Knog Porno patches puncture kit  £6.99

6/10

Some nice touches but a case of form over function.

Weight 75g   Contact  www.todayscyclist.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   August 2, 2009  

Knog puncture kit

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Knog’s penchant for outlandish names continues, although dubbing a puncture repair kit “porno patches” suggests they’re intended for repairing inflatable sex toys. While I’m more leave than take when it comes to the graphics, styling and name, credit where it’s due: the adhesive patches work better than most. However, aesthetics appear to take precedence-not what’s needed nursing a flat down a dark lane in the dead of night.

A clever magnetized box, designed to attach itself limpet like to a multi-tool, opens secret passage style to reveal folding, hinged glass fibre tyre levers, a selection of self-adhesive patches and sand paper strip. While nice executive toys, the colour-coordinated folding tyre levers are very much emergency items only. Take a proper set to be on the safe side, especially if your tyres are the proverbial pig to get on and off.

Cartoon patch graphics are what you’d consider subversive as a teenager and like a host of other things; don’t seem quite so clever now. However, they effect good a repair even on badly wounded tubes but preparation’s crucial. Give the area a liberal sanding and warm the chosen patch between your fingers so it’s as supple as possible before peeling off and applying over the hole, smoothing evenly to ensure they’re thoroughly seated.

At 75g you’d hardly notice it in a jersey pocket or seat pack and being magnetic largely eliminates annoying rattles when sharing space with multi-tools. Re-fills are available separately for £3.99 should you exhaust the originals but for all their attempts to make the humble patch kit uber chic, old school repair outfits with decent patches represent much better value.

Verdict

Some nice touches but a case of form over function.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Knog Porno patches puncture kit

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?

The Porno patches are a very compact patch kit comprising of a magnetic plastic box containining folding glass-fibe tyre levers, a series of patches and some sand paper.

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

75g all up weight, the plastic box with secret passage opening is magnetised so as to attach to a multi-tool. Six self adhesvive patches, sand paper and of course, the folding tyre levers. Replenishments are available for £3.99 a time.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
6/10

Patches are superior to many self-adhesive types, especially on larger holes.

Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

Have my doubts concerning the longevity of the tyre levers.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10

75g- you'll hardly notice it.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
6/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

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

Performance is generally quite good and there's some clever design here but the tyre levers are too small and lack rigidity for more demanding beads. Patches adhere well and work better than many on larger areas but I just find the asking price a little hard to swallow.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Stylish, executive toy feel and good patches.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Form over function.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? In certain contexts, possibly

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

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: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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you'll probably be wanting to find lots more products with the word 'porno' in the name then, given that this is riding high in the 'most viewed' box. most viewed with a slight sense of disappointment, maybe Smile Smile

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posted by Barry Fry-up [186 posts]
3rd August 2009 - 10:05

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