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Ballistic: Hydra iPhone 5 protection

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 16-09-2013

If you’ve ever dunked a phone or camera in the water for “just a second,” and have been disappointed with what happened next, your eyes are always open for gear that will protect your electronics. I’m a not a high adventure guy, but last year, we went on a kayak/zip line combo trip with the kids. I had my camera double sealed in a plastic bag and took it out for just a minute to take a shot. Lift camera, take picture, shift weight, dunk camera in drink. It all happens so fast.

Here is a simple case that I’ll be taking on my next aquatic adventure with my new iPhone. While the
Ballistic Hydra takes a bit to set up and seal, it’s good for when you want to keep using your phone (including voice and music while near the water though not with headphones). I still don’t think I’d take it underwater for long periods, but the sealing mechanism is pretty extensive (and a little time-consuming) and does keep water out in the bathtub tests I did.

Only drawback is the price tag – $80 retail.


Ballistic: Hydra

Pocketable waterproof and dustproof case for iPhone 5 surfaces delivering maximum drop protection in a supremely slim form factor
  • Exceeding IP-68 standards, Hydra can be submerged in water up to seven feet and for up to thirty minutes
  • Comes equipped with easy to access port covers and waterproof meshes for complete peace of mind
  • Engineered to deliver dependable rugged high-impact protection guaranteeing protection against falls up to 8 feet
  • Crafted with TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) and durable polycarbonate to meet military-specs
  • Features Air Gap Suspension Springs™ to provide a 1mm gap between the case and device to further cushion the phone
  • Available in: White, Black and Red
Available at: AT&T Stores Nationwide and GoBallisticCase.com
Price: $80

GreatDad.com Review Policy: The featured product for this review was provided to us, at no cost, by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. We do not accept monetary compensation for reviewing or writing about products. We only review products that we have personally tested and used in our own homes, and all opinions expressed are our own.