For cyclist commuters, the Shirt Shuttle has proved to be one of the most useful cheap gadgets I’ve bought. Once upon a time, I used to try and fold my work shirts against something firm and hope they weren’t too creased by the time I got to the office. It rarely worked, and me and a colleague chipped in to buy a cheap iron and camping ironing board so that we looked like we’d actually made an effort to get dressed. It added 15mins to the start of our working day, which was an annoyance for both of us.
While up at he Cycle Show in Birmingham earlier this year, I stumbled across the Shirt Shuttle. Designed to get your shirts from A to B without creasing or getting dirty, it sounded like an ideal product for me and my colleague – no more ironing! It consists of a sturdy plastic shell, designed to allow for the collar of your shirt, which is secured with a zip around the outside. It’s durable and waterproof. However, the real innovation is the plastic insert – this is what you fold your shirt around, following a simple procedure. The principle is, “something folded around a curved surface cannot crease”, and this seems to be true. Once folded around the insert (see photo above), the hanger doubles as a retaining clip, and the whole shirt is then just put in the plastic shell. Simple, safe and secure.
The Shirt Shuttle really does work. I’ve been using it for about 3 months now, and have nothing but good things to say about it. There is perhaps a slight tendency to put a tiny crease in the shirt pocket area, caused by the rubber feet on the inside of the case to help hold the shirt in place, but this is nothing in the grand scheme of things.
It retails at full price for £30, or £40 if you opt for the slightly newer model, which claims to be slightly smaller and lighter. Personally, I have no issues with the weight of the original, which can now often be found discounted – mine cost just £15 – but have a feel for yourself and find out. An ideal gift for cyclists this Christmas!