Does anyone have a favorite smartphone case they might recommend for the slopes? I know about Otterbox and saw a Kickstarter for a waterproof Juggernaut Case, but would like to hear any personal recommendations. I've got an iPhone 5.
I use a twelve south book book case, did so on my 4&4s and now have the one for my 5s, it protects in the leg pocket and doesn't give me issues, i don't see the need to spend on a waterproof case for the phone as it stays in my pocket most of the time...
But then i have text on my screen in the Airwaves and the bluetooth connects to my helmet goggles, so it doesn't come out my pocket very often...
You can use the touchscreen, camera, buttons on the side. I have a small case w/ bumpers on my phone but it still fits without taking that off. It doesn't seem particularly waterproof but I submerged it and ran water over it with cardboard inside and it was fine. Mine's been pretty abused for over a year now and it's still going strong. I got it at a local outdoors store.
I got a Lifeproof case for my girlfriends iphone.. she likes it. I thought it might be a pain in the ass unscrewing the plug on the bottom and attaching an adapter to use earphones, but she doesn't mind at all and she listened to music all the time. Very well designed otherwise and very very slim for what it is. She has only dropped it 4 feet or so, no problem. She has also spoken to me while she's showering and no issues there either. Keep in mind the manufacturers claim it can withstand much more.
Personally, if I used my phone as much as she does to listen to music, I'd probably get annoyed with having to unscrew the bottom and screw in the adapter to plug my earphones in (perhaps a testament to my laziness). If you rarely use ear/headphones, being a third party user, I'd definitely recommend it for a very slim shock/waterproof iphone case.
For what it's worth, I asked her to let me throw her phone against a wall. She refused. If I manage to convince her or be in a room alone with her phone, I'll post an update.
I can tell you the life proof cases, Will protect your phone! Had mine in my pocket when I flipped my kayak and went for a swim a few weeks ago. Swam the boat to shore, dug it out and it was bone dry.
That case was for my 4s. I used it on the slope and even though my phone would come out of my pocket covered in condensed sweat, phone was dry. I also dropped it more than once off the loading docks at work. (4-6ft fall) bouncing off metal dock plates onto concrete. Phone was fine.
Having said that, the case does interfere with the call/voice quality. The special waterproof ear pod plug adaptor doesn't work right with the inline controls of the pods. On the slope or the trail, whatever, I don't use my iPhone for my music. I use it sealed in the case without the ear pods for all my board, boat n bike gps apps and phone. For my riding music, I use a little $50, 2gig solid state iPod shuffle.
BTW, that shuffle was in my other pocket, NO case, when I went swimming! It kept on playing music under water and I was rockin' out & laughin' my ass off all the way to shore! :thumbsup: :eusa_clap: :laugh:
Just bought another life proof for my iPhone 5 (not the 5s.)
(Lastly,.. If anyone is interested, I have FS a good, used, Life tested waterproof, Lifeproof case for an iPhone 4s. Complete with original box and I also have the belt/pack clip mount holder. Paid about $120 for everything new. PM me with an offer if interested!)