How tough is the Hitcase? One of our users Alex Andrews was caught in an avalanche last year and lost his iPhone in it. Fortunately, he had it in a Hitcase. Andrew found his Hitcase protected iPhone today, about 9 months after the incident!
Here’s what Alex had to say about the incident:
I dropped in and I had my phone / Hitcase out. I was going to do a quick selfie pow run down to the jump. I stopped just before the shoot, sliced a turn, and cut off a foot-and-a-half wide forty foot slide, I was thinking “Holy shit…” I ended up grabbing a tree and I was totally fine. I had the photographer and filmer ping pong down through the super tight trees to where the jump was at, so if anything did happen I would be in between them.
I felt super confident. They were maybe 200 yards away. So I said “F*** it. If something breaks I’ll just ride it out.” That was my mindset at the time.
I dropped in and I could have sworn I was recording, I made three or four turns, and then the slope went from under me, it was such a heavy slide, like quick sand. It started sucking me in and I was riding with it, still clinging to the Hitcase in my hand. The slide basically flipped me. My pole snapped in half and, from then on, I was just trying to survive. I started swimming through the snow as fast as I could. I was completely buried at this point, but I could see a beam of light so I started pushing towards what I thought was the surface. Then, just before the avalanche stopped, it flipped me at the last second.
My head was uncovered. I started freaking out, frantically digging myself through the snow. Very very scary. I didn’t ride for the next four days.
I realized I needed to learn a lot more about the conditions and it gave me a new perspective. I’m not going to be an idiot any more when it comes to snow conditions. Even though I know that mountain so well, I got over confident.
As for the phone? I wasn’t even going to try and look for it. The snow was so hard and deep. We tried calling it but the conditions were so bad we didn’t want to risk hanging around. So I got a new phone and the summer rolled around.
It was early August and I hiked up there to see if I could find the phone. There was still some trapped glacier snow, about a foot deep. I couldn’t find it. Yesterday I got an iPhone 6, and I had another iPhone 5, but I thought to myself “I should go up and see if I can find my other 5 one last time.” I knew that if it was in that case it would probably be fine.
I hopped on my dirt bike and ripped up the hill. This was super high, about 9500 feet. There were no hiking trails near it so I was bush whacking before I got to the zone. It turned out to be right where I thought it would be. It was in the terrain trapped snow that needed to melt more. My phone was sitting there and the case had held up super well. I Took it home and powered it up! Even with all the mud, the ice, and the sun, it was still all good!
There was no footage. I thought for sure there would be. I ended up giving the phone to my Dad. He’s never had one before so I gave him that one, a 5s.