February 14, 2017


It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air! Our brand ambassadors have been heading into the great outdoors to show us how they feel about their beloved cases. "Read on to find out why they've fallen for their cases and check out our top picks of their videos so far!"

Mark Youssef

Activities with Catalyst:

Photography, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and jet-skiing.

Catalyst Arsenal:

I had a Catalyst case for my iPhone 5S, 6S and now for the 7.

Why did you join the adventure?:

I live about 20 minutes from the beach, and I love exploring tide pools, capturing sunsets, sunrises, and just being around the water. Catalyst allows me to capture pictures and moments of God's creation with complete freedom and confidence (since my iPhone is my main source of photography). Right after capturing them I can just simply show them to friends and family right on the spot. Living the adventure all the time is easy, thanks to Catalyst. Not only that, but also I am a pretty clumsy person. So my day can consist of drops, spilling coffee, and tea. Catalyst keeps my iPhone ready for everyday life and adventures.

Favorite adventure spot:

There are actually a few ones. For example Shaw's cove, and Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. But if I had to pick one, it has to be Catalina Island. I crossed that from my Catalyst Case bucket list in 2016, and it was the best experience ever.

Where will you take your Catalyst case & iPhone next?:

I love going to the beach regularly, especially Laguna beach. That is usually my spot to go all the time at least once a week. But besides that, I am planning on taking my case during the summer to Catalina Island again as as always at Laguna Beach.


Amy Heiden

Activities with Catalyst:

Stand Up Paddle

Catalyst Arsenal:

Catalyst iPhone 6 Case - I had my iPhone 6 case for almost 2 years. I have been using an iPhone 7 Plus exclusively since December, but am very much looking forward to the new case.

Why did Amy join the adventure?:

"Catalyst allows me to take my iPhone on all of my adventures on the water without me ever second guessing it's safety!" - Much of my life involves adventures in and around water, dirt/dust and snow. As a photographer, I'm constantly in conditions that could damage my phone, whether I'm on my stand up paddle board, snorkeling, on a boat, hiking in snow or rain and 4 wheeling in dusty environments. Having a Catalyst case means that I don't have to worry about any of those elements damaging my phone, which means I can live out every adventure while capturing the moment.

Favorite adventure spot:

Yosemite National Park (pictured above) - That's a tough question. My trip to Alaska last summer was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. As far as local locations, I love Yosemite National Park and Joshua Tree National Park. I also enjoy any adventure that allows me to get out on my SUP.  

Where will she take her Catalyst & iPhone next:

"I'll be heading to Alberta Canada next for a wintery SUP trip!" - (I'm heading to Iceland next week, but sadly I won't have the new case by then) I am still working on my summer plans, but I'd like to return to Alaska and spend some more time on a boat and my SUP.

October 04, 2016

Parents Give Catalyst Top Rating for Kid-proof Protection

Parents can be a tough audience to please, and with good reason.  The products they purchase and use in their homes need to be tough enough to survive a warzone of daily activities generated by an army of kids, pets and splash of unpredictable chaos.  They need to be sturdy enough to use (with complete confidence) in a number of environments and settings, and simple enough to use for kids and adults of nearly any age.

This was a challenge we were happy to bring on, and we’re proud to say, we nailed it!

Our iPad cases just received the seal of approval from the largest most trusted source of parent tested products in North America - Parent Tested Parent Approved.   So when you pick up a Catalyst case for the 9.7” and 12.9” iPad Pro, or iPad Mini 4 – you’ll see the seal.

So what does that mean?  It means you can trust the design and function of our products.  This award helps us to reinforce the value and the advantages that our cases provide. Catalyst 100% waterproof, drop proof cases enable parents and kids to enjoy their devices and use them as intended – for homework, games, social interaction, outdoor adventures, photos, videos and more – without the worry of breaking them.

Here are some interesting stats to consider: A recent study published by Square Trade shows 70 percent of elementary school kids, 65 percent of middle school kids and nearly 40 percent of toddlers own tablets.  It also shows 55 percent of families have had a tablet broken by a child, and parents have spent more than $11 billion repairing devices.

The Catalyst iPad cases are Military tested for drops of up to 4ft and waterproof to 6.6ft. With our cases, 55% of iPads that have been damaged due to dropping of the device (according to the study) can be significantly decreased.

According to parents who tested the cases, the most popular feature for them was the waterproof feature as it allows them to be more carefree when they use it close to the pool, or at the beach, or even when giving the device to young children. Another feature they mentioned was the durable rubber bumper that surrounds the outer edges of the case, making it slip free and convenient for kids to handle.

For more specs and photos of the Catalyst iPad cases, click here.

For more information about PTPA, visit their site here.

September 01, 2016

Go Anywhere & Catch 'em all

Looking for tips on Pokémon Go? Since we're fans too, we wanted to create a few tips and tools for the Pokémon community.
Here are a few statistics and strategies from our team:

  1. The game gets really interesting only when you reach the higher levels because the goal is to accumulate Pokémon with high CP and to catch these Pokémons, you need to level up quickly. Here's a chart that shows the XP gains needed to advance.  

  2. The fastest way to level up and gain XP is to use a Lucky Egg, which you will receive on the level highlighted in orange (we also highlighted the levels where you receive an incubator). This doubles your XP for 30 mins, and the highest XP gains of 500 XP come from Evolving Pokémon, Hatching Eggs (+300 XP for a 2 km Egg, +500 XP from a 5 km Egg, +1000 XP for a 10 km Egg), and adding new Pokémon to your Pokédex . Since you only have 9 eggs (and a limited number of incubators) and it is difficult to get new Pokémon, you should focus on Evolving Pokémon as you can evolve 75 Pokémons within 30 mins to gain 75,000 XP.

  3. In the early levels, instead of trying to catch 'em all, we've found it's most efficient to focus on catching Caterpie, Weedle & Pidgey because it only takes 12 candies to evolve. You'll need to catch at least 244 of these and transfer 169 of them to accumulate enough candies to optimize the use of your Lucky Egg. After that, you should have gotten to at least Level 9 and your first Lucky Egg.

    You would also need to visit 82 Pokestops that yield 3 Poké balls each, and then shoot each perfectly to catch 244 Pokémon. So including the Pokédex registration bonus, you'd have a minimum of 30,000XP and be at Level 8 before you could optimally use your first Lucky Egg to level up quickly, gaining 75,000 XP (excluding any extra XP gains during 30 mins) taking you to 105,000XP and Level 15.

  4. We couldn't resist trying to catch 'em all so one of our teammates built a system to optimize our evolutions using a Lucky Egg earlier rather than evolving only Caterpie, Weedle & Pidgey.

    She used this system to evolve 62 Caterpie, Weedle & Pidgey, and 9 other Pokémon (including 3 of Eevee) to create 8 new Pokémon in our Pokédex for a total of 71 evolutions. She still had 31 secs left so we assume that at least 2 more evolutions were possible. She jumped from 132,320 XP at Level 16 and gained 79,100 XP to move to 211,420 XP at Level 20 using her first Lucky Egg.

  5. About your egg incubators, be reminded to always use the limited ones for the highest distance eggs . You should never use a limited incubator for a 2 km egg, use it only for a 5 km, and if you are lucky, for a 10 km. To make sure you keep enough of them, don't be afraid to use your infinite incubator for the 2 km , it's fast and it will give you plenty of candies to evolve your Pokémons.

Now that you know how to level up fast, let's move on to the next step:
Pokémon Battles!

First, to take part of the Pokémon battle, you will have to go to a Gym . Then, you will have to choose a Team Color. As much as possible, try to be on the same team color as your friends, it will enable you to play in a team with them and take control of the Gyms together.

Every gym has a level, and one Pokémon defending the gym by level. Only one Pokémon by trainer can defend a gym, this is why it's useful to attack a gym with your friends than to increase its level and have more Pokémon defending it in order to keep it longer.

Why battle at a Gym?
You can earn 10 PokéCoins after you place a Pokémon in a gym. You can collect PokéCoins once every 21 hours by going to the Shop and clicking on the green badge on the top right corner to earn 10 PokéCoins for each Gym you are currently defending (with a maximum of 10 Gyms, note that it will be difficult to keep 10 anyway).


(Left) Click the top right shield icon to collect your coins!
(Right) How a gym looks like on the map 

Earning PokéCoins will enable you to buy some additional Lucky Eggs and keep gaining more and more XP and trainer levels. At the same time, you could also buy additional Egg Incubators to incubate high IV Pokemon.

While you attack an adverse gym, you have to choose 6 Pokémons that will fight for you. The point is to know which ones will be the best to help you the most. Luckily we are here to make your life easier:

First of all, you have to know 4 things about your Pokémon

  • It has a CP which will give you a global idea of its ability to fight. The higher your CP is, the better your Pokémon will fight.
  • Each Pokémon has a Type (i.e.: Fire, Ice, fairy, etc.)
  • Each Pokémon has 2 attack modes, a normal attack mode and a special attack mode. 

Note that a Pokémon also has a hiding IV, that can make it stronger or not. Since your level is going to grow fast, it's useless to focus on that before the last level. It's better to focus on the CP because the IV won't change the level of your Pokémon too much. In addition, since the recent update, you can now have a global idea of your Pokémon's IV. It's always good to know, but still keep the highest CP, unless it's very close.

You can find the best CP each Pokémon can reach here.

  • Here is the important point: When you are about to attack a Gym, you have to check which Pokémons are defending it to be able to choose your offense. The type of Pokémon you battle will affect the efficiency of the damage it will undergo.

Find here a table were you will find the type of each Pokémon (note that some Pokemon have 2 types) and a table with the weakness and the strength of each type.

For each Pokémon defending the Gym you have to find its type, then find which one of your Pokémon has an attack mode that's effective to use against the defender.

Well, now that you beat all the Pokémon defending the Gym, and decreased the Gym's prestige to 0 (you may have to beat all the Pokémon more than once as the Gym's Prestige goes down by 2000 prestige points each time) you have to choose a Pokémon and assign it to defend the Gym that you just conquered!

Note that one of the benefits to play with a teammate is right after beating a Gym, the first trainer that assigns a Pokémon to the Gym will become the new Gym owner. Even if he is not from the same team color as you (it could be disappointing if a trainer having the same color as the one you just defeated takes the gym you just won). You either have to be really fast, or have to ask your teammate to get ready.

So you have to choose a Pokémon to defend the Gym. Since you don't know who will be the assailant, and there are plenty of various Pokémon that will try to take the Gym from you, you obviously can't choose your defender by type.

Luckily there is an advantage for the Pokémon defending the Gym: its HP will be double while defending.

Therefore the point is to choose the Pokémon with the highest HP .

Here the 10 Pokémon with the highest base HP :

Base HP
1. Chansey
2. Snorlax
3. Wigglytuff
4. Lapras
5. Vaporeon
6. Jigglypuff
7. Kangaskhan
8. Rhydon
9. Muk
10. Gyarados


If you're enough lucky to get one of them with a high CP, then you should use them to defend the Gym you harshly conquered!

Otherwise, use one of your Pokémon with the highest HP (tip : you can class your Pokémon by HP, since you won't have a lot of time to put a Pokémon inside the gym, try to set up your Pokémon's search by HP before to assail its).

Here a list of the base stats by Pokémon!

August 25, 2016

The First Look: Catalyst Exclusives

Limited Edition Apple Watch Case 

Take a first look at the world's first precision machined waterproof Catalyst® case for the Apple Watch 42mm!  This limited edition case is made of machined aluminum housing and is fully functional with all of your apple watch's features.  The lucky few who were able to pre-order this before we sold out need to get ready to transform their watch into a premium, rugged, high performance accessory, ready to take on any of life's adventures.

Just one step away from the final finish and they'll be ready to go. These premium cases are engineered to feature Catalyst proprietary technology, including our double sealing water proof system, the Catalyst rotating crown dial, and true sound acoustic membranes. Each unit is painstakingly crafted to follow the contours of your apple watch and transform it into a 5ATM (50 meters / 165 ft) waterproof watch.

We can't wait to see how they'll look like on your wrists! The awesome news is, if you placed a pre-order, you won't be waiting for long as we're shipping these out next week! For more information about your orders, you may contact us at info@catalystlifestyle.com. For more details about this Limited Edition Catalyst case, click here.

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