I actually own one of the plain Grove cases, no engraving or anything. Just sleek bamboo with a black lip to match my black iPhone, and it is a very nice looking case. Although I don't use it as much anymore i really enjoy it. (I don't usually use the same case for long periods of time) It feels very high quality, one reason I also bought it was because it was made in the USA lol very few cases are. I would recommend it, but if you live in a place with lots of dirt, (like me) sometimes the dirt can get inside and scuff your metal band but if you keep it clean it should be no problem. Also i noticed quite a bit of glare with pictures taken with flash, luckily the case just slips off for some quick pics. I did drop it like 5 feet and the case absorbed the fall with no damage to it or my phone. The skate case does look appealing to me but I will likely try a different case in the future. Hope this helps, happy case shopping! I'm always on the hunt for great cases myself.