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Lole’s Cloud Cape weathers windy, wet conditions, and doubles as a shopping bag.

Lole's Cloud Cape weathers windy, wet conditions, and doubles as a shopping bag when you've forgotten yours.

How it works

Slip it on over your head, or zip your way in and out like a jacket. In a downpour, I tighten the hood and am grateful for the peaked cap that keeps my face and hair completely dry. Two side pockets have mesh linings and zippered openings, making them a great place to stash a hotel key card, wallet, phone, iPod and a map. A smaller pocket sits above the chest, but it's less accessible and doesn't have a zipper, so I leave it empty.

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Pros and cons

The cape is only hip length, so the lower half of my body gets wet. But what is covered is well protected by the cape's water-repellent finish. Moisture simply rolls off and after a few shakes it's bone dry five minutes after I hang it up. The Cloud Cape rolls up easily into the side pocket of my carry on, and I make great use of the nylon bag that's attached to the back of the cape. Snap it off and fill it with your shopping.

Final verdict

The Cloud Cape is a stylish way to cover up during a rainstorm and tote around your stuff; but it won't keep your legs dry during torrential downpours in the Amazon or on a soggy day of sightseeing in the city. $150; lolewomen.com

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