Travel Gear Review: Urban Armor Gear Case for iPhone 5

Valkyrie Case from Urban Armor Gear
Valkyrie Case from Urban Armor Gear
Valkyrie Case from Urban Armor Gear

I admit to being a klutzy gal but using the Valkyrie case from Urban Armor Gear for my iPhone 5 has probably saved me some money the last couple of months. My iPhone is my single most important piece of travel gear and it’s important to protect it. I lost my last iPhone to one too many falls on the cement and the glass shattered on the back of the phone. I ended up with poking myself with a sliver of glass – ouch!

Now, let me introduce you to Urban Armor Gear (UAG) cases, which are feather-light, stylish (I mean, I was able to pick out a PINK case!), and sturdy. In fact, UAG cases are MIL-STD 810G 516.6 compliant. What is MIL-STD 810G 516.6? It’s a “U.S. Military certification applied to equipment that can withstand tough environmental conditions.” (Source: Urban Armor Gear website) To receive this certification, devices are “dropped from a height of 48 inches” from every possible side. It’s dropped a total of 26 TIMES and must function and not sustain damage.

Oops! Dropped my iPhone 5 on the road during a walk. It was wearing its Urban Armor Gear case and looks and works fine.
Oops! Dropped my iPhone 5 on the road during a walk. It was wearing its Urban Armor Gear case and looks and works fine.

I haven’t been out there purposely dropping my phone but, I have an active lifestyle and my phone has fallen during bicycle rides, walks and everyday klutziness. And, each time it was nestled in the pink, Valkyrie Urban Armor Gear case and didn’t sustain any visible damage and works fine. Well, it’s probably because UAG cases are engineered to protect from the vigor of an active life as well as be functional. (Currently, Valkyrie is $34.95 from UAG and the company offers free worldwide shipping. Ordering was easy and my product was delivered in less than a week.)

Urban Armor Gear Cases are Military Certified
Urban Armor Gear Cases are Military Certified

Cases for iPhone, iPads and Galaxy include the following features:

  • Oversized buttons for easy access
  • Glare-free flash photos (you have NO idea how important this is as a blogger and social media influencer. I hated flash glare from other cases – my photos looked washed out.)
  • Scratch resistant pads – whether your device is face up or down, this prevents abrasions on your screen.
  • Feather-light composite construction
  • Integrated shock absorbing bumpers
  • Oversized audio ports and low profile design results in compatibility with most sound docks and headsets.
  • Armor shell and impact resistant soft core

Okay, a little something extra that makes me excited about Urban Armor Gear cases is the ultimate drop test from space they conducted earlier this year! You NEED to check out the awesome video.

For all you Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 folks, here’s a list of new UAG cases to check out:

Galaxy S6 (composite)
Scout (black)
Navigator (white)
Outland (orange)
Aero (blue)
Ash (transparent grey- new color)
Ice (clear)

Galaxy S6 Folio (I so need one of these, it’s basically a wallet for your phone)
Rogue (red)
Scout (black)

Galaxy S6 Edge
Ice (clear)
Ash (transparent grey)
HTC One M9

View more on the Urban Armor Gear site. The Valkyrie case I purchased was $34.95 and UAG offers free worldwide shipping.

The Verdict: The UAG Valkyrie case is sleek, light and durable. If it were waterproof, it’d be perfect. It’s so light that transitioning from a bulky Mophie to this was a little strange – I felt as though I was missing something. In the end, it’s a great, practical and stylish case and terrific value considering how much smartphones cost.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary UAG case for my iPhone 5 to test and all opinions are my own.



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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