The Fickaskap Waterproof Phone and Valuables Wallet is a slim, sealed case that keeps your smartphone, bank cards and cash in a single convenient stash without worrying about the effects of sweat or rain. If you want peace of mind when carrying your phone on a ride, and don't mind paying for it, this is worth a look.
- Pros: Waterproof, keeps phone and valuables separate
- Cons: Expensive – though now £2 less than when first reviewed…
The Fickaskap wallet is made of sturdy, ripstop material, welded reassuringly around the edges. The interior has a full-sized fabric divider that splits the space into a front area for your phone and a separate back area for your cards and cash. Once filled, there is a ziplock-style closure to seal everything in, and then for added protection the top of the wallet folds over and seals with Velcro.
Fickaskap makes the wallet in two sizes: regular, which fits phones up to 147x80mm, and large, which fits phones up to 167x90mm. I tested the large, which comfortably swallowed my 5.5-inch Oneplus phone. Once sealed inside, the phone is still totally usable – although in my case I had to disable the 'Pocket mode', which prevents the phone from waking up when its front is pressed against a surface. The touchscreen still worked through the transparent front of the wallet even when I wore neoprene gloves. The large wallet slipped easily into a normal jersey pocket.
The interior separator worked just as it should: I could put coins and a key into the rear compartment without them bouncing into the front compartment where my phone was. You could easily get several bank cards, some paper money and a few coins into the rear without the wallet becoming too bulky.
The big attraction of this wallet is that it's claimed to be totally waterproof, which could be important if you're carrying an expensive smartphone in a sweaty pocket in a rain shower. In testing, I found no problems whatsoever with moisture from my body getting inside the wallet, even when I just folded over the top and didn't bother sealing the ziplock seal. For an even tougher test, I put some tissue paper into each compartment, sealed up the wallet and then submerged in a sink of water for a couple of minutes. The contents stayed completely dry. The waterproofing claims seem valid.
Overall, this is a very convenient wallet to take on a ride. I liked being able to have all my valuables in one place, felt confident my phone was protected from the elements, and appreciated being able to use it without removing it from its waterproof nest. The only question mark concerns the price – are the convenience and peace of mind you get from this wallet worth 25 quid? That's for you to decide.
For less money you could get two waterproof Lezyne Caddy Sacks – one for your phone and one for your valuables – but that's twice as many things to keep track of and you'd have to remove your phone from the case before you could look at it, which could be a problem in the rain.
Put like that, the Fickaskap definitely looks more convenient. And it is certainly a lot more sturdy than the couple of sandwich bags that I've employed in the past.
A waterproof, effective and convenient companion for your rides – if you don't mind the price
road.cc test report
Make and model: Fickaskap Waterproof Phone and Valuable Wallet
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
This wallet lets you carry your phone and other valuables, such has bank cards and cash, without the risk of your phone getting scratched, sweaty or wet.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Fickaskap claims the wallet is waterproof, dustproof, and touch enabled, so you can use your phone without taking it out of the case.
The case feels very nicely made and solidly sealed.
In testing, it did exactly what it was supposed to: it kept my phone and valuables dry and separate from each other.
No problems are visible after several weeks' testing. The transparent front doesn't show signs of scratching after bouncing around in my pockets.
The wallet is nice and light.
The performance comes at a price; a slightly lower price than when first reviewed, it's now £2 cheaper but still not everybody is going to want to spend this much.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The wallet did exactly what it was supposed to. It kept everything dry, made my phone accessible, and kept the phone separate from my other valuables.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I particularly liked the separator, which splits the interior into two full-sized compartments – one for phone and one for valuables.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes – but perhaps I'd look for a sale.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The wallet does exactly what it claims to do, and does it well. But the high price means it's not going to be for everyone.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Synapse My best bike is: Whyte Wessex One
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: commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking, audax and long-distance riding
An environmental psychologist by day, Ian spends quite a lot of time on bikes, particularly commuting between Bristol and Bath or doing audax rides. For years he was an ultradistance runner, but this came to an end when he realised getting back onto a bicycle offered the chance to race over much more preposterous distances. Accordingly, he competed in the Transcontinental Race 2017 and is racing the North Cape 4000 in 2018.