Aquapac Stormproof Phone Pouch   £16.00

7/10

Handy high quality, low weight weather protection for smartphones, without bulk

Weight 14g   Contact  www.aquapac.net

by Leonie Jennings   May 12, 2011  

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With mobile phones worth so much, both on a financial and personal level, it's crucial to have some way of protecting your communication device when you choose to take it along on a ride that'what Aquapac's Stormproof Phone Pouch is all about.

The Stormproof Phone Pouch is low on weight but high on protection, and comes in 2 sizes, catering to most brands of smartphone and small GPS device. I had a look at the Mini, which is designed to fit the iPhone like a glove, and accommodate smaller phones. Aquapac as a company is known primarily for its fully waterproof pouches and protective cases. The Stormproof pouches, however, are designed to do just what the name suggests, and give electronics protection from even a heavy rain storm or a quickly retrieved splash in a puddle, but are not actually submersible. The pouch's IPX6 water resistance rating means it is officially fire hose proof. This decision cuts down radically on the bulk of the case and its fastening system.

At just 14g this is an incredibly lightweight case, with a simple roll top and clip fastening. Clear panels allow for screen visibility and complete functionality of a touch screen. At the rear, another clear area is designed to allow the camera to be useable. The rest of the case is a rugged and weather resistant TPU-coated Ripstop Nylon, with welded seams. There's also a clip area on the pouch to allow for easy use of a karabiner, strap or similar attachment, whilst there's an optional adjustable lanyard as part of the package.

The pouch is extremely easy to use, although it's a snug fit if you want to use any kind of protective case on your iPhone as well. The bumper style of iPhone case for the iPhone 4 just about fits, but anything else would be too large for the pouch. This means, most crucially, that although the phone is protected from moisture and dust, it's still potentially vulnerable to knocks and drops. Once in, it's easy to use the controls of the phone and the touch screen and voice calls are clearly audible. The camera, whilst useable, does have the interference of the clear plastic to disturb the clarity of any image.

The build quality is excellent, all except the main clip fastening, which bends and deforms a bit too easily for my liking. Aside from that, the pouch should last well.

Compact and easy to use, the Stormproof pouch is a good option to consider as a low impact way of protecting your smartphone when it's in your jersey back pocket, your rucksack or your bar bag. It's not bulky, it weighs little and you don't have to take your phone out to use it. For £16 it's a pretty good deal.

Verdict

Handy high quality, low weight weather protection for smartphones, without bulk.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Aquapac Stormproof Phone Pouch

Size tested: Mini- Orange

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?

Aimed at anyone wanting to take their smartphone or small GPS outdoors in potentially bad weather- joggers, cyclists, walkers and the like.

Also a great option for commuters and tourers wanting to give their phone some added protection while in a rucksack or pannier.

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

TPU coated Ripstop Nylon

Welded seams

3 roll seal fastening with micro buckle.

Supplied with adjustable lanyard

Integral tab for strap or karabiner attachement

2 sizes available- Mini and Small- Mini suitable for iPhones and smaller.

Choice of grey or orange

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
6/10

Everything very well made apart from the buckle which was a little flimsy.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Confidence inspiring protection for the phone.

Easy to operate touch screen through clear plastic.

Clear plastic can make screen visibility in bright sunlight tricky.

Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

Everything apart from the buckle should last really well. the buckle was too flimsy though.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10

Excellent weight for a decent sturdy long-term reusable protective pouch.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Good value for money considering how long it should last and how versatile it is.

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

Performed very well at protecting phone from moisture and debris while outdoors.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Size, lack of bulk, weight, ease of use.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Buckle.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes. Any who do anything outdoorsy.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

A good lightweight way of protecting your precious phone, but could have done with a better buckle.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,

14 user comments

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I use a sandwich bag. Does nobody else use a sandwich bag?

posted by spicypedro [88 posts]
12th May 2011 - 21:43

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yep, sandwich bag here too.

posted by eddie11 [75 posts]
12th May 2011 - 21:50

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a sandwich bag? you want to get yourself a freezer bag.

Big Grin

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7252 posts]
12th May 2011 - 22:13

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+1 for freezer bag. Here in Sri Lanka, it's been keeping my phone happy in the tropical rainstorms.

Riding in tropical rain is awesome.

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posted by PJ McNally [580 posts]
13th May 2011 - 9:30

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Freezer bag for me too.

Giant Rob.
King of the East Midlands

posted by Giant Rob [60 posts]
13th May 2011 - 10:11

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Zip lock bag that something from wiggle came in - thicker than a freezer bag, which I'd been using before and with duct tape (halfed length ways) reinforcing the sides, it's bomb proof.

posted by adscrim [105 posts]
13th May 2011 - 11:39

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I find breast milk storage bags from Boots are very good. Just the right size for an iPhone/iPod/Android phone. They are pretty thick and have double zip-lock type fastening. Also good for taking more drink powder on sportives when you don't want the rubbish that comes out of the barrels provided.

Bendy

posted by bendy [29 posts]
13th May 2011 - 12:52

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bendy wrote:
I find breast milk storage bags from Boots are very good. Just the right size for an iPhone/iPod/Android phone. They are pretty thick and have double zip-lock type fastening. Also good for taking more drink powder on sportives when you don't want the rubbish that comes out of the barrels provided.

that's a nice tip straight outta left field...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7252 posts]
13th May 2011 - 13:42

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Yeah that looks really bulky compared to the old sandwich/freezer ziploc bag trick.

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posted by Napalmhaze [78 posts]
13th May 2011 - 16:12

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I've a pouch I git free with a pair of Speedo swim shorts...does the job nicely- double ziplock and a nice velcro patch to keep it closed over..

The_Kaner
FREEEEEEEEDOM!

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posted by The _Kaner [375 posts]
14th May 2011 - 15:03

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Don't think you can effectively use the touch screen through a freezer bag though can you?

Also, personally speaking, I find that freezer bags don't last long, and I'd rather not see a hole result in the death of my iPhone.

posted by Leonie Jennings [298 posts]
16th May 2011 - 13:26

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bendy wrote:
I find breast milk storage bags from Boots are very good. Just the right size for an iPhone/iPod/Android phone. They are pretty thick and have double zip-lock type fastening. Also good for taking more drink powder on sportives when you don't want the rubbish that comes out of the barrels provided.

Good tip. I can get some at the same time I buy nappy rash cream for saddle sores, and baby bottle sterilizer for the bidons - then it'll all look a lot less weird...

posted by bazzargh [144 posts]
17th May 2011 - 13:55

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yeah, +1 for sudocrem Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7252 posts]
17th May 2011 - 13:58

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bazzargh wrote:
I can get some at the same time I buy nappy rash cream for saddle sores, and baby bottle sterilizer for the bidons - then it'll all look a lot less weird...

If you look bleary-eyed and haggard and wander around looking clueless and carrying a scrap of paper with a list written on it then everyone will know you're a dad who's been sent on an important mission
Wink

I can vouch that Weleda nappy cream is good for grown-ups' sore parts as well as for babies' bottoms.

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posted by Simon E [1901 posts]
17th May 2011 - 14:36

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