Every once in a while you find a cycling product and you know instantly you must have it. When I saw an ad for JerseyBin Waterproof Cycling Pouches I ordered three pouches immediately, and when they arrived a few days later it took all of 30 seconds to realize they were exactly what I needed.
JerseyBins are lightweight, waterproof pouches that fit perfectly in your back jersey pocket. JerseyBins are constructed of 10 gauge vinyl and, depending on the size, the vinyl will either be frosty clear or polished clear. They have round corners so they will not snag your jersey, and they close with a zip-lock style zipper. Several sizes are available, including: 4″ x 5-3/4″, 3-3/4″ x 7″, and 4-3/4″ x 7″. The Limited Edition Mini Bin (4″ x 5-3/4″) is perfect for an Apple iPhone because it is not only protects it from the elements, but you can still use the phone while it is in the case (just don’t try to take a photograph through the vinyl).
My iPhone is always in a very thin polycarbonate shell. However, the display is not covered so when cycling I always want to carry it in a weatherproof case. I tried the OtterBox Defender Case, but it is a royal pain to get the iPhone into the case and another pain to get it back out. I also tried several other iPhone cases and all of them made my iPhone sag at the bottom of my jersey pocket and none of them were waterproof. JerseyBins solve both problems—the case is waterproof and it’s designed to keep your back pocket from sagging because it spreads out the weight of the iPhone (or any other cell phone) better than any other case I’ve tried.
I had only been using a JerseyBin for a few days before I got caught out in a heavy rain and I am happy to report that it worked perfectly. This bin is going to be great for winter cycling as well. In the winter I wear a lightweight shell over my inner layers of clothing (I ride in temperatures all the way down to zero). If you carry a phone inside your jacket during the winter the screen will get fogged up and impossible to read because the high humidity level inside the jacket. The JerseyBin will allow you carry your cellphone inside your jacket and still be able to see it when you want to use it.
At the moment I am using a small JerseyBin since I spend most of the summer cycling on the road and only need to carry my iPhone, a $20 bill and a couple of business cards inside the case. In the fall and winter I will use a larger JerseyBin because I carry a few more items with me when cycling off-road and in the snow.
JerseyBins are also available with custom printing. If you are a cycling promoter (races, bike shows, etc.) I would urge you to consider passing out JerseyBins at your next event. Let’s face it, we all have enough water bottles already and most of the cheap ones cycling promoters pass out are never used anyway. JerseyBins are a product that every cyclist will want and they should last (and promote your event) for several years.
JerseyBins are available from the JerseyBin Website and are extremely low-priced, starting at just $5.25 for the smallest size and up to $6.50 for the largest.