I just got my gold iPhone 5s, and while I hate to hide that golden back, I know it will get scratched if I don't keep it in a case. Fortunately, I just came across a rugged, waterproof, yet relatively compact case from Concord Keystone called the SealCase.
The Keystone SealCase addresses a lot of the problems I've had with other rugged or waterproof cases. First, it's surprisingly compact. Second, the SealCase is all one piece, thanks to a clever hinged design. This makes it easier to put the phone in the case and to remove it. Finally, there is a hinged flap that covers the charging port as well as a rubber flap over the headphone jack. This makes it easy to charge or listen via earbuds without removing the phone from the case.
Just like Steve Jobs used to say, there's one more thing... They also sell a compatible holster with swiveling belt clip. The holster is rugged and even has openings for the camera, no matter which way the phone is holstered. This could be useful if the holster was mounted on a bicycle for example, so the camera could still film the action.
The SealCase is waterproof to over six feet, dirt proof, and shock proof. It comes in black or white, or for the more adventurous, cyan with black accents. In fact, my daughter, who had her eyes on one of the new iPhone 5c with all of their colors but wanted something rugged, might prefer my old iPhone 5 with a colorful cyan SealCase!