The Hardy Black Poncho is made from three layers of hard-wearing and fully waterproof Japanese polyester. Trimmed with a drawstring hood, and detailed with a waterproof zippered chest pocket, the poncho offers safety enhancing reflective piping, side buttons to aid manoeuvrability, and internal straps to hook onto bicycle handlebars or over hands so legs are protected from the rain if you are riding a bike. The poncho only weighs 0.4kg and comes with a waterproof bag for easy storage.
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If you haven’t tried a poncho yet, you should try this one. The People’s Poncho is one serious stylish poncho that receives way more compliments than stares. Compact and lightweight it’s a great travel companion that you can break out and rely on even in the heaviest of downpours.
The internal straps are great to use when cycling and create a tent effect that’s very effective in protecting your lower half from the wet conditions. This does take some getting used to so I encourage a few laps around the block to practice. Your arms can get lost in the fabric and turn signals become a bit more difficult to do. The internal straps hooked my handlebar at one point and spun me so don’t go making any hand signals too hastily.
The poncho is extremely lightweight and folds up to fit in a compact bag. Keeping this in my backpack or pannier took up very little space and weighed so little that I could forget about it until I needed it. Wearing the poncho over your backpack still provides you with good protection from the elements.