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The Giant Tool Capsule is a well-made and good looking way to store your tools if you don't want to/can't use a saddle bag and stuffing everything in a jersey pocket isn't practical. It works really well, but could do with being slightly larger.
One of the pains of cycling is that in order to repair anything you always need to carry the tools around with you. Typically, this means either using a saddle bag or stuffing everything into a jersey pocket. However, if you're happy to sacrifice a bidon, you can use storage options like Giant's Tool Capsule instead.
The Tool Capsule is well made, with an 840D TPU (840-denier thermoplastic polyurethane) laminated nylon outer which keeps out the water, and what feels like a semi-shell which allows it to keep its shape. Around the outside there is a fully waterproof zip and it also has a zip garage which allows you to tuck the zip in to stop it rattling around while you're riding – a nice touch.
Inside, the capsule has two netted compartments, one with a full length zip, the other simply a pocket with an elasticated top coming up just over halfway. These keep everything secure within the capsule and help prevent unnecessary rattling and jangling while out on the road.
The laminated nylon outer and fully taped zip do their job well: the Tool Capsule kept all of my tools totally dry, even in particularly soaking conditions.
Fitting everything inside the capsule was a bit of a struggle compared to my saddle bag, for a couple of reasons. One is that it's simply slightly smaller, but another is that the rigidity is favourable to flatter objects and not really much else. So once I added my CO2 pump, regular mini pump, multi-tool, tyre levers, and patches, there was no room for an inner tube. If I removed my mini pump and added an additional canister I could include an inner tube after forcing it shut, but for me that wasn't ideal.
RRP on the Tool Capsule is £16.99 which is a pretty good compared with a similar quality saddle bag, and on a par for similar tool 'bottles'. It's a lot cheaper than Topeak's £27.99 Cage Pack – but a lot more than more basic ones such as B'Twin's (which is also slightly bigger at 750ml) at £3.99 and Bontrager's at £8.99.
Overall, I liked the Tool Capsule for its solid construction, the attention to detail, and the fact that it looks much smarter than a saddle bag. However, for me the difficulty of fitting an inner tube inside with everything else is a bit of a pain.
Durable, waterproof and practical way to store tools on the go – if you can fit in everything you need
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Giant Tool Capsule
Size tested: 0.6L
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?
An alternative to the traditional saddle bag for repair kits and bits and pieces you normally need to on-the-go repairs.
Giant says, "100% waterproof with a rigid case. Tool Capsule offers an alternative storage solution for keeping items in easy reach wherever you have a spare bottle cage. With internal compartments to assist packing and retrieval."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Material: 840D TPU laminated nylon, 100% waterproof
Fixing: Mounts in a bottle cage
Features: Internal compartments
Well made with a strong, fully waterproof zip.
Keeps everything secure, although it could do with being a little larger.
All good so far: well made with sturdy material and zips used throughout.
Not a bad price compared to other options on the market, especially some saddle bags, and – not surprisingly – more expensive than basic bottle shaped ones.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It performed well, keeping tools inside comfortably and without rattling, but it would be good to have a little more space for inner tubes.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It's a sleek and easy to use design that keeps everything secure.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It could be a bit bigger.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
The Fabric Tool Keg comes in at the same price but doesn't offer the same level of hold within the case, while the Vel Tool Bottle is a very similar product but without the zipped compartment and is £1.99 cheaper.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's a well-made solution for storing tools on-the-go, but for me could do with being a little larger to fit everything in.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.