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The first time we saw G-Form in action was at an Outdoor Retailer show. Their display involved one of their iPad cases, an iPad, and a bowling ball. Yes, a bowling ball. It was a pretty simple setup too. One very animated member of their team repeatedly dropped the bowling ball on their iPad, enclosed in a G-Form case, to demonstrate the unique energy-absorbing properties of their patented Reactive Technology Protection (RPT). Normally, it’s relatively soft and pliable, then hardens on impact, spreading the force of impact. Another rep was wearing an elbow pad that allowed him to bend naturally, but he was also striking it with a hammer to demonstrate its impact resistance. If you wanted some free M&Ms, you only had to watch them place a pack in a small G-Form case and drop the bowling ball on that too, then they would hand them over for the skeptics to inspect. When they caught the attention of the local TV news, they threw an iPad off their 3rd floor balcony for a live morning show.
It’s readily apparent that these guys have fun testing their products, but for G-Form’s new XTREME Collection, they went above and beyond anything even we could dream up. How about dropping an iPhone 5 from 100,000 feet above the earth’s surface, just to see if the newest cases with three layers of protection would keep it from disintegrating into a million little pieces of nothingness?
Here’s the spec on this event:
- Flight distance: landed 41 miles from launch
- Launch site: Near Area 51 in Nevada Desert
- Maximum height: Over 100,000 feet
- Temperature Endured: -60 degrees
- Retrieval: Used GPS tracking device and helicopter
- Time from Launch to Landing: 1hour and 45 minutes
If you think that the new G-Form XTREME cases are worthy of protecting your gear, you’ll want to check them out at g-form.com. (If you don’t think they’re up to the task, we want to know just what the heck kind of sports and outdoor adventures you’re participating in. Currently, the XTREME is only available for the following devices: iPod Touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III and iPad Mini, but G-Form offers a variety of other cases too, as well as protective athletic clothing, and even some gel items for cyclists, reducing vibration at the three contact points.
We’re hoping to get our hands on one of the new XTREME cases, but mostly to report on ergonomics and convenience in everyday use. Seems like they’ve already proven the effectiveness of the products much better than we could hope to. To see what we mean by that, check their Youtube videos for more extreme product testing.