GEAR,  Product Reviews

Gill Aqua Parka

Warmth: 4

Ease of change: 4

Compactness: 4

Something different from marine brand Gill, a robe that is not only waterproof, breathable but also stretchy. The fully waterproof shell has a stitch-free, welded seam construction.

The fabric feels slightly rubbery but definitely keeps the water and wind out. It has a 4-way stretch to help when you are struggling to get changed in the wind! Zipped outer pockets, large internal stow pocket and zipped inner pocket. Quality YKK zipper and soft fleece lining make this a good compact robe choice.

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Omie is an outdoor swim coach and swim instructor who works to increase access to swimming for underrepresented groups in the sport. She is a director of Swimunity, a Community Interest Company that offers free swimming lessons for children and women in London, as well as free beach days and excursions for families to help them to connect with nature and the outdoors.