Never heard of Treqa? They are experts in synthetic insulation and have created these phone cases for the purpose of multi-day winter travel. They recommend wearing the phone case in an inner pocket but I tested the cases out in the inner, outer and also hanging off my pack chest strap.
Treqa Arctic Insulated Phone Case
Size: 3.5" x 7.25" (Fits all iPhones and most Android/Samsung Phones)
Colour: Navy, Indigo, Yellow, Sky Blue, Orange, Slate Blue
Price: $24.99 CAD
Treqa Polar Insulated Phone Case
Size: 4” x 7.25”
Colours: Orange, Red, Yellow, Mint, Sky Blue
Price: $39.00 CAD
Similarities: Both the Arctic and Polar cases are designed to work best while used in a inside pocket. They they both use synthetic insulation, have durable outer fabrics and zippers that don't snag or slide improperly.
Differences: The Artic has 150gsm of synthetic insulation whereas the Polar bumps it up to 200gsm. The Polar case is slightly larger in size and has a corner zip whereas the smaller Arctic case has a top zip. The Polar case has a more robust outer fabric that is water resistant therefore being at a higher price point.
Both cases are windproof, are filled with hypoallergenic insulation and have a black webbing belt loop that sits vertically on the back of the case.
They work! After a winter of testing, my battery health percentage has not dropped from 100%! In addition my battery power level never once dropped rapidly like it does without a case. I didn't always wear the phone case on the inside pocket either. I wore it on the inside pocket, outside chest pocket during cross country skiing and sometimes even hanging off a backpack chest strap on milder days.
After a winter of testing both insulated cases, I found that they are both very durable. The photo above is after a winter of testing and they both still look new!
The Polar case is slightly larger and therefore I reached for it a bit more than the Arctic case. It also has the advantage of a higher amount of insulation and a water repellant fabric which I seem to gravitate to more then using it in the jacket outside chest pockets and hanging off my backpack. For the Arctic case, I tended to use it more when stuffing it inside an inner pocket when downhill skiing. Both cases fit my iPhone 12 Pro and Lifeproof Case inside with ease. Note: I normally only wore the case externally in temperatures above the freezing mark and inside below freezing. If wearing the case externally in below freezing temperatures, I would recommend adding a hand warmer as the phone does get cold to the touch.
Both cases are lightweight and slim. They are not bulky and come in a variety of colours. I think they are both priced at an affordable price point.
I liked both cases and would recommend either. This is the first case I have found that my battery was preserved well and would highly recommend this case for anyone wanting to recreate outdoors in the winter while maintaining battery power and battery health of their phone.
When my phone was stuff inside the case inside an inner pocket let's say while downhill skiing it worked perfectly. When cross country skiing I stuff the phone and case into a outer chest pocket as my cross country ski attire is much thinner and pocket options are more limited. When building up heat and sweat aerobically, the moisture travelled from my skin through my baselayer and jacket and then the case to produce some moisture on the outside of my phone. This would be something I might want to address or change in future versions of this case. An outer fabric that is a bit more moisture repellent would be ideal.
The corner zip on the Polar case is a neat feature but I didn't find that it worked well with my iPhone 12 Pro and Lifeproof case. When stuffed in a chest pocket (inner or outer) it was difficult to access the phone as it kept getting caught on the corner. I would need two hands to remove it instead of one. Apparently this design issue will be fixed in the next roll out of cases.
There has been a movement towards winter insulated products that are battery powered. I would love to see a case with heating elements inside with a small battery to power it. This would be great for those extra cold days!
Best Uses: Outdoor cold weather recreation for anyone wanting to maintain cell phone battery power.
Full Disclosure: Treqa provided me with these cases for the purpose of this review.