Polaris's EVA Pod Plus bike case promises to get your bike to its destination undamaged – will it do the job for £325?
As with pretty much all bike cases, this offering from Polaris is a clamshell design with zips and clips to securely close the case. The Polaris EVA Pod Plus sits in the middle of the Polaris bike case range, mixing the rigid nature of a box with elements of the softness of a bag.
Being taller than the likes of Bike Box Alan and Evoc, the Polaris will accommodate integrated seatposts. However, although some smaller bikes can get away without removing the rear mech, you most likely will have to with this case, which adds to the pack-down faff. Typically pedals and bars will also need to be removed.
Two padded wheel bags are supplied to protect bike and wheels from rubbing and these are held down with clips and straps — as is much of the bike. It’s a simple, effective design.
We’ve had no problems with transportation and the case seems robust, standing up to knocks and bumps, while the added handle and wheels make for easy travelling. The bike lock eyelets are also a nice touch too, although it is a little difficult to get in and out of smaller cars and being rigid isn’t exactly packable when not needed.
The Polaris EVA Pod Plus is a good bike case. It isn't as tough as a box or as vulnerable as a soft bag, although it does stand relatively tall, which is good for integrated seat posts or those who like to keep their saddle heights unaltered.