This iPhone case can take a beat­ing—and then some.


Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - BY SI­MON MUR­RAY

In New­port, Rhode Is­land, re­cently, a col­league re­counted the dread he felt watch­ing his pricey drone take a nose­dive to Davy Jones’ Locker. I wanted to con­sole him: I’ve felt his pain. While I’ve been lucky, I do have a habit for los­ing, break­ing, or wa­ter­log­ging what­ever phone cur­rently hap­pens to be in my pos­ses­sion.

It’s bad. (I keep plenty of brown rice handy.) So when SnowLizard, the makers of rugged mil­i­tary-grade wa­ter­proof cases, sent their SLXtreme 7 Case ($150) for us to test on a cruise, I called dibs.

The first thing you no­tice is the heft: With an iPhone 7 in­side, it weighs a lit­tle less than a pound. But any in­her­ent bulk­i­ness shouldn’t bother the cruiser who is in­tent on keep­ing their iPhone dry—SnowLizard cur­rently only makes cases for Ap­ple prod­ucts—and out of harm’s way.

The rea­son for the case’s poly-car­bon­ate ex­te­rior is twofold: With 6.6 feet of both wa­ter­proof and drop­proof pro­tec­tion, it’s built to han­dle a drop onto rocks or a sud­den plop when com­ing ashore aboard a ten­der.

Fac­tor in a so­lar panel on the back that can charge the case’s in­te­grated bat­tery and a mi­cro USB charger as well, and you’ll never have to take the phone out of the case. With iPhone 6 and 8 cases avail­able—and an SLXtreme iPhone X case com­ing out soon—I know my new phone will thank me.

A so­lar panel on the back keeps you topped off.

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