Like most men that I know, I hate carrying stuff in my pockets. I cannot wait for the day we no longer need cash or credit cards. I embrace the ‘print’ world when it comes to art, but as far as payment and identification is concerned, bring on state-of-the-art technology. Until that day arrives, most of us are forced to carry a stack of cards in our back pocket. Over the years, that stack has been diminished to just 3-4 necessary cards. I’ve always carried my cash separately.
Around two years ago, I started hunting the web for wallet-type iPhone cases. I found and purchased several, they all sucked. Too bulky, didn’t allow easy access to the phone, blocked the camera, quality was subpar and the list goes on. I do have good news for you though, I recently found one that works great. Randomly browsing Twitter a few months back, I came upon a retweet from a friend of mine. It was a press release for a new iPhone 5 case from Incipio. Who the heck is Incipio? I like to think that I am pretty up to par when it comes to everything Apple. Well, I guess not. Not only do they make an assortment of cases for Apple products, they also have offerings for Samsung, Kindle, travel bags, earbuds for audio, chargers and you can even create your very own custom case.
The Stashback case is what really caught my eye.
Would I finally find a case that would successfully double as a wallet allowing me a free back pocket?
I decided on the Haze Grey color as I wanted something different from all the black cases I’ve used over the years. Okay, I know grey isn’t a far stretch. The case feels really nice in your hand and doesn’t feel much larger than any typical iPhone 5 case I’ve used.
The inside of the case is made of an impact resistant semi-rigid NGP soft shell. It feels soft to the touch. Here you can see the recession where the cards go. Incipio states it will hold 3 cards but I have found you can squeeze 4 in there. It’s tight, but they do fit.
The case also works great if you want to carry business cards. I found that it will hold 9 cards nicely. The paper stock used for your cards will of course vary.
By far the greatest feature of this case is that it doesn’t make you feel like you’re carrying anything more than your phone. The outside of the case is made of a rigid Plextonium frame and has been quite durable the past few months. During my recent trip to Las Vegas for Interbike, I must have opened and closed this case 200 times. It still aligns perfectly and hasn’t shown any signs of wear.
Not only does the case allow access to all of the iPhone functions/buttons, when the rear door is opened, it props itself up so you can get your cards in and out with ease. You can feel the case ‘snap’ back in place when closed.
It fits nice and tight over your phone and the cards don’t fiddle around inside.
At first, I thought the included protector was for the front of the phone as with most cases. Nope, it goes on the back. Sliding cards in and out across the back of your phone would produce scratches over time. (Yes, I left it on loose with the bubbles so you could see the protector) Since getting back from Vegas I’ve removed the case and protector a few times to test durability. So far, its doing pretty good but I think if you plan on going back and forth with this case, the protector will eventually lose its stickiness.
I dropped the phone a couple of times (I can be clumsy) and as you can see, it still looks perfect. The case seems to absorb impact well. The vibrate button is left naked while the volume buttons and top on/off button are covered.
Considering how pleased I’ve been with the Stashback, I picked up a few other cases from Incipio to try. Here is their DualPro Shine case (left) stacked up next to the Stashback (right). As you can see, the Stashback is barely larger with four credit cards inside. That’s pretty great if you ask me.
For $39.99 this case is a no brainer and a MUST HAVE as far as I’m concerned. If you’re looking to go minimal, head on over to Incipio and grab the Stashback.
Check back soon as we plan on giving a few other Incipio cases a run for their money. I know a couple of us here at AGW have been looking for a solid waterproof case. We’ve had “troubles” with some other brands waterproof cases. Stay tuned!
The Incipio Stashback case is a great solution for those looking to carry less without sacrifice.