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Top outdoors cases for mobile phones

14 Mar , 2013  

How do you protect your mobile phone when enjoying the great outdoors?  Do you seal it in a plastic bag, wrap it in clingfilm (I have seen this done!) or do you have a special mobile phone protector?

I have lost two mobile phones to the Scottish elements. Some people might call me stupid but on two occasions I have forgotten to wrap my phone in a plastic bag to protect it a) from rain b) from sweat. For some reason, while I am usually personally kitted out to cope with all weather conditions, from rain, wind and snow to glorious sunshine, I often forget to protect my mobile phone.

There isn’t really any excuse, to be honest. There is a wide range of mobile phone protection devices on the market – and if you’re an outdoorsy person one of these should be on your essential outdoors kit list. After all, the average mobile phone costs a hefty £300 so it makes sense to protect it.

If you use your mobile phone as a navigating or GPS device while outdoors you won’t want it to stop working when you’re miles from anywhere.

5 top mobile phone protectors

Griffin Survivor Extreme-Duty Phone Case

Cost: Around $49 (or shop around on-line for cheaper)

Shockproof, vibration-proof, dirt resistant, this case will keep your phone safe in extreme conditions! Survivor is also made from a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals your display from the outside environment; while hinged plugs seal the dock connector, headphone port, hold switch and volume controls. A detachable heavy-duty clip secures your iPhone to a belt or bag strap.

Buy from: Griffin or on Amazon or Carphone Warehouse

Otterbox Defender Series

Cost: £39.99

The Defender Series claims to set the bar for mobile protection. Its multi-layered design provides reliable protection in unforgiving environments. A built-in screen protector, fortified polycarbonate frame and robust silicone skin defend the device from drop, dust and scratches. The protector can be bought for £29.99 “when bought with the device”.

Buy from:

Aquapac Micro Whanganui

Cost: £20

Turn your phone into a waterproof phone. Keep safe and in touch whatever the elements may throw at you. The 098 Micro size fits all small phones, including iPhone models up to and including the iPhone 4S. For the iPhone 5 see the 108 Mini Whanganui case.

Buy from: Aquapac

Aquapac Stormproof Phone case

Cost: £16

This cheaper protector keeps your phone safe whatever the weather and whether you’re trail walking, mountain biking or going for a run.

Buy from: Aquapac

OverBoard Waterproof Phone Case

Cost: £14.95

Even cheaper still, and you can take your phone swimming, is the Overboard waterproof case. This protector lets you take your phone swimming with you, so it should cope with a rainstorm of two!

Buy from: Mobile Fun

Do you have any recommendations? Or tell us how you do to keep your mobile phone safe and protected when walking or cycling?

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A journalist, web copywriter blogger and social media chatterbox, Fiona combines her love of the outdoors – especially Scotland – with a diverse freelance work life. If she's not at her desk writing about the outdoors, she'll be outside cycling, running, kayaking, snowboarding and walking Munros. She shares her outdoors passion with partner, the G-Force. Sometimes her teenage daughter Little Miss Outdoors tags along, too.