Ninety bucks—that’s a pile of cash to drop on an iPhone case—but that’s exactly what I did when I upgraded to a 6s. I splurged and got the 64GB model iPhone, psyched to be able to load maps, pics from mountainproject.com, two GPS apps, and damn near anything else I could imagine. Problem was, the $90 Lifeproof case added bulk to the phone, making it a total drag to take out of my pocket when riding, climbing, and skiing. Sure, I like the idea of a waterproof, burly case, but when I think about it—I’ve never broken an iPhone. Why shell $90 for a case I probably don’t need?
Enter Lander (www.lander.com). A buddy of mine does PR for them and asked if I wanted to check out their “Powell” case which retails at $34.99, weighs less than the Lifeproof, and takes up way less space in the pocket. Would I regret it? Would I curse myself over the shattered remnants of my beautiful 6s? Time would tell. The Lander adds almost no bulk to the iPhone’s sleek dimensions, meaning zero hassle pulling it out of my pocket for a quick shot while belaying or answering a call. Given the iPhone 6’s exceptionally good camera, I’m usually leaving my heavier/better/bulkier Sony at home more and more, so I appreciate no handicap with the Lander case. Click here for more.