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The Sticky Pod is a simple and effective organiser for carrying stuff in your jersey pocket, if that's what you like to do.
It is what I like to do: I have a number of bikes and the large Sticky Pod can swallow everything I need to get me back on the road on any of them. Inside it has a zipped phone pocket (with a touchscreen-compatible plastic window) and three mesh pockets, two of them zipped. There's space for a tube, a tool, some levers, some cash, a credit card and a mini pump, assuming your mini pump isn't more than about nine inches long.
Stuff all the gear into the pockets, zip it up with the pump inside, lob it in your middle jersey pocket and off you go. It's a bit bulkier than spreading everything between your pockets but not so much that I've ever found it an issue on a ride, and you get two pockets free for gels and such. The large Sticky Pod pokes out of most jersey pockets but only a bit, and the tacky material on the outside of the neoprene shell helps it to stay put. If the sticky-out bit worries you, the smaller version might be what you need; you won't get a pump in that but it'll still swallow a toolkit for a day ride, and your phone.
The makers don't claim that the Sticky Pod is waterproof but I've never had any rain get inside; the neoprene shell is pretty hardy and it's in a fairly sheltered position on your back. If you do have to stop and fiddle with your bike, or answer your phone it's a lot easier to find stuff than digging around in your pockets or a seatpack, and it doesn't need transferring from one bike to the next. You need to be a bit careful about where you put everything inside the Sticky Pod to make sure you get the best shape for your jersey pocket but it's not difficult and you soon get the hang of where things need to go.
I've been really happy using the Sticky Pod and it's now my first choice for carrying stuff around on rides.
Simple and effective organiser for your back pocket that'll swallow everything you need for a ride
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Make and model: Sticky Pod Large
Size tested: Large, 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?
The large Sticky Pod is perfect for longer rides where you want to be prepared for anything your day can hit you with.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Fits in Jersey pocket or any other utility pocket
* THREE secure zipper. pockets (One TOUCHSCREEN)
* One easy access mesh pocket
* Protects riders from falls
* Prevents tools and keys from wearing through jersey
* Protects jersey or any utility pocket from dirty tools and tubes
* Eliminates seat bags and velcro destroying your shorts
* Guppy (sticky pod) surface keeps it secure in pocket
* Perfect for organizing Hydration Packs (Dimensions: 9" x 4.25")
The big one is just right for everything you're likely to need on a ride, and still (just about) fits in a jersey pocket. Stays put, too
Doesn't add much over the tools and kit it's carrying
Better than having everything loose
You take a hit on shipping to the UK but it's still decent value
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well indeed. Great way to keep everything organised on a ride
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Well organised, well made
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
needs careful packing to make sure it's not too bulky
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Excellent performance, loses a point for UK value
Age: 42 Height: 189cm Weight: 91kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track