Lezyne Phone Caddy  £17.99

7/10

Handy storage for most ride essentials with a useful touchscreen-compatible panel

Weight 67g   Contact  www.upgradebikes.co.uk

by Mat Brett   April 21, 2013  

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The Lezyne Phone Caddy is large enough to take not only your mobile phone but a bunch of other ride essentials too, and it'll fit neatly inside a jersey pocket.

The Phone Caddy, which measures 150mm x 110mm x 45mm, is made from a nylon fabric and although it's not fully waterproof, it's water-resistant.

The main compartment is divided in two, the back section coming with a clear panel that's touchscreen compatible – so you can operate your phone through it easily. It's large enough to take most smart phones although you might want to check those dimensions if you have a great big slab of a mobile.

As well as a phone, here's what I've been carrying in the Phone Caddy lately:

* Tyre levers

* Leatherman Squirt multitool

* 20-function multitool

* Valve extender & chainpin

* Puncture repair patches

* Vulcanizing fluid

* £20 note (I'm a high roller, me)

* Spare inner tube (neoprene outer sleeve)

* Mini pump (neoprene side sleeve)

There's another side sleeve that I've not been using, large enough to take a CO2 cartridge if that's your thing. (I'm not sure why I'm carrying around two multitools at the moment; there might or might not be a good reason for that).

That covers everything I ever take with me when I'm riding (unless I need a waterproof too), so I only have to remember to pick up one thing when I go out the door and that's good news – I'm easily muddled. Of course, you could use a saddle pack and not have to remember anything, but I prefer not to hang stuff off the bike.

The divider between the phone sleeve and the rest of the main compartment is well padded so nothing is going to get damaged in here. If you want to carry a touchscreen MP3 player, you could obviously do that instead (or as well). There's an exit port for routing an earphone lead.

The Phone Caddy is well made with a water-resistant zipper taking care of closure. After two or three months of use, all the seams and edges are still intact and the only signs that it has been used are a few tiny scratches on the touchscreen panel, and they're nothing to worry about.

You get loops to hang the Phone Caddy from a belt if you like but, assuming you're a roadie, you're just going to sling it in a rear pocket and forget about it.

I'm not saying this product breaks down any barriers in terms of innovation but I've found it really handy and will continue to use it.

Verdict

Handy storage for most ride essentials with a useful touchscreen-compatible panel.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lezyne Phone Caddy

Size tested: Black

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?

Lezyne say, "The Lezyne Phone Caddy is a highly versatile, lightweight and compact organizer designed to hold modern smartphones and ride essentials in a jersey, pocket, pack or on a belt.

"The nylon fabric, zipper, and quick-pull loop are lightweight and water resistant. The main compartment is divided and foam lined to hold personal items, most smartphones and mp3 players.

"A seam welded, clear back panel is touchscreen compatible providing access to the mobile device inside. An external port provides routing for headphones.

"The external neoprene pockets store a small multi-tool, tire repair, CO2 cartridges and an inflator in a minimalist package. The quick pull loop also serves as integrated belt loops to make this a hip-mounted Caddy."

Yep, that pretty much covers it. Lezyne suggest you store all your maintenance gubbins in the neoprene outer pockets whereas I've been carrying all that in the main compartment. Up to you.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

It has a straightforward job but it does it well.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

It's looking in near perfect nick after two or three months of regular use.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

I really like it. It keeps everything I need to remember in one place.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It holds pretty much everything I need to remember to take with me when I go riding

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I'm never going to use the belt loops in a million years.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yep.

Would you consider buying the product? I would.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yep.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,

 

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