The Velovita Pocket Pack is a handy little stash to prevent your phone, cards and bank notes from getting damp when you ride.
The Pocket Pack is a case for the valuable stuff you take with you when you ride. You get a leather-effect exterior over a PVA (synthetic polymer) casing, and a fabric-lined interior. Your phone goes on one side, held in place by elastic straps if you want to use them, and there are wallet-style slots on the other side for any cards or money you want to take along.
You could fit something like a front door key in there too, and coins as long as you're careful enough to keep the Pocket Pack the right way up so they don't come out of their stowaway area and rattle around in the phone compartment.
The exterior material is waterproof and the zip is almost waterproof. I mean, you wouldn't want to drop the Pocket Pack with your phone inside into a bucket of water, but moisture won't get through in normal circumstances. I've used this in the rain and put it in a jersey pocket for the tropical sweat-fest that is the Wednesday night turbo session and nothing has ever got damp inside.
The Pocket Pack is available in two sizes. I've been using the small version that measures 145 x 80 x 30mm. This is designed to take an iPhone 4, 5, 5s, or another similarly sized phone. It's lightweight and sits flat enough in your pocket that you hardly notice it's there, with plenty of room to spare for other stuff.
The large version (£27.50) is intended for an iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S4, or something similar.
That's about all there is to tell. This is a simple little case that does a really good job.
There's nothing to stop you carrying your phone around in a freezer bag, of course, but this is a whole lot nicer! Plus, the low density materials offer a decent level of protection for your phone if you drop the Pocket Pack in the road while pulling a windproof out of your pocket, for example. Not that I'd be dumb enough to do something like that, of course, but, hypothetically, if I had done such a thing last Tuesday, say, while riding up on Salisbury Plain, say, the phone would have survived just fine. The Pocket Pack isn't designed with impact protection in mind, but if you're going to drop your phone in the road it's not a bad idea to put it inside one of these first.
Looking around at other phone case prices, £25 seems reasonable.
Simple little case to keep your phone, cash and other valuables from getting wet when you ride
road.cc test report
Make and model: Velovita Pocket Pack Small
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Velovita says, "Introducing the Pocket Pack.
"A waterproof phone and essentials case from Velovita.
"Made from lightweight all-weather materials, it's designed to fit comfortably into your jersey pocket, moulding around your lower back, the Pocket Pack is big enough to carry your phone and essentials yet small enough for you not to notice.
"Plus, with its weatherproof bound seams and zip, the Pocket Pack ensures your stuff stays dry even when you don't.
"Compact, functional and stylish. Created by cyclists for cyclists."
It's not the most complicated design in the world but the seams are bound and the waterproof (well, highly water-resistant) zip is decent quality.
Again, it doesn't have the most complex job to do but it keeps moisture out well and even offers a little impact protection for your phone.
There are no moving parts, unless you count the zip. It should last ages.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It stops rain and sweat getting to your phone (and that can be bad news, believe me!) and allows you to stash all your valuables together in one place when you're riding.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fact that it protects your phone from sweat. I've disabled a phone in the past by just slinging it in a jersey pocket. It came back to life a couple of days later, but why take the chance?
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It's not a dislike as such, but I do wonder whether Velovita could add to the Pocket Pack range by producing a version that could take a spare inner tube, tyre levers and multi-tool too (the things that many people keep in a saddle pack) with a sleeve for a mini pump on the side. It would be quite a bit larger, obviously, but all that stuff would fit into a single rear pocket, just about. Then you – well, I – would only have to remember to take one thing out on a ride. Anything for an easy life.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
This is a very good product that has scored 8s across the board. The overall score has to be an 8, no question.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.