G-Form isn’t kidding around when it comes to protecting you and your valuables. They started out offering protective padding for skateboarders, BMX’ers, and anyone else whose life and/or livelihood involves the chance they’re gonna come crashing down on their elbows or knees when they least expect it.
After a while, someone at the company had an “Eureka!” moment: if our products can protect mere flesh and bone, surely they can do the same for pricey consumer electronics, no? And thus was born the Extreme line of laptop and tablet cases, the latest of which is the iPad Extreme Sleeve 2 (which is a bit larger and tougher than the original Extreme Sleeve, the better to fit iPad 2’s with Smart Covers).
The secret, and science, behind this milspec-looking tablet case is what G-Form dubs “Reactive Protection Technology.” Their products utilize PORON® XRD™ material, which actually stiffens upon impact to absorb more than 90% of the shock energy. (Their technology page has more on the concept of RPT, as well as a video test – with the expected “don’t try this at home!” disclaimer – involving an Extreme Sleeve and a 12-pound bowling ball!)
Available for US$69.95 in either black or bright yellow, the Extreme Sleeve will appeal to iPad owners who not only want to protect their tablets, but also aren’t shy about it. They’re about as strong – and as subtle – as Sherman tanks.
Check out our hands-on review below: