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Verdict: 
A very useful accessory, waterproof and tough, protective and roomy enough for essential valuables
Weight: 
56g
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Velopac RidePac V1.1 DayGlo Yellow
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Jersey pockets can be surprisingly stretchy and voluminous, which is just as well considering just how much stuff you tend to carry on a reasonably long ride. A useful container like the Velopac RidePac V1.1 can help bring some order to the chaos and congestion.

You can keep two of your pockets for your light waterproof, banana, gels and sandwiches. Stick everything else valuable – cash, notes, credit card, keys and, most importantly, your mobile phone – in the Ridepac.

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It has lots of features, the most obvious being its colour. You're hardly likely not to be able to find the Dayglo Yellow version should it fall out on the road. Which it shouldn't do – despite being big enough for the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus, I've found that it sits deep enough into a typical rear pocket not to work loose.

If it did fall out, at least the contents should stay dry. It's made of a waterproof outer fabric with microfibre inner padding, with bound seams for strength, and a water-resistant zip to protect your valuables. My 'is it waterproof?' test – taking it in the shower – showed no leakage inside, which was pretty impressive, although I admit I didn't dare keep my phone inside for the immersion.

Velopac RidePac V1-1 DayGlo Yellow - inside.jpg

Velopac RidePac V1-1 DayGlo Yellow - inside.jpg

Inside there's a zipper pocket for coins and keys, a slot for a credit card, space in the middle for tissues or handwipes or puncture kit or whatever fits, and that separate phone compartment. The whole package is padded and squidgy with a handily grabable zip pull and tag.

Velopac RidePac V1-1 DayGlo Yellow - contents.jpg

Velopac RidePac V1-1 DayGlo Yellow - contents.jpg

I've been using the RidePac for a couple of weeks now on my daily commute and I've grown rather fond of its usefulness and capacity. Even with a backpack on it's unobtrusive, sitting around the kidney area. You could pack much more stuff in than I generally do, so it could get quite bulky and potentially sweaty, but so far I've found it a really useful and comfortable cycling accessory.

Verdict

A very useful accessory, waterproof and tough, protective and roomy enough for essential valuables

road.cc test report

Make and model: Velopac RidePac V1.1 DayGlo Yellow

Size tested: 100mm x 185mm

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?

RidePac is designed to carry all your ride essentials protected from the elements in one handy bag that is waterproof and fits a jacket or jersey pocket.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

It's made from a waterproof and durable tarp outer fabric, with a padded microfibre lining bonded to the outer skin. The inner materials are waterproof, the seams are bound and the zip water resistant. At 100mm x 185mm x 25mm it's big enough for phones up to and including the iPhone6 Plus.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

It passed my waterproof test in the shower.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

I've been using it daily for several weeks and there are no signs of weakness or faults so far.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10

I don't notice that it's in my rear pocket any more.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10

No sharp edges, it's a snug fit.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Seems a bit steep to me, but I'm mean.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Its colour and capacity.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

Did you enjoy using the product? I continue to do so.

Would you consider buying the product? I'd be happy to accept this as a birthday/Christmas present.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

Apart from being a little pricey for me, I'm rating this handy container 8 for 'very good'. I've enjoyed carrying my valuables around in it. It's kept them protected and dry in a variety of conditions, seems well made and hopefully will prove long-lasting.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 60  Height: 6ft 2in   Weight:

I usually ride: Eastway ST1  My best bike is: Cannondale Synapse

I've been riding for: 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Improving…

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, day rides, general riding

4 comments

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unconstituted [2253 posts] 7 months ago
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28 quid?

 

At least if it said Rapha on it I could whip it out in the coffee shop and pull a barista. Who you going to pull with velopac.cc, some mendicant who hasn't wiped their arse all month? 

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Zermattjohn [226 posts] 7 months ago
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It's good, but it ain't cheap, see through and doesn't allow you to use yer phone without taking it out. This does all these things, and you get a free shoelace:

https://www.velochampion.co.uk/collections/bags-and-carriers/products/co...

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SteeveB [8 posts] 7 months ago
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Zermattjohn - just ordered one of those. thanks for the tip. only £2!

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davidpggarrett [6 posts] 6 months ago
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I'm still using free plastic ziplock bags from the airport. Extremely light, see-through, water and sweat-proof, plus you can even operate your smartphone through the plastic. I use one for my phone and another for money/cards/ID/race licence etc. Not 'cool', but so practical.