Over the past couple of weeks I have been getting hands on with a fantastic waterproof case made by a company called Aquapac. The Aquapac 608 Keymaster, is made from a super tough TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane), carry’s a five year warranty and will keep your items waterproof to a depth of five metres. The perfect solution for the problem of what to do with your valuables during any water sport or water based activity and something I wish I had found years ago.
There has been an occasion in my life where an Aquapac Keymaster could have saved me a huge amount of distress and expense. Whilst on a Surf trip to Portugal, the group of us there, collectively voted to take the hire car key in the sea wrapped in sticky tape, rather than leave it “hidden” somewhere under the car due to the risk of theft. This decision lead to soaking wet electronic key, a 5-hour wait for a Portuguese recovery vehicle in freezing cold, dark conditions wearing only boardshorts and the following day wasted, spent collecting a new hire car!
Until recently I had been using one of the generic padlocks you see hanging from the towing eyes on vehicles, but I have always thought it is a) obvious what’s inside it and b) very easy to bolt cropper off and smash open with a club hammer, if you were that way inclined. The thing that immediately struck me about the Aquapac is that you get to take the vehicle key with you and straight away eliminate that headache.
The TPU construction is extremely soft to the touch and felt comfortable tucked down the inside of my wetsuit, any concerns I had about chaffing from the seams were unfounded. I must be honest; I was definitely a little apprehensive about putting my trust in this simple looking bag, I was worried the construction would not be tough enough and that the seal would leak. I need not have worried, if the Los Angeles County Lifeguards or the London Fire Brigade put their faith in Aquapac, I should have known things would be fine.
The Keymaster’s locking system is an ingenious and simple to use design that features two locking levers or clips that easily close or open the case’s seal. To open the pouch, simply push upwards on the clips and click them around so they both face outwards, the seal will then open and allow access. To lock the case, make sure you carefully line up the seals and slide the two levers round to point towards each other, the Keymaster is then secure and ready for use. At this point I should mention that you must ensure the seal is kept free of contaminates such as sand or grit.
As for the construction, the TPU is ridiculously tough and I even tried to rip the pouch with my hands but it was more than strong enough to resist, obviously like any rubberized product, a sharp object would easily pierce it.
Although the 608 Keymaster is plenty big enough to accommodate my van key, with room to spare for some loose change or maybe an asthma pump, this particular case wasn’t big enough to accommodate my iPhone 5. It would easily take a smaller phone and I did managed to squeeze my partners iPhone 4 into it, but I don’t think this is what Aquapac really have in mind for the 608 and there are plenty of other solutions available through the Aquapac website.
Whilst my girlfriend’s iPhone was squashed into the Keymaster I tried out Aquapac’s claim that you can still operate the phones screen through the casing and you can still hear and use the phone for calls. I am pleased to say it all worked perfectly. I was even able to browse the Internet with ease.
I took my van key and Keymaster out for a little flat water Paddleboard session to try it out, and although I wasn’t submerged in water the whole time, I made sure I jumped (fell) in a few times to put the case through its paces. For me it wasn’t just about having a waterproof case to protect my key, it was just as much about having the key with me and the peace of mind this offered. On returning back to shore I nervously peeled off my wetsuit to find that the key was 100% bone dry and I was even able to operate the central locking through the case, meaning I didn’t have to dip wet hands in to retrieve it.
It is very hard to find a negative point about the 608 Keymaster, it does exactly what it says it will. OK, so not big enough to take my iPhone, but Aquapac don’t claim it will and they offer a solution for that anyway. The 608 is designed to waterproof your keys, cards and cash and this is what it does – brilliantly. In fact, Chief Executive Tim Turnbull is so confident that you will be pleased with your case he even puts his personal email on the Aquapac website in case you have any issues, there aren’t many CEOs in big companies that would do that.
The 608 Keymaster retails at £15 and is available from the Aquapac website here, you can also find out a lot more information regarding the 608 or the entire range of products offered by this forward thinking and ingenious company. There doesn’t seem to be much they don’t offer a waterproof case for including cameras, iPads, maps, radios and they even sell waterproof headphones! For a better understanding of the 608 in use and to see how to operate the ingenious clamp I have attached the official Aquapac Keymaster 608 video below. Please feel free to let us know if you are familiar with the Keymaster case or if you have been using any other products from Aquapac?