I was glancing through my blog pages the other day and I realised that my focus has been very tyre based. New tyres, tubeless tyres and so on. OK so I broke that pattern by including a new bike build but there’s a definite tyre heavy balance on the blog! Well, I’ve just bought some more tyres, so expect a ‘gravel tyre review and opinions’ post soon but in the meantime enjoy something a little different! This is my first ever review of a bottle cage case!
Bottle Cage Case? I hear you say. What’s a bottle cage case! Well, it’s not a case to pack away your bottle cages in when their not in use. You can’t get them yet as far as I know; maybe there’s a hole in the market to exploit? Along with bottles of special Himalayan air to put into your tyres for lower rolling resistance?
A bottle cage case is actually a case that can be carried in your bottle cage. Or in most people’s situation, in one of your bottle cages. Hence still leaving you with one cage for a bottle of water or other such drink. So not the sort of thing you’d use on a long hot ride in the middle of summer when you’re going to want to carry two bottles but something that should hopefully be useful during winter. Either as additional storage or as an alternative storage option to a saddle bag or the jersey pockets.
In terms of length you will need a very short mini-pump if you plan to fit one in but of course CO2 inflators will fit just fine. In fact it’s almost identical in length to my Lezyne Caddy Sack pouch that I’ve been using previously, that’s the medium size by the way.
But what I can fit in it comfortably is – 1 inner tube, my Topeak Shuttle 1.2 tyre levers, my Topeak multi-tool and a small bag of ‘extras’. This is basically all the stuff I had in the Caddy Sack. Leaving enough space for some money and a set of keys.
I like the way it zips all the way down the length allowing easy access to all the items in it. I also like the way it has nets on either side which aids nicely in terms of organising your bits and pieces. The material feels like it will be durable too and although I’ve not had need to test it, I would imagine it will keep everything dry when the weather turns wet.
On the bike it looks the part, being a tasteful black with Italian zip trim and the Vittoria logos. And it fits nice and securely in my Blackburn bottle cages. It would be great if Vittoria would also produce a colour matched bottle, so that you can carry your water/drink in a bottle in one cage and the case in the other cage and have them matching as a set.
So what more is there to say about this case? Well, nothing really. So far so good and I can see myself getting good use out of it, especially over the winter.