Our People’s Poncho review is here! For years I’ve fondly remembered the poncho being worn by old cycle tourists, usually made of waxed canvas materials which are heavy and take a lot of looking after. Apart from that, there really wasn’t anything on the market. Until People’s Poncho was founded in 2015. Unlike my inspiration, they looked East. Ponchos are a very common sight in Taiwan (and China). I can testify for the usefulness of them after living in Taiwan for three years. Everyone rides a scooter and everyone has a poncho! But they are made of heavy and cheap materials. But that inspiration drove People’s Poncho to create a better, technical, stylish and practical version.
They eventually came up with their poncho you see here. Iona and Johnny Ratcliffe from People’s Poncho explain it like this; One size, different colours to suit different personalities, 100% waterproof poncho made from Japanese polyester, reflective piping to ensure safety at night and a pocket to store your possessions. All in a dinky bag small enough to travel anywhere.
That all sounds great but, is it 100% waterproof and did it work whilst riding a bike? Simple answer is yes, but it does have it’s limitations. The first and foremost aspect, it’s multi-purpose. So many cycling products are not. That alone makes the Poncho a very appealing purchase. Wear it to commute on your bike (which I did), take it hiking, wear it at a festival. An all-round item that can be used cycling is a rare thing indeed.