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Momentum Mag reviews the Cleverhood Bike-ready Rain Cape.
PRICE: $249 USD
FIND IT AT: Momentum Shop
Designed for style + performance, the Cleverhood rain cape is bike-ready and US made. Well crafted, for women and men worldwide.
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If you’re anything like me, you tend to avoid cycling in the rain like the plague. With very few rain gear options that are both stylish and practical, I am often guilty of choosing the bus over my bike at the first sign of rain. The Cleverhood changed everything and had me riding to work on days I wouldn’t normally bother. I can now arrive in my office attire, dry from head to mid-calf, without the need for complicated layers, zippers, and elastics.
I have very few complaints about this product, but if you twisted my arm, they would be as follows: While the fabric breathes relatively well, I still found myself starting to perspire after 20-25 minutes of casual cycling. And while the hood is specifically designed to keep your face dry, I still found it affecting my hearing and peripheral vision more than I would like, forcing me to sometimes turn my head to see and hear my surroundings.
Being a stubbornly stylish, fair-weather cyclist on the wet West Coast can be a curse; which is why – for me – the Cleverhood has been a game-changer. While the price tag may seem steep, it is a small price to pay for quality US design and manufacturing and a product that could save you hundreds per year in transit costs. My Cleverhood is now an indispensable part of my cycling lifestyle.
Chris Bruntlett is the co-founder of Modacity, a multi-service consultancy focused on inspiring healthier, happier, simpler forms of urban mobility through words, photography and film.