Joy Factory StormCrusier iPhone Case and Bike Mount Review

Gear Pro Reviews

I found the case’s touchscreen a bit thick and floppy, and it takes some additional effort to get the icons to work, as they can be less responsive and sometimes not work, and overall I didn’t like the tactile feel of the screen. I didn’t find the screen too glossy or shiny, and it worked fine in any light, and didn’t give me any glare issues. Although the side and top buttons felt squishy and soft, they functioned properly, although there was no button to turn the vibrate mode on/off? One great features of the case besides being able to quickly snap it off the mount, is that you can easily pop the phone out of it to use it in a normal manner, since the two side claps were simple to open. Some issues that I had with the case besides the screens dull tactile feel, was the earphone port was deeply recessed and not all plugs would connect properly, and the case was bulbous and fat, so it wasn’t a very pocketable case for carrying around.

Measured Specs:

  • Mount weight – 69 grams
  • Case weight – 96 grams
  • Total weight – 165 grams

Bottom Line
The Joy Factory StormCrusier iPhone system, includes a protective case and a handlebar mounting system, and offers a rugged and stable environment for your smartphone. The mount was somewhat difficult to install and isn’t easily removable, but the ball swivel system allowed multiple orientations of the case, and once tightened down it offered a very stable platform. It was simple to pop the iPhone in and out of the case, as was snapping the case onto and off the mount. The case’s buttons worked fine, but the screen had poor tactile feel, and the deeply recessed earphone port didn’t work with all jacks, and I found the case was slightly bulky for everyday use.

The StormCrusier is a good rugged system that provides a iPhone 4/4S case and mount for a reasonable $50 price point, and has enough functionality and features for bicycling, offering GPS, music or mobile usage on your handlebars.

Strengths

  • Durable and rugged
  • Case was easy to snap on and off of mount
  • Easy to remove phone from case
  • Mount was secure and stable

Weaknesses

  • Case screen has poor tactile feel
  • Handlebar clamp is difficult to install and not easily swappable
  • Earphone port is deeply recessed and not all plugs connect
  • Case is fat and bulbous and not very pocketable
  • Case doesn’t have a vibrate/silence button

Overall Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

StormCrusier Specs:

  • MSRP: $49.95
  • Visit the Joy Factory StormCrusier website
  • 6.1″ x 3″ x 3″
  • .41 lbs
  • Attaches to bars up to 31.8mm


About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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