Handy bags from Loksak

An alternative to a ‘sandwich bag’ phone case

The sandwich bag industry has no doubt gotten quite a bit of business from cyclists over the years, and it has nothing to do with bringing along a PB&J for that long ride either. For many riders, a plastic sandwich bag is the best way to stash ID, cash and a credit card, but Loksak have an alternative.

The problem with the sandwich bags is that what works for a snack often doesn’t fit so snuggly in a jersey pocket, and forget about trying to use a touchscreen phone through the plastic.

Loksak offer solution with their line of aLoksak and Opsak storage bags, which were on display at last week’s SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Tradeshow) in Las Vegas. The founder of the company, and innovator of these bags, wasn’t looking for a way to carry keys and cash while going for ride. Instead he was an avid SCUBA diver who wanted a bag that was 100 percent waterproof. The resulting bags have since earned a reputation as “element-proof storage bags.”

The company’s lock tight bags protect against dust, humidity and obviously water. For cyclists on the road, the aLoksak bag may come in quite handy, especially as the company has several sizes that neatly tuck into most jersey pockets. The bags are slim enough to fit into a pocket, while still leaving room for other things, such as a spare tube, but yet are spacey enough to accommodate a phone or other handheld device. The plastic is actually rigid enough that you can use the touch screen without taking it out of the plastic, something nearly impossible to do with a “zip-lock” style bag. 

The aloksak bags are just like your familiar sandwich baggie, yet better in almost all respects: the aloksak bags are just like your familiar sandwich baggie, yet better in almost all respects
The aloksak bags are just like your familiar sandwich baggie, yet better in almost all respects: the aloksak bags are just like your familiar sandwich baggie, yet better in almost all respects

he aLoksak bags are just like your familiar sandwich baggie, yet better in almost all respects

The aLoksak bags feature a hermetic seal and are certified waterproof to 60 meters – which is probably deeper than most of us would ever like to take our bikes, and they’re rated from -40 F to 140 F so they can go to true extremes. These come in sizes from 5x4in up to 32x16in.

While a four pack of aLoksak bags costs quite a bit more than a whole box of sandwich bags — US$6.49 for a set of 3, 5in-by-4in bags — these bags offer “lok” tight from the elements, perfectly pocket sized and infinitely more durable.

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