Rugged Camera & Phone Cases For Adventurous Vacations

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Whether you're the type to intentionally seek adventurous activities, or are simply prone to accidents, there are numerous accessories to keep a favorite mobile device protected while braving the elements, both while near home or on a vacation adventure. Waterproof, dust-proof, shock-proof, drop-proof, and yes, even klutz-proof...here are a few protective options.

Rugged Phone Cases


When it comes to rugged phone cases, OtterBox is generally the first name to come up in conversation. Their Armor Series is advertised as waterproof, dust proof, drop proof, and crush proof. OtterBox claims their case can be completely underwater for 30 minutes in up to 6.6 feet of water, is safe for drops from up to 10 feet, and can "withstand up to two tons of crushing force."

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Case Mate's Tank line of cases are deemed "military grade", protecting against shock/drop, vibration, wind/rain, and sand/dust with outdoor adventure in mind. Their website has a fun video of their case taking abuse from the likes of hammer swings, paintball guns, dropped tools, cars driving over it and more to prove their point of ruggedness.


Rugged Cameras


The true adventure junkie will love the wearable/mountable GoPro Hero, ranging from $200 to $400. The optional $50 Skeleton Housing plastic armor adds shock resistance and provides almost 200 feet of waterproof protection

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For those seeking more compact camera for exploration and adventure, the Pentax WG-3 is waterproof up to 45 feet and shake reduction, is shock-proof for drops up to 6.5 feet, cold resistant to 14 degrees, and also dust-proof. One Amazon reviewer notes the excellent "video quality and sound, above and below water", making this an ideal traveling companion where snorkeling or poolside activity is planned.

(Images: Shutterstock/jwblinn, as linked above)

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