Best Protective iPhone XS Cases: The Rugged Adventurer Case from Pelican

If you're like me, you have probably seen and maybe even purchased those rugged, foam-filled shipping crates from Pelican. I use them all the time to ship computer and audio equipment. Well, what if you could have that level of protection for your iPhone? That's the idea behind the Pelican line of iPhone cases. The company sent me the Adventurer Case ($39.99) to try.

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In sharp contrast to some iPhone case makers, the folks at Pelican have mixed style with substance. The cases are relatively minimal, and the back is completely clear, allowing the Apple logo, and your phone's color to show through. The bumper area can be a number of assorted colors, including the hot color of the season, teal. Or at least that's what my daughter tells me. They even include accent colors on some models, so the cases are quite attractive.

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The Adventurer is a good compromise between ultra-rugged and fashion-first cases. It doesn't cover the screen, but Pelican offers models that do, like the Voyager. As I mentioned earlier, the Adventurer does cover the complete perimeter, including the bottom, something many case makers leave exposed. As minimal as it is, it's sturdy and doesn't warp or bend much. 



  • Numerous color choices
  • Pelican-style protection
  • Clear back to show Apple logo and phone color
  • All-around protection, including bottom
  • Slim and stylish


  • Hard to choose!

Final Verdict

The Adventurer Case from Pelican is a good mixture of protection and style, and if you want even more protection, they've got you covered!

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.