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Topeak's Escape Pod is an easy way to convert a bottle cage to storage of tools, snacks and anything else you may need to carry. If saddle bags are not your thing, you cannot go wrong with this waterproof, rattle-free solution – especially in this gigantic size.
Topeak's Escape Pod is an off-the-shelf variant of the old sawn-off water bottle converted to storage. Whilst there is not anything particularly special about the design, Topeak uses a solid, engineering-grade plastic for a rugged exterior, and a neoprene liner to prevent rattling.
There's also a foam lining to the lid, and while Topeak makes no claims of it being watertight, in practice it is – good news when hauling expensive tools through the depths of winter.
We've also reviewed the medium Escape Pod, but this large one is truly massive (it's 7cm taller) and can hold minipumps, mountain bike inner tubes and even a full set of hex keys.
I found no issues with rattling or overall security within my Elite bottle cages. Even on roads where a gravel bike would be more appropriate, the Escape Pod did not budge.
At £13.99 I think it's well priced for such as voluminous carrier, and it offers over a third more volume than the £10.99 medium version. It's cheaper than the Vel Tool Bottle at £15.
The Topeak Escape Pod is well made, good value and – especially in this huge size – extremely useful. You do sacrifice a cage for carrying water, of course, but then you save sacrificing an actual bottle as well with this well-priced, purpose-built version.
Effective and rattle-free storage with loads of room
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Topeak Escape Pod (large)
Size tested: Large
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?
Topeak states: "The Escape Pod allows you to store a mini tool, CO2 inflator, tire levers, spare tube, a mini pump (Large Pod) or any essential gear for your ride. The rigid and durable Escape Pod features interior foam padding and neoprene bag to keep contents quiet and accessible. Easily slides into most water bottle cages giving you the perfect way to carry extra gear on your next adventure!"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
CAPACITY 850 cc
MATERIAL Engineering grade polymer
ATTACHMENT Water bottle cage
SIZE 23.5 x ø 7.4 cm / 9.3' x ø 2.9'
WEIGHT 121 g / 4.27 oz
A solid, scratch-resistant polymer bottle.
Large storage capacity, rattle free and water tight.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The large volume.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
At £13.99 I think it's well priced for such as voluminous carrier, and it offers over a third more volume than the £10.99 medium version. It's cheaper than the Vel Tool Bottle at £15, too.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The Topeak Escape Pod is very effective, so long as you do not mind sacrificing a bottle. It's huge, it works without faff and as such deserves an eight.
About the tester
I usually ride: Giant TCR My best bike is: Giant Trinty
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, club rides, the occasional bit of track