GizzMoVest protective GPS cases are manufactured by a small Goleta, California company. Made of a combination of materials (a soft-knit interior, a high density plastic, and a very grippy exterior) the case shown above gives plenty of protection for the device. I’m not sure it would prevent damage if it were ran over by a truck, but it seems likely to save it against many drops on rock, concrete, etc. Now you would still need a screen protector, and as you can see, the front of the Garmin GPSMAP 62 series case is open, allowing access to the buttons. So while it could always hit a rocky protuberance screen first, a case such as this should dramatically reduce the chances of significant damage from most spills. In fact, the case results in a recessed screen (whereas the 62 series screen on a bare unit is flush), further reducing the chance of screen damage.
Currently the company has cases for the Garmin GPSMAP 62 and 78 series and the eTrex line, with a Montana case due soon.
The 62 series case I tested is incredibly simple to use. You simply place the unit in the open case…
Close it up and slide the lanyard clasp to secure it…
Note the indention near the seam above. This is the location of the 62 series power button. The case has enough flex that you can turn it on by pressing here.
Here’s another view showing the belt clip…
Highly recommended. This is a simple and great case, offering significant protection for your investment. I tend to go commando myself (uh, in terms of my GPS receivers that is), but then I’m used to spending a lot of money on new units each year, and I don’t carry the same ones on each outing. Investing in a case for each isn’t something I’m likely to do. Most of our readers are probably more likely to hold onto a unit for at least a couple of years, if not much longer. For those of you in that category, I think the GizzMoVest is a great solution.
Here’s a link to the GizzMoVest company website.
Giveway x 2
Okay, I’ve got two review cases here, one for the Garmin GPSMAP 62 series and one for the 78 series. The manufacturer has kindly agreed to let me offer them up in a contest. I’m going to keep it very simple. Here are the rules:
- Simply leave a comment below, but make sure you say if you want the 62 or 78 series case
- Enter only once; multiple entries from the same person or IP address will be disqualified
- Be sure to use an email address that you check regularly; I’ll notify the winner and you’ll have 24 hours to give me a mailing address by email or I’ll give it to someone else
- Do not include your email address in the body of your comment (unless you want a lot of spam!); just plug it into the comment form
- US residents only
- You must be 18 or older to enter
- The winners will be selected at random after the contest closes next Tuesday, August 23 at noon EDT