I have always been an admirer of the Loden Capes when seen being worn by German hunters but never, so far, had the b***s to get one to wear - until now.
I saw one on the Askari web site reduced to half price so fell for it and took the plunge.
When it arrived I tried it on and walked around the house and felt like a right plonker and thought well it doesn't do anything for me so chucked it in the boot of the car for that 'maybe one day' time.
That 'maybe one day' time came yesterday.
Between the showers I decided to take my dog out for a walk on the Plain and by the time I got there the showers had turned to 'stair-rods' and it really chucked it down.
As I was only wearing a showerproof fleece and there was nobody about to take the P, I decided to try my Cape :-)
I tell you what, it was fantastic.
I walked out in the open and just stood there for a while in the pouring rain, my dog wondered what was up but wasn't bothered by the rain and carried on running around.
I was able to use my walking stick under the cape and it was long enough to keep my knees and the back of my legs dry.
The material isn't particularly thick but it kept the wind out and after three quarters of an hour the rain hadn't seeped through.
I think there is an Art in wearing such a thing as a cape because I kept 'losing' my arms !!
The idea is to swing your arms out and bring them round with the cape, once I got used to it, I found it brilliant, not quite brilliant enough to wear to town shopping but ideal for the countryside.
So from now on I may be known as the 'Caped Crusader'