If you carry a smartphone in a jersey or jacket pocket when cycling (and who doesn't these days) but are a bit worried about it being damaged due to moisture from excessive sweating or getting soaked in the rain, then the Dog & Bone Wetsuit waterproof phone case looks like a good solution.
There are already quite a few solutions that aim to keep an expensive smartphone protected from the elements, but where the Wetsuit sets itself apart from the rest is that the touchscreen isn't covered. The company calls this their ‘topless’ design and the key advantage is you can still operate the touchscreen normally. Most waterproof cases use a fully sealed design with a thin layer of plastic held over the screen, but these can impair the sensitivity when operating the screen.
Because the screen is made from glass it’s waterproof already, the design instead leaves the screen exposed and relies on having a really good seal around the edges. This means you can operate the screen normally, and that’s good if you need stop and answer phone calls on a ride, because you like to take a few photographs along the way, or need to check your route.
The case has an IP68 rating which means it’s protected against complete and continuous submersion in water up to a depth of 2 metres.The rugged case also ensures the phone can withstand being dropped from a height of 2 metres. It’s also dirt, sand and snow proof, so you could use it off the bike for other sports. Or just keep it in there all the time if you're a bit clumsy.
The case is available for the Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S4. It’s available now and costs $79.95, no word on UK pricing at the moment. Check them out at www.dogandbonecases.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.