For a surprising number of iPhone owners, protection for their smartphone means a case that can not only handle drops and water splashes, but that is part of a system of accessories that lets them use the phone during their favorite activities. Today we're looking at such a system from accessory manufacturer Moshi called the Endura Series.
The system starts with the Endura protective case (US$59.95), which is currently available for the iPhone 6 and 6s. The case uses a HexCore polymer to protect the iPhone from drops of up to 10 feet onto concrete, so unless you're doing parkour jumps off of three-story parking lots, your phone ought to survive. Add one of Moshi's iVisor screen protectors (two are included; one white and one black) and a special insert that blocks ports, and your iPhone gains resistance to rain, snow and dust (IPX5 rating). The case is rather thin considering the amount of protection that it gives, and weighs just 1.72 ounces (49 grams).
But the big thing about the Endura Series is the ability to use the case with the Armband ($19.95) while running or working out or the $24.95 Handlebar Mount while biking, riding a motorcycle or even pushing a stroller.
Both of the accessories use a MetaMount connector -- that's a mechanical connector (not magnetic) that locks your iPhone into place securely. With the Handlebar Mount, the MetaMount works in such a way that the iPhone can be rotated to either a vertical or horizontal orientation.
To remove the iPhone from either the Armband or Handlebar Mount, there's a quick release button that pops the phone out in an instant for taking photos or answering phone calls. The Handlebar Mount installs without tools, using an external knob to tighten the mount onto the handlebar. A silicone spacer compresses when necessary to accommodate larger diameter handlebars, and the mount fits standard 22.2, 25.4 and 31.8mm handlebar diameters.
The Armband uses a soft breathable elastic with a Velcro closure for easy adjustment on arms from 23 to 40cm in circumference. The Armband has an anti-slip silicone pad to make sure that the iPhone stays in one place whether you're wearing it on bare skin or Spandex. If you're worried about the Armband getting sweaty and stinky, it can be washed in cold water.
I found the Endura Series iPhone case and accessories to be -- like most Moshi products -- well-built and designed. I do wish that the cases were available for more iPhones, although it might be difficult to fit an iPhone 6/6s Plus on an arm. The iPhone 5/5s/SE would be a perfect list of candidates for the Endura series.
One other wish -- while the gray/black color scheme of the Endura case is certainly functional, I'm betting that this system may be popular enough with active iPhone users that other colors should be considered.
Moshi's Endura Series iPhone case, the Armband, and the Handlebar Mount make up a well-designed, protective, and reasonably priced ($105 for all three) product line for an active lifestyle. Expanding this series to other iPhone models and providing color choices could easily turn the Endura line into a top-seller for active users.
Apple World Today will be running a giveaway soon for the entire Endura kit - case, armband, and handlebar mount. That giveaway will only be open to our supporters.