The Dog & Bone Wetsuit Impact is a waterproof case that features 6.6 ft of drop protection, can be immersed in 6.6 ft of water, is snow proof and dirt proof …and protects your screen with glass. Most waterproof cases either go with a plastic screen protector or none at all, but with the Wetsuit Impact, Dog & Bone uses tempered glass.
Having a tempered glass screen protector, as opposed to the more common plastic screen protector found on cases like the LifeProof FRE is definitely the standout feature of this case. Is it really a major enhancement? Well, the screen protector on the Wetsuit Impact works well, but it might not be quite what you imagine. For one thing, it does not adhere to the screen, so you are going to have a certain amount of ‘rainbowing’ in more humid conditions. The optical clarity is good (very similar to that of the LifeProof FRE, in fact) but not the perfection people have come to expect with tempered glass screen protectors. It is quite responsive, and there is almost no air gap, so typing and swiping work very well. 3D Touch operates perfectly, as does Touch ID. And there is less glare than with a plastic screen protector, such as the one on the LifeProof FRE. But if you are expecting the performance of a good quality adhesive glass screen protector, such as the Zagg Glass or the OtterBox Alpha Glass, where optical clarity is stunning and the screen protector feels buttery smooth under your fingers, I’d say that you may be a bit disappointed. From my understanding, tempered glass screen protectors are multi-layered affairs, with glass, plastic, magic polymers and the like all combined together, and I’d guess that this tempered glass screen protector may have less glass in it than most due to the constraints placed upon it for being part of a waterproof case. The screen protector on the Wetsuit Impact provides a very good user experience…it just doesn’t feel that much like the tempered glass we’ve come to expect.
Overall, this is a nice case. Build quality seems good, it has a nice, moderately grippy feel in the hand and it passed its waterproof test without incident. Audio quality is surprisingly good…not quite as good as the audio quality from a non-waterproof case, but perfectly acceptable. Port openings, while very recessed, are reasonably generous. I had no problem with any of my third party lightning cables, and any headphones which will not fit in the narrow and deep headphone port opening can be used with the included headphone extension cable.
Overall, I think the Wetsuit Impact is a good waterproof case choice. It has a nice grippy feel in the hand, reasonably slim profile, and good audio quality. The tempered glass screen protector provides solid performance…although it doesn’t feel quite like I envisioned it would. With an MSRP of $89.95, the Wetsuit Impact Case is available directly from Dog & Bone, as well as from retailers such as Amazon. It comes in three colors combinations: Black, Black and Orange, and White and Grey.
Finally, if you’d like more details, here is a link to my YouTube review:
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