LifeProof iPhone Case and Bike & Bar Mount Review

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LifeProof recently released a bike and bar mount for their iPhone LifeProof case, which is a waterproof, snowproof, dustproof and shockproof case. The new mount fits a wide range of bike and motorsport bars, so you can take your iPhone on and off road, and into adverse conditions and environments. The synchronicity of the case and mount, allow you to use cycling GPS apps and normal mobile usage while riding a bike, extending the usefulness of your iPhone.

LifeProof Bike & Bar Mount
The mount is made from a tough high-impact resistant plastic, and it snugly cradles the iPhone case on its back, corners and top edge, without any undue movement. It clamps down with an easy to use handlebar clamp that has three rubber size adapters for varying bar thickness. The thinnest adapter will allow it clamp to fit onto most stems, though I was unable to use it on any of my oversize or irregular shaped stems, as it was too narrow for them.



It pivots and locks down using a ball and socket gimbal system, much like a RAM mount, so the angle can easily be adjusted for personal preferences. It was simple to pop the iPhone in and out of the unit using the top clip-in clasp, as well as the handlebar clamp, making for easy swap outs. It also didn’t need to be over tightened to keep it from moving, but the mount and iPhone aren’t that heavy, so nothing was really torquing things around much. I banged it around on some ugly heinous terrain, through teeth jarring rock gardens, in which the unit was subjected to some severe oscillations, and the iPhone remained rock solid and stable in the mount. Although the mount is designed specifically for their case, other rugged and durable iPhone case types might also fit, but I didn’t test them for sizing constraints nor fit.

Measured Specs:

  • Bar mount – 69.6 grams + 10.2 grams or 8.4 grams or 3.7 grams for each adapter band

Conclusions
The unit is robust, easy to use and adjust, and held their iPhone case in a secure and stable manner, though it would be nice to have a way to attach it to oversize mountain-bike stems. I liked how simple it was to pop the case out of the unit, and that it went right back in and remained sturdy and immobile. I crashed a number of times and hit the mount pretty hard, and although it tweaked it out of position, it didn’t cause any damage. I was truly amazed how freakin’ secure and bombproof this held the case, even on the most rugged and gnarly trails, and it never seemed to waver out of place and remained stable, and it retails for a decent $39.95.

Strengths

  • Durable and rugged
  • Easy to use – bar clamp and case
  • Adaptable to multiple bar sizes
  • Secure and stable

Weaknesses

  • It won’t fit irregular and oversize stems
  • Designed for their iPhone case – not tested with other cases?

Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

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LifeProof Bike and Bar Mount Specs:

  • MSRP: $39.95
  • Website: http://www.lifeproof.com/lifeproof-store/apple-accessories/bike-mount
  • Light weight honeycomb construction with premium high-impact materials for optimal strength to weight ration
  • Accepts LifeProof iPhone 4 + iPhone 4S case
  • Use your performance and navigation apps in real-time
  • All buttons and features accessible in mount, including speaker and microphone.
  • Fits wide range of bars and bar-stems
  • Adjustable for portrait or landscape orientation
  • One-handed release latch for fast insertion and removal of LifeProof case
  • Integrated lock switch to prevent unwanted removal of iPhone.
  • Rear camera compatible – can be adjusted to vertical angle suitable for video recording activities
  • Accepts phone facing in or out
  • Compatible with Bluetooth headsets
  • Gimbal ball-head allows for the fine adjustment of viewing angle
  • Suitable for any use in any weather, seawater, dirt, and snow, including high vibration environments
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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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  • Jimmy CASANOVA says:

    This mount worked great on handicap scooters too! I have mine mounted on a pride
    Maxima 4 wheel scooter handle bars it’s awesome it’s just like having on bicycle great for
    My iPhone 4s

  • Mark says:

    Case works! BUT no costomer service.. Phone number is worthless no answer,same for twitter account! Bought second gen for 4s people I call have hard time hearing me! Siri can’t understand! Because of design of case I can’t use docking station and the company has a dock extender but it’s been out of stock for months!! Again worst part is lifeproof doesn’t answer any calls,inquires or twitter posts! Sure it works to keep water out but it’s worthless once your $400 phone is in it!! Horrible customer service! Don’t make the same mistake I did and buy this!!!

  • Almeister says:

    DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT waste $80.00 on a Lifeproof case! If you want to make your iPhone truly waterproof you may want to take a look at Liquipel. After seeing Liquipel demonstrated at CES I could not believe what I was seeing, an iPhone completely submerged underwater and fully functioning! The vendors even had some people call the iPhone while it was submerged to show that it was indeed still working. After seeing that I had my iPhone 4S sent out to them and when I got it back I wanted to put it to the test so I left my iPhone submerged in water overnight and as expected my iPhone was still functioning properly. For additional protection against drops I just put one of the many FREE iPhone cases that I scored at CES. It cost me $60.00 plus shipping to have Liquipel waterproof my iPhone. In my opinion this new technology essentially rendered Lifeproof cases OBSOLETE as far as waterproofing goes and if you’re worried about dropping your phone you can just get an inexpensive case for that. Take my word for it, this stuff really works. If you don’t believe me just check out their website http://www.liquipel.com they got videos of it in action. You can also do a search for them on YouTube, and you’ll see a bunch of videos that were taken at CES last month.

    • BonesDT says:

      First of all, Liquipel is not 100% guaranteed waterproof and as such it is advertised to be strictly for accidental water contact only. They firmly warn you not to try to test it. Lifeproof is designed to be purposely submerged in water to your delight.

      Second of all, how is spending $80 on a waterproof case “wasting money” compared to paying $60 for waterproofing and $X more for a separate protective case.

      Third of all, you have to relinquish your phone for a few days to get Liquipel’ed – something that is not an option for many people.

      However, I do appreciate your enthusiasm.

  • Matt says:

    Not bad, but way too many parts. Check out this case, http://www.rokform.com/cart/Rokbed-v3.html.

    To mount it on your bike, you only need this, (check out the video): http://youtu.be/VsuWqsaborc?hd=1

    Case and mount… that’s it. Awesome case, ridiculous quality and craftsmanship. Even better customer service! Rokform makes great iPhone cases! And it’s all made in the USA. Check them out: http://www.rokform.com

    • Brian Mullin says:

      Matt: Thanks for the info. Their case does not seem to be dirt or water proof? And I don’t see the new bike mount on their site?

      Almeister: I have seen that product for other things, jackets, etc. It does make it waterproof, but you’ll still need a case that can be dirt proof, and then a mount that works with the the tougher case.

    • Tom says:

      Rokform s nice..BUT ….. After using it for a few weeks the connection is becoming looser. The constant on and off on bike, then car then belt clip made this case pointless for me. Unless I just had bad plastic…..

  • Simon Pink says:

    It would be interesting to know what size the gimball socket was and if it would fit a Ram mount? if it were 1″ or 0.56″ then Ram do so many differne tmounts and clamps that would fit to an oversize stem to centrally mount it.

  • Darwin says:

    Lifeproof has a lot of complaints about the real reliability of their cases especially around water. Google it.

  • Boyd Hutton says:

    Do NOT purchase the LifeProof bike and bar mount for the iPhone 5 unless you enjoy watching your smartphone skid across the road into oncoming traffic. At the slightest bump or vibrations the clamp will eject your phone from the mount.

    I’m guessing they felt confident enough with their mount for the iPhone 4 and just lengthened it without actually testing it out. Unfortunately, it’s too flexy and flimsy to maintain proper clamping force to hold the phone in place.

    Mine ejected the LifeProof cased phone 3 times the first ride out before the fatal instance in which a car in oncoming traffic ran over my phone. The mount for the iPhone 5 is not worth trusting your phone with.

    • Steve says:

      Boyd – Are you locking the clamp on the mount? Look at the piece on the cradle that moves and holds the phone into the cradle. Look at the hinge point. Is it red or green? If it is green you don’t have it locked and that is why your phone is falling out. Push the lock from the right to left and it will turn red. Now the clamp is locked. If you try real hard by hand you can wedge your phone out of the cradle, but shocks and vibrations aren’t going to get it out.

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