Sticky Pod update: improved design!
Some of you may recall the article I wrote last June, “What I carry on road rides“. When I published that blog I was storing most of my emergency repair gear in an under-the-saddle bag (the excellent Topeak Pro Pack Micro Seat Pack).
About a month after I wrote that article, I ditched the saddle bag in favor of another product called the Sticky Pod, which is designed to be carried in a jersey pocket. Shortly after making that change, I wrote a follow-up article: “Saying goodbye to my saddle bag: enter the Sticky Pod“.
Unfortunately after about six months of daily use (literally), the zipper on the Sticky Pod started to, well, stick! Probably due to the increased resistance, it wasn’t long before the zipper pull broke off the zipper itself, and my Sticky Pod was no longer useable. I think Florida’s high humidity combined with constant exposure to my sweat is what did the Sticky Pod in.
I dusted off my trusty Topeak Pro Pack Micro Seat Pack and made a mental note to contact the Sticky Pod folks which, of course, I never did.
Quite by coincidence, about a week after my Sticky Pod broke I received an unsolicited email from its inventor, Miles Schwartz!
Miles thanked me for my unbiased Sticky Pod review, and told me that several improvements had been made since that time. Unaware that my Sticky Pod zipper had failed, Miles mentioned that he had sent me a package containing a couple Sticky Pods with the new design (both the large and the small size), along with a few new products his company had recently released. When I wrote back to Miles and told him that my Sticky Pod zipper pull had broken off, he said that the zipper was one of the areas that had been significantly improved with the new design.
Here are some photos of the new and improved Sticky Pod, along with some details (see captions) about the improvements that have been made since the original design (click any image to enlarge):
I was very happy to see the zipper was improved. After six months of daily use, the zipper was my only complaint about the Sticky Pod. Time will tell how the new zipper holds up, but what I can tell you right off the bat is it feels much smoother than the old one did (even when new).
Full disclosure: I purchased my original Sticky Pod but, as mentioned above, these new pods were sent to me at no charge for my use and review. This, of course, will not alter my opinion in any way, but I do like to be transparent about that sort of thing.
Finally, I’m not sure if Amazon is stocking the new design or not. I’ve sent Miles an email, and will update this blog when I know for sure.