Hitcase Pro ruggedized iPhone case
$129.99 at hitcase.com
Apple Inc.’s iPhone is a surprisingly tough little gadget, but it has its limits. Even its rigid frame and robust Gorilla Glass can collapse amidst the rigors of mountain biking or snowboarding. Which is why a fan of extreme sports might want to plop down $130 for this exceedlngly tough smartphone case.
The Hitcase Pro, for the iPhone 4 and 4S, has a primal, almost brutish look to it. Unlike cheaper, simpler cases for everyday use, the Hitcase is primarily intended for heavy-duty action. It’s much too bulky to tote in a pocket, but never mind. This waterproof, shock-resistant case uses a locking system that lets you insert and remove the phone with ease. Its strong but flexible front shield still allows access to the phone’s touchscreen controls, though you’ll have to push a bit harder.
The case comes with attachments for bolting it onto a helmet, or the handlebars of a bike. Launch the iPhone’s video camera, and make a permanent record of your daring feats. The company offers a free app that connects to the iPhone’s GPS, and records your speed, altitude and G-force acceleration as you go.
In addition, the Hitcase Pro has a built-in wide-angle lens extension for the iPhone’s camera. It significantly expands the scale of your videos; just the thing for capturing the vastness of a challenging downhill ski run.
Sure, you might break a bone or two on the way down. But with the Hitcase Pro wrapped around your phone, you’ll probably still be able to call for help.
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