Ostentatious Viper Pro Stealth iPhone Case Is Anything But Stealthy

Ostentatious Viper Pro Stealth iPhone Case Is Anything But Stealthy

'Pro,' apparently.

OK. You spent $100 on your iPhone 4 (plus the invisible $1 trillion your contract will extract from you over the next 24 months). What do you do next? How about dropping $160 on an aluminum bumper case? Thanks to the fine folks at ElementCase, you can do just that with the Viper Pro Stealth 2.

The VPS2 is an update to the original 2010 Viper, a product so successful it was discontinued. The new version adds in all kinds of extra accessories, (including a case for the case!) to try to justify the cost.

The bumper is CNC machined from aluminum, and comes with “all black screws,” “non-glare black Flux Finish™,” a carbon-fiber rear panel, a “speed wrench” and a screen protector. If you manage to scratch your iPhone when it’s tucked safely inside that lot, you are probably the Hulk.

Oh, and the kit also includes a “black ultra suede ear pad.” Handy.

I figure that a bumper case is pretty essential for any klutz out there, but this seems to be complete overkill. It reminds me of amateurs beginning new sports and buying top-end gear they don’t need, or weekend bike racers who replace every part of their bike with ultralight titanium and carbon components, only to flop on top of their ride with a 5-kilo belly.

Still, at least now the “high demand from [the] customers” for this previously axed product can be fulfilled. Available now.

  • pjstock42

    It’s VAPOR Pro…is this article for real

  • c_hack

    I’ve got a couple of their less expensive cases. I like the fact that Element Case is a small California company and they design, and manufacture their aluminum cases in the US. The really are very high quality. You can get one similar to the Vapor Pro from them for $100.

  • FastTalkinFanny

    I have an Element Case ION 4 that I bought for $40. It’s nice looking and appears to be quite capable of protecting my iPhone 4S, although so far it has not been put to the test.

    As far as the VAPOR Pro is concerned, if the fine folks at Element Case can figure out a way to extract $160-$180 for an iPhone case from a few suckers^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hcustomers, more power to ‘em. I’m sure the VAPOR Pro is a perfectly acceptable case.

  • Kutjara

    I like the look, feel and quality of the cases, but the one I bought for my iPhone 4 last year killed signal strength stone dead. I lost about 30-50dbm. In my town, that’s sufficient to turn the iPhone into a PDA.

  • c_hack

    I have an Element Case ION 4 that I bought for $40. It’s nice looking and appears to be quite capable of protecting my iPhone 4S, although so far it has not been put to the test.

    I tested my Ion4 (unintentionally). My dog jumped up and managed to pull my 4s out of my hand. It landed on the ceramic tile kitchen floor – and bounced. I picked my 4s up in a panic but it was untouched, not a scratch. The reason it bounced is the corners of the case are really thick and padded.

  • Forest Walker

    Did someone at ElementCase sleep with your wife or something? Even the photo caption is out of line… This article/review has to be the least professional thing I have ever bothered reading…

  • Kenton Presbrey

    Meh, 150 bucks is a little ridiculous, but they seem to be very high quality cases. I don’t really understand why COM is bashing them so hard. II personally prefer Speck cases over any other and If I needed crazy protection and durability I’d go with an OtterBox.

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