Quivvers: The Speedo of Messenger Bags

You probably carry a cell phone with you when you commute. And on your commute, you probably don’t use your phone for GPS navigation, because you are going to work and you already know how to get there — unless it’s your first day at a new job.

What I’m getting at is that you probably keep your phone in your pocket.

So what do you do when it rings? Do you ignore it, or do you stop and pull it out of your pocket to see who is calling? I could never decide on a personal policy.

A Quivver arrived for me to review. I put one over my shoulder and modeled it for my co-workers. One of them said, “That’s the Speedo of messenger bags.”

The Speedo of Messenger Bags. Photo: Quivvers

That smartass comment could have set the tone for how I approached this review, because, honestly, I didn’t expect it to be very useful. But it was.

Riding along, my phone rings, and I want to screen the call, all I have to do is look down through the clear vinyl window of the Quivver and see who is calling.

Ted in Lycra with a Quivver
Pockets for those who commute in Lycra

Another problem solved: I didn’t used to have place to keep my cheap Bluetooth headset (and I kept running the headset through the laundry in my pants pockets). The Quivver has a small triangular pocket, the perfect size for my headset.

There’s also a third pocket on the back for keeping a little money, or something else small and flat.

A few weeks ago, I tried commuting in Lycra. Yes, I really did that.

With no pants pockets, I carried my wallet in the Quivver. I couldn’t zip it closed, but with the help of gravity, the wallet stayed in place.

Then I drove a rental car. Yes, I really did that too.

My phone was in my pants pocket when it rang. I did that squirming thing where you straighten your back in order to reach into your pants pocket while driving with one hand, fumbling to extract the phone. I hate that.

I realized that I could also wear the Quivver while driving — and completely eliminate cellular squirm.

Quivver in the Car
DWD: Driving While Dorky

The Quivver company, rather uncreatively, has marketed their product with photos of young, attractive, athletic models using the product — completely ignoring the huge middle-aged dork demographic.

Young, Attractive, Athletic People with Quivvers
I can’t imagine why.

The Quivver sells for $44.99, or for $39.99 without the vinyl window.

I’ve really come to appreciate not having my cell phone in my pocket, and you might like it too. So if you don’t fit either the “Young, Attractive, and Athletic” demographic, or the “Middle-Aged and Dorky” demographic, or if for any other reason the Quivver isn’t right for you, here are…

More not-in-your-pocket ways to carry your Phone

Timbuk2 3Way Pouch
Timbuk2 3Way PouchThis mounts to a shoulder strap of a backpack or messenger bag.
Timbuk2 Flip Out Pouch
Timbuk2 Flip Out PouchAlso mounts to backpack or messenger bag strap.
Banjo Brothers Bar Top Phone Pack
Banjo Brothers Bar Top Phone PackMounts to your handlebar stem.
Biologic Bike Mount For Android
Biologic Bike Mount For AndroidMounts to your handlebar stem. You will also need to buy a liner specific to your Android smartphone ($9.99).
Biologic Bike Mount for iPhone 3/3G/3GS
Biologic Bike Mount for iPhone 3/3G/3GSHides your outdated iPhone shame.
Timbuk2 Goody Box Frame Bag
Timbuk2 Goody Box Frame BagThis one mounts to your top tube.

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11 thoughts on “Quivvers: The Speedo of Messenger Bags”

  1. BluesCat says:

    When I’m bike commuting I have my time all to myself. One of my most loved, simple joys is turning off my cell phone, stuffing it into my panniers and being free for a little while. If the world cannot afford to be out of touch with me for an hour and a half everyday, I am MUCH more important to the world than my compensation indicates. Until I finish my ride, there’s nothing I can do to help the world out anyway.

    If I were to use this Quivver, or one of the other products you mentioned, it would mean I could be disturbed while I’m riding to or from work. No way, ain’t gonna happen.

    1. Ted Johnson says:

      I agree. I’m more willing to be interrupted these days because (a) my commute is so much longer, and (b) I’m temporarily away from my family.

      These days I often work late, until the temperature cools down. If I take a call, I may be on the shared-use path on the Rillito River at sunset or later. I’ll get off of my bike and walk to make it last. No traffic noise, no distractions. It’s a great time to catch up with my wife or a friend.

  2. JaimeRoberto says:

    Looks like a fanny pack worn as a sash.

  3. Dan Wright says:

    Another cheap way to mount phone to handlebar… For $6 Wal-Mart sells a cell phone holder that comes with double-sided tape. I mounted it to the stem and wrapped it with electrical tape just to make sure it didn’t come loose. Now I can use mapmyride, see who’s calling, and even listen to music if I want with my phone conveniently and securely located right under my nose.

  4. Tim Sherman says:

    My kids bought me a cell phone when I was commuting at night. I keep it on my person in case I get separated from my bicycle. It is a safety thing. Luckily it hasn’t been used for it’s intended purpose. I charge it and keep it on me. Now that I commute during the day it has more importance. It is kept in my most reachable pocket whether I am wearing winter, spring, summer, or fall commuting layers of bicycle clothing. It is a safety device in case the worst happens.

  5. Matt says:

    the best part about this article is that I found out about the banjo bros cell phone pouch. Its cheap and looks like it does what its supposed to.

  6. norm says:

    That’s right! Ignore the middle-aged dork demographic at your own peril!

  7. Rick says:

    Quivers = Really Expensive fanny pack worn over the shoulder.

    I wear a fanny pack with my phone in it and some keys. I guess I could start wearing it over my shoulder and save $35 (the fanny pack cost me $5)

  8. Ted Johnson says:

    @Rick @JaimeRoberto:

    Yes, it does look like a fanny pack. There’s even a photo on the Quivvers Web site showing someone wearing it around his waist.

    Except it doesn’t make a very good fanny pack because it doesn’t hold as much as a fanny pack would. There’s a particular utility to having it right on your chest, and being able see the phone so easily.

  9. Brim Stone says:

    I listen to talk radio on my phone while riding (and while doing many other things). A wired headset is needed to use the radio. Not wanting three feet of headset wire dangling off my body I made a pouch from ‘FoodSaver’ vacuum bag and duck tape to which I attached a neck strap. I can also record video while riding or walking around while wearing it. I can also slip it inside my shirt for discretion or protection. Not being a complete idiot I use a single earbud/mike in the right ear only while riding, with the volume as low as possible.

    Under threat from my spouse to throw the thing out I found another, nicer, leather pouch to wear on non-bike occasions.

  10. John says:

    You have selected few nice quivvers for this article, but like Rick said, they are just expensive fanny packs. Also, I personally would not want to wear them, they just look..ugly? I can’t find the right word. I can also think of at least 4 better ways to hold your phone, even if you’re on a bike. I personally use something similar to Biologic Bike Mount For Android and it works great. Phone is available all the time!

    Anyway, have a nice day.

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