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Overboard Waterproof iPhone Case Review

Overboard Waterproof iPhone Case Review

With the cost of Smartphones spiraling with every iteration, ensuring your beloved device doesn’t get damaged or broken is high on everyone’s wish list.  The Waterproof iPhone case from Overboard is an innovative product, keeping your connection with the outside world in tip-top condition.  Want full use of your iPhone while protecting it from water, sand, dirt and dust? The OverBoard Waterproof iPhone Case gives you exactly that.

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The 100% waterproof Slide Seal System™ combined with a transparent front and LENZFLEX back means you can browse, chat or snap away while your iPhone is safely sealed in a waterproof phone case.

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And when Overboard say waterproof, that’s exactly what they mean, compatible with all iPhones, the OverBoard Waterproof iPhone Case is also guaranteed (IP68 Rated) submersible to 19ft / 6m, meaning you can drop it in the water without losing your rag.

when you really start to examine the lengths Overboard will go in order to protect your tech device, you cannot fail to be impressed…

Not only does the Overboard iPhone case protect against water, it also protects against Snow, Dirt and even Sand.  Great if you’re on holiday but want to get full use of your mobile device whilst being buried alive!  Using the Overboard waterproof case couldn’t be simpler

There are other integrated cases available, but being able to pop your phone in or our dependent upon what you’re doing is a really benefit as some cases can be a little cumbersome.

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Who are Overboard?...

“The Dan and Joel commitment has been simple – to combine good looking, high quality value-for-money gear with 100% waterproof protection.”

It all began back in 2006 on the Phi-Phi islands in Thailand.  Friends since university, Dan and Joel, decided to travel for six months on an epic beach, boat, surf and diving holiday. For weeks they fought to keep their iPods, phones, cash, passports and important stuff dry. And that’s when it struck them; what they needed was a functional waterproof bag that could protect their things without slowing them down.

Back home, even before the tans had faded, they were researching, designing and producing their first waterproof prototypes – the perfect dry bags and their first OverBoard products.

The response from friends, family and a growing band of customers was extraordinary so the range just had to grow. More colours, sizes and individual water-tight protection followed, defending everything from phones and iPads to emergency supplies from water, snow, dirt and sand.

Fast forward to today, we are the leaders in waterproof bags and cases with customers and distributors in over 70 countries across the globe. Sure, it’s been hard work – but there are perks, not only do we lab test everything, products like ours need to face real life situations, ideally with the sun beating down, and somebody has to do it.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, there’s an OverBoard 100% waterproof product for you.


  • 100% waterproof phone case (Class 5)
  • Compatible with all iPhones, Blackberry phones and HTC Desires
  • Guaranteed submersible to 19ft / 6m
  • LENZFLEX back window for ultra clear photos
  • Transparent front window allowing full use of phone features
  • Make & take phone calls when phone is sealed in case
  • Keeps out dust, sand, dirt and water
  • Made of environmentally-friendly biodegradable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)
  • Perfect for iPhones and similar-sized or smaller phones

Check out the First Impression tabs for further details or visit the Overboard website

When you first look at the Overboard iPhone case, it is a little underwhelming however… understand the technology and commitment behind it and you’re smile starts to broaden.

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The two clip system is very easy to use, simply open, insert, close and forget!  Being able you still use your phone whilst it’s protected is great.  It provides you with peace of mind and means you can still take pictures, video, browse or make a call whilst keeping your phone protected.  Simples!

The clip system is very robust and feels well engineered.

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Making the transition from the beach to the bar with little or no fuss.

Supplied with a lanyard and carabiner makes carriage and security less of a worry.

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The lanyard attaches on the clips system through a small loop

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Open up the Overboard iPhone case

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Pop your iPhone in and you’re ready to go

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As we mentioned previously, when you really start to examine the lengths Overboard will go in order to protect your tech device, you cannot fail to be impressed.

Product Testing Phases

Temperature Test

The materials used in our OverBoard waterproof tech bags and cases are heated up to +40°C to simulate use in very hot climates. They are then placed in 1 meter of moderately warm shallow water to simulate surface water capabilities to check for leaks, floatation, humidity and durability. We also test for accelerated frost resistance by freezing our cases to -20°C to check for cracking, elasticity pliancy, and snow ingress. Now we don’t recommend you do the same with your teach for prolonged periods – it won’t damage the product, but condensation might build up inside the case and your electronics could become inoperable if they get too hot or cold!

Depth Test

Water ingress protection is our speciality and our tech cases are submerged down to 7 meters for 1.5 hours to see if they can defend against leaks and pressure. We’re pleased to say that they all passed with flying colours – but don’t forget that these are extreme test conditions so we don’t advise you do the same with your tech. The deeper you go underwater the more pressure there is which can crack the screen on your phone, tablet or electronic device which is why we have approved our cases for use down to 6m/19ft for 60 minutes only.

Strength Test

Before any gear can roll off the production line, it undergoes Break Strength Testing – We literally test our products and their components to breaking point using specialised hydraulic equipment. The things we look out for are maximum load at break, deflection at maximum load, load break and deflection at break for all our straps, clips, buckles, Velcro, stitching, zippers, welds and webbing.

Dust, Sand and Dirt Test

Our tech cases are also tested in a controlled environment using Norwegian talcum powder – the finest man-made dust available.  The case is exposed to these minute dust particles in an irregular, multi-directional manner and afterwards, the cases are then inspected for any ingress. It’s a messy job but our cases don’t mind, they’re dust, dirt and sand proof too.

Quality Control

Dunk Test

Sometimes the simplest tests are the most effective, at the end of production, we fill our cases with compressed air and we check them for holes, leaks, waterproofing, colour fastness, dust defence and decay by dunking our gear in all sorts of dirt and liquids.

Weld Pressure Test

We like to batch-test our gear by filling our waterproof dry tubes, bags and backpacks with compressed air and then squeezing them really hard in our hydraulic compression tester. This forces compressed air in all directions making sure every seam and stich-free high frequency weld has been fused correctly making them 100% waterproof.

Load Break Test

If we say our backpacks can hold 20kgs, we want to make sure that every strap, weld and seam can handle it so we use a high-capacity sheer tension testing process where we stretch, twist, flex, bend and pull everything apart to make sure it won’t break its promises.

Repetitive Stress Test

We open and close our cases for hours at a time to test for component fracture and fatigue using slow-speed static testing and high-frequency dynamic fatigue testing to make sure our clips, buckles, Velcro and zips can withstand a lifetime of daily use.

For less than £20 you get a really well designed and thought out protective case that’s easy to use and functionally very capable.  Anyone who has children will love this I’m sure.  For more details go to the Overboard website

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  • 100% waterproof phone case (Class 5)
  • Compatible with all iPhones, Blackberry phones and HTC Desires
  • Guaranteed submersible to 19ft / 6m
  • LENZFLEX back window for ultra clear photos
  • Transparent front window allowing full use of phone features
  • Make & take phone calls when phone is sealed in case
  • Keeps out dust, sand, dirt and water
  • Made of environmentally-friendly biodegradable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)
  • Perfect for iPhones and similar-sized or smaller phones

 

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When you’re talking about spending less than £20 on a phone case, which lets face it won’t even buy you a round of drinks these days, you can’t expect a great deal for your money.  That said, the Overboard Waterproof iPhone case is excellent value for money especially when you consider the fact that the average smartphone will set you back well in excess of 20x that amount.  Food for thought?

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Anyone who spends time at the beach, swimming pool or just messing around with the kids will love this product.  Many of use rely on our smartphone devices for everything including taking snaps and video.  Well for less than £20 you’ve just converted your phone into an all-terrain underwater beastie!  Love it…

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For more details go to the Overboard website

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Cotswold Outdoor started life in 1974 as Cotswold Camping, selling a range of basic camping accessories from a small outbuilding in the Cotswolds. 40 years later, the company is an award winning multi-channel retailer with stores throughout the UK.

With four decades of experience in outdoor retail, we offer one of the most extensive and comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing, products and equipment. Selecting from over 250 internationally recognised brands allows us to bring you the latest in outdoor technology and styles. Not only this, but each product is carefully selected and tested to ensure a high level of quality and value for money for our customers.

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We share your passion for the outdoors. From climbing the Old Man of Hoy to cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, our staff are brought together by a love for anything and everything outdoors. In our spare time, we are walkers, climbers, cyclists, trail runners, skiers, hikers, swimmers, kayakers – you name it, we do it…

As a company, we invest in expert training for our staff, to make sure that you get the best help and advice when you are choosing kit for your next adventure. We offer a range of expert in-store services including boot-fitting, rucksack fitting and kit talks.

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Without you, we would not be here. That’s why we work hard to provide the best possible service to not only exceed our customers’ needs but also make the customer experience both pleasurable and informative. Whether you choose to visit our stores, shop online or use our mail order service, you will benefit from the same high standard of service and level of expertise.

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