Polaris EVA Pod Plus bike case review

Polaris's EVA Pod Plus bike case promises to get your bike to its destination undamaged – will it do the job for £325?

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

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.

Reasons to buy
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    Lock hole

Reasons to avoid
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    Removal of rear mech necessary

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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.

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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.

Lock hole's a nice touch when travelling to ensure your bike isn't stolen
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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.

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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.