Silicone Cover HD3+ (Standard Housing)

Silicone Cover HD3+ (Standard Housing)
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Silicone Cover For GoPro HERO3/HERO3+HERO4/HERO - Standard Housing

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Description

Silicone Cover envelops your camera for increased performance and durability. Dress up bright to find your camera almost anywhere, or dress down stealth to conceal its presence. Shoot longer in cold conditions and keep the housing closed under the most demanding circumstances

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 69x62x43mm | 2.72X2.44X1.69IN
  • Weight: 30g | 1oz
  • Material: Silicone

How It Works

Additional Information

  • Increases cold weather battery performance
  • Ensures housing stays closed in demanding circumstances
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Great accessory to extent to battery life
By Zdogg | March 22, 2016 I read all the comments about putting the cover on and off. Yes it's challing but it needs to be snug it take a few seconds to put it on or off. To keep the battery a life in cold conditions it's the perfect accessory!
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By James D. | May 23, 2015 It's Ok, I don't think I will really ever use it again. It is not easy to come on and off as I hoped.
This case works very well for protecting you...
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By M. Kooiman "nerdette" | May 17, 2015 This case works very well for protecting your GoPro from the elements but it is VERY hard to get on/off. Mine is black so I don't have the added benefit of bright colors making it easy to find but it worked well for protecting against bumps and drops. I have both a hero 4 black and silver and it works well on both cameras. The packaging says GoPro Hero 3 in very large print which caused my spouse to exclaim "it won't work!" but I pointed out that in much smaller print it does say it fits the Hero 4 - and it does. Overall, it does what it advertised. On my vacation however, I never used it because it was so difficult to put on. Had I been in someplace that was very cold, it would be the first case I would reach for.
This is a decent cover if you would...
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By Jay Bird "An Independent Thinker" | April 26, 2015 This is a decent cover if you would like more protection for your GoPro. I use it on my GoPro Hero 3+. 1st thing you may be surprised about is how you put it on. Basically you stretch it on through the lens opening. It seems so small, but it's quite amazing how stretchy it is and how the you really can stretch it to fit over your camera. Then you simply pull it back out through the same hole to remove it. I love that it comes in different colors. The silicone is really strong and provides a little extra protection if you want or need it. It may not be needed for everyone, but for me it's great!
I have been using the Cam Ranger...
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By Wildness | April 21, 2015 I have been using the Cam Ranger for a while now and thought it has worked well, I have had one big complaint... it is cheaply made... the housing on the Cam Ranger feels like it will break with the slightest mishap. The XSories Weye Feye has the Cam Ranger beat hands down on that issue. The Weye Feye is housed in a strong plastic shell that feels much more substantial than the Cam Ranger, and it has a rubber-like cover that adds a little extra protection to the unit (I still wouldn't drop it from six feet onto a hard surface, but it is definitely better than the Cam Ranger). An added bonus is the Weye Feye comes with straps to attach it directly to your tripod.

As for functionality, The Weye Feye seems to work just well at controlling the camera (Nikon D800 & D810) as the Cam Ranger... frankly it is a toss up on this aspect of the units. You can control your camera's settings and fire the camera all while seeing what the camera sees while in Live View mode.

Bottomline... if you are considering a remote viewing and control unit for your DSLR, at 25% less the price, the Weye Feye is the way to go.

Disclaimer: I have only tested this on a couple of high end DSLR cameras, though I understand it works with most DSLR cameras, it does seem from what I've read to not work on all lower end DSLR cameras. Whether this is due to those being older models or just not compatible, I cannot say.
The XSories Silicone Cove...
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By E. Talerico "Greenmanwest" | April 14, 2015 The XSories Silicone Cover fits well - its very snug, so it is not easy to put on, nor is it easy to remove. Keep in mind that you will have to remove it to change batteries or to transfer files using a cord - and that takes time! For what it is, its a decent product. Casual users won't find much use for it. Your housings are already rock solid, so the added layer is not necessary, It comes in a variety of colors - mine is black, which is good for concealment in some settings. There is a camouflage variety that wildlife photographers may find useful. The cover affords access to the operating buttons, and the mounting fixtures for your accessories.
As an enthusiastic user of ...
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By Narut Ujnat "Enthusiasm is contagious." | April 10, 2015 As an enthusiastic user of GoPro cameras, I am often on the lookout for those additional items which make the camera even more useful.

One thing that is interesting is that when I use the waterproof case for activities like skiing, water sports and hiking and such things, there is a concern that the case will get scratched up. I am careful, and typically place a lens cover on the unit, but what about the rest of the product?

This silicon proposes to protect the camera for the above type uses. The use is interesting in that you push the camera through the lens cover hole - it is silicon - and away you go. It isn't the easiest way to do this, but it works. Once you do this, there are plenty of cut-outs for the camera power, and modes, etc. There is NO cutout for the side power/memory card access nor for the back. So, once you put this inside, you better be able to use the camera and not make adjustments, it will require taking it out - again not easy but somewhat difficult.

Now, since the basis of the cover os to protect during activities, it would seem that you aren't going to be taking out the camera anyway except at the end of the activity or after a few hours to replace the battery/power it up.

Overall, this is a good add-on to have because if you are like me, I don't always treat items like this as well as I should (by accident). Dummy proofing these types of things is a must.

Overall: I will update this with durability in terms of taking it in and out often over months, bbut this seems like a nice basic product. I received black, but I would think a different color like red or something might be cool for ready identification. This fits my GoPro 3 well, as do most things between GoPro 3 and 3+

As to whether this protects, it is a silicon cover, so yes.
You really need to t...
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By S. Peterson "theswedishchef" | April 10, 2015 You really need to think about the need for something like this before you purchase. It's very hard to put on and take off the camera, almost comical. If you think you're going to mess up your case so bad you're willing to spend a few minutes cussing and laughing wishing you had video of yourself trying to get this thing on, then this is the extra protection for you. Just make triple sure you have a charged battery and a card inside.
Why? I get the idea of keeping your batterie...
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By Wildness | April 09, 2015 Why? I get the idea of keeping your batteries warmer in cold weather for a longer record time. I get that this case will provide a little bit of protection in extreme conditions (but, hey, the case is cheap and they give one with half the accessories). But, even if the claim of longer battery life is true, it can't be that much longer as this isn't exactly neoprene. And, worse of all, a longer battery isn't worth the effort, energy, and frustration of putting this case on and taking it off. To get the cover on, you have to stretch it over the GoPro THROUGH the lens opening... besides the pain of this, how long before it starts to tear at one of those corners.

Definitely a pass.
Pretty useless as you need to s...
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By Omen | April 09, 2015 Pretty useless as you need to squeeze the entire housing with camera through its small camera hole. Also its pretty impractical to have to disassemble every time you need to swap the battery and cards
I have a GoPro Hero 4 Black and many ...
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By Menthol Rum | April 09, 2015 I have a GoPro Hero 4 Black and many accessories for it. This cover seemed interesting and I though I’d try it and review it.

I’ll give you my very bottom line recommendation first: avoid this case.

Why? To put the case on, you have to stretch it over your GoPro through a hole half the size of the camera itself. I could do it, but it wasn’t easy and I would not want to do that often, which is every time I change my battery. GoPros go through batteries quickly. If you do have this case and you’re putting it on your GoPro, take care when you do. I’m fairly deft with my hands and at one point, I thought I was going to slingshot my GoPro across the room. I’m not exaggerating or trying to be funny.

The material is about 1mm thick where it separates the front LCD screen and the mode button. That will be the first to rip, without a doubt. If you have a screen on the back of your GoPro, this case will cover it. The best thing I can say is that once the case is on, it fits well and feels good in my hand.

Their claim of increasing battery life I just don’t find credible at all. The science behind it is sound, as Li-ion batteries perform better when warm. The heat lowers the internal resistance but this stresses the battery. My GoPro Hero 4 heats up quite a bit and I’m sure that others with the camera are aware of that as well. So my belief is that a 2mm silicone case is not going to measurably increase the battery life due to keeping the camera warmer than it typically gets.

I really didn’t like this case, I cannot recommend it.
I have a GoPro Hero 4 Silver. This cove...
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By J. Donaldson "Cal-diver" | April 08, 2015 I have a GoPro Hero 4 Silver.

This cover Fits completely over the GoPro camera when the camera is installed in the waterproof housing. It takes less than a minute to manipulate the camera and case into the silicone cover but once in it fits very well.

Perhaps you're working in an environment where your camera might easily get bumped.
Perhaps you are prone to dropping your camera.
Perhaps you are using the camera in a way that it might get scraped such as riding a motorcycle where you might come in contact with branches of trees or bushes that extend onto the trail.
Perhaps you use your GoPro on your boat and hand it back and forth between guests and want to ensure your camera and case are well protected.

Whatever the situation is this cover will add a layer of extra protection for both your camera and your waterproof case.

I tried the cover over the standard waterproof cover, and also over the Frame Mount I have (CamKix Frame Mount for GoPro Hero 4, 3+, and 3 / USB, HDMI, and SD Slots Fully Accessible - Light and Compact Housing for Your Action Camera - Includes 1 Large Thumbscrew / 1 Tripod Mount / 1 Rubber Lens Cap / 1 UV Filter Lens Protector). It was a little loose with the frame mount but fit snugly with the waterproof case.

Just a note: There is no mount on the cover. You must insert a case or frame with a mount into the cover for mounting.

Pros:

- Maximum protection for your camera and case.

- Fits tight with the waterproof case

- Allows access to the three camera buttons.

- There is a slot on the bottom for the camera mount.

- Fits my Frame Mount, but it isn't tight.

- The quality is good. I think it's a good value at $19.99

Cons:

- No access to the Silver touch screen (I've read where another model will be available for the screen access.) You may actually choose to have a cover over the touch screen though if you are using the camera in situations where you need maximum protection for the camera.

- To get to the battery and microSD card slot you'll have to remove the cover, then the case.

I would recommend this cover for extreme cases where you need the best protection available.
I’ve been involved with photography for a ...
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By Jerry Saperstein | April 08, 2015 I’ve been involved with photography for a long, long time. Way back in the day, the photographer had no concern with batteries: there weren’t any to be found in the Leicas, Nikons, Rolleis and Hasselblads. Then came built-in meters. Then motor drives. An finally cameras that wouldn’t work without batteries. Anyone who remembers using a digital camera outdoors about 15 years ago with their NiH batteries knows how drastically power output can fall almost in a heartbeat.

Things have changed pretty radically, but this cover still serves valid purposes.

The first is protecting your GoPro from bumps and worse. For that reason alone, I will keep it essentially as a permanent part of the GoPro I use most for knock-about photography. It takes more knocks, bumps and bruises then I care to admit to. The cover will provide some degree of protection.

As for prolonging the life of the battery in low temperatures. It sounds valid but lacking a freezing day to take it out in, I can’t prove it one way or the other. (It just occurred to me that I could set up a test with our refrigerator. Maybe someday I will.)

The major drawback of the case is that is a bear to get on and, especially, off.

This is a simple product with limited usefulness As additional protection for your GoPro, I think it is worth it.
I own the Hero 3 Silver and Hero 4 Silver as ...
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By Stephen M. Charme | April 05, 2015 I own the Hero 3 Silver and Hero 4 Silver as well as lots of accessories. This product is one accessory that I'll be tossing in the garbage. If I had to pay for this, I would have demanded a refund. Here's why.

1. This is not only one of the worst designed cases I've seen, but not really necessary except maybe for people who submit their GoPro to such extreme rough handling that they're worried about scratching or cracking the the GoPro exterior case that protects the camera. I'd say that's a very small minority of GoPro users.

2. If you do decide to use this, good luck putting it on, let alone taking it off. Putting this on is like trying to fit the round peg into the square hole, only worse. You're expected to maneuver your encased GoPro into this silicone cover through the front lens opening, which is 1 1/8" by 1 3/8". That's just crazy. I gave up midway because I could tell that once I got this in the silicone case, I'd probably have to cut it off to get the camera out.

3. The seller claims that you can shoot longer in cold conditions with this case because supposedly it will keep your battery warmer. Nonsense. This case isn't thick enough to provide thermal insulation. Plus your GoPro with a fully charged battery will work just fine in bitter cold weather. This winter I was snowshoeing for 90 minutes when the real feel was 15 below zero due to the winds. I took lots of pictures with my Hero 4 Silver during that time, and kept it in a completely uninsulated backpack in between picture sessions. The battery never died.

Bottom Line: This is extremely difficult to use and really unnecessary.
I like it. It's a bit tricky to put on....
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By SC | April 03, 2015 I like it. It's a bit tricky to put on. It's a bear to take off.
Only reason i give this product 1 star is ...
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By Debby A. | February 23, 2015 Only reason i give this product 1 star is i request a refund label or address twice so i could return this product. Now its pass 30 days. Unless u wish to try to get me the info to return this product but being its 2 big for my gopro4 camara. When i bought this item the sale info stated it fit my camara.. im sure its a awsome camara cover if it would fit. If it had fit i would of gave it a five star. The items material its made out of is awsome i do believe that not only will it look cool but give camara even more protection. You might look @ the sale item info. So others know it doesn't fit gopro4 camra. And incase ur woundering? i did try it with water poof casing that in size makes the camra fill bigger and it still was very lose.
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By Federico | February 22, 2015 Excelent product!
I drop my GoPro a lot (I'm just a...
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By Geoffrey Howell | February 05, 2015 I drop my GoPro a lot (I'm just a big klutz). Before I would get huge dings in my housing that made me worry about it cracking. This cover protects my housing from all incidental damage. Plus I use mine in the water, and it's super easy to spot if I drop it. I know a lot of people said it's hard to put on, but I found it super easy - the silicone stretches great, and has a firm hold. All in all I love it.
Because it was so hard to ge...
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By CJ | January 17, 2015 Because it was so hard to get on and off my GoPro, I ended up cutting a square hole in the back of it, leaving it with a little less protection, but access is so much better.
Broke when I trie...
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By wing | January 16, 2015 Broke when I tried to fit it in my go pro. Please don't waste your money. Very disappointed.
The Silicone Cover is super grippy...
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By Adam Watts | December 03, 2014 The Silicone Cover is super grippy and fits very tight over my GoPro 3. I will say that it is surprisingly difficult to get on, almost felt like I was going to rip it. Once you get it on, the case does a great job of allowing you to access all the mounting points and buttons. I think for most people though, this case is redundant to the original case because it doesn't add much functionality or protection. If you were going scuba diving or needed to find your GoPro in low light settings, or plan on dropping it, then a vibrant color case would make finding it a whole lot easier. The silicone case works great, nothing wrong with it, but I think it has limited uses for most people.
Thanks so much to XSories and Backcoun...
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By eid Pitman | December 02, 2014 Thanks so much to XSories and Backcountry for sending this to me this to sample for the backcountry community.
I too have the old Gopro hero2 so this didn't fit over the case regardless of how hard I tried. Its very stretchy!
Personally I think the gopro community needed something like this for a long time. Being able to personalize your camera with a touch of style.
I love the idea of a case to protect the hard plastic case, scratches and hitting rocks can damage the hard plastic but not silicone.
I got the camo green which would be perfect for Mt bikers that don't want to advertise they're "goingPro"
I'm bummed that the case isn't universal for all gopro models.
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By BexOnHood | November 30, 2014 Thanks so much to XSories and Backcountry for sending this to me to take for a test drive so I can report back to the backcountry.com community!
To preface this review, I have an old GoPro, so this didn't fit on it. That said, I did play around with it just to see what I thought about the quality. First off, the color is AWESOME. I got it in magenta, which is a very true hot pink. Super cute plus I won't be losing sight of it anytime soon. I tried to get it onto my Hero2 just for fun and though it didn't fit, I discovered that you can stretch the bejesus out of this thing and it won't break :) I can't say from using it, but I expect it would be nice to have in super cold weather when your battery gets whomped from the cold. I just need to score myself a new GoPro so I can find out!
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By Zach Luchs | November 22, 2014 Brilliant little beings that we are, we buy cases for those devices that we want to protect, like our phones. With the Silicone Cover HD from XSories, you can now add more protection (and color pop) to your precious GoPro.
The case fits snug around the existing GoPro housing, providing a thin layer of protection without adding too much bulk or heft. There are cut-outs for the buttons, front-facing screen, and bottom mount attachment, to retain normal function. It is proving to be durable after more than a few drops and even tossing it into a boulder garden didn't result in any damage to the casing. Along with adding protection, the silicone casing also provides some insulation to assist with battery life in colder temps. I use my GoPro a lot during winter activities, so this was a feature I was excited to check out. We've been getting some good snow storms lately and the temps are into the 20's during the day and I do feel like the battery in my GoPro is lasting a bit longer when I'm putting it through normal use.
Even though it does help with battery life, your battery will die at some point during use and if you're like me, you have a pocket full of spares to not miss a moment. Taking the casing off to change the battery is more work than I'm looking to do and when I'm using a GoPro, I like to be on the go. Fast. Efficient. This is not a fast process and it was a little annoying at times.
This $20 silicone case is a no brainer for adding some protection. I think this is a great product for the user who is focused on recreational use. Maybe not for someone who is using their GoPro as a videography tool and burning up batteries all day. A two-piece re-design with a snap seam for easier access to the battery would be a great update to see in the future.
Shout-outs to Backcountry.com and XSo...
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By el scotto | November 11, 2014 Shout-outs to Backcountry.com and XSories for hand-selecting me to review the XSories Silicone Cover HD 3+ for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.
I am all about rugged-proofing my stuff as much as possible, so when I got my hands on the XSories Silicone Cover for the GoPro, I knew I was going to be a happy camper. So let's see here, my phone has a case, my tablet has a case, and now my GoPro has one as well. Shoot howdy, yeah! It's not that I am prone to dropping things per se, it's just that outside elements usually cause my devices to slip and fall out of my meat-hooks with no rhyme or reason. It's all boils down to physics, right?!
So once I got this thing outta the package, I was thinking there was some kinda trap door on the thing to get it on over my cam. Yeah, afraid not, it's just good ol' fashion brute strength to get this thing on. I recommend you get your digits warmed up with some basic finger calisthenics (invisible ball squeezes, finger lock'n pulls for ten reps or so, should do the trick) and you'll be good to go to get this thing on. Like others have stated, if you're power draining your batteries like there's no tomorrow, then this case might cause you a little grief. But seriously, if you take it on and off a few times, it gets easier every time.
At this time, I cannot comment on how truly rugged and shock absorbing this case is. Since this thing is riding shotgun on my helmet, I don't know how it's going to fair until the time comes. All I can say is, hopefully it does its job awesomely!
First off, a big thanks ...
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By Josh Good | November 10, 2014 First off, a big thanks goes out to Backcountry.com and Xsories for selecting me to review XSories Silicone Cover for the GoPro Hero 3+/4 for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!
I am stoked to have this piece, and look forward to using it more.
I've dropped my GoPro a time or two. I've been lucky, my 3+ housing has a few nicks on the edge around the lens, but no major damage to form or function.
I just wish I would have had this baby a bit sooner.
I have the silicone cover in orange- and it’s a good solid orange- not neon, and not too light, making it super easy to spot in the snow, on the ground, or underwater.
The cover is tricky to get on, but once it’s on, it is nice and secure. Around the lens it fits just over the edge, adding a thin slice of protection (the only bumps and scratches on my housing are right around the lens), but stays back so that it does not obscure the view. Each piece of the GoPro is outlined perfectly and fits nice and snug within the cover. Each of the buttons, along with the lens and screen, are placed impeccably for optimum, unbarred function and use. The silicone is thick enough to add quite a bit of padding and protection to the housing. The cover will definitely add some bounce during the occasional accidental drop.
One more big advantage to the silicone cover is it adds a bit of insulation. If you’re a person who keeps your batteries in your chest pocket during cold weather activities, you know that the warmer a battery is, the happier and longer lasting it will be. I have yet to be able to really get a feel on how much life of the batter the cover preserves, but there is no doubt in my mind it will be advantageous.
I definitely recommend this piece. Not only does it add some flash to your GoPro, but it also has several functional and performance increasing aspects to it. For twenty bucks, it’s definitely worth improving and protecting your $400 camera.
First off thank you to Backcountry....
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By Josh Hirschmann | November 07, 2014 First off thank you to Backcountry.com and Xsories for selecting me to review the Silicone Cover for Hero 3+/4 for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!
When I first took a look at this product I wasn't really sold on it.. why should I need a protective case for my GoPro's protective case? It's true that it's not a necessity for most filming needs, but for $20 it's not a bad insurance plan to take out for you're $400 or $500 camera.
The case fits perfectly, really couldn't be any snugger. While its sleek fit keeps a slim profile it's still thick enough that it feels like it adds a decent layer of shock protection, making it useful in pretty much any action sport. It covers the blinking red light on the GoPro, but the materials transparent enough that the light still shines through clearly. A bright colored case can also help in recovering your camera after a crash (although hopefully you're tethering you're GoPro if this is a risk). Button access and functionality are not diminished in any way by the case. Come ski season I'll be curious to see if it does anything to extend battery life in cold weather.
The only con I've noticed so far is taking it on and off. You have to stretch the case to fit the GoPro through the square lens opening. It's not overly difficult, but as mentioned below by Cat if you're constantly replacing batteries or accessing the memory card it will quickly become an annoyance. If I notice a problem with durability over time I will tweak this review, but I haven't used it enough yet to comment.
This case only seems practical to me for filming action sports and activities where there is legitimate chance of damaging your GoPro. The standard GoPro housing is pretty rugged, but as a hard case it doesn't provide much shock absorption and can chip or crack easily. For me that is the selling point for this case, but it does provide an aesthetic appeal that others might be more interested in. Either way, for just $20 its a solid value that I recommend.
Thank you to Backcountry.com a...
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By David Steele | November 29, -0001 Thank you to Backcountry.com and XSories for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.
The Xsories Silicone cover is a pretty specialized bit of Gopro kit.
As other reviewers have noted, it's a great way to protect the casing itself, especially if it's getting jostled in a pack with other pieces and parts. It can also help with battery life in the cold, but when it's super chilly out there (10 F), I haven't noticed a significant amount of battery life difference.
However, the main benefit to this sort of case, to my mind, is that it offers a simple stealth mode. Gopros are everywhere, and it's gotten to the point that they've picked up a gaperish reputation on the ski hills I frequent. With the cover on, things are more low profile, which makes for less of those glances. The I could also see utility for activities like hunting, given that the Xsories rubber case is $30 cheaper than the Blackout housing. One other thing: the lights are still visible on the sides of the button casings, but not nearly at the intensity that they have when uncovered.
My main gripe, and this has been echoed elsewhere: putting the camera in and out of this casing takes a minute, and if it's cold, forget warm hands.

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