The fact of the matter is I drop things.
One of the things I try not to drop too often is my phone but it happens. Various iPhones have bounced off floors, roads, and into streams more often than I care to admit. I’ve hard-cased them, and the new ones are water-resistant, and I’ve never lost one in water too deep to get it out, but it’s just a matter of time before I drown another one.
I’ve kept my eye out for a good way to keep my phone attached and the Koala 2.0 phone harness from Hangtime Gear looks like a winner.
The harness is made of heavy-duty silicone that stretches to grip your phone at four corners. I’ve got an orange one, so I can find it easily if need be. There are three other color options.
The tether is part of the harness and is 14″ from clip to case and stretches pretty easily to my arm’s length. It’s likely I will attach the whole rig to some orange paracord to increase the reach, making it easier to shoot pictures while I’m fishing.
It comes with two attachment options, a clip that closes with a cam mechanism rather than a spring and a small carabiner. Both are made of polycarbonate plastic. The clip has a burly grip (rated to 50 lbs.) making it easy to attach in various places, not just loops like with the biner. It’s an intriguing little item. Here is more detail on the clip from the Hangtime website:
“Certain locations offer a better grip than others. The best spots we’ve found are:
- The edge of a sewn seam, like on your jeans pocket.
- The edge of a zipper, like on the pocket of a ski jacket.
- Nylon straps, like on a backpack.
- On the other hand, some locations that aren’t quite as secure are very thin fabrics and fabric edges without a sewn seam.”
They also have an Instagram post showing how the clamp works.
The Koala 2.0 is guaranteed; if it breaks, they’ll send you a new one. Simple as that.
I’m adding this to my fishing and guiding kit this year. Juggling my phone in the field just got a lot less stressful.
Disclosure: I paid retail price for this product. I did not get a pro-deal nor any form of compensation for this review.