Go ahead, go swimming with your Apple Watch!
Catalyst Waterproof Case Apple Watch Review – It’s ocean-proof!
Today we’re going to review a waterproof Apple Watch case by Catalyst. We’ve put the case through its paces, submerging the case with an Apple Watch in it for 10+ hours in the Pacific Ocean as well as the taking it past the 16.4 ft depth protection. The Catalyst Waterproof case for the Apple Watch is one of the more useful Apple Watch accessories that we’ve used to date.
This Apple Watch case provides water protection up to 16.4 ft and drop protection of 6.6 ft and based on several hours of underwater usage; we’ve given this Apple Watch accessory a score of 4.4 Eh’s out of 5. Out of all the Apple Watch cases, this is one of the higher rated products due to the usefulness of the product. With all the praise out of the way, there is one thing that we hope Catalyst fixes on the case as we question the long-term usability of the case. This product is the only waterproof Apple Watch case that we’ve reviewed as of January 2016.
(out of 5)
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- Officially makes the Apple Watch waterproof
- Doesn't get in the way of accessing the screen
- Hard to install
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- The screw on our test case started to rust
- Feels solid
- A little bulky
- Acceptable given the sporty nature of the case
- Toughest Apple Watch case we've reviewed
- Screen protector not included
- Definitely a vacation case but isn't annoying to use on a day-to-day basis
- Digital crown is a little tougher to use
- Sound is slightly muted
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Design – Adds a bit of bulk to the Apple watch
In terms of fit, the Catalyst case doesn’t feel flimsy unlike other Apple Watch bumpers that we’ve reviewed. The sleeve + hardshell setup is very similar to how Dog & Bone does the Wetsuit (no screen protector) which means that you don’t have any sort of screen sensitivity loss which is great. The edges of the case aren’t as high as other Apple Watch accessories which means getting to your device is a breeze.
This waterproof Apple Watch case follows the general shape of the device but will bulk it up though the case is slick enough that it won’t get caught on shirts like the ActionProof.
We will note that installation/removal of the Apple Watch inside the Catalyst case is a little more difficult than your typical Apple Watch accessory as it requires you to pop the device out from the back which requires a bit hand strength. On our first case, we broke snap the back in half due to improper hand placement.
When it comes to the aesthetics of the case, it makes your Apple Watch look like it’s sitting in an old school diving suit. This is a sportier Apple Watch accessory so we’re ok with that. The only thing that we’re not a big fan off is the fact that the screw used to secure the front/back pieces will start rusting after it gets wet.
Protection – Ensure your Apple Watch is waterproof (even in salt water)
When it comes to protection, the Catalyst waterproof case for the Apple watch is waterproof up to 16.4 ft that allow you to easily take it on any snorkel adventure that you want. For our Catalyst Waterproof Case Apple Watch review, we used the setup over a period of 10 days by submerging the Apple Watch in the Pacific Ocean several times a day. We had no issues with the waterproofing of the Catalyst during the test period and found nothing on the Apple Watch after the vacation that would indicate that saltwater had reached the back of the device.
Now some viewers/readers have pointed out that their Apple Watch is already “water-proof”. Officially, according to Apple, the Apple Watch is water resistant up to iPX7 and not meant for continuous submersion past 1m so showering and the occasional soaking in a kitchen sink won’t be a problem, not continuous submersion in an ocean with the occasional dive past 15 ft.
Salt water and electronics don’t mix so why would anybody take that chance with their Apple Watch?
Practicality – Not completely annoying to use on dry land
In terms of practicality, we would only use this case on vacation BUT unlike other waterproof cases (like the HitCase and Optrix XD6) we didn’t rush to take it off after a vacation. The Catalyst case isn’t annoying enough that we itched to take it off.
We continued to use the Apple Watch with the Catalyst a couple of weeks after vacation and had no problem with it on a day-to-day basis, but the size does take away from the sleekness of the Apple Watch. Getting to your Apple Watch is a tad more difficult as the sound is a little muted coming from the Apple Watch and phone conversations seemed a little “staticky”.
The digital crown doesn’t feel as fluid or fast but is usable. The heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch still works as the green light seems to have no problem passing through the rubber sleeve that the Apple Watch sits in, but we did notice that heart rate readings took a little longer to register during lifting sessions. There were no issues with the heart rate readings in the water.
Again, for our Catalyst Waterproof Case Apple Watch Review, we gave this Apple Watch case a score of 4.4 Eh’s out of 5. Questions? Please ask them on our Google+ page or our Facebook page or our About Us page.