I tried Gravity’s ‘weighted robe’—and it’s the new weighted blanket
I'll be living in it all season long.
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If I could wear one thing for the rest of my life, it would be a robe. Short, long, fleece, terry-cloth—it doesn't matter what type it is, if it's essentially a blanket with sleeves and a waist tie, I'm in. I'm so obsessed with robes, in fact, that growing up, my mom had to institute a robe "curfew" for me: She got so tired of telling me to put on actual clothes that from the age of 8 to 18, I wasn't allowed to wear a robe after 10 a.m. or before 5 p.m.
Now, as an almost-30-year-old, I'm still just as into robes (and even wear occasionally wear them all day, much to my mother's dismay). So when I heard that Gravity—the makers of our experts' favorite weighted blanket—was coming out with a weighted robe, I was more excited than I was the day I received my first "designer" robe (Ugg, of course). I knew I had to try the Gravity robe for myself ASAP.
Is it worth all the hype? As someone who has owned more robes—and spent more time in them—than most, I can honestly say yes. Below are my thoughts on the Gravity weighted robe and why it's worth adding to your own collection.
What is the Gravity weighted robe?
If you're worried that a weighted robe sounds like more work than rest, fear not—the Gravity weighted robe only weighs three pounds (not 15+ like its blankets). The weighted wrap is located in the collar to provide the benefits of deep touch pressure, which has been thought to relieve stress and anxiety and promote relaxation. The Gravity robe is also part of a collaboration with Modernist, a contemporary modern home and lifestyle brand in NYC that combines fashion with Gravity's function.
What I like about the Gravity robe
As soon as I pulled the Gravity robe out of the box, I was a fan. The plush polyester fleece is ridiculously soft and fluffy, the kind of material you immediately want to curl up in. And that's exactly what I did. I was very skeptical of the weighted aspect (would it feel like a weighted vest?!) but was pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn't suffocating or uncomfortable at all. It was actually the opposite—the weighted collar feels like a never-ending hug from your favorite grandma. It's just the right amount of pressure (not too heavy, not too light) and, for reasons I can't explain, really was immediately comforting.
I also really like the fit of the robe, which comes in sizes small, medium, and large. Unlike some robes, it isn't too long or too bulky—it fits comfortably without being too much material. I felt warm and cozy yet not overly so, which is very important when you're someone like myself who runs hot. Last but not least, the Gravity robe has two spacious pockets that are deep enough to hold your phone (or snacks, the TV remote, etc.).
What I don't like about the Gravity robe
The only thing that's a little odd about the Gravity robe—or at least that takes some getting used to—is the contrast between the weighted collar and the rest of the robe. While the fabric is really soft, it's not as thick or heavy as you'd expect, which means it feels a little unbalanced to have the heavy collar and then lightweight sleeves. I wish the material of the robe was slightly heavier on its own to provide more balance overall.
Is the Gravity weighted robe worth buying?
I look for three things in a robe: comfort, coziness, and quality. The Gravity weighted robe is all of those things and more. In terms of comfort, the three-pound weight is the perfect amount of pressure to feel stress-relieving without being too heavy. In terms of coziness, the fleecy material is super soft and warm. Finally, in terms of quality, you can tell the robe is very well-made, with durable stitching and fabric.
Another perk is that you can remove the weight so you can wear the Gravity robe as a "regular" robe, too. And while $130 certainly isn't cheap, it's comparable to other high-end robes (like the popular Parachute robe, which is $99, for instance or the Ugg Miranda Robe, which is also $130). It's worth the extra few bucks for the weighted aspect and incredibly plush fleece.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.