If you’ve never cycled in the pouring rain and felt the warming caveman comfort of knowing that you’re fully protected from even the foulest tempest, then you definitely need to take a serious look at a cycling poncho. Otherwise called a rain cape, this handy and packable piece is the urban or touring cyclist’s best friend out on the road.

Wear it over normal clothing, heck, wear it off the bike, and a poncho will keep the weather at bay from the entire top half of your body with the minimum of fuss, and stow away in its own stuff sack when not in use. Wildly popular in serious cycling centres, pair a poncho with a good set of mudguards to prevent upwardly mobile rain and wheel splashes, and you’ll be snug as a bug.

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