Cycle Sprog Reviews - the 'Soggy Bear' test

We're going to get wet!

There was no escape for Monty!I ride my bike in all weathers, and so do many of Cycle Sprog's readers. A product that can brush off British weather with vigour is a must for our needs. This is why here at Cycle Sprog we created the 'Soggy Bear' test which, it has to be said, sounds sweet but is actually rather extreme.

When riding in the rain everything is going to get wet - you, your kids, your clothes, their clothes, your gloves, their gloves,  your luggage, their luggage, your lights, their lights.  You get the picture!

We guarantee everything and everybody is going to get wet at some stage, especially if you cycle year round in the UK.  How wet you'll get depends on a number of things, such as how heavy the downpour is and how good the clothing and kit you have is at repelling the rain.

A very soggy bear

An unfortunate experience identified that it takes about 2 minutes for a child's cuddly bear to get soaked wet through in the shower before rescue (sorry Monty!). So this got me thinking - why not subject cycling kit to the same harsh treatment and see how it performs? Let's find out whether the product lets water flood in through every pore and fails miserably, or puts up a good fight and continues to do a sterling job in keeping you dry and protected.

The Soggy Bear test - putting kids cycling kit to the test

So, we devised the Soggy Bear test to be more demanding than anything you'll encounter on the road or trail, and to give you a good feel for how the product we're reviewing will perform when you need it to most.

You'll see in our Cycle Sprog reviews that where appropriate we'll subject a product to the Soggy Bear test.  So, if it can withstand the Soggy test, then it will be good for out on a bike ride, whatever the weather.

The 'REAL' Soggy the Bear!

A number of year ago we were browsing in a bookshop in St Ives when we came upon a children's book by an author named Philip Moran. Philip works in partnership with Michael Foreman, an illustrator of considerable talent, who's front cover for 'Soggy the Bear' had caught my eye.

I'm not going to elaborate on the Soggy story, suffice to say it is brilliantly written and illustrated and a book my boys go back to again and again. There are now several Soggy books available, all of which are charming tales of life as a bear in St Ives - fabulous!

Soggy the Bear by Philip Moran is available at Amazon

This post was first published in November 2012 and updated in March 2017

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