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Uncommon Gear: Amphibx Waterproof Armbands for iPhone

Uncommon Gear: Amphibx Waterproof Armbands for iPhone
Amphibx Waterproof Armbands via flickr

At Uncommon Caribbean, we like our gear lightweight, tough and waterproof, the better to endure our active, and often aquatic, travel adventures. The only problem is we’re also ardent disciples of all things Apple, admittedly not the toughest tech toys around. Stashing the MacBook back at the hotel ahead of a date with some waves in Barbados is no big deal, but as young entrepreneurs in today’s uber-connected digital world, we gotta’ have our iPhones at our sides at all times.

Enter the geniuses at H2O Audio, makers of Amphibx Waterproof Armbands. These things rock!

I bought the armband pictured above back in March and really could not be happier. Whether swimming laps in a pool, as I did when I first tried it in Tobago, or sitting in waist-deep water at the beach at Cap Est in Martinique, the Amphibx delivered on its promise, keeping my iPhone 100% dry and fully functional.

No, you can’t take calls with it underwater (not yet, anyway), but you can check and send email, surf the Web, text, listen to music, watch and listen to youtube videos, etc., etc. Basically anything you can do with your iPhone that doesn’t require you to speak, is doable underwater with this thing.

H2O’s Amphibx line also features different sizes of armbands specially produced for other Apple toys like the iPod, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle. And don’t despair Apple haters, many of your so-called “smart” phones and MP3 players will fit in these armbands and work just fine as well.

Like most things that are really worth having, Amphibx Armbands are fairly pricey. I paid $80 for mine, plus another $60 for H2O’s Surge Sportwrap Waterproof Headphones, one of 7 headphone options available through the company (prices range from $40 to $100).

For me, it’s totally worth it. If you like to travel like we do, I imagine it will be worth it for you too.

To see the full line of Amphibx Waterproof Armbands, click here.

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  • Thanks for the great write up! Just wanted to add a note that we just released our Surge Contact Headset that has an in-line mic and answer/end button, so now you can take and make calls from the water! Fun stuff!!

    H2O Audio

    • Hey, Dana – thanks for the update and kudos! You guys truly offer some amazing products… Any chance you can send us one of those new headsets for a test trial and subsequent follow-up post? Let us know when you get a chance, and thanks again for checking us out!

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