We not too long ago accomplished a top-down evaluate of the ruggedized Juggernaut sturdy cellphone instances and mounting ecosystem, printed in Subject 53. Shortly after that article was full, Juggernaut introduced they’d be releasing a brand new, expanded line of cellphone instances and mounts. Excellent news up entrance: Each instances and mounts are backward appropriate. You probably have a legacy mount, all the brand new instances will nonetheless slot in these mounts. Likewise, if you are going to buy one in every of their new-generation mounts, your current cellphone case will match into it with out issues.
Above: The outgoing IMPCT and SLEEV instances, pictured right here, supplied two ranges of safety; the brand new ENDVR, ADVNTR, and OPRTR households present three ranges to select from.
Beforehand, there have been two Juggernaut cellphone instances: the IMPCT and the SLEEV. The IMPCT was their “medium-to-hard” use case, with the SLEEV being up-armored even additional for extra-rough dealing with, and optimization for Juggernaut’s line of energy and knowledge switch cables. Their new line has expanded to incorporate three case choices, as an alternative of two, to cowl a wider vary of use-cases.
Juggernaut Case On a regular basis ENDVR
On the extra informal finish of the spectrum is their ENDVR case. The ENDVR is a front-load “snap on” case. Merely press the cellphone down into the corners of the case till it stretches and snaps down over the physique of your cellphone. That is how most business cellphone instances work, however that’s just about the place the similarities finish.
Above: Juggernaut’s new ENDVR case is slim and light-weight sufficient for on a regular basis carry however remains to be appropriate with the corporate’s current belt clips, automobile mounts, and different attachments.
Optimized for EDC and weekend warrior adventures, the ENDVR doesn’t function a port sealing mechanism like its counterparts. It does, nonetheless, nonetheless lock into Juggernaut mounts. Whether or not you need a belt clip on your work pants, a PALS pack adapter on your weekend path pack, or a automobile mount for highway journeys, the ENDVR will nonetheless match securely into any current Juggernaut mounting interface — with one caveat. The ENDVR’s design is so smooth that you simply’ll have to go down one mount dimension.
Above: The Juggernaut ADVNTR (left) and OPRTR (proper) are top-loading designs with seals for the ports on the bottom of the cellphone. The OPRTR’s seal locks securely into place with two thumb screws.
The pattern telephones used listed below are a Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Extremely. If I load the usual S22 into an ADVNTR or OPRTR case, it’ll want a medium-sized mount to trip in. However the identical cellphone loaded into an ENDVR case, will use a small-sized mount. Thankfully, Juggernaut marks each their mounts and instances with dimension icons, and the entire new instances are explicitly labeled with the required mount dimension for that case. Should you plan on switching your cellphone out and in of the totally different instances, utilizing totally different case fashions for work and private telephones, or have relations or coworkers utilizing different-sized instances than you, you’ll need to bear that in thoughts as you store for corresponding mounts. However this distinction solely applies to the ENDVR.
Excessive ADVNTR and Tactical OPRTR
The bigger ADVNTR and OPRTR instances are comparable in kind issue. Each are top-load instances, versus snap on, with a hinged prime cowl. They each function a port-sealing mechanism on the underside. The ADVNTR seals with a pop-off rubber gasket, whereas the beefier OPRTR has a bigger, buffered backside plate that secures into the case with two screws. Both one might be utterly faraway from the remainder of the case and stowed if not wanted for every day use.
Above: The Juggernaut Case ADVNTR provides extra safety than the ENDVR, with a top-loading, slide-in design and detachable rubber seal for the ports on the base of the cellphone.
The ADVNTR and Operator each function extra materials constructed up across the fringe of the display, making a deeper offset for the cellphone. That is excellent news should you’re liable to dropping your cellphone on its face, when that offset may prevent from a cracked display. Except for that, the OPRTR seems to be an even-more-up-armored model of the ADVNTR, barely taller with extra materials throughout.
Above: The OPRTR is Juggernaut’s professional-grade mannequin, with a heavy-duty prime latch, thicker materials on all 4 corners, and compatibility with Juggernaut Fast Disconnect cables and charging cradles that screw into the case.
Our pattern S22 did require extra effort to load into the OPRTR than the ADVNTR, which signifies the usage of extra shock-absorbing foam on the inside of the case. However make no mistake, each of those instances are match for responsibility with regulation enforcement or navy models. Additionally, the ADVNTR and OPRTR use the identical dimension mounts — in our case, they each used medium mounts for the S22 and XL mounts for the S22 Extremely.
We have been massive followers of the previous-gen IMPCT Juggernaut cellphone instances, with our editorial employees making in depth use of them within the area, and the brand new strains supply some distinct enhancements. Along with scalability of safety degree, all three of the brand new case fashions make extra in depth use of texturing and rubberized grip materials across the edges of the case. We did discover that, on the older instances, as elevated put on smoothed out the untextured plastic edges, our telephones grew to become a bit of extra liable to slippage and drops.
Above: The Armband Mount is produced from stretchy Lycra with a topo-pattern grip materials on the within to cut back slipping.
Not so with any of the brand new case fashions. There’s additionally the SHLD display protector (not proven right here) obtainable. Along with the extra safety on your display, the SHLD is obtainable in blue mild blocking and privacy-protection variants.
There’s additionally extra consideration to element in design aesthetic. The massive military-style labels have been moved from the skin to the within of the case, which additionally function delicate paintings resembling topographical strains on a map. The within of every case additionally incorporates a cheeky one-liner or film quote. You’ll solely see it as soon as, once you load your cellphone into the case, however they’re good for a fast chuckle, and the mixture of colours and quotes provides a level of uniqueness and collectability to an in any other case utilitarian product.
Above: The Forearm Mount incorporates a ratcheting BOA dial for micro adjustment, guaranteeing it suits the wearer securely.
Talking of colours, there are some extra choices in that realm as properly. The ADVNTR and OPRTR can be found in black, FDE, OD inexperienced, and Gunmetal Grey. The extra urbanized ENDVR case is obtainable in black, Stone Inexperienced, Gunmetal Grey, and a lighter limited-edition Tundra Grey. Pricing, like safety degree, is scaled to the person instances: $65 for the ENDVR, $80 for the ADVNTR, and $145 for the OPRTR. The SHLD display protector is a further $50 to $60 relying on mannequin. Even maxing out the costs, you’re nonetheless simply over $200 to not solely shield your smartphone to the extent of literal battlefield use, but in addition capitalize on the big range of mounting and carriage choices that may be built-in into virtually any conceivable use case — from belt clips and dashboard docks to skydiving harnesses and physique armor.
At time of writing, these new case strains have solely been launched for Samsung Galaxy S22 telephones, with restricted availability for S22 Plus and Extremely fashions. Juggernaut has instructed us that iPhone 14 fashions are coming quickly.
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