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by James Huang
May 5, 2016
It’s back! After a one-year hiatus, we’ve resurrected our monthly product showcase where we highlight gear that has landed on our doorstep, providing firsthand impressions of their performance — good or bad. This month, we’re featuring some parts and accessories from our new U.S. office in Boulder, Colorado.
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Easton E100 handlebar
Edco Monoblock cassette
Gore Bike Wear One Gore-Tex Active Bike Jacket
Rudy Project Tralyx sunglasses
Just Enough Tools JET Roll III tool roll
Ass Savers Fendor Bendor fender
Tool rolls seem to be gaining in popularity, as riders look to conveniently carry their repair essentials with something a bit more stylish than an everyday saddle pack. Just Enough Tools’ JET Roll III features a somewhat unique take on the classic tool roll, with double-ended pockets that envelope your contents, plus a wide range of fabrics and colors to suit your personal taste.
Carrying on with the classic theme is the included leather toe strap for attaching the JET Roll III to your saddle. Alternatively, you can simply keep everything together with one of the two buttons sewn into the body and toss the whole lot into a jersey pocket.
Actual weight is 58g.
It can take a bit of creativity to get everything tucked in nicely so that it not only fits but also rolls up well.
I’ll freely admit to being a bit of a saddle pack snob. I use them proudly, because being self sufficient is always cool. And in my opinion, they should hold exactly what’s needed (but no more), there should be no strap around the seatpost to scrape up the inside of my shorts, they should be easy to use, and they should never, ever rattle.
When judged against those requirements, the minimalist JET Roll III delivers on all fronts, with just barely room for a tightly wrapped inner tube (helped along with the silicone rubber band that’s included expressly for the purpose), a folding tool, a single tire lever, a glueless patch kit, two CO2 cartridges, and a compact inflator head. The compact size and double-ended pockets do make loading the JET Roll III feel a bit like playing a game of Tetris sometimes — so that everything fits and rolls up nicely — but the reward is a compact pack that stays put, doesn’t jiggle around, and is always on hand when needed.
If you won’t want to strap the JET Roll III underneath your saddle, there’s also the option of buttoning it up and tucking it in a jersey pocket.
The JET Roll III also seems to be quite well made, with sturdy stitching throughout and real metal buttons that are attached with a seemingly ludicrous amount of thread.
Tool rolls do have their downsides, however, namely that they have to be completely removed in order to access their contents, unlike conventional seat bags that merely have to be unzipped. That shouldn’t be an issue unless you puncture regularly, though.
Functionally, there’s little to fault with the JET Roll III. But as good as it is, it’s awfully pricey.
Price: US$50 / AU$65 / £34