By Dig Om updated on 08/13/2013
One of the newest rugged cases for the iPhone 5 is from a company that's been in the business of designing heavy-duty, impregnable protective gear for more than 40 years. And yet, the Pelican ProGear Vault ($79.95) is Pelican’s first foray into the increasingly competitive field of full-time use, rugged iPhone cases. And with the new ProGear Vault, Pelican certainly is making quite a splash.
Pelican is certainly no stranger to designing heavy-duty, rugged protective gear. The company has made a name for itself fabricating some of the toughest cases, designing them to withstand extreme degrees of abuse and hardship. Now with its new Vault case for the iPhone 5, the company has brought its exacting standards of quality and near impervious, rugged durability to the iPhone case market.
As President and CEO of Pelican, Lyndon Faulkner was recently quoted as saying: “For more than 40 years our company has produced the toughest and most dependable cases for military, law enforcement and firefighter professionals. We are extremely pleased to launch a range of mobile electronics cases with the same kind of protection for consumers, the Pelican ProGear Vault series provides your iPhone 5 with exceptional protection and clear audio performance, while still allowing for use of the phone.”
The Vault is a drop-proof, dust-proof, crush-proof, shatter-resistant and water-resistant iPhone case. With a certified IP... rating the Vault will handle a wide range of extreme environments and inclement conditions with ease and grace. The Vault is crafted with engineering-grade aluminum and impact absorbent polymer materials (tested to withstand a 6-foot drop), and its fully enclosed shell provides a critical line of defense from wind-driven rain, snow and dust.
The Vault protects the entire phone with its unique fully-enclosed design, all points of entry have been taken into consideration and protected. A screw-on, rigid front shield also serves to hold the removable touchscreen protector firmly in place. Additionally the scratch-resistant touchscreen protector is one of the best on the market and the optical-grade camera port lenses over both cameras allow you to shoot iPhone photos of a quality I reckon Steve Jobs might approve of.
While the Vault may not necessarily be the sexiest of case alternatives out there, nor is it the slimmest option, with the Vault protecting your iPhone there won't be many situations where you can't take your iPhone safely and with confidence that come what may, your precious iDevice will be safely protected and undamaged.
I review a lot of heavy-duty iDevice cases and there are certain features that can go a long way to making an exceptional case. The Vault is certainly no slouch when it comes to extreme-duty protection for your iPhone, and it comes chock full of great features that show the great care and attention to detail that were poured into the design and construction of this excellent iPhone case.
Outstanding Features Include:
* Special touchscreen protector. Perhaps the most responsive design, in a highly durable touchscreen protector.
* Extreme shock absorbing design, utilizing the latest elastomeric copolymer technology.
* Easy-use mute "dial" feature.
* Water-resistant mic and speaker shields.
The is a rather militaristic looking case; even though it comes in an assortment of colors it is rather industrial looking, so it's not going to appeal to every fashion sense. But for the person looking for a superior level of all-around, full-enclosure protection for their iPhone the Pelican Vault is definitely worth taking a closer look at.
If you can't see the great Pelican Vault video above, click HERE!