Gear Geek: Travel-Ready iPhone Cases

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Gear Geek: Travel-Ready iPhone Cases

Steve Jobs once said that no one should use a case on an iPhone because the device was just too beautiful to hide behind some piece of plastic. But then, he probably didn’t have to face the nightmarish hassles of replacing a new one, not to mention paying for it. For the rest of us, a case qualifies as an essential accessory, especially as the phone’s travel functions continue to expand with the never-ending flood of travel-centric apps. Here are seven to consider, from those that put style at the fore to cases that make your phone damn near bomb-proof. Oh, and for those who prefer the former case style, give the Sealline Waterproof E-Cases a gander.

1. Shinola Leather-Wrapped Case, $90; 2. Otter Box Defender Series: Build Your Own, $60; 3. Native Union CLIC Wooden, $40; 4. Mophie Space Pack, $150; 5. Grovemade Walnut and Leather, $99; 6. Lifeproof Fre, $80; 7. Carved Custom Wood SE Traveler, Starting at $49.

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).