The Tech21 Patriot offers 13 feet of drop protection, a built in screen protector and protection against dust and splashes, and it does all this in a relatively slim package. A two piece case, it is pretty easy to install; the front section containing the screen protector is put over the front of your iPhone first, and then the back section with all the protective TPU and FlexShock material is pulled on and over the edges of the front section. It is a little tight, but not bad, and very secure once it is in place. I really like the feel of the Tech21 Patriot; the TPU has a slightly dry feeling non-slip texture that is quite similar to the feel of the Tech21 Tactical case. It feels good in your hand. It is also smaller than similar protective cases such as the Otterbox Defender and the Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, while providing more drop protection.
1. 13 foot drop protection!
2. Dust and splash proof (except, apparently, for the camera opening?)
3. Excellent hand feel
4. Very good audio quality despite dust filters over speakers
5. Self healing Impact Shield screen protector
6. Film over touch id sensor doesn’t impair its operation
7. Nice implementation of mute switch button operation
8. Comes with holster that also has a kickstand mode
1. Camera opening is not covered at all, leaving a space where water or dust could affect the iPhone.
2. Screen protector is quite good, but not perfect. Screen clarity and feel are not as good as that of a tempered glass screen protector or a naked iPhone.
Conclusion: I really like the Tech21 Patriot case. It provides extremely good protection while staying relatively slim for a heavy duty iPhone case and it feels very well made and reliable. Some of the earlier Patriot cases had issues with the screen protector not laying flat on the screen and impairing the touch screen functionality, but this issue appears to be fixed. Many thanks to the kind folks at Tech21 who sent me out this sample to review.
You can purchase the Tech21 Patriot for iPhone 6 Plus directly from Tech21 for $59.99. It is also available in the US from Best Buy.
Finally, if you’d like more details, here is a link to my YouTube review: