The design for this Ultra Premium Waxed Canvas bag began not with the items it would hold, but rather with the pocket it would go in. The SILCA Phone Wallet is sized to the height and width of a standard jersey pocket. This starting point allowed our designers to maximize the available space. This strategy results in a bag sized just perfectly to fill the pocket completely without stretching the jersey fabric or affecting jersey fit, while allowing you to carry so much more than you thought possible, more comfortably than you thought possible. The Phone Wallet is different from other zippered phone cases in that it contains an INTERNAL DRY BAG. This dry bag takes what would be a Weather Resistant case and increases the phone protection level to fully weatherproof. The dry bag holds phones up to iPhone 7 size (160mm x 80mm x 8mm) with thin case. The Weather Proof compartment of the bag will hold up to iPhone 7+ with case. Each bag is hand sewn from SILCA’s proprietary Waxed Duck Canvas with reflective quilting, premium weather-resistant YKK zippers, and includes a unique, high strength 3M® reflective tab which wraps over the top of your jersey pocket and attaches to the bag magnetically, adding over 1500 square millimeters of reflective surface to any jersey you own! Designed to perfectly fit and maximize Jersey pocket storage Water-proof Dry-bag storage for phone up to iPhone 6/7 Phone screen fully functional through the dry bag material! Weather-resistant main storage compartment holds phones up to iPhone 6+/7+ size Internal pockets for cash, credit cards, house key, passport and more Weather resistant YKK Zipper High power 3M™ Scotchlite Reflective Strap with magnetic attachment Weighs in at 144g!The initial impression when I received it was a bit of surprise at the generous size, but it was designed to be a good but full fit in a center pocket of a cycling jersey (road type three pocket) and that is true…mostly. More on that later. And of course the name PHONE wallet means it should be big enough to fit anything but a ‘phablet’ so it can only be so compact. It also is smart looking. The stitched exterior panels and overall design is one of quality and understated style. I like that All the storage is inside the Phone Wallet. The strap on the outside was a bit of a mystery to me as to the function. An image on the Silca website showed the Wallet in a jersey pocket with the strap on the outside of the pocket, fastening to the wallet through the jersey fabric with a magnet catch. Oh…OK then. The strap also is reflective. Oh yes…it does not come from Silca with a 20 dollar bill in it despite the images here. Looking inside, there is a generous sized clear vinyl pouch for the phone on the right side with a slim pouch under the phone section, presumably for the aforementioned passport. On the left are three slots for credit cards or ID and two larger sections behind those for cash money and such. Nothing fat/thick will fit in there well. I was heading out for a ride, but before I did, I sat with the Silca Phone Wallet and grabbed some items I would typically carry with me to see how it would all fit. Here is what I found.
- The section for the filthy lucre is nice, keeping folding money unfolded and secure. The CC slots are a good snug fit and three slots ought to get it done.
- My iPhone 6S fit in the clear pouch even with the slim case intact but I did find that it was difficult to do as the case and the pouch are both a bit ‘sticky’ and the drag of the case made it a chore to get the phone out. You might want to check the dimensions of any new phone you’re thinking of picking up if you have this case. You might want to have a look at a review site such as ProductExpert.in who will have all the information you need before you make a purchase. Removing the phone case made it a bit better sticky-wise, but not too much. There is a red sewn-on pull tab to get the opening of the phone pouch to where you can access it. That is handy but I found the pouch was a bit difficult to tuck back in behind itself, especially with long fingered gloves on. It also has a tendency to trap air in there when you close the flap and that makes the pouch pooffier than it needs to be.
- I could easily use the touchscreen while it was in the pouch and I even took a phone call with no issues.
- If you can carry just a simple, single house key, then that will tuck in somewhere or the other but I would not mind if the house key compartment was sealed so it cannot slide out when you are looking at your phone, etc.
- Where does my car key go? Nowhere really. Car keys are kind of fat these days and now with the keyless fobs, even more so. I never found an arrangement that made me happy to put my single car key in there and close the case without a big bulge and pressure on the phone. I actually set off my car alarm doing this when the pressure hit the ‘panic button’. This is a big minus in my mind as I often ride from my car.
- How about loose change? I guess it could tuck behind the phone or something…or just leave it in the coffee house tip jar.
About The Author: Grannygear hails from SoCal and spent most of his cycling days as a mountain biker from the formative years of mountain biking all the way up to the present day. His day job is in the tech sector, but he has spent time writing about off road 4X4’s, 29? mountain bikes, and cycling in general. Grannygear and Guitar Ted have worked off and on together since 2009 after a chance meeting at Interbike. With gravel cycling on the rise, Grannygear has been exploring how this genre’ works in SoCal and now does guest pieces for RidingGravel.com in his spare time. My friend was telling me about how he recently got a great new broadband deal, which was really helpful when he was at home, using the internet on his phone. He found this deal through Usave. He was so glad he made the switch, it was easy and he saved a bunch of money.