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Chpt3 Upcycled Essentials case review

16 Sep 2021

Eco-friendly accessory with cult brand appeal

Cyclist Rating: 
Waterproof • Recycled materials • Perfect size • Understated design • Excellent value
Not for you if you don't like the smell of inner tubes

When ex-professional cyclist David Millar launched the Chpt3 brand (or Chpt./// as it was stylised back then), it focussed on making the kind of kit that the newly retired racer wanted to wear – tailored cuts from technical materials that for all the world wouldn’t have looked out of place on a catwalk.

However, with the passing of time, and the recent, amicable cutting of ties with Castelli – which partnered with Chpt3 to create its riding apparel – Millar’s brand is once again blazing its own trail, with a new range of kit that essentially democratises on-bike clothing, rather than making gear only the well-heeled can afford.

One example of such wallet-friendly Chpt3 goodness is the Upcycled Essentials Case. It couldn’t be more honest – it’s a case, it’s made from upcycled materials, and yes, it’s essential.


Stash it and go

There’s nowhere to hide if a product designed with simplicity and practicality at its heart doesn’t actually work. The Chpt3 Upcycled Essentials Case, however, is a triumph of well considered design, from a team that actually rides bikes so knows what we need.

Two main compartments are revealed within, with the first very easily swallowing an iPhone 8 and paper money. The second is the ideal place for a bank card, which is held in place by an internal pouch. Between the two is ample room for a couple of tyre levers and your house keys. Crucially, none of the above gets a drop of moisture on it, thanks to the waterproof zipper that runs along three sides of the case.


Eco credentials

As any marketing department knows, the best eco-friendly elements of a product’s design have a story attached. The Chpt3 Upcycled Essentials Case has a belter…

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The facing side of the case is made from used inner tubes stitched together and bears a laser-etched CHPT3 logo. The case is handmade in Barcelona – a stone’s throw (or rather, a short train journey) from the Girona HQ of Chpt3, and these tubes are sourced from bikes used on the local area’s public cycling network. It’s a wonderful example of local businesses’ joined-up thinking.


Third dimension

The Chpt3 Upcycled Essentials Case measures 18cm x 9cm x 2cm, in case you fancied laying out your mid-ride essentials in that kind of area to see if they’ll fit before you part with your cash.

But the trick here is that it doesn’t even cost silly money – for the price of a round of drinks and a greasy burger on your way home, you’re getting a case that slips into (and stays secure within) a jersey pocket, aptly organises the things you want to keep dry, looks particularly stylish, and is doing its bit to repurpose waste materials.

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It’s not so small that you’ll constantly be reaching round to check it’s there, but it’s not to big that it impinges upon comfort. And, of course, you’re buying into a brand name that might have been seemed beyond your reach five years ago. For my money, this is probably the best riding wallet-cum-case I’ve ever used, at any budget.