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How To Choose The Right Changing Robe For Swimming

Posted by Luke Green

There’s no doubt about it, the changing robe is the hottest bit of kit for swimming right now. Everyone’s got one, and there are good reasons why. The right changing robe will keep you dry and cosy, which is particularly vital if you love to brave a cold outdoor dip or swim even when the sun isn’t shining. Without stating the obvious, they make getting changed before and after you enjoy the water a whole lot easier too. 

So, as you commence your hunt for your changing robe, consider this handy list of tips to make sure you choose the right product for all of your swimming needs…

Consider functionality

First things first, make sure that you choose a changing robe that will actually perform when you need it most. Though the popularity of changing robes has meant there are so many different styles and designs to choose from that look great, consider functionality first. Your needs will vary depending on how and when you plan to go swimming, but there there are all kinds of different materials that you can opt for, whether you need a fully waterproof bit of kit for cold and rainy conditions or something more compact and lightweight. If you think you’ll need your robe to dry off quickly throughout the day, perhaps when you are swimming frequently on your summer holiday, we recommend the Red Original Quick Dry Microfibre Change Robe.

Get the right size

Given the amount of time you will be spending in your changing robe for swimming, make sure you take the time to get one that fits properly. You’ll want ample room to comfortably get changed underneath your robe, but not so much excess material that you feel weighed down on the go. Fortunately, changing robes are available in a great range of shapes and sizes, including Red Original’s Kids range

Plan for the seasons

The beauty of swimming is that it can be enjoyed throughout the whole year. A changing robe is a real essential if you’re particularly akin to cold conditions, but also enhances your experience when it heats up in summer too. Have a think about when you will actually be spending time in the water and choose a robe that is suited to those conditions. The type and thickness of the material are important but don’t forget to choose a length that will keep you as warm (or as cool) as you need.

Red’s most popular changing robe, the Pro Change Robe Evo, is the perfect choice for all seasons, available in a variety of long and short sleeve styles.

Stand out from the crowd!

As fashionable as they are practical, changing robes have started popping up in places we never thought we’d see them! Cosy on the winter school run and warm when popping to the shops, you can wear your changing robe for almost everything, so make sure that it looks how you want it to. With so many changing robes to choose from on the market, you’re bound to find a colour that really suits you. 

Red’s New Revolution Waterproof Parka has transformed everything that is great about a normal changing robe to create a truly innovative design that is sure to stand out from the crowd. Select a safe black or opt for a bold blue to add a pop of colour as you whizz between errands. 

Think about storage

Last but not least, don’t forget to factor in storing your changing robe when you’re not in the water. If you’re looking for a robe that will tuck neatly into your swimming bag so that you don’t have to lug uncomfortable and bulky items with you, a lightweight and flexible towelling change robe is a great place to start. Warmer and waterproof robes can be slightly harder to pack away though, and although most are pretty light to carry, investing in a stash bag for your changing robe will make the trip back home ten times easier. 

So, whatever you need from your changing robe for swimming, Red Original has you covered. Browse the full range of robes today to find your perfect product and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions for our expert team.