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Simple little case to keep your phone, cash and other valuables from getting wet when you ride
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Velovita Pocket Pack Small
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Verdict

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."

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

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.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

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.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

There are no moving parts, unless you count the zip. It should last ages.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

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.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

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.

11 comments

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Spangly Shiny [146 posts] 1 year ago
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Or for a tenner you can get a pOcpac.

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Butty [200 posts] 1 year ago
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Manglier wrote:

Or for a tenner you can get a pOcpac.

As much as that?

A zip freezer bag does me for everything that might get wet.

How is this "nicer"?

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Username [210 posts] 1 year ago
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Butty wrote:

A zip freezer bag does me for everything that might get wet.

 

And lighter (for weight obsessives). smiley

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Spangly Shiny [146 posts] 1 year ago
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Granted, however the pOcpac lasts and you don't have to remove the phone to use it.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [509 posts] 1 year ago
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Actually I would pay good money for a leather drawstring coin pouch that I know will last me decades.  There's something about having nice little things like that.  Plenty of them on Etsy but they don't look strong enough to last a lifetime.

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Rapha Nadal [542 posts] 1 year ago
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Butty wrote:

Manglier wrote:

Or for a tenner you can get a pOcpac.

As much as that?

A zip freezer bag does me for everything that might get wet.

How is this "nicer"?

What's the cost of a new iphone screen these days? £90, £100? I think I'd pay for a bit of protection as opposed to using a freezer bag.

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bendertherobot [1435 posts] 1 year ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

Butty wrote:

Manglier wrote:

Or for a tenner you can get a pOcpac.

As much as that?

A zip freezer bag does me for everything that might get wet.

How is this "nicer"?

What's the cost of a new iphone screen these days? £90, £100? I think I'd pay for a bit of protection as opposed to using a freezer bag.

You could, though, if that's being advocated one would imagine you should use something like this product every second of every day, just in case.

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andyp [1492 posts] 1 year ago
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Riding a bike is one of the few times in modern life where one can be free of things like phones. The day I start wanting to take a phone on a ride is the day I give up cycling.

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nortonpdj [176 posts] 1 year ago
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"a leather-effect exterior over a PVA (synthetic polymer) casing, and a fabric-lined interior "

So it is, in fact, a plastic bag....a bit like my ziploc freezer bag (but heavier and a bit dearer, but then of course it does have a fabric-lined interior cheeky)

 

 

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wildoo [43 posts] 1 year ago
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If you want something with a little more style & is British made then check out RidePac

 

http://www.velopac.cc/ridepacs/

 

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Lisa Davis [1 post] 1 year ago
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I bought one of these and loved it until the metal part of the zip broke. My husband had one also and his lasted a little longer and then did the same thing. We both tried to contact the company but they will not respond so we have had to replace with another product. Such a shame as for the 3 months that I had mine I did love it.