The main reason I own an Apple iPhone is because I am a distance cyclist and I try to travel as light as possible. The iPhone allows me to record my workouts with the Cyclemeter App (my absolute favorite app for the iPhone) and it allows my wife to track me with the new Road ID App (my second favorite app). I also take photos on off-road trails and always use the iPhone to check on the weather before I leave the house. On rare occasions I have actually used the iPhone to make a phone call. However, carrying a smartphone is sometimes a challenge because I don’t want to permanently mount a phone holder to any of my bikes. A few weeks ago the folks at Alt-Gear sent me a BiKase DriKase Smartphone Holder to review and it is probably the best smartphone holder for cyclists available on the market today. If you would like a chance to win this smartphone holder just keep reading!
The BiKase DriKase Smartphone Holder is made of urethane and is highly water-resistant (in my opinion your phone is safe in a thunderstorm, but don’t use this holder when you go scuba diving). The sealed construction on this holder makes for a very durable phone case. This holder mounts to your bike with a sturdy Velrco strip—you can attach it to either your handlebars or the handlebar stem. While the Velcro is very secure it is still easy to remove it when you want to.
Unlike most of the other iPhone (or other smartphone) holders on the market, this one has a clear window on the back so you can use your camera with having to take the phone out of the holder. I shot a few photos through this window and was pleasantly surprised at how well the photos looked! Photos shot in full daylight were nearly perfect, but I could see a bit of blurring in low-light situations. Another surprising thing about this smartphone holder is that you can still use your phone when it is in the case—the sound is slightly muffled, but still good enough to use.
By the way, I keep my iPhone 5 in a very thin polypropylene case and it fits in the DriKase holder with ease. This case will also hold a Samsung Galaxy 3 or 4 and several other smartphones. BiKase also has holders available that will accommodate larger phones and even an iPad Mini or Kindle. The BiKase DriKase Smartphone Holder retails for $25 and is available from the Alt-Gear website , CambriaBike.com, OutsideOutfitters.com, and Amazon.com.
Regular readers know that I seldom keep the products that are sent to me for review. If you would like a chance to win this BiKase DriKase Smartphone Holder then leave a comment below telling me why you need it. The contest ends at midnight (CST) on Friday, August 23, 2013. After the contest closes I will read through the comments and choose a winner based solely on my subjective mood at the time. I won’t respond to the comments left below, but I promise to read and consider every one of them. This contest is for U.S. residents only and only one entry per household allowed. I will send this product to the winner via U.S. Mail at my expense. Good luck!