By Tyler Allen Explorebigsky.com Staff Writer

I first tested the DryCASE ($39.99) while waiting for my climbing partner to arrive at the Gallatin Tower. Before trusting my iPod to it—or any other coveted electronic device—I wanted to test the case with my antiquated flip phone, in hopes it would fail and I’d be forced to replace the old clunker.

After walking across Highway 191, scrambling down the talus bank and submerging it in the cold Gallatin River for five minutes, I found that the DryCASE was a keeper—as such, I’m stuck with the clunker, too.

Employing a hand-squeezed pump that sucks out all the air, the DryCASE uses a vacuum seal to keep air and water out. It has a headphone jack, so you can plug in your earbuds or waterproof DryBUDS ($39.99) while your device is in the case. Though I prefer to let the natural sounds prevail while on the river, I’ve used the DryCASE to seal my phone up and stash it in my fly vest. I plan on using it this winter to keep my iPod dry during sweaty hikes on the Ridge at Bridger Bowl or spring days booting the Upper A-Z chutes at Big Sky.

Available at Sports Cove in Bozeman or at drycase.com.