Best rugged cases for iPhone 6

You're ready for summer, but you want to make sure your iPhone 6 is too!

We're in the thick of summer, and that means getting out and getting active with the best summer accessories. It could be something as low-key as hitting up the beach or backyard, or as intense as hiking or biking. Whatever you're into, we've got a few protective cases here that will make sure your iPhone 6 or new iPhone 6s gets through it all in one piece!

1. Ballistic Hard Core Tactical

Ballistic Hardcore Tactical case for iPhone 6

If you want to get really ridiculous about your iPhone protection, Ballistic's Hard Core Tactical case is where to go. It's specced to handle a 12-foot drop with integrated springs and protects equally against dirt and water. An upgraded holster is available to mount on all sorts of professional and sporty systems, though the one it comes with is built with aircraft-grade aluminum and a 200 lb. pull weight.

2. Body Glove Tough Suit

The Tough Suit is the most rugged iPhone 6 case in Body Glove's lineup, offering an integrated screen protector and holster attachment. You'll still have full access to all of the important keys and inputs, including Touch ID. In other words, this is less of a glove and more of a gauntlet. (Sorry!)

3. OtterBox Defender Series

OtterBox Defender is a legend and for good reason. It offers three layers of protection and plugs to stop dust from getting into inputs. OtterBox, unlike many others, doesn't just case about function—they care about form. The Defense isn't just good, it's good looking. Both rubber exterior and hard plastic interior are available in a wide range of colors and a gap in the rear allows the Apple logo on your iPhone to show through.

4. Griffin Survivor Case

The Griffin Survivor Case offers four layers that are tested to provide protection from up to 6.6 foot drops. Ports and buttons are also all covered by the exterior skin to resist water and dust ingress. A separate clip attachment is available, though the rear pattern looks pretty snazzy without it.

5. Urban Armor Gear Aero

UAG's Aero case for the iPhone 6 is a little lighter than the other cases here, but nevertheless offers military-grade impact protection. Big, grippy buttons offer easy access to all of the iPhone's usual functions, and most of the major ports remain open for easy access. There are several colors, from dark to bright, Urban Armor even has a Rogue Folio version for carrying cards in the case as well.

6. Your favorite tough iPhone 6 cases?

These are my current favorite iPhone 6 rugged cases that will also go great with the new iPhone 6s. There are also some great ones in our waterproof case roundup that can take a beating. If you already have your protection lined up, let me know which tough case you recommend!