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Hands-on image gallery of the Catalyst, LifeProof, and Seidio cases for Apple iPhone 6 Plus

I enjoy running and biking, often working out in pouring down rain. Cases from these three manufacturers protect your iPhone from water, drops, dirt, snow, and other extreme conditions.
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Catalyst, Seidio, and LifeProof iPhone 6 Plus cases

Many of us take our iPhones everywhere, including on our outdoor adventures. Whether you run, cycle, ski, ride, boat, or take part in some other outdoor activity there are a few solid choices to protect your iPhone 6 Plus from the toughest elements.

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LifeProof Nuud case and LifeActiv mounts

The LifeProof system includes a case with options for bike, car, belt, and other mounts.

The LifeProof Nuud case is priced at $99.99. The bike and car mount are each $39.99.

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LifeProof Nuud case contents

The LifeProof case consists of a front and back piece. A test piece is included so you can perform a waterproof test before you risk ruining your expensive iPhone 6 Plus.

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Front piece, upper left of LifeProof Nuud

There are rubber seal pieces in the corners of the front LifeProof Nuud case.

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Lower front of the LifeProof Nuud

The LifeProof Nuud case supports TouchID with a plastic seal window. There are also sealed door covers for the headset jack and Lightning port.

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iPhone 6 Plus in front of LifeProof Nuud

It is easy to place your iPhone 6 Plus in the front of the LifeProof Nuud. It rests in the rubber seal.

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LifeProof Nuud in hand

LifeProof took an interesting approach to sealing your iPhone 6 Plus. There is no integrated screen protector. Instead LifeProof has a rubber gasket around the display. A plastic screen protector is included if you want to apply it, but it's not necessary.

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Back of the LifeProof Nuud case

The back piece if made of rigid plastic with windows for the camera and flash. An O-ring is set in a channel and there is a clamp to keep the case locked in place.

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LifeActiv suction and bike mount

The suction mount can be used to mount your iPhone in the car while the bike mount attaches to your handlebars.

You can place the mounting clip on the back of the LifeProof to use your iPhone 6 Plus in landscape or portrait orientation.

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LifeProof Nuud on my bike

Three different spacers are included in the LifeActiv bike and bar mount package so you can find which works best for your bike.

The bike and bar mount costs $39.99.

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Underside view of the LifeProof bike and bar mount

It is very easy to simply lock the mount on your bike and then slip the mounting bracket into the socket opening.

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LifeActiv suction mount

The suction mount lets you easily position your iPhone 6 Plus for navigation in your car.

It also resells for $39.99.

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LifeProof suction mount in portrait

Using my iPhone 6 Plus in portrait orientation.

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LifeProof suction mount in landscape

Whether you use the vertical or horizontal mounting clip orientation, you can always rotate your iPhone 6 Plus in the Nuud case using the socket ball and rotation mechanism.

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Seidio OBEX for iPhone 6 Plus

The Seidio OBEX for iPhone 6 Plus comes in several color options with a retail price of $89.95.

It supports the Quest mounting system. The kit with a bike mount, arm band, and car mount is $79.95.

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Seidio OBEX system

Like the other two iPhone 6 Plus systems, the Seidio OBEX case is composed of two pieces.

The package also included the belt clip that is part of the Quest mounting system.

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View of corner seal on Seidio OBEX

Your iPhone 6 Plus rests in the front piece with the back piece containing gaskets and clips to secure it in place.

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Assembling the Seidio OBEX

There is an opening for the Apple Logo with a honeycomb back structure for drop protection.

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Seidio OBEX in hand

The Seidio OBEX is the largest of the three cases.

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Bottom corner of Seidio OBEX

There is an opening in the bottom corner that you use to start prying the two halves apart to remove your iPhone 6 Plus.

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Left side buttons of Seidio OBEX

The volume buttons and ringer switch are activated using the case buttons.

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Large sealing covers on Seidio OBEX

There are a couple substantial covers for the headphone jack and Lightning port on the Seidio OBEX case.

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Back of the Seidio OBEX

The back is made of durable plastic material.

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Seidio OBEX in belt clip case

I doubt I would use the belt clip case on a daily basis as the entire package is pretty massive.

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Catalyst iPhone 6 Plus case

The Catalyst iPhone 6 Plus case uses a slightly different approach with a focus on the sealing O-ring. It is available for $74.99, the lowest price of these three options.

There is no bike or car mount solution, but Catalyst does have a floating lanyard accessory.

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Two pieces of Catalyst case

Like the Seidio OBEX, the Catalyst case employs an integrated screen cover. It's glossy plastic and I noticed some degradation in touch sensitivity with this case.

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Back of the Catalyst case

The back of the Catalyst is clear so you see your iPhone, similar to the LifeProof case.

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Bottom of the Catalyst case

There is a single piece for sealing the bottom ports on the Catalyst case.

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iPhone 6 Plus in front of Catalyst case

It's quick and easy to place your iPhone 6 Plus into the front piece.

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Tight fit on the Catalyst case

The fit is tight and usage of all buttons is maintained in the Catalyst.

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Back piece of the Catalyst

The back piece is pretty minimal with a large O-ring that goes all around the outside of the back piece. The back actually rests inside of the front piece to create the seal.

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Catalyst in hand

The Catalyst and LifeProof cases have about the same dimensions and provide great protection with minimal bulk.

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