Tech advances in the last five years have been incredible. The screens in our pockets have gotten thinner and bigger and more powerful, and the epitome of this trend might be the iPhone 6 Plus and 7 Plus. A phone so big people literally wonder whether it’s a phone or a tablet.

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Oversized phones are now commonplace. Here is the iPhone 6 Plus in all its mini-tablet glory.

I do so much work on my phone that the screen real estate has been a game changer in the best way possible.

But I’m so active outside that the screen real estate has been a game changer in a negative way. It’s super hard to bring my phone with me and take advantage of the improved camera, image stabilization, etc.

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Phone-in-pack hiking makes it a lot harder to get phone-in-hand. Or at least just hard enough that I don’t end up getting it in hand that often.

My solution until now has been to hike with my phone in my pack, tucked away in a pocket. If I want to take a photo, I have to pull my pack to my front, take out my phone, and get two hands on it before the camera is even open. And by then, the moment is often lost.

It’s not actually that big of a hassle. But it’s enough to deter me pulling out my phone if the moment is “good” but not “great.” And that sucks–I have my phone to make it easier to capture the world around me.

iPhone Plus Users Rejoice: the Solution is Here

At Outdoor Retailer this summer, I found out about the Quad Lock Case, a case and armband system that solves the problem created by the iPhone 6 Plus’ and 7 Plus’ massive size.

The Quad Lock armband with twist lock and push to release mechanism. Its elastic band cinches and has a new, non-scratchy type of velcro that I'm always amazed is actually velcro.

The Quad Lock armband with twist lock and push to release mechanism. Its elastic band cinches and has a new, non-scratchy type of velcro that I’m always amazed is actually velcro.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Put the Quad Lock case on your phone.
  2. Put the armband on your arm.
  3. The Quad Lock case fits into a locking mechanism on the armband.
The Quad Lock Case.

The Quad Lock Case alongside a Quad Lock bike mount. Once case can attach to the armband, a bike mount, and a car mount.

It’s as simple as that. Leave your phone in the Quad Lock case, and all you need is the Quad Lock armband to make your phone easily accessible while you hike.

How is this new?

I’ve been around the block–I’ve seen phone armband holders, and have never been impressed. So, I was skeptical and had to ask the question: why and how is this any different from the classic plastic sleeve solution?

The Quad Lock Case in action. Your oversized phone is now accessible and stable, rather than at home or rocking around in your pocket.

The Quad Lock Case in action. Your oversized phone is now accessible and stable, rather than at home or rocking around in your pocket.

The thing about the plastic sleeve, Quad Lock was quick to tell me, is it still isn’t that accessible–you have to extract your phone from the sleeve, which can be awkward when it’s on your upper arm–and it can trap moisture and slide around your arm.

The Quad Lock, on the other hand, is already on your phone, and to connect or disconnect your phone from the armband you just need to twist your phone a fraction of a full rotation. And then it’s locked to your arm.

Right now, the Quad Lock is just for the iPhone 6 models, but you have to assume they’ll come out with an iPhone 7 model kit soon.

Check it out here.

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Ryan Fliss

Ryan Fliss

Ryan is The Dyrt's Managing Editor. With over 10 years writing and digital growth experience and even more experience in the outdoors, he is excited about The Dyrt's early growth and trajectory. Ryan, like most people, is an onion (figuratively speaking), and finds byline bios reductive, though useful. He is writing this himself in the third person, and--to him--it feels strange.