RUGID Cases Comparison & FAQ

What is the IP (Ingress Protection) rating on your cases and what do they mean?
Our Xtreme cases have a zipper IP rating against dust and water of approximately 64. The first digit (6) signifies no dust will integrate the case over an 8-hour period. The second digit (4) signifies protection from heavy blasts of water. The shell of the case is completely waterproof. Our Legend cases offer a zipper IP rating of 61. The first digit (6), again indicates no ingress of dust over an 8-hour period. The second digit (1) signifies water splashed from all directions for a short period of time with little-to-no ingress permitted. Like the Xtreme, the shell is completely waterproof. Both cases float with a load in excess of anything you would typically store inside. Both cases can be quickly/briefly submerged and depending on conditions may get moisture inside, however the Xtreme case offers far more protection against submersion. Neither case will sink, even if filled with water and contents. Both cases offer a FULLY waterproof shell with the only difference being in the zipper and its protection against moisture entering the case.

Should I choose a RUGID or RUGID Xtreme case?
If you do not need waterproof protection, including submersion, the basic RUGID case is probably all you need. The Xtreme case is for specific applications that require the highest level of waterproof protection - river rafting, canoe and kayak excursions, on a boat, etc. As a result, the zipper enclosure on the Xtreme case has very tight tolerances and functions in a much stiffer manner than the waterproof zipper found on the standard RUGID case series. The basic RUGID is a great daily case that provides excellent water and dust protection to a high level, but does not provide much protection against submersion like the Xterme does. Both cases feature the same 100% waterproof PVC shell construction.

Why is the zipper so stiff on my Xtreme case or Big Stone duffel?
The zippers used on the Xtreme case and water resistant and Big Stone duffel zippers are fully waterproof and airtight, designed to be waterproof through complete submersion. To maintain watertight integrity the zippers have an extremely tight tolerance combined with a rubberized protective shield. The stiffness is the result of offering the best waterproof coverage available. If you regularly wax your zipper it will make it function much easier. Wax is included with all Xtreme cases and any product with an airtight zipper and can also be purchased on our site.