I love skateboarding and I love my iPhone so it only makes sense that I’d love an iPhone case made out of recycled skateboard decks. Are you kidding me? That’s dope! And that’s exactly what Carved has produced. It’s the Carved Recycled Skateboard iPhone 6/6s Plus Traveler case and it’s one of my all-time favorites.
Why? This wood case is slim enough, grippy enough, compatible with enough accessories, looks cool enough and is priced good enough to be the best iPhone 6s case I’ve reviewed all year.
Readers of DailyTekk know I hate bulky cases. If a case is going to be bulky, it better have some crazy features to make me want to use it day in and day out (shoutout to PowerGo-Go, the only case that falls into that category).
Luckily, this Carved case is pretty slim. Not the slimmest case I’ve tested, but definitely slim enough. It doesn’t add any considerable bulk and that means the case/phone is easy to handle.
Actually, it’s REALLY easy to handle. That’s because in addition to being slim, it’s also grippy. Like G-R-I-P-P-Y. Like grip tape on a skateboard gives riders more traction, the rubber-wrapped sides around the edges of the case keep the phone securely in your grip. This is probably the most likable iPhone case grip I’ve come across. Not too much, not too little. Executed perfectly like S. White nailing a kick-flip.
And speaking of those rubber-wrapped sides, I’m glad the entire case isn’t all wood. I’ve tested plenty of all wood phones and, while I like the looks, the functionality usually suffers a bit in support of the aesthetic. I feel like this case gives you the best of both worlds; a case that is wood (on the back) for cool points and a case that can be a bit thinner and absorb shocks better. And you know what, it doesn’t look bad.
One of my greatest pet peeves I have with iPhone cases is finding out they look cool but don’t fit my headphones or car charger. This case is free from both evils. Because that rubber-wrap around the sides is pretty thin, it has no trouble coupling with my favorite accessories.
If there’s one thing about this case that could use some sort of improvement it would be the buttons. The rubber around the iPhone is grippy but the buttons are smooth. When I’m trying to turn up/down the volume or fine the sleep button, for instance, I’m always pressing on the grip rather than the smooth because my brain tells me that’s how it SHOULD work. I guess my subconscious thinks it should be reversed, even if my conscious loves it the way it is.
At $46, I think this case is priced right. It’s not cheap and it’s not over-the-top. It’s got some prestige and lots of style. This case is highly recommended by the DT team.