This water/dirt/snow/shock-proof case is designed to go on your phone and stay there. For the protection it offers, the slim design makes it practical to leave this case on your phone for full time protection, not just when you want to get out in the elements. As the instructions suggested, I first tested the case empty as the waterproofness is not intuitively apparent. But once that past the test I inserted my phone and haven’t taken it out since. Until something that does everything this LifeProof case does and resolves some of the issues I mention below, this will continue to be how I protect my iPhone.» Full Story »
GEAR: DryCase – Waterproof your iPhone
Posted by Cameron on 1 September 2011
The vacuum seal tells all. Drop your mobile phone into this clear plastic case, pump (or suck) the air out and you’re good to go. By virtue of the vacuum holding, you know your kit is protected. And with a waterproof headphone jack, you can still get your tunes or make a call. The DryCASE allows for full touch screen functionality and comes with a buoyant armband, lanyard and hand pump.
This is a great solution for occasional waterproof protection when you know you’re going to be in a wet or dirty environment, but not practical for everyday use. It’s easy to get your device in and out of the case and has an arm-band for more active and pocket-less activities. In fact, it probably won’t fit in your pocket if you had one. The DryCASE will also do well just sitting in the sand next to your lounge chair or beach towel and you won’t have to worry about anyone kicking sand or standing above it with a dripping swim suit.» Full Story »
Review: OR DryComp Ridge Sack
Posted by Cameron on 19 October 2010
Most river trips are not limited to just being on the river. Sure, on some trips there is plenty of time to make the transition from being on the river to exploring the land along the river. But sometimes you want to hit the ground running right as you’re pulling your boat onto the shore. For both of these scenarios OR’s DryComp Ridge Sack fits the bill.
I have a nice little Mammut backpack that I love and use for the majority of my terrestrial trips. For it to come on my river trips it needs to be stored in a dry bag taking up valuable waterproof room. Enter the DryComp Ridge Sack.
Now the essential items needed on a hike could stay dry and just be strapped to the top of the dry bags on my boat and be ready to go in a moment. This was the case a few times on a recent rafting trip in the Arctic when we spotted some wildlife from the river and wanted to hike in for a closer look.
With a standard dry bag style rolling closure on the top the Ridge Sack performed as any dry bag would. A cargo net strapped on the outside made for easy access to important items like bear spray and lightly padded shoulder straps made the pack comfortable to wear even when packed full of heavy photography equipment, water, food and rain gear. The sternum strap has an emergency whistle built in and there is a thin strap and buckle set up as a waist belt which helps more when running with the pack then for standard walking use.
The OR DryComp Ridge Sack preformed as expected. Recommended for any wet trips.» Full Story »