A changing robe, sometimes called a towel poncho, is the ultimate beach accessory. It might look like an oversized dressing gown, but we promise you its functionality is endless. Frosty mornings? Speedy wettie changes? Protection from the elements? No more awkwardly clutching your towel around you with one hand while your wetsuit is stuck around your ankles again? It's going to tick all those boxes for you and more.
And they're not just for watersports either, particularly those which have a waterproof outer shell. You'll love using yours for camping trips, festivals, watching outdoor events or others on the water. Most of our customers can’t believe how much they use their change robe once they own one.
Yet when there are so many to choose from, it can be hard to find the perfect one for you.
That’s why we’ve made a list of some of our favourite brands, and some of the best products, depending on the type of towel poncho you’re after.
Billabong towel ponchos come with a choice of vibrant colourways and funky prints to complement the surfy vibe. They're super soft with a cosy hood, and are a good length too so you can avoid any indecent exposure while getting changed on the beach.
Nyord have a selection of both towel ponchos and outdoor changing robes so you can pick which suits you best. The towel ponchos have a loose fit design and large armholes that offer ultimate freedom of movement, so getting changed is effortless. The outdoor changing robes will keep you warm, and dry as the outer layer has a coating that is plant-based, durable, breathable, AND free from PFCs and formaldehyde. These change robes have a 100% recycled PrimaLoft lining, which is unusual to find in a changing robe. Primaloft is great because it’s lighter than other synthetic linings, it’s breathable, and retains its insulating properties in wet conditions.
Dryrobe are the pioneers of a real game-changer when it comes to change robes, stepping things up a level with a waterproof and windproof outer shell and a super soft, fast-drying fleece lining. It's less of a towel poncho, and more of a super snug, oversized jacket which you can wear over your wet things if you're having a break between sessions. It's hugely popular with surfers and kite boarders alike, but also triathletes and open water swimmers. Anyone who has to spend more than two minutes standing around in wet kit will love one of these.
There's a variety of Mystic towel ponchos on offer, depending on what you're looking for. They have a few similar to Billabong's as well as some shorter options if that's more your style, and one with a waterproof outer shell. There's some great patterns and colours to choose from, as well as optional hoods and pockets if you want them.
Northcore's towel ponchos are fantastic, no faff options. Simple and affordable with a mix of bright colours, but they do the job just as well as the other options available. As well as their standard Beach Basha Change Robes, they also produce the Beach Basha Pro, which is similar to the Dryrobe with a waterproof outer and fleece lining - perfect for chilly mornings all year round.
After Essentials towel ponchos are the first to mix style with technicality. These ponchos, designed for both men and women, are bright, colourful and patterned. Made of cotton and polyester the PONCHO AFTER is very absorbent, quick drying and compact.
Voited change robes come in several different colours and sizes and have a packable & water-resistant design for après surf, camp trips, unpredictable hikes & extreme sight-seeing. The cool thing about the Voited change robe is that it is they are made from recycled water bottles. They are water-resistant on the outside and have a microfibre towel on the inside making it super quick drying.
Red Paddle co towel ponchos are ideal for after your stand up paddle board session. The pro change jacket comes in 4 different colours and feature long sleeves, waterproof outer shell, super soft fleece lining and stretch side panels.