The Patrona Shirt Shuttle MK3 is a really good idea for those who commute by bike or need to transport shirts without them creasing or crushing. Keeping the shirts protected against both, the Patrona works really well, offering good protection without being massively heavy. That said, it could do with being a bit smaller to make sure everything else can still fit in a rucksack.
One of the biggest issues some of my friends and colleagues have with the idea of cycling to the office is that they have to wear suits. This means they need to look dapper when they arrive at work, which doesn't always go hand-in-hand with putting all your clothes on your back or in a pannier to get to the office. The Patrona Shirt Shuttle MK3, a well-protected shirt box, looks to have solved this issue.
The box itself has three main components: a hard plastic shell, a dense polystyrene back, and a central removable board made of the same polystyrene. It feels robust and solid both in and out of my bag. The polystyrene used is similar to the type you would find on a body board, to give you an idea of the quality.
Sitting on top of this is a plastic shell that is good and thick, not allowing for too much compression and certainly good enough quality to not crack under a reasonable amount of pressure.
Inside is a board around which the shirt is folded, as per the simple instructions on the packaging. There are then two pegs at the top that keep it in place and stop it from shifting around inside the box. Folding the shirt around the board is very easy, and it allows for enough space that the folds don't need to be too tight, which could then create creases. This meant that when I got to work after a 40-minute commute, then another 30 minutes to unpack, shower and get dressed, my shirt was still crease free.
The only gripe I have with the box is that it is quite large, so when it is in a regular sized rucksack it takes up a considerable amount of space. It meant that, with shoes in the bag too, it didn't leave a huge amount of space for anything else. From what I have seen and heard, people tend to leave a suit and shoes at work, so that might not be a deal breaker.
An rrp of £30 isn't too extortionate for the convenience that it gives. It also only weighs 540g, which is fine for something that you are unlikely to be lugging up Mt Ventoux, if not necessarily the lightest.
Overall, it is a useful piece of commuting kit and certainly solves a problem that many who cycle to work have. It is solid and easy to use and the only thing I would change is the size. Who knows, if Chris Froome had followed his brothers into accountancy, maybe this is what he would use!
A nice solution to a common commuter problem
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Make and model: Patrona Shirt Shuttle MK3
Size tested: One size, 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?
Patrona says: "The shirt shuttle is the perfect travel companion. Whether you're cycling to work, flying off on business or heading out straight from the gym, its ergonomic design ensures your shirt stays clean, dry and crease-free. Stay smart on the move."
This kind of says it all, it is very much for the person who wants to transfer their shirt without it creasing. It works well at this, making it easy to fold into the box, secure on the move and an uncreased shirt at the end.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Patented folding board prevents creases
Lightweight at 515 grams
Compact design fits easily into any backpack/pannier bag/suitcase
Perfect for the Crease-Free Commute
Made in Britain
It is well made and sturdy without being too heavy.
It performed well, kept my shirts uncreased on my commute, and was easy to transport.
It is solid and feels like it would be difficult to break with regular use.
Could be lighter, but it is for commuting, not carrying the maillot jaune through the Alps.
£30 may be a bit much for what it is, but the convenience that it provides makes up for this.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, does exactly what it needs to, but could do with being a bit smaller.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Keeping my shirts crease free.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Its size in the bag is pretty big.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, if I worked in a suit.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Does what it needs to, but could do with being a bit smaller, if possible.
Age: 27 Height: 6 ft Weight:
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.