Spring is officially here (if you ignore the occasional rain shower) and so outdoor pursuits are firmly back on the menu. Of course, rooftop drinks with your friends counts as doing something outside, but we’re talking about the more adventurous type: wild swimming.
And though the sun may be shining, we’re not unrealistic about wind chill, or the ever-present chance of a sudden storm, and it turns out that neither are Primark, as the affordable high street store just launched a mega outdoors range in time for summer.
No longer do you need to choose between keeping warm or staying stylish, getting dry or looking the part, because the new range is already available in stores across the UK and is being raved about by fashion-forward shoppers with a penchant for outdoor activities.
But the star product in the new line has to be the affordable version of the Dry Robe, every sea and lake swimmer’s essential, and a sure-fire winner given that more of us than ever are trying out wild swimming. The black, borg-lined outdoor changing robe is priced at just £45, and, given that other dry robes on the market today cost upward of £160, Primark’s Dry Robe dupe is a total bargain.
The range has been meticulously thought out to include technical and functional attributes to ensure you stay warm and dry while you enjoy the fresh air. Be it paddle-boarding, surfing waves or open water swimming you enjoy, their range of wetsuits are full of functional attributes at accessible prices, with a thickness of 3mm and a 4-way stretch blend of neoprene and polyester for ease of movement.
Other functional features include a flatlock seam construction for durability and comfort, a back-entry zip in the longer length wetsuits for easy access, complete with a velcro puller tape to make it easy to reach. In fact, the only bit you need to take care of is the actual swimming (or surfing, or paddle boarding, whatever floats your boat).
Plus, the collection offers pieces made from recycled polyester and high-performance lightweight thermal insulation, Sorona®, both of which sit under the Primark Cares label. So you can look good, feel good and do good at the same time, all while exploring the UK countryside and soaking up the many mental and physical benefits of being outside.
The full range, including the Dry Robe dupe, is now available in selected stores, so we couldn’t resist picking out a few key pieces on our ‘must buy’ list below.