So you like living on the edge? If you're always seeking the next adventure and enjoy living a rigorous, outdoorsy lifestyle, you'll need a case to match it. The best rugged cases for iPhone 13 can weather rough drops, plenty of jostling, and all of the harsh elements. We scoured the interweb and found this list of products to help you pinpoint the best choice.
It may seem like an obvious choice, and that's because it is. Otterbox is a go-to for rugged cases since they were one of the first brands to make them for iPhone, and the iPhone 13 is no exception. In our own review of this case, we confirmed that you can count on the Otterbox Defender for 3X the standard of military-grade drop protection.
Spigen's Rugged Armor Case is both protective and long-lasting despite its surprisingly low price. The flexible TPU material is easy to install and great at absorbing shocks and bumps. The raised bezels around the screen and camera protect these fragile areas, and the grooved sides improve grip.
Mous is famous for its crazy protective iPhone cases, and this one is lined with bullet-proof aramid fiber to boot. If you have any doubts about Mous's Limitless line of cases, go check out their YouTube page and watch what happens when they drop an iPhone out of a helicopter. You can also check out my own review of the leather version of the 4.0 series, which is equally as cool and protective.
Tough and transparent
Were you thinking that clear cases weren't rugged? Urban Armor Gear will have you thinking again. The Plyo case is totally clear, and yet it boasts 360-degree impact protection for hard drops of up to 16 feet. Although we haven't reviewed the clear version of this case, you can read about the opaque UAG Plyo.
The personalized case
Not only does Casetify offer the rugged Ultra Impact case in a huge variety of prints and colors, but they also offer personalized prints with letters of your choosing. On the Casetify website, you can find this case with a transparent back panel, as well as MagSafe-compatible cases that you can mix and match with different colors and prints. In our review of the Casetify Ultra Impact, you can see which print our writer chose.
Even more waterproof
The iPhone 13 has an IP68 water-resistance rating, which means it can withstand underwater submersion for about half an hour. The problem is water damage could mean losing your iPhone warranty coverage. If you really want to do some underwater photography with the iPhone, or if you're taking your iPhone kayaking and the like, a good waterproof case like this one is probably a wise choice for added watertight protection.
The Smartish Gripzilla is (you guessed it) quite grippy! The undulating rubberized edges are ultra-grippy, and the protective design also provides 360-degree drop protection. To boot, this one offers some cute prints to choose from as well.
If your iPhone is a road warrior that accompanies you on your bicycle, motorcycle, RTV, or even on rock climbing excursions, the Rokform Rugged Case is the way to go. The super-tough case comes with a unique interlocking mount that works for a variety of accessories, allowing you to mount it securely to almost anything.
Go hard or go home
Don't worry about your iPhone during life's roughest adventures. All you need is one of the best rugged cases for iPhone 13 to keep it safe and sound. My own personal favorite is the Otterbox Defender since it has such a well-established history of rugged protection. This one also comes with a removable belt holster for easy attachment to a belt or pocket.
The toughest case for the wildest adventures is probably the Rokform. Because of its built-in mounting system, this case can be attached to just about anything, from a bicycle to a climbing belt. You'll want to consider your lifestyle and preferences before deciding which rugged case will work best for your iPhone 13.
Jaclyn Kilani is a content writer at iMore. She's a longtime Apple addict with a flair for creating (written works, design, photos; you name it!) on her devices. Jaclyn has also worked in the marketing sector for over 16 years, dabbling in a bit of everything from writing to graphic design and digital marketing. In her heart of hearts, however, she is a born writer and an avid reader who adores everything about the written word. Someday she may even churn out a book or two.
Throughout her career, Jaclyn has also developed something of an addiction to all things Apple. Her professional and personal life is enhanced by an ever-growing collection of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and even AirTags. Luckily, this expensive habit is of great use to her work at iMore, where she writes with authority on Apple products and the accessories that go with them.
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