Review: Lunatik TAKTIK EXTREME and STRIKE Cases for iPhone 5

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Lunatik gained widespread popularity when it launched a Kickstarter project for a 6th generation iPod Nano watch band style case back in November of 2011.  That project gave birth to the TikTok+and LunaTik Watch Kits, which managed to raise 1 million dollars in 30 days and basically solidified Lunatik as a legitimate company in a matter of hours.

Since then Lunatik hasn’t rested on it’s laurels.  Instead the company has brought several other new and interesting designs to market.  Their latest?  The Taktik Extreme and Strike cases for the iPhone 5.  We’re talking serious protection here.  Like armor plated stuff, missile stopping.  If you’re someone who’s super hard on your phone and you’re tired of boring silicone rubber and cheap plastic cases this is one review you’re going to need to check out.

Since these cases are very similar I decided to show them to you both at once, in one giant review!

Read on through for my full review.

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We’ll start with the Extreme Case.

Inside the packaging you’ll find the case along a two special install tools.  Once inside the case and one out.  You use the one outside to open the case and get to the better one located inside.  There’s also an extra screw, a microfiber cloth and an instruction manual.

Here’s what Lunatik has to say about the Extreme case.

TAKTIK® EXTREME for iPhone 5 offers the highest level of overall protection in our TAKTIK Series. EXTREME delivers refined and ultra-rugged protection from impact, drops and screen damage as well as water and dust ingression. Featuring an industry-first Corning® Gorilla® Glass impact lens for screen protection, EXTREME provides shatter protection without compromising touchscreen responsiveness.

  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass Impact Lens For Screen Protection
  • High Impact Ballistic Bezels
  • 9mm Patent-Pending Impact Truss
  • Water + Dust Resistant Membranes
  • Sealed Audio & Charging Ports
  • Secure Screw Closure
  • Direct Access To All iPhone 5 Ports & Features
  • Ringer Silencer Switch

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The Extreme case is available in two different colors.  You can choose from Black (as I was sent for review) or White.  I don’t think it matters which color iPhone 5 you own as very little of it will be shown.  The case covers almost all of the phone.  So if you’v e got a black iPhone 5 and wished it was white, here’s your chance, and vice versa.

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The Extreme case is composed of three pieces.  A front frame with built in screen protector, a back bezel and inner core.  Lunatik calls the front and back parts, Ballistic Bezels.   All the pieces are held together with 6 screws.

The front bezel contains a screen protector made from Corning Gorilla Glass.  This is the first iPhone 5 case I know of that’s used this material in the form of a screen protector.

The inner core, or Truss is made from a heavy duty, shock and impact absorbing material.  It feels like a soft pillow and just picking it up it you immediately recognize the job it’s going to do protecting your iPhone 5.  It seems like a small air mattress or cushion.

Finally, the bezel for the back is made from super strong plastic and adds stability to the case. Take note of the headset jack cover and it’s not secured to the case.  You’ll need to make sure it stays put when it comes time to put all the pieces of the case together.  This locks it in place.

To place the case on your phone you insert your phone into the inner core as you would a snap on the back style case, with the button side first.  Then place the rear Ballistic Bezel on, followed by the front.  You’ll want to take your time with the front piece.  Make sure there’s no dust on the screen of your iPhone 5 and clean the inside of the Gorilla Glass shield as well.

Once you’ve got everything lined up go ahead and insert and tighten the 6 screws to lock the case together.

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Once installed on your phone the Extreme case offers maximum protection for your iPhone 5.  The case features a water and dust repellent material as well as port protectors for the headset jack and Lighting port.  Both the volume buttons and sleep/awake buttons get covered by the case but still offer good feedback when pressed.  The mute switch has a unique button pressing design which works quite well.

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You phone’s screen is still completely responsive with the Gorilla Glass screen protector installed.  I experienced no water marking or oil spots from it ether.  Essentially you’ll be hard pressed to tell that there’s any sort of screen protector installed it all.  The glass insert feels just like the actual glass of the iPhone 5.

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Special flip out port protectors keep unwanted debris from getting into the key areas of your phone.

Check out my full video review at the end of this review…

If you’re someone who’s hard on their phones, dropping it constantly, letting kids play with it, leaving it outside etc. it’s a good idea to protect your investment with a heavy duty case.  While there are plenty of rubber and plastic cases out there none look at cool as the Lunatik Extreme.  This case is flat out one of the sexiest protective caes I’ve had a chance to review.  While it won’t appeal to everyone, yes it’s quite bulky, bulky means protective, those individuals who want to make sure their iPhone 5 lasts until their next upgrade are sure to appreciate the design.  Available in two colors the Lunatik Extreme Case for iPhone 5 is a great choice for maximum protection.

You can learn more about the Lunatik Taktik Extreme iPhone 5 case by visiting this page on the company’s web site.

MSRP:  $124.95

PROS:  Serious protection.  Gorilla Glass screen protector.  Two colors.  Dust and water resistant. Unique design.

CONS:  Bulky.

Five

 

 

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Now on to the Lunatik Strike Case for iPhone 5.

The Strike version of the Lunatik iPhone 5 cases features all the same protection the Extreme offers, except minus the Gorilla Glass screen protector.  Much of this review will be similar to that of the Extreme since the cases are almost identical.

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Inside the packaging you’ll find the case along a special install tool.  There’s also an extra screw, and an instruction manual.  Absent from this version is the nicer tool and microfiber cloth which come with the Extreme.

Here’s what Lunatik has to say about the Strike case.

TAKTIK® STRIKE for iPhone 5 is designed to protect from the most severe impacts and drops. STRIKE features the same shock absorbing, 9mm Patent-Pending Impact Truss and ballistic bezels as TAKTIK EXTREME, as well as sealed audio and charging ports.

  • High Impact Ballistic Bezels
  • 9mm Patent-Pending Impact Truss
  • Sealed Audio & Charging Ports
  • Secure Screw Closure
  • Direct Access To All iPhone 5 Ports & Features
  • Ringer Silencer Switch

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The Strike case is available in your choice of five different colors.  You can choose from Gray (as I was sent for review), White, Black, Green or Pink.

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The case is made up of three sections.  A front frame or bezel, a back bezel and inner core.  Lunatik calls the front and back parts, Ballistic Bezels.   All the pieces are held together with 6 screws.

The inner core, or Truss is made from a heavy duty, shock and impact absorbing material. It feels like a soft pillow and just picking it up it you immediately recognize the job it’s going to do protecting your iPhone 5. It seems like a small air mattress or cushion.

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Finally the bezel for the back is made from tough durabel plastic and adds stability to the case. Take note of the headset jack cover and it’s not secured to the case. You’ll need to make sure it stays put when it comes time to put all the pieces of the case together.  This locks it in place.

To place the case on your phone you insert your phone into the inner core as you would a snap on the back style case, with the button side first. Then place the rear Ballistic Bezel on, followed by the front.

Once you’ve got everything lined up go ahead and insert and tighten the 6 screws to lock the case together.

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Once installed on your phone the Strike case offers maximum protection for your iPhone 5.  The case features a water and dust repellent material as well as port protectors for the headset jack and Lighting port.  Both the volume buttons and sleep/awake buttons get covered by the case but still offer good feedback when pressed.  The mute switch has a unique button pressing design which works quite well.

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You’ll find a ton of lay-on-the-table protection thanks to the Ballistic bezels.  This case is built to stand up to serious shock and impact for sure.

Check out my full video of both cases review below…


If you’re someone who’s hard on their phones, dropping it constantly, letting kids play with it, leaving it outside etc. it’s a good idea to protect your investment with a heavy duty case.  While there are plenty of rubber and plastic cases out there none look at cool as the Lunatik Strike.  This case is flat out one of the sexiest protective caes I’ve had a chance to review.  While it won’t appeal to everyone, yes it’s quite bulky, bulky means protective, those individuals who want to make sure their iPhone 5 lasts until their next upgrade are sure to appreciate the design.  Available in five colors the Lunatik Srtike Case for iPhone 5 is a great choice for maximum protection without the addition of the screen shield offered by the Extreme.

You can learn more about the Lunatik Taktik Strike iPhone 5 case by visiting this page on the company’s web site.

MSRP:  $79.95

PROS:  Serious protection.  Unique design.

CONS:  No screen protection.

Five

 

 

 

Larry

Larry has always had a passion for gear and gadgets. It all started for him with the release of the very first Palm Pilot. He has always had an interest in handheld electronics. From handheld PDAs, to cell phones, Mp3 players, watches and other products, Larry is the first person his friends, family and colleagues call when they need advice on tech.

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  • Franz Ong

    does the Strike work with a glass screen protector?

    • Larry

      I’m hearing no. The tightening of the screws could crack it.

  • Jose

    Do you know where I can find here in London?

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  • elaine hochheiser

    Hi. I’m curious about the gorilla glass protector. If that gets broken : #1–can it be replaced. And #2–does it really keep the iPhone glass from breaking as well or do both break at he same time since they are in such close proximity to each other?

  • richard

    this case does suck, I got a crack screen and thats it. said they will contact me. rainbow happens because of the engineering of the case. plastic tightened on rubber, none of the screws will ever be tightened equally.huh another company is launching a premium rugged case thats all terrain in the fall, its owned by ex Navy seals. I hope they learned something from lunatik Taktik Fail!

  • Nate

    So far, this case is pretty bad ass. Haven’t had any issues with it. The touch screen is quite responsive and finger print smudges wipe right off. I was skeptical of this case at first due to a lot of reviews about the screen protector causing a “rainbow effect.” So far, I have had no such thing. I ordered my case from lunatik’s website due to a lot of cloned bulls$&t I’ve read about. The speaker is loud as is the ear speaker. Since I work in a shop I needed a case that could stand up to the daily abuse of dust, grease and dropping of the phone. So far, this case has delivered in every aspect and I gotta say, shocked me for being Chinese made. The only 2 critique’s I can give this case is that it would make it 10X better if it were water proof rather than water resistant and my thumbs graze the sides of the case near the screen when typing. Other than that, pretty damn good case I gotta say. Good looking design and very rugged. Oh!, and one thing I gotta say to lunatik as a company; I know you’re based in Chicago, so on that note, why don’t you warehouse your goods here rather than keeping it overseas? And I know Chinese labor is cheaper but come on! My opinion, American made is always better.

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  • Brad

    The Taktik Extreme isn’t water resistant at all. I was on one of my runs the other day and made a phone call, only to notice sweat had quickly seeped into the earpiece in a large amount.

    I cleaned the case and my iPhone, and then went ahead and dropped a few water droplets onto the earpiece “Goretex” membrane only to watch it drip through.

    I never submerged it as the docking/Lightning ports aren’t secure or sealed to any degree either.

    Be warned, neither case is water resistant at all. An email was sent to Lunatik about it, but I haven’t had a response yet.

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