Exspider Mobile Phone Pocket  £7.99

2/10

Needs to offer more as a phone storage solution than a jersey pocket – it doesn't

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by Benjamin Lang   July 8, 2011  

Exspider mobile phone pack

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The Exspider mobile phone pocket is a small black and red fabric bag with Velcro closure and stretch panels on the sides, designed to carry a range of mobile phones.

In practice, it copes with the dimensions of modern smartphones although smaller mobiles will tend to rattle around a bit. More importantly, it doesn't have a window through which to view the screen. Therefore, it can't really be used with a Smartphone as a GPS device or training tool, where you'd need to be able to see the screen. The pocket attaches to either the handlebar or seatpost of a bike via a bracket and band, much like a rear light. It can also be fitted to a rucksack too.

The pocket itself is fairly robust and closes securely with the Velcro lid, however, the connection port at the base of the pocket and the slits in the sides provide a handy way in for rain and spray and would mean that an additional covering (e.g. a plastic bag) would be a good idea if you wanted to keep your phone fully functional. Although not huge, the pocket still takes up a lot of handlebar space reducing the prime territory that would otherwise be used for lights, computers or other gadgets.

I have to confess that the Exspider phone pocket is not something that I would ordinarily look to have on one of my bikes. Despite racking my brain, I can't really see how it gives any advantage at all over placing your mobile in one of your jersey pockets or even in a saddle bag, for that matter. If it had a clear plastic window then I could see it having potential for use with a Smartphone as a GPS or training tool, but the opaque fabric makes this just a small handlebar or seatpost mounted bag that doesn't have much flexibility for carrying anything else.

Verdict

It'll hold a phone securely on your handlebars but you won't be able to see the screen without taking the phone out and jersey pockets can do that too, without cluttering your handlebars.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Exspider Mobile Phone Pocket

Size tested: Black/Red

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

Quick release buckle

Stretchable cloth to fit most phone sizes

Connection port on base

Eva hard shell lid

Patented buckle to fit Exspider Backpack shoulder straps

Versatile Seat post/Handlebar fitting bracket

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
5/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
2/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
2/10

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

It holds a phone but I can't really see a need for this product in its current form.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Nothing

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

More clutter on the handlebars for no discernible benefit

Did you enjoy using the product? No

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? No

Overall rating: 2/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Surly Long Haul Trucker  My best bike is: Litespeed Saber

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, Triathlon

1 user comments

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Good idea, but with a opening to use a gps phone would help

Also in your review it was black and red, but if the pic is the one you tested, it looks ermmmmm yellow to me Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [7522 posts]
8th July 2011 - 22:37

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