Vanmoof's Boncho rain mac covers both bike and rider to encourage wet-weather city cycling


Dutch bike manufacturer Vanmoof has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a poncho that protects the wearer and their bicycle from the rain.

Boncho covers wearers heads with a hood, and features an extended front section that covers the bicycle handlebars to also keep them dry. The extra part also protects riders' legs and feet.

Boncho by Vanmoof
The poncho can be zipped into a small pouch

The garment folds up to form a teadrop-shaped pouch that unfolds back into a poncho once unzipped. Reinforced seams are designed to help keep the cover in place while the cyclist is riding.

Boncho by Vanmoof
The front of the garment extends to cover the bicycle's handlebars

According to Vanmoof the garment is constructed from lightweight and water-repellent fabric that is "ultra-breathable" to stop riders from overheating while cycling.

"The Vanmoof team is constantly seeking new ways to remove the barriers that deter people from commuting by bike, and bad weather is one of the biggest barriers of all," said Vanmoof co-founder Ties Carlier.

Boncho by Vanmoof
An attached hood protects the wearer from the rain

"Boncho changes the game, empowering riders around the world to bike confidently and stay dry in the rain," added Carlier, who established the company in Amsterdam in 2009 with his brother.

Boncho by Vanmoof
Boncho is made from lightweight and waterproof material

The brand was awarded best consumer product for its No 5 stadsfiets bike in the 2010 Dutch Design Awards.

Boncho by Vanmoof
According to Vanmoof the garment fits all styles of bikes

The company partnered with design graduates Shane Liu and Vicky Lin to develop the rain poncho. The pair had previously designed an umbrella with a metal framework that allowed it to be folded down for storage.

The garment will be available in three sizes, in green or grey, and according to the company will work with all bikes.

Boncho by Vanmoof
Vanmoof partnered with design graduate Shane Liu and Vicky Lin to develop the poncho

Vanmoof is currently raising €15,000 (£11,000) of funding on Kickstarter, and at the time of writing had already achieved their goal, with a total of €28,000 (£20,000) pledged.

The crowdfunding platform has hosted several recent campaigns for cycling accessories, including a magnetic bike light that slots into the handlebars, a keyless bike lock that uses fingerprint data to unlock, and a compass that connects to cyclists' smartphones to guide them across the city.

  • Sim

    Just looking at this stresses me out. We have two types of ponchos; one is too big, the other is too small (for me and my bike). Make sure the cape covers the handlebars properly because it is dreadful when the wind gets under it and blows the cape up (in your face).

    Attaching it to the handles creates a whole new set of troubles I’m afraid. But then I do suffer from “poncho anxiety” (due to experience). The great thing about ponchos is that your shoes stay relatively clean and dry.

  • Guest

    What, and show that you’re the least bit bothered about getting soaked to the skin?

  • Michael

    Love the minimalistic design! Please ship one ASAP to Germany. It is a clever idea and I really think this can become the standard for rain protection for urban cyclists. You do need mudguards when using a poncho though, but mudguards are always a good idea when cycling in cities on a regular basis.

    Vanmoof should consider creating a secret storage space for their Boncho’s on their bikes, just as they did for the lock. So one can always carry the Boncho with him and use it when it suddenly starts to poor. I carry an umbrella very often, but never when it starts to rain.

  • Stoker

    Surely these ponchos should be made in high-visibility material only? Grey and invisible equals disaster?

  • Chad Sutter

    Just make sure your bike has fenders, or all that water flipping off the tires will be caught under the tent, your underside and distributed to your butt crack and groin. Whatever happened to a simple rain suit that goes over the clothes? Does this thing come in safety yellow?

  • needankje

    Another cycling poncho from Holland. I’m starting to doubt whether they really cycle that much when they come up with such unusable stuff.

  • aaron

    Tens of thousands have been using these (of course lower quality) in China for a very long time. Sorry, the “designers” deserve limited credit.