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Urbanshell – they’ve got it covered

As a dyed-in-the-wool everyday cyclist, I’d be unlikely to buy a bag that wasn’t fully waterproof. But for many people out there, their go-to bag does sometimes let in the rain. Maybe style triumphs over obsessive rain-proofness, or they have a leaky bag they just love too much not to use. Or they simply get caught out in an unexpected downpour. It happens. In Bristol, where Boneshaker lives, it happens a lot. urbanshell

For just these occasions, the UrbanShell Bag Cover has been developed. They’ve got a Kickstarter going to raise funds for further development, with a little over fortnight left to run. Boneshaker have been kindly sent an UrbanShell to test, and over several weeks and plenty of rain, it’s done us proud. I lent it to my wife (also a daily cyclist, but one with a stylish range of bags many of which are not waterproof). She’s been transporting her Macbook and various other precious items to and fro across the city in all weathers – including some biblical downpours – and everything has stayed safe and dry.   urbanshell2

The cover is an unmissable shade of orange (other colours are available), with reflective detailing – making it a safety device as well as a rain cover – and it has a handy little zip pocket for small items, which doubles as a stuff-sack for packing the Urbanshell into when not in use. The Urbanshell has a cunning three-point security strap to hold it firmly in place, and elastic to ensure it tightly grips the bag being covered. Everything works just as it should. All in all, this is a great piece of design: simple, functional, good looking and well-priced. ‘Super early bird’ Kickstarter supporters will be able to bag one for only £10 – but be quick – they’ve only got a few left…

Find out more at urbanshell.com

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