The Vivida Puffer Changing Robe might be the best changing robe on the market today.
Compared to other waterproof changing robes, it is the warmest changing robe for outdoor adventure, exploration and all-around enjoyment.
What makes the Vivida Puffer special? Compared to the plethora of alternative waterproof changing robes with carbon-copy features and simple design, the Puffer changing robe from Vivida is the one true stand-out in both innovation and insulation.
So, what is the science behind insulation, and what makes the world’s first puffer waterproof changing robe the warmest in the world? Let’s find out.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE BEST CHANGING ROBE
When looking for a changing robe, you should look out for the following features:
- A waterproof outer shell to protect you from the wind and rain
- A breathable outer shell
- An inner lining that's quilt or fleece-lined for warmth
- Zipped outer pockets to keep cold fingers and hands warm and valuables safe
- An internal waterproof chest pocket to stash valuables
- Long sleeves for extra cosiness
- Roomy sizing for easy changing, whether it's on the beach or the carpark
- A waterproof and windproof draft collar to keep you warm
- A two-way zip and side-slits for easy movement across sand dunes and down steps
- A useful reversible pack-away bag to take your changing robe with you wherever you go
- Made from recycled materials to protect the planet while it protects you from the elements.
WHY IS KEEPING WARM IMPORTANT WHEN LEAVING THE WATER?
Whether your heart lies in chasing the rip curls of Devon or wild swimming in the crystal lochs of the Highlands is more your thing; the UK and parts of Europe can certainly leave you feeling the chill after you've left the water.
It's important for even the hardiest watersports lover to ensure they're warm and dry once they're back on dry land.
If you're part of the water-loving community and live in colder climes, you may have heard of after-drop.
After-drop is the feeling of the cold blood from your skin and limbs mixing with the warmer blood of your core, causing a decline in your core body temperature after you leave the water.
If not addressed, it can lead to hypothermia — a very real concern and more serious than the after-drop itself.
Hypothermia is dangerous and can be fatal, so it's better to avoid it altogether by ensuring you immediately get dry and warm after you've enjoyed being at one with your favourite water spot.
Wrapping yourself up in one of the warmest robes on the market is a great place to start; read on for more of our favourite tips for keeping toasty.
HOW TO KEEP WARM AFTER BEING IN COLD WATER
- Stay as dry as possible, including areas you may not consider, such as your hair and feet.
- Warm your extremities when you’re able. Keep a cosy hat nearby for when you leave the water. Placing a warm drink in your hands or wearing thick socks can help immensely.
- Eating fatty foods can raise the pH of our blood, which tends to be lower in colder temps.
- Stay hydrated and bring enough water for your entire adventure. Just because you're surrounded by water doesn't mean that your body is hydrated — in fact, if you've been exercising hard, the opposite is true.
- Keep moving, as movement generates heat. If you're with friends, go for a stroll and debrief on the day's adventure.
- Choose layers wisely. From hats to scarves, gloves and socks, consider the fabric you choose and how well it will trap heat.
- Avoid coming in contact with cold surfaces. Sit on your beach towel, changing poncho or a backpack before sitting on a cold, hard rock or surface.
- Bundle yourself up in a waterproof long-sleeve robe waiting for you on the shore. Choose one with a cosy inner lining and deep outer pockets to keep your hands warm.
THE SCIENCE OF INSULATION
If you're obsessed with details and technical features, you might be interested to read more about how changing robes work. The secret to their cosiness is clever insulation.
There are three distinct ways heat can be lost. In each scenario, heat is transferred from a hotter object to a colder one:
Radiation — The emission of any rays, wave motion or particles from a source; most commonly applied to the emission of electromagnetic radiation.
Conduction — The process of losing heat through the movement of air or water molecules across the skin. This is the type of heat loss we experience in the body. It is the process of losing heat through physical contact with another object or body.
Convection — The transfer of heat energy through a liquid or gas by the movement of the fluid (atoms or molecules). This movement, caused by the expansion of the fluid, produces a current as its temperature rises, called convection current.
To keep warm, the transfer of heat from one object to another must be stopped, which is where insulation comes in. By insulating an object, you can stop or slow the transfer of heat.
Different methods of insulation
The most effective way to keep warm outside is to be covered in multiple layers of insulating fabric.
By trapping air in layers, you are able to keep warm as heat cannot escape.
Similarly, just as birds or cats fluff up their feathers or fur when it’s cold, we can mimic that effect by reducing the amount of heat energy lost.
The thicker and more effective the layers are at trapping heat, the warmer you will be.
High-quality layers mean more effective insulation. Take a look at this video from the University of Waikato, explaining how multiple layers keep you warm in the coldest conditions.
So when you're selecting fabrics, go for the best quality you can afford. Think cosy quilting or soft fleece lining that wicks moisture and warms the body quickly.
Where layers are concerned, more is more. Pile on shirts, jumpers and scarves over t-shirts or choose a changing robe with multiple premium layers.
The Vivida Puffer includes a water-repellent outer shell with a 5000mm waterproof laminate outer layer. It's fleece lined with recycled materials and in none-quilted areas includes recycled wadding for extra warmth.
WHAT MAKES THE VIVIDA PUFFER THE WORLD’S WARMEST CHANGING ROBE?
Now you understand heat loss and the role of insulation in keeping warm, here are the reasons why the Vivida Puffer changing robe is the warmest changing robe on the market today. It’s also the most effective at keeping you insulated in colder temps:
The waterproof, windproof outer shell is made of three layers, they include:
- A Bionic Finish® Eco PFC-free durable water-repellent coating that allows water to bead up and roll away — layer one
- Soft-touch peached 100% post-consumer recycled polyester — layer two
- 5000mm waterproof laminate — layer three.
The second, most-insulating layer, QuiltedCloud Fill, mimics the warming properties of down feathers, which warms the body quickly.
Furthermore, the fill weight is a substantial 135g in weight.
As the first ever-changing robe to incorporate this fill in a puffer style in the world of changing robes, the Vivida Puffer is pioneering the world of changing robes, one outdoor excursion at a time.
Its superior insulating properties and the level of warmth it provides are a true testament to the science of thermoregulation.
Finally, the last highly-insulating layer is the recycled honeycomb fleece lining which draws water away from the skin. This fleece lining provides a key layer of warmth and insulation that is soft and comfortable to the touch.
By combining the latest technology and high-performance fabrics with the innovative and warming QuiltedCloud Fill fleece lining, the Vivida Puffer changing robe is the stand-out choice for anyone looking for true insulation and warmth in the great outdoors.
IS THE VIVIDA PUFFER A GOOD DRYROBE ALTERNATIVE?
It's undeniable that Dryrobe is one of the most well-known changing robes on the market.
Dryrobes include some of the same great features as Vivida:
- Waterproof outer shell
- A soft fleece lining
- Large fleece-lined outer pockets
- Long sleeves
- An inner pocket
- Recycled nylon.
So, what makes the Vivida Puffer change robe a great alternative to a Dryrobe?
It looks beautiful.
With muted colours in tune with the natural world and understated branding, the Vivida robe is good enough to wear on the school run or walking the dog on a chilly day, making it the best value for money.
It's easy to carry.
Free spirits love to explore every part of the great outdoors, from windswept beaches to hidden lagoons and waterfalls. A Vivida Puffer changing robe can accompany you on every journey as it folds down into a handy bag that doubles as a travel pillow!
It's the world's warmest changing robe.
Of all the changing robes, the Vivida Puffer is the warmest. Don't let the weather stop you from doing the thing you love. Grab that board and head to the beach, knowing that when you leave the water, warmth and comfort are waiting for you. Wild swimmers needn't have their experience in nature ruined by the thought of getting changed in the freezing cold when they have the best changing robe to wrap themselves in after their dip.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE WARMEST CHANGING ROBE — THE VIVIDA PUFFER
“This is the warmest changing robe I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried many. It keeps me toasty in times when I used to want to escape the cold. Now I can enjoy the outdoors longer.” — Kate W.
“The Vivida Puffer is insanely warm. My cold weather explorations are forever changed.” —Timothy A.
“I was sceptical about changing robes until I tried the Vivida Puffer. Other robes seem to just be a glorified jacket, but this changing robe is a different beast altogether. It is roomy enough to get changed in and so comfortable to enjoy while near the sea or cold lakes nearby. I am a true convert.” — Jake T.
“Once you try the Vivida Puffer changing robe, you won’t go back.” — Elaine M.
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