Highwire is a bit bulkier than many modern cases because of its dual-layer setup. The plastic frame simply snaps in place over the rubber layer, covering the iPhone’s sides and fitting between three raised columns of rubber. Not surprisingly, the inner rubber skin is quite soft, and imprinted with a diamond pattern at the top and bottom. While Sleep/Wake and volume button protection is built-in—and executed well, as it allows all three to remain their tactility—the bottom edge is fully exposed. Users who plan to use Lightning docks or adapters will like this, but users who prefer additional bottom coverage may not. Like the rest of Stanley’s iPhone 5 lineup, Highwire ships with a plastic belt clip and screen film.
Although the design hasn’t evolved much, Highwire is still a good case, and feels appropriate to the Stanley brand. While we tend to prefer co-molded cases such as Faxion, the inclusion of the belt clip is a smart choice that adds value for Highwire’s target audience. With that in mind, Highwire earns a strong general recommendation.
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