Like some, I too was initially unsure whether I would like the stiffness of the case. I had an iPad Mini with a case from Saddleback that I gave to my wife when I purchased the iPad Air and when I received the iPad Air case, it was so different, I was unsure what to think at first.
I think the stiffness is exactly what this case needs in order to perform its primary function of protecting the device. If you just want some soft case to wrap your iPad with, then get the Apple case. If you're looking for a more rugged case to protect the iPad Air that looks great, feels great, and only gets better with time, then this is the one for you.
As for the hole alignment, I think a few of the initial release were misaligned on the rear facing camera and microphone. Saddleback exchanged my case with no questions asked and the new one lines up perfectly. Saddleback's customer service is fantastic!
Buy this case, you won't regret it.
Quality leather, damn near perfect stitching, and perfect fit (cut outs for cameras and home button where perfectly centered on mine).. another quality product that will outlive me!
I got my iPad air case today. I have seen where people have said the case is too stiff. They have no idea how perfect that is. The case holds the iPad at the perfect angle. If it wasn't for the stiffness it has, you couldn't type the way I am now. It's absolutely perfect.
This is my first purchase from Saddleback (although I've been coveting the classic briefcase for years), and it is really living up to expectations about the quality of the leather, the color, the stitching and the overall look. If Indiana Jones had an iPad, this would be his case.
The only thing that keeps it from getting 5 stars is that the case impinges over the screen on each side by just the slightest bit. This makes accessing some of the buttons that iOS places at the very top right and top left of the screen a bit harder than necessary, and I don't think that by shifting the leather 1/8 of an inch would compromise the security of the case's hold on the iPad. As far as the comments on fit, the remainder of the openings on the case fit my iPad Air perfectly.
The fact that Apple charges $40 for their ridiculous cover which simply does nothing to protect the ipad or make it more useful, and this one only costs $110 makes this, to me, a no brainer.
To me the only thing that could improve the case is to be slightly more exact on fitting the screen, and to add a magnet so that when you close the case, the ipad would sleep automatically.
The person who designed this never used it for sure. The Power button on the top is unaccesable due to the design and the sides cover the screen so moving apps from screen to screen is not possible. It was a mistake even buying it.
I purchased this product thinking I would get something as good as the iPad cover I had from saddleback, not even close. The holes for the camera and mic do not line up, the top makes it difficult to push the on and off button and the leather partially covers up both sides of the screen. I am returning mine as soon as I can. For $111.00 Saddleback owes us a better product then this one, they truly missed the mark.
My ipad air case arrived 10 mins ago and I love it! I wanted the tobacco but because I was too impatient to wait I decided on the dark coffee brown! I am glad I did. This is my second ipad case and I will definitely order again. My sights are now set on a briefcase! Thanks again for not dissappointing!
I love saddleback products. I love my old saddleback ipad 3 case. I love my satchel, my wallet, etc. I don't love the ipad air case. The little ribbon that's supposed to keep the ipad in place is under designed in my opinion. Also worth noting is the exposed sides, which may offer a little less weight, but it exposes the edges to danger. My old SBL case was as protective as the otter box, just much more stylish. This one also seemed to be lacking in quality control just a bit, as my camera hole and the mic hole didn't line up properly. Overall, I guess I just held saddleback to a higher standard, and the ipad air case didn't deliver. I will say however, their customer service is sublime. I contacted them to ask about returning, and they made it smooth and painless. I recommend saddleback leather, just not their ipad air case. I just hope they come up with a new ipad air design.
Just received my Ari Case , the color is carbon it is amazing . I had to keep checking the site to catch one In Stock , but let me tell you I'm so very happy I did not settle for anything else because NOTHING can Compare to the Quality and Workman Ship of this product . There is more SaddleBack products in my future for sure !!! Thank You Bragging rights are mine ,Credit goes to SB :))
I really wanted to like this case, but it was way too heavy for me. The "Air" is so light, and it just didn't make sense to me to add another lb.
The leather is so thick too...hard. The straps are like rock.
If I were queen I'd use a softer leather for SB accessories and the thicker leather for everything else, but I'm not a queen...
I got my ipad for Christmas and immediately began my search for the perfect case. This is what I decided upon. I couldn't have made a better decision!! I absolutely love the case! It is a bit stiff but I can tell the leather is going to be butter as I break it in! I needed a case that will withstand a beating as I am a college student who uses this for notes and this case will do the trick! It is both sturdy and elegant and I'm sure it will outlive the ipad itself! Love it, couldn't be happier! *wipes drool from case*
Firstly, I NEVER write reviews... but this case is amazing. The craftsmanship is unbelievable. Yes, the leather is a little stiff at first, but even after a week my case is definitely more malleable.
I have the charcoal leather, it's not too dark and has a really nice weathered look.
My ipad was kept in its box until the case arrived and I can honestly say that I don't think I will purchase another case. My first choice was the best. So for me, the investment was worth it - I didn't buy a selection of 'cheaper' cases that would now be left in a drawer. Basically, if these cases don't impress you, you're a tough one to please!!
I am a true fan. The only color I've not has is the Coffee, the new Carbon iPad Air case is GREAT! Worth the wait! However, I just don't understand the strap on the back of the front flap, it seems to me to be functional it needs "side" entry not top & bottom. I've always held my case by placing my hand between the front & back when it's open. I just don't get the extra strap?!?!? HOWEVER, I LOVE the case!!!
Just got my iPad Air case!!!! It is sweet! I got tobacco and it is a little darker than I thought it would be but still looks awesome. It is a tight fit for the ipad which I like. I was concerned about it protecting my air but it appears to have all the problem spots covered. I can't wait to get it broken in. It has some nice markings on it...wish there were more ;). It just means I will have to get some on there for good stories. As others have said, cutomer service was awesome! Can't wait to get a duffle bag!
Postman delivered my iPad Air case and MacBook Sleeve today! The tobacco was a little darker than I thought but it is beautiful! The Air is a little tight in the case (that is a good thing). It seems to protect all the important areas. It has some nice markings on it already and I can't wait to add to it. It is stiff right now and I can't wait for it to soften up. I wasn't sure about the bookmark strap at first but I like it in person. I am now a very happy camper. AS everyone else has said, customer service was awesome. I can't wait to decide on a 2 pocket duffle or the utility duffle...I see more SBL in my future!
After much anticipation, I finally received my iPad Air case in the mail today. It is just as beautiful as I had anticipated. It is easy to see the high quality craftsmanship in the product. I'm looking forward to watching it increase in beauty as the leather softens and ages. It is a fantastic first purchase with Saddleback Leather. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Really, I couldn't have said it better. This is a gorgeous case.
This is my second saddleback purchase and couldn't be more pleased with the service and feedback from Caroline on the team to answer in full all questions about their products. Already have the large wallet and it is terrific as well.
I own a plethora of saddleback goods ( large satchel, large backpack, two wallets, Mac sleeve, coasters, desk mat, original iPad case, small and large pad folio, card holder, cable bag, two belts, and now my wife has two totes and a small clutch)...so obviously I am hooked on this stuff.
I really like the iPad air case. The color is perfect and I love the off tone pig skin ( perfect contrast). The item is stiff but that is expected right now and will soften. The only negative that I would mention is that the stitching is slightly off. So my iPad is not centered. The left side is lower than the right side by a noticeable margin. Other than an off centered iPad, this thing rocks.
I got my DCB iPad air case today. The leather is rock hard, virtually unbendable even in the places that obviously have nothing between the leather and liner for support. The few pieces that are unlined like the hand slip and the thin strap to keep the iPad from falling out, there are exposed fibers of the leather are shaving off. It feels like it's made of thick cardboard, not leather. I am really not a fan. The dcb leather side is wrinkled, and the yellow pigskin looks dirty and does not match well with dcb. To say I'm quite disappointed would be a huge understatement.
Already purchased the large wallet and this iPad air case is remarkable. It's not life proof but it is just so classy, buy one if in stock!
My case arrived last Friday and it was everything I hoped it would be. It is a little stiff but so was my first leather basball glove and basically every other real leather item I ever purchased. They all turned nice and soft in a few short weeks. This is a great case for outdoorsmen and CEOs alike. I cant wait to make another leather purchase from Saddleback!!!