With autumn water temperatures approaching, now is a good time to invest in or update your changing robe. Our outdoor swimming experts have tested nine of the best changing robes for 2023 – so whether you’re after lightweight portability, serious waterproofing or recycled materials, we’ve got the robe for you.
The best changing robes 2023
Best for adventure swims – dryrobe Lite, £280. Buy now.
Best eco choice – Recycled Selkie Robe, £125. Buy now.
Best for wind and rain – Orca Thermal Windproof Parka, £119. Coming soon.
They say: The new dryrobe Lite is the latest cutting-edge innovation from the makers of the original outdoor changing robe. Designed for ultimate portability and built with high performance eco fabrics throughout, dryrobe Lite is perfect for those who want to explore more. Made using a minimum of 37 recycled plastic bottles, the dryrobe Lite has been developed with sustainability at its core without compromising on performance or durability.
We say: I was super impressed with this changing robe. Just like the original, the robe itself is incredibly fast-drying and warm, despite being much lighter in weight. It comes with a relatively high price tag, but it’s ideal for fans of dryrobe’s pioneering design when kit space is scarce. Dryrobe is a cult favourite, and this robe is testament as to why.
Wild Moose Robe
They say: The Wild Moose robe just had an upgrade! We are delighted to say that our changing robe is now made from recycled materials. This top-quality robe is packed with features to make your outdoor experience as comfortable and toasty warm as possible. Being both waterproof and windproof, it will protect you from the elements. It has a super absorbent and thick fleece lining so you can wear it as an extra layer for warmth even after getting dried and dressed in it.
We say: A eco-friendlier version of the original Wild Moose robe, with the same warm and comfortable feel. The robe itself is super roomy, with a long rubber pull tab at the zip, allowing for an easy change, even with clunky hands post-swim. I love how the size range has been extended for people up to dress size 30 too.
White Water Hard Shell Robe
They say: The White Water Hard Shell Robe is created from a durable 135gsm ripstop recycled nylon. The outer fabric is backed by a waterproof and breathable TPU membrane which offers fantastic performance. A figure of over 5000mm is achieved on a Hydra Static Water Test, keeping you dry in all conditions. 300gsm recycled polyester sherpa fleece lining- keeping you warm, dry and wicking moisture and sweat away from the body.
We say: A well-designed changing robe, with a lot of room to change and a high-quality lining to aid drying. It feels exceptionally durable and hard; a solid robe for all weather conditions. The robe itself is made from recycled eco circle fibres; an environmentally friendly design that doesn’t scrimp on quality.
D-robe Beaufort Robe
They say: Designed for a modern and active lifestyle, this is the ultimate shield for everyday life. Keeping you warm, dry, and cosy, so that you can embrace the elements freely. Whether you’re a dog walker, city commuter, sideline spectator, festival-goer, wild swimmer, weekend camper, or just wrapping up to keep as warm as possible, this robe works in every way. Sustainably built using a recycled polyester fleece inner and recycled nylon outer shell, featuring adjustable features and taped seams, for extra comfort and protection.
We say: This is a stylish robe that I could see myself wearing day-to-day. I would say that it doesn’t dry as quickly post-swim as some of the other robes on the list, nor is there as much wiggle-room for changing (however the latter might be solved by sizing up). I would suggest this for swimmers looking for a multi-purpose robe.
The ddipp Sea Monster
They say: Award winning, ethically designed, and technical changing robe from British brand ddipp are lightweight, stylish and waterproof to 5000mm. The unique built in pack-away pocket makes the robes portable and easy to store. The soft shearling fleece protects against the coldest of weather and the zip-off sleeves make the robe work harder all year round.
We say: For its weight, it is a seriously warm jacket, with a soft shearling lined fleece for maximum comfort post-swim. I was most impressed by the additional features on this robe, such as the internal waist pocket that transforms into a compact carry bag once the robe is packed inside it. Ideal for swims where kit space is a consideration.
Recycled Selkie Robe
They say: The Selkie Swim Robe is made with thick orange quick-wicking sherpa fleece lining throughout the cloak and inner hood. Made from recycled polyester PET (recycling the same material used in clear plastic bottles to create the fabric prevents it from going to landfill).
We say: This cosy robe is quick-drying, light and noticeably less bulky than other robes. The one-size fit is roomy, great for discreet changes, but adjustable allowing you to shorten the sleeves by rolling them back and attaching with a hidden Velcro fastener, nip in the waist with a drawstring or pull the hood cord to keep the wind out. A sturdy, double-ended zip is easy to handle with cold fingers and the pockets are deep and thickly-lined. It’s a great budget option and packs away into a handy drawstring bag.
The KitBrix Poncho
They say: The KitBrix Poncho is the perfect cosy companion for those all-day sports events, post-race recovery, or stashing at the side of the pool. The oversized fit of our KitBrix Poncho gives plenty of room for tucking your arms in, keeping warm and drying off. The breathable waterproof outer shell, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, will fight off the wind and rain with ease, whilst the fast-drying fleece lining draws away moisture to deliver instant warmth.
We say: Seriously thick and warm. It is like an oversize, waterproof hoodie – no zip, so a bit of a fumble to get on compared to zip-ups – but also no issue with cold fingers! Once on, roomy enough to get changed under. Comes in a range of coloured lining and small-kid versions. We liked the hidden pocket inside the front pouch. A decent bit of kit with few frills.
Orca Thermal Windproof Parka
They say: This waterproof mid-length parka (on sale in September 2023) with a fleece lining will keep you warm in low temperatures, before and after workouts and competitions. Its windproof outer fabric keeps the cold air out, while its fleece lining conserves body heat. This material is also highly resistant to abrasion, ensuring its durability. The Parka features two exterior pockets with waterproof zippers and an interior pocket to protect your gear and keep it within reach.
We say: More like a changing coat, the Parka has a soft, fur-like lining which is cosy and warm. It is a stylish choice for winter swimming when you just want to get dry, dressed and then throw this on. The outer material is seriously weatherproof. Lovely deep outer pockets and an inside pocket for phone. There is a double zip for ease when changing too.
Vivida All Weather Puffer Changing Robe
They say: Vivida’s technologically advanced, eco-friendly, insulated and rainproof changing coat. This puffer changing robe is designed to shelter you in every weather condition, elevating the comfort and ease of your waterside changing, all year round. Sustainably made, the high-performance outer shell, made of 100% recycled plastic, is the ultimate defence from the elements. Inside, the honeycomb lining combined with the ultra-insulating, QuiltedCloud fill, traps warmth to preserve your body heat.
We say: A lot of thought has gone into the robe, including a zip on the inside pocket to keep valuables safe as well as a netted pocket with drawstring bag to store the robe in when travelling. It is bulky, but we were able to stuff it into a 30l tow float. Roomy for changing and decent weatherproof credentials.
This changing robe review was originally published in the September 2023 edition of Outdoor Swimmer. Read our 2022 reviews here. If you buy a product through a link on this page we may receive a commission.