In this article I will share my thoughts on the Cocoon Grid-It Organizer that I use to organize important bike tools that I store in a set of BERA CLIC+ toolboxes It was the Velonews article “A look inside pro mechanics’ toolboxes” that pointed me to the Cocoon Grid-It Organizer following the footsteps of Joe Devera, mechanic of the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team.
What is the Cocoon Grid-It Organizer ?
“The Cocoon GRID-IT!®system is a proprietary patent pending object retention system. A unique weave of rubberized elastic bands made specifically to hold personal objects firmly in place.”
I’ve purchased two Cocoon Grid-It Organizers in size L, that measure the following dimensions 38.1 cm × 1.o cm × 27.9 cm (W x D x H). As you can read on the Cocoon Innovations website the Cocoon Grid-It is a versatile organizer, which is marketed as an insert for a backpack or messenger bag. The simple but innovative design helps you to organize cables and small parts the way you want, without having a fixed configuration.
My personal usage scenario is slightly different. I use a set of BERA CLIC+ toolboxes to store important bike tools and spare parts of my road bikes. After reading the Velonews article “A look inside pro mechanics’ toolboxes” I purchased two Cocoon Grid-It systems to keep my important bike tools organized.
How to use the Cocoon Grid-It Organizer
The Cocoon Grid-It has a random grid of horizontal and vertically elastic bands, that have 5 lines of rubber woven into the surface of the elastic straps. This rubberized surface of the elastic bands helps to keep things firmly in place (without objects escaping the tension of the elastic bands).
You can simply start organizing your items simply the way you want, and reorganize it over and over again without being bound to a fixed configuration. This ability helps me to pack the most of tools on an area of 38.1 cm by 27.9 cm, without losing much volume/surface area. When you look at the first picture you can see how dense the tools are packed in the Cocoon Grid-It organizer. 🙂
The backside of the Cocoon Grid-It contains a pocket in which you ca store paper documents or other flat items. This pocket is closed with a zipper. The backside furthermore contains a loop, to quickly pull out the Cocoon Grid-It system from a backpack or messenger bag.
Concluding thoughts and wrap-up
I agree that the Cocoon Grid-It is probably the most versatile organization system available.
The random grid of elastic bands makes the configuration options are endless, whether you store cables and mouse in the Grid-It or your most used tools to maintain a road bike. The rubber lines woven into the surface of the elastic straps, are the most innovative part of the Cocoon Grid-It organizer. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is the patent pending part of the product. 🙂
The price point of the big organizer CPG20 is €24,95 and the smaller Grid-It CPG8 costs €17,95. These price points are fair given the value, quality and innovation you get.
I can recommend the Cocoon Grid-It to everyone who wants to keep organized in many usage scenarios.
If you live in the Netherlands you can order the Cocoon Grid-It in fonQ webshop.
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