Product Review: GoVelope by Giddyup Gear April 18 2014, 0 Comments

Okay, I'll be honest. When I first saw the GoVelope, I thought what is this thing? Some sort of horseback rider fanny pack? Please...and rolled my eyes. And then I heard people talking about it. A few big stores started carrying it, and back at AETA, I got my hands on one. Well did that change my opinion or what? Yup, it did.

I used it at AETA to carry around business cards and my cell phone and a lipstick and didn't have to lug my purse around all day, and more than once I forgot where my cell phone was and went looking for it, only to realize it was in my GoVelope. Then when I got home, I started riding with it. At first, I just used it on trails or long rides, thinking that's all I'd really need it for. When I went on that excursion looking for the missing horse (link to blog), it came in handy because not only did it hold my cell phone, it held a park map and a compass (yes, an old school one haha) because we weren't on horse-approved trails, and some of the time we weren't on trails at all. We were tracking a horse.

From there, it just spiraled out of control and pretty soon I was addicted. I couldn't get enough. I used it on my jeans to run errands, and it automatically goes right on my breeches every Saturday morning when I head out to teach lessons and ride and train for the day. I love that it can fit my chapstick as well as my phone. And I can't tell you the last time I dropped my phone in a water bucket, knocked it over, or had to scramble for it when an unexpected rain shower started mid-ride and I had left it ringside. No, really, I can't tell you the last time any of that happened, because I don't remember. I even tossed my Lifeproof case (*gasp* I really did!) in favor of a Mophie battery extender case so that I can ride longer and keep my phone powered up, trusting my GoVelope to keep it safe and secure and dry.

So yes, in case you were wondering or were skeptical, it's far far more than "a glorified fanny pack." In the ring and out, around the barn whether on a horse or not, it's become my "can't live without it" item. Some of the features you can't see in the pictures are that it has a non-skid back so that it doesn't move, no matter what you're doing (riding, jumping, hunter pacing, dragging jumps around the ring, chasing a loose horse or disobedient dog...or all of the above). The velcro is super heavy duty and hasn't shown any signs of wear despite heavy use since AETA in all kinds of weather. And all of the seams are taped so that it's water resistant and the sides are slightly padded as well to keep you - and your phone - cushy and safe!

Okay, now that I've rambled enough about it, Rachel now has one and is going to be riding with it and writing her own product review as well. Can't wait to see what she has to say! What about you? Have one? Want one?  Not sure about it? Share your feedback in the comments and let me know what you think!

Happy riding,

GoVelope inventor, Joanna at AETA, where I got to meet her for the first time and get my GoVelope!