Pocpac iPac Road Pac combi  £16.98

6/10

Neat and convenient waterproof pouch, but a bit fragile

Weight 27g   Contact  www.thepocpac.co.uk

by Max_Leonard   May 16, 2012  

Poc Pac Waterproof pouches

pOcpac iPac Road Pac combi, pOcpac iPac Road Pac combi... try saying that a few times after a glass or two of sherry.

To decipher: pOcpac (henceforth referred to as Pocpac, because that cap-O is just ridiculous) is a company formed by two South African brothers, who were caught out riding in a storm and wondered why there wasn't a neat, convenient waterproof pouch for your valuables on the market. iPac is the smaller of their neat, convenient waterproof pouch, for iPhones and other similar devices; the Road Pac part refers to a larger pouch, designed to take all the other gubbins that you'd usually shove in your pocket or saddlebag unprotected from the elements. There are even a few stylised pictures on the front depicting the things - inner tube, CO2 canister and nozzle, tyre levers - that you might want to keep in there. Neat, huh.

Both have got nicely rounded edges - the so-called RES, Round Edge Seal System - to stop them snagging on the way in and out of jersey pockets, and the company reckons the plastic becomes softer, but not less waterproof, with time. Less believably, they claim the pouch "becomes smaller when filled". How that works, I don't know - unless they simply mean "put something in and there's less space".

Despite it looking small, the iPac does fit an iPhone rather well, and you can use your touchscreen through the clear plastic. Not sure you'll be able to take pictures with your cameraphone inside, though.

The larger Pocpac does indeed fit the illustrated items snugly, although keeping my tyre levers dry has never been a priority. That said, it stops you packing too much - and keeps everything together. And there's a whole host of things you might want to protect on a ride - you're not limited to those pictured on the pouch.

But the all important question: do they work? I rode with these pouches on several long wet rides, including in the north of Scotland, where the rain is no joke, and my bits did stay dry. Not those bits, keep your mind out of the gutter.

Since these close with a zip, there is a small gap where the two ends of the zip course meet the end of the pouch: the zip, being bulky, is never going to get to the end of the run easily. I tried closing it tight, and only succeeded in ripping the plastic a bit. This wasn't just me being over-zealous. I lent one to someone else, and they managed to do the same thing.

So these aren't 100% watertight, and if you're getting absolutely drenched, or going underwater, there is a chance your things would get wet. And especially if you break it. There are press-fit plastic pouches that would avoid this (though these too have their problems - they're fiddly). Or buy a pouch used by campers, or spelunkers. Folks that like exploring caves.

Pocpacs are cheap, cheerful and convenient, if a bit flawed in their design. Be careful with them, and they should see you through the rain. I'd use my one again, except I broke it.

Verdict

Neat and convenient waterproof pouch, but a bit fragile.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pocpac iPac Road Pac combi

Size tested: n/a

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?

Says the website:

pOcpac is THE ULTIMATE WATER RESISTANT CYCLING POUCH.....the sensible and stylish alternative to the saddlebag

The clever pOcpac water resistant lifestyle / cycling pouch is manufactured from recyclable materials which has memory and elasticity, and becomes smaller when filled. The pOcpac water resistant lifestye and cycling pouches will fit the majority of cycling jersey pockets with our newly designed RES system, Round-Edge-Seal system. Over time this clever water resistant pouch becomes softer and therefore easier to insert and remove your vital personal and cycling items from the water resistant pOcpac. There's no longer any need for an aesthetically challenged saddlebag weighing down your expensive carbon frame and wheels.

Its the iPac that is most revolutionary – you can keep your iPhone, Blackberry or other smartphone dry and still be able to use it when on the move, or stopped for a cafe break. What's not to like? Functional and affordable.

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

There's nothing amazingly technical about them, but the website continues:

PERFECT storage choice for your valuables, smartphone and essential cycling items to keep them dry

 

PROTECTION from all bad weather, sand, snow, water & general outdoor conditions

 

EASY TO USE zip creates a secure water resistant pouch

 

CLEVER materials enable your touchscreen smartphone to be used without removing it from inside the pouch

 

LIGHTWEIGHT at 38g (1.34oz) weigh much less than the saddlebag alternative for racing, training & social rides.

 

COMPACT designated compartments for your cycling essentials & valuables, such as spare tube, tyre levers, gas cylinder, small multi tool, smartphone, credit card & cash

 

CONVENIENT everything can be accessed in seconds – even with wet and cold hands – as the secure zip lock and compartments keep it all together

 

COMFORTABLE form fitted for the back pockets of your cycling jersey from tough but soft hydration bladder material with no sharp edges

 

TESTED in the toughest climatic conditions including beyond the Arctic Circle, and on some of the World's epic sporting events in Africa & the Alps

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
5/10

See my zip comments...

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Water-resistant, but not watertight.

Rate the product for durability:
 
4/10

Again, the zip...

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

If you don't break it, it's top value!

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes - with caveats...

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes - again, with the qualification about being gentle with it.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 65kg

I usually ride: Cinelli Strato road or fixed commuter hack.  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

 

8 user comments

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Sounds fairly steep considering that a generic clear-sided bag with zip is less than half the price on Amazon. A ziplock freezer bag would do the same job at a fraction of the price too.

posted by Sadly Biggins [266 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:11

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ziplock freezer bags box of 20 69p from homebargains

posted by issacforce [206 posts]
16th May 2012 - 18:38

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use one of the lezyne pocket bag thingies .... keeps
stuff dry and hasn't broken yet (2 years old now !)

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [767 posts]
16th May 2012 - 18:47

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sandwich bags here! reckon i get 20 uses per bag, bag of 25. 0.49p. and i am not a tight arse either. it just does the job properly. and i ride dartmoor. the epicentre of the worlds entire rain supply Smile

posted by russyparkin [578 posts]
16th May 2012 - 20:27

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+1 for sandwich bags

for an extra 1p you can even take a spare 'just in case'

Racer 074 for the 2014 Transcontinental Race; 2,000 miles from London to Istanbul.

http://themartincox.co.uk/2014/03/racer-074-transcontinental-race-2014/

posted by themartincox [380 posts]
16th May 2012 - 22:27

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russyparkin wrote:
i ride dartmoor. the epicentre of the worlds entire rain supply Smile

Ha! You've obviously not been north of Bristol, then.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/5386736/Top-10-Britai...

Not that I'm suggesting Dartmoor has an arid or Mediterranean climate!

Simon E's picture

posted by Simon E [2054 posts]
16th May 2012 - 22:49

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Wondering whether the "becomes smaller when filled" is the PR/marketing way of saying that the footprint of the bag reduces when used, as the increase in height draws in the sides of the bag.
(Chalk me up as another baggie user.)

posted by Dr_Lex [154 posts]
17th May 2012 - 7:25

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Devil it would be twice that price if it had Rapha hand stenciled by Peruvian Andean Virgins.

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [195 posts]
17th May 2012 - 7:39

8 Likes

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