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Boncho bike poncho puts brakes on the rain

Boncho bike poncho puts brakes...
Vanmoof has designed the Boncho to pack away into its own compact carry pouch
Vanmoof has designed the Boncho to pack away into its own compact carry pouch
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Vanmoof has designed the Boncho to pack away into its own compact carry pouch
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Vanmoof has designed the Boncho to pack away into its own compact carry pouch
The Boncho's extended section pops out in a similar way to pop-up tents
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The Boncho's extended section pops out in a similar way to pop-up tents
The Boncho's extended section covers the handlebars, protecting the wearer's legs and feet from the rain
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The Boncho's extended section covers the handlebars, protecting the wearer's legs and feet from the rain
The Boncho is designed to be lightweight, breathable and durable
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The Boncho is designed to be lightweight, breathable and durable
The Boncho is fully waterproof
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The Boncho is fully waterproof
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Waterproofs and ponchos might keep you dry when you're out for a walk, but they don't really cut it when you're on a bike. Your arms and legs are left exposed and it can make for a cold, wet and miserable ride. The Boncho waterproof, however, acts like a pop-up tent to keep cyclists dry.

The Boncho, an amalgamation of the words "bike" and "poncho," was designed by Dutch cycling firm Vanmoof, a couple of whose GPS-enabled e-bikes Gizmag has covered previously. We've seen other contraptions aimed at keeping cyclists dry in the rain – like the Veltop, the Dryve and the LeafxPro – but none of them are as simple an idea as the Boncho.

Rather than create something that attaches to the user's bike, as is the case with these other examples, Vanmoof has simply modified the type of waterproof top that cyclists might already be wearing when it rains. It describes the final design as a "full-body bike poncho."

Although it is very similar to a conventional rain poncho for cycling, the Boncho has an additional semi-rigid section that extends over the handlebars, protecting the wearer's legs from the rain and keeping them dry. Two fabric strips on the underside of the extended section allow the user to hold it in place while still gripping the handlebars.

The Boncho's extended section covers the handlebars, protecting the wearer's legs and feet from the rain
The Boncho's extended section covers the handlebars, protecting the wearer's legs and feet from the rain

In order to ensure the Boncho is of use even when users get caught in the rain unexpectedly, Vanmoof has designed it to pack away into its own compact carry pouch. This means it can be stored comfortably inside most bags for use when it is needed all of a sudden.

It is made to be fully waterproof, lightweight, breathable and durable. Vanmoof also says it can be used with bike helmets, with small helmets able to be worn underneath the hood and larger helmets able to be worn on top of the hood.

A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the Boncho is ongoing. At the time of writing, individuals who pledge from €55 (US$60) can receive a Boncho, assuming all go to plan with the roll-out. It's available in mint or grey colors and in small, medium or large sizes.

The video below provides an introduction to the Boncho.

Sources: Kickstarter, Vanmoof

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5 comments
Iván Imhof
I've bought a second hand military poncho for $15 and it covers my body much better than this one. Totally waterproof and durable construction.
Yes, it's not so fancy and fashionable.
ivan4
I had a much better unit than this way back in the 1950s. It covered more of my legs but even then in heavy rain I needed waterproof leggings especially if there was any wind.
gizmowiz
Ponchos are very dangerous even if secured by handlebars. IF the wind is able to tear it lose then the poncho gets thrown up over the head and your blind. An accident waiting too happen.
Dirk Scott
The Dutch just use umbrellas. That way you can use it walking as well. If the wind catches it too hard you just let go.
unklmurray
I too had a military style poncho for around $15.00 and it covered my bike from the back to the front I and my gear stayed totally dry and I lived in Eugene,Oregon, Yes it rains hard there for hours at a time , I was homeless and lived under a bridge,literally.....I-5 but also under a super large high rise power line tower the bottom legs made for a nice place to hang a large tarp and a large tent under it I stayed dry......The Nylon military poncho kept me and my bike dry for three years before I had to get a ''New one''........LOL :-)