For many products you will find that you have the option of storing your gear in a flexible soft case or a hard case. While there are exceptions to every rule, here are the typical pros and cons for both soft cases and hard cases. Please understand these advantages and disadvantages do not apply to every case in the aforementioned categories.SOFT WATERPROOF CASES
Take up less space
Lighter to carry
Can often use your gear, while it is still in the case
Do not offer shock resistance or crush protection.
HARD WATERPROOF CASES
Offer crush protection and often shock resistant protection
More bulky in size
Weigh more to carry
Can not usually use the gear while in the case
Because of the unique differences between hard and soft cases, it is not uncommon to maintain both solutions for the same gear item. The hard case can provide security for durable storage and transit, while the soft flexible case can be used for in-use waterproof applications.