The common complaint about rain capes is that they have more wind resistance. More than what? How much more? I rode in low wind and didn't notice much if any more resistance. If there is a strong headwind you will be bucking it whether you are wearing a cape or not. The positives far outweigh the negatives. You are amply protected from rain. Your hands stay dry, less need of full fingered gloves. Your brakes and handlebars stay dry and increase grip over wet conditions. Keeping these parts dry may increase their longevity without being exposed to gushes of water. The water flows down the edges of the cape away from your body as opposed to a rain jacket that flows right to your lower body. I found the cape a little fiddly at first finding pedals and navigating but it was a short learning curve. Bottom line at the end of my ride I was warm and relatively dry. Riding is after all a seat affair. I would recommend this to anyone.