The WaterField Designs Jersey Pocket Tool Case is ideal if you want to get rid of your saddle bag and have all of your essentials stored together in an organised wallet, sitting snuggly in your jersey pocket. It's expensive, though, and too wide for some pockets.
It's stylish, well constructed, and has plenty of compartments to separate valuables from tools – so both practical and something I'd be incredibly happy whipping out of my pocket at the café stop. With so much capacity for all the essentials on a ride, it's on the large side, so doesn't fit in all jersey pockets – and then there's the price.
The smaller Pro option is plenty big enough for my Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (15.5cm tall x 7.5cm wide), while the larger Pro Max is only ever so slightly bigger and can hold up to an iPhone Pro Max.
Size-wise, I had the problem that quite a few of my small ladies' sized jersey pockets are not wide enough for even the smaller of the two cases. With the pockets that were sufficiently wide, the top of the case still poked out.
That said, I've had no concerns of the case popping out, as the Lycra does hold it securely in the pockets. But this does make it harder to pull out on the move. Fixing this, WaterField Designs has included an easy grab finger loop at the top, which has been incredibly useful for hooking the case out.
Handcrafted in San Francisco, a full-grain leather panel is included on the front, for a touch of premium-ness. The rest of the tool case is made of a heavy-duty-feeling ballistic nylon that is said to be water-resistant and has proven to keep my contents dry so far on rides with consistent rain.
The case is designed so that the more robust nylon side sits softly and comfortably against your back, while the leather front has a waterproof zippered pocket. I used this for keeping spare cash, my ID and a set of relatively slim house keys. It could also take a multi-tool but I chose not to put one there as I prefer the extra wiggle room to take the cash out.
Inside, there's a soft-lined pocket that is sized for slipping your phone into. This is well designed so that your device, which is flat, is what sits against your back, rather than awkwardly placed tools digging in. But this inner sleeve doesn't rise to the top of the case, so I quickly realised it's best to have the screen side facing outwards, so that tools don't scratch it up.
On the opposite side there are another two smaller pockets, which are useful for storing a multi-tool, tube patches and tyre levers that could get lost in the main section. A spare inner tube and CO2 cartridges then fit nicely in the middle compartment.
The gold lining inside is said to make it easier to find tools, and although I was dubious as to whether it would make a difference, I was surprised to find that it did help. I could see everything in the case easily.
Even full of all these valuables and tools, the case isn't exploding and keeps its shape. That said, when stuffing it with all the tools that you'd usually store in a saddle bag, along with a phone, it does make for a fairly heavy load, so I found placing the case in the middle pocket best to balance the weight.
I tested the 'grizzly leather' edition, but the leather panel of stylish case is also available in crimson, blue and black – the rest of the case remains black nylon.
With both sizes currently costing £50.40 (converted from $69), the tool case is definitely not cheap. On top of the price of the case itself you then have delivery charges... delivery to the road.cc office would incur $34 shipping costs, working out to just over £75 in total at the current exchange rate. Muc-Off's Essentials Case is only £15 and can hold almost the same amount, though it has no padding and the camo exterior isn't anywhere near as stylish as the leather on the WaterField Designs' case. The VeloPac RidePac Allez! Girl (£32) is a better looking case with artwork by illustrator Spencer Wilson, but it doesn't have space to hold tools.
Silca's Borsa is very similarly priced at £49, but shipping is free…
Overall, I would happily use this case for storing my valuables and tools together on a bike ride so I can leave my saddle bag behind. The construction feels very high quality, so it's nice knowing that it would last as a regularly used riding accessory. That said, I was limited with what kit I could wear that would have pockets big enough to fit the case, and it is pricey.
Well-thought-out and constructed case for tools and valuables but be aware it is too wide for some pockets
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road.cc test report
Make and model: WaterField Designs Jersey Pocket Tool Case
Size tested: 2 sizes
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?
Waterfield Designs says:
"The premium Jersey Pocket Tool Case holds a mini pump, spare tube, CO2 cartridge, tire levers, and a phone and it fits neatly in narrow European jersey pockets. Two sizes fit an iPhone Pro or Pro Max and similarly-sized phones."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Waterfield Designs lists:
Sized to fit narrow European cycling jerseys.
Two sizes fit small and large phones.
Holds bike gear, tools and phone (in dedicated, padded pocket).
Zippered front pocket holds quick-access items like cash or ID.
Sturdy ballistic nylon helps block sweat and keeps contents dry.
Premium full-grain leather panel adds a bit of luxury.
Smooth-gliding waterproof zippers grant easy access.
Top finger loop slides the case easily out of jersey pocket.
Interior is lined with bright gold nylon for easy visibility.
Very well made.
All good so far, no concerns.
On the heavy side, but a fair compromise for a well-made case that feels durable.
Sits very comfortably against your back.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Holds all my tools and valuables in an organised fashion, and I'd be happy taking it out at a cafe stop as it looks great!
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The stylish look and how all the tools and valuables fit neatly inside in the different compartments.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The price, and that it didn't fit in a lot of my jersey pockets.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's expensive but not many products match the high quality of performance with such style.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No, because it doesn't fit in many of my jerseys.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, if they were larger than me, so their pockets were wider...
Use this box to explain your overall score
Really impressed with the look, quality of construction and the functionality of the different compartments, but I've had to score it down because of the high price and that I couldn't use it with many of my jerseys, even though the case is said to "fit neatly in narrow European jersey pockets". Works well when it does fit.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Gravel riding, indoor turbo and rollers, track
Anna has been hooked on bikes ever since her youthful beginnings at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. As an avid road and track racer, she reached the heady heights of a ProCyclingStats profile before leaving for university. Having now completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, she’s hoping to add some (more successful) results. Although her greatest wish is for the broader acceptance of wearing funky cycling socks over the top of leg warmers.