When I head out on the water, I want to make sure that my phone is protected. A sandwich bag doesn’t cut it, so I use a sealable, waterproof bag, which is removable and less expensive than a typical waterproof case.
Airhead Products Dry Pak
The Dry: The Dry Pak comes in a variety of sizes and product numbers to protect all types of popular cellphones. It’s padded, lined and has a new slimmer clip that locks with two rotating keys for a watertight seal. It measures 4 inches wide by 7 inches long, has a clear TPU front with a gray back and comes in three colors. The Dry Pak comes with an adjustable neck lanyard and an aluminum spring hook.
The Wet: The back side of the case isn’t clear, so you can only use the front side for recording video or taking still pictures.
Price: $14.99; airhead.com
Gecko Mobile Phone Dry Bag
The Dry: While other bags claim to be submersible, the Gecko product takes a different approach. It floats on the surface with an iPhone 6, 5 or 4, or a Samsung Galaxy tucked safely inside. It measures 7 inches long by 3.5 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep. To close, secure the top seal, anchor the brackets to the center posts and turn to C (for closed). To open, turn to O — you know what that one’s for.
The Wet: It received some negative reviews online about the locking brackets not staying in place.
Price: $21.99; geckobrands.com
GoBag International GoBag Dolphin
The Dry: The GoBag Dolphin is the only one of our group to use a magnetic seal to keep out the water, dust and sand. GoBag says it forms a hermetic seal and that the Dolphin is waterproof up to a depth of 100 feet. Users can work the touchscreen, buttons and switches through the bag, and all voice and audio functions work without the need for headphones or an audio jack.
The Wet: It’s the most expensive of the four and actually double the cost of the Dry Pak.
Price: $29.99; gobaginternational.com