Altura's Pocket Wallet is misnamed – its bible-thick spine makes more sense filled with spares than merely cards and cash, and by 'pocket' Altura really means 'jersey pocket only'. This water-resistant pack is perfectly sized for your back pocket and offers a handy all-in-one solution, but it's disappointingly flimsy and fragile for the price.
- Pros: Keeps spares and phone to hand, can be strapped on, very light
- Cons: Looks and feels cheap, screen vulnerable to splitting
At 16 x 9cm, the upper section took my elderly iPhone with room to spare, and it's easy to use touchscreens through the plastic even with the rest of the bag sagging empty. Below the divider is a section that takes a tube, levers and puncture repair stuff pretty neatly, though you could squeeze a compact CO2 system in instead.
The whole pack is the perfect size and shape to fill a typical jersey or jacket rear pocket, and it sits in them very securely. It's a neat way to leave next to nothing on your bike.
The Pocket Wallet has three slim internal pockets (really slim – think cards, patches, erm, stamps?), but annoyingly they're at the bottom, wedged beneath your tubes etc. They'd be much more accessible on the divider above them.
And that's basically it. Outside is has two sets of slots for running straps through, though no straps are provided. The zip, polyester fabric and heat-welded seams are all water-resistant, so it's happy tied to a bag or tube out in the elements.
Ours was less happy once the plastic screen split. A 2cm crack appeared along one edge next to the weld, and then a second shorter split ran in towards the centre. It looks like stress damage from squashing or stretching – both things a pocket pack is regularly going to encounter – though I don't remember any obvious time when it could have happened.
Damage aside, the finish is untidy, with seams that don't line up and unsightly crumples in the corners of the window. For such a simple product, the finish doesn't reflect the price. The quality coming from Chinese factories still varies wildly, and it seems Altura hasn't chosen especially well here.
There's a fair amount of competition around the £25 mark, ranging from the Fickaskap Waterproof Phone and Valuables Wallet to the impressive hardshell, silicone-interior Capsular P1. Alternatively you could leave your spares in a saddlepack and waterproof your phone with a Pocpac iPac for £8.
Assuming it stays intact, the Altura Pocket Wallet is well sized and shaped for keeping phones and spares bundled neatly in your back pockets, if rather expensive for what it is.
Well-shaped protection for keeping spares and phones handy, but low quality doesn't fit the high price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Altura Pocket Wallet
Size tested: 16 x 9 x 3cm
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?
Altura says: "Protect your phone once and for all with this rugged water-resistant wallet."
Good idea! If only it really was that rugged.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Altura list these features:
The front side features a transparent touchscreen display so you can still use it while its inside the case. The backside has grip strap attachment points, so you can thread it through the strap of a messenger bag or rucksack.
Inside you can store more than just your phone. It has the capacity for a spare inner tube, tyre levers, cash and cards, with internal sleeves for easy organisation. The water resistant zip closure secures them all against the elements.
Dimensions: 16 x 9 x 3 cm
Disappointingly messy seams, thin fabric and a screen that can fail near the welded edge.
Good while intact: it fills jersey pockets perfectly, and keeps essentials organised and protected from water. It's a shame the internal pockets are tucked beneath your carefully wedged-in spares, though.
Cheap construction doesn't inspire faith, and ours split during the test period.
Comfy and secure in rear pockets.
It's quite pricey for what it is, and probably a moot point if you can't trust it to last.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Handy storage and protection – until the screen failed.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Very well sized.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Disappointing construction for the price.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
At £30 it's a little above the average for this kind of protection, though it does offer useful extra storage for more than a phone.
Did you enjoy using the product? For a while.
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No
Use this box to explain your overall score
Even without the failure (which could have stemmed from poor construction), the build and finish are disappointing for a £30 bag. I couldn't confidently say the messy seams wouldn't start unravelling after prolonged use either, hence the poor score.
About the tester
I usually ride: GT GTR Series 3 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: general fitness riding, mountain biking