hood is added to keep the seams to a minimum & maximise strength & waterproofing. This means no shoulder seams to let water in. The SRFDRY robe is one tough bit of kit, designed to last!

6. Value for money

Whilst we are not denying the quality of a Dryrobe, they are a costly bit of kit. For the cost, SRF DRY features and high quality are what sets it apart from the competition. Compare that to any other tech kit, be it a wetsuit or even a pair of trainers. The £160 price tag for the dryrobe advance is a considered purchase but, at under £100, a SRFDRY robe is great value for money and the difference it makes to your outdoor activities really means that when you factor in cost per use & the additional motivation you get from knowing you wont get cold changing. At SRFDRY, we honestly believe there is no single £100 purchase that gives you better value for money. The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ applies, but every now and then you get that and a little bit more.

7. Awards & endorsements

SRFDRY works with Olympians and paralympians who all endorse the quality and reliability of the brand. 

S8. Reviews & real customer comments

In the short time SRFDRY has been in existence, our products have gained a great reputation for quality. See our Trust Pilot account to see what people are saying about our robes...

The Dryrobe may be the best change robe in the world, but SRFDRY matches up in every department, purchase yours today to put it to the test!


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