Tigra Sport has a very interesting product in the MountCase 2 for iPhone 6 Plus. The product centers around its twist-lock mounting system, which is a slightly raised circular connector on the back of the MountCase 2 phone case which can be attached to a variety of mounts via a quick insertion of the mount into the connector point and a quarter clockwise twist. Removal of the MountCase 2 case from the mount is easy–a simple counter-clockwise quarter turn is required. The system works very well and mounting and unmounting is a snap.
So, onto the MountCase 2 iPhone 6 Plus case. It is a fairly stiff TPU case, and falls into the moderately slim category. It’s not super thin like the Apple iPhone 6+ case, but it is no Otterbox Defender either. I would guess that it would provide a low to moderate amount of drop protection in the event of a drop.
What’s great about it?
* The twist-lock mounting system rocks. It is easy to use and seems rock-solid when attached. I was particularly impressed with the bike mount system
* The material is reasonably non-slip
* All the ports were accessible and the cutouts were well placed
What’s not so great?
* Because of the twist-lock connector on the back of the case, the case does not have a flat back. Therefore, if you press the home button, for example, when your iPhone is lying on its back, the phone will wobble. I found this to be annoying in daily use. However, if you are planning to only put on this case when you are doing a mount-related activity and take it off afterward, then it is a non-issue.
Bike Mount use:
This is primarily marketed as a bike mount case, so I am going to focus on the bike mount in this review. I will review some of the other compatible mounts in a later review. As a bike mount case, I found it to be excellent to use. It is very easy to get on and off, and the bike mount even has a couple extra safety locking features beyond the twist-lock system described earlier. There is a separate, optional, lock button that you can engage as needed, and to remove the MountCase 2 from the bike mount, you have to press a button in addition to doing to counter-clockwise twist-lock motion. This makes the bike mount system extra secure.
When road biking, I felt absolutely comfortable using the MountCase 2 bike mount system to mount and protect my iPhone 6+. The phone appeared to be rock-solid on the mount, with no worrying vibration or slippage detected. I think the only danger to your iPhone with this mounting system is if you fall off your bike or something along those lines. I don’t think it is intended to be used offroad–Tigra Sport has another product, the BikeConsole, which is intended for that purpose–but as long as it is used on the road and you don’t crash your bike, you should be fine. It is easy to get on and off, which is key, and it does the job of safely transporting your iPhone.
One nice addition to the MountCase 2 for bike use is the RainGuard attachment. This thick, flexible plastic cover will protect your iPhone in its MountCase 2 from sudden rain showers or splashes of water, as well as providing protection from dust and other environmental hazards. Additionally, there are port covers to protect your vulnerable ports. One other benefit of the RainGuard is that I believe it should give more protection to your iPhone in the event of a drop or bike incident. Because of the screen protection and additional side protection it adds, your iPhone is much better protected with the RainGuard on than with just the bare MountCase 2. Unfortunately, this protection comes with a significant price–it is much harder to use your iPhone with the RainGuard installed. Visibility is murky through the cloudy screen protector and the touchscreen usage is severely impacted. However, as a safety conscious cyclist, you shouldn’t be trying to use your iPhone while biking anyway, so having this usage hindrance is probably not a bad thing. Once you get to your destination, it is easy enough to remove the RainGuard so you can use your iPhone to your heart’s content.
Overall, the MountCase 2 bike mounting system is an excellent light duty bike mount system. Its ease of use is very impressive and its drawbacks are fairly minor. And if you are looking for a more robust bike mount system, the manufacturer–Tigra Sport–offers the BikeConsole, which we will be reviewing next. They have you covered!
Finally, if you’d like more details on this outstanding case, here is a link to my YouTube review on the MountCase 2 case:
And here is a link to my YouTube review on mounting the MountCase 2 case on your bike:
The MountCase 2 case with RainGuard is available from Tigra Sports for $34.95:
Or you can purchase it from Amazon, bundled with the bike mount, for $49.95. There even appears to be a 15% off coupon available as of 2/20/15: