So I have to admit, prior to getting the Dapplebay Good Rides Pack in my winter Cavali Club box, my phone carrying game was pretty sad. I had been using a freebie fanny pack thing from Total Saddle Fit (I totally love the brand, don’t get me wrong) that just wasn’t adding to my style in a positive. Not to mention it was flimsy, warn out, hard to put things in it because it was unstructured and the elastic never stayed where I put it. It would always loosen up and then eventually start flopping around while sitting trot (feels awesome to have your phone bouncing around your belly while you’re trying to concentrate on your shoulder in of course).
I was SO excited when the spoiler came for the winter box that this was in it. It was just my style (gray) with a cute black and white striped belt. I’m good with all of that. Now I did have some concern about performance, but off first look…I was pumped.
Well, I wasn’t disappointed. It’s so pretty! I love the fabric of the pouch. I also was surprised at how soft and nice the belt was. I’d love for her to offer some other pouch and belt color options (and I hear this might actually be a thing?). I’d totally get a few. Note: You can take the belt off and the pouch is usable on your regular belt if you like (or as a carry pouch for your purse or whatever). The only thing I would change if I could is that the “leather” badge was actually real leather (yeah I’m a snob that way). And I’d love if it had a slightly nicer zipper (like a metal one maybe) to kick up the style just a bit more. I’d be willing to pay more for that.
Even more important than style, the functionality is excellent. It’s a nice big pouch, so it fits my phone well. It also happens to fit keys, horse treats, pressies for your barn friends… I’ve shoved so much into it at times it’s a little ridiculous. Handy! The structure of the pouch is so that it doesn’t slouch or bunch and there is a lining in it, so on wet days I’m not worried about my phone. Ditto on humid days, I find it doesn’t collect condensation on it like it would in the other pouch I used.
The belt is great. While it can roll a bit sometimes if you don’t tighten it enough, it stays where you put it and doesn’t loosen and start flopping around. Which is beyond GREAT! I haven’t had to take this pouch off while riding once (which I regularly had to do with the other one).
I think this is one of those items that people don’t realize they need until they have one. If you trail ride, have a job (or family issue) where you can’t just put your phone in your trunk and ignore it for a few hours, are on your feet all day teaching lessons/riding horses, or just have safety concerns where you feel that a phone on you is better than having none at all…this is a good purchase for you. Not only is the style neutral and fashionable, it has function to match. And the price is good!
I can’t speak to durability yet (but for $24 it doesn’t have to last for years). So far the only thing I’ve noticed is some staining from something (probably leather conditioner) on the pouch. I haven’t tried washing it, but because of the color and print of the pouch, it doesn’t look bad anyways.
This product has it all and I highly recommend it (I absolutely love it if you can’t tell)!