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.
- 100-Year Warranty, details here.
- Free Shipping, details here.
- We use only the best: full-grain leather (as much of the cow as you can get, short of the moo), strong pigskin lining, and premium, marine-grade thread (the kind used on shipping sails).
- Fits first generation iPad Air tablets
- Inside finger pocket for effortless one hand holding
- Folds into stand for reading, typing, or watching videos
- Protects against shocks, not just scratches
- Slim profile keeps iPad secure, while still feeling like an Air
- Open long sides for easy navigating
- Easy to remove iPad Air via simple leather “bookmark” closure
- Cutouts for all functions of iPad
- Fits the iPad 1 Air only. We've also built a case for the iPad Air 2 as well
- Dimensions (approximate size)
- 7 ¼” W x 10 ¼” H x ¾” D
- 1 pound
Look, the case is leather. I didn't want a hard plastic case that felt bad even it is quality plastic- I wanted something that looked, felt, and even smells like quality. . That is why I bought leather. I also wanted something that lasts which is why we buy Saddleback.
It's a great protector so bulk is by design. Some people say it is also somewhat heavy. . . again by design and it doesn't bother me.
Ipad does slide ever so slightly inside the case. Leather is a natural material so it will not be a 100% snug fig- it will be a 90% snug fit.
You have to hold the ipad in place when plugging it in, not a huge ordeal. The Camera lens may also be covered by the hole and you have to slide the ipad before taking a picture. I don't use my ipad camera so I never notice this problem.
My only recommendation is the leather handle on the back- I don't like it and don't use it. In fact, I would rather have a place to hold business cards and am curious if there is a recommended way to glue one side of the handle to create a small pouch?
That's it. I would recommend this and when I eventually upgrade to a newer ipad, I will buy an updated case from Saddleback as well.
I've been using the iPad since it was first released, and I've had many cases and covers from different companies. Prior to this one, I was using an SLC gadget sleeve, which was nice, but I realized quickly I missed the ability to stand the iPad up or have it propped up for reading. I purchased an iPad Air case, and wow, I love this thing! Not only does it look great, the straps are stiff enough to support the iPad in all positions. I can tuck my stylus in the straps as I cinch them tight and it won't fall out. The iPad is well protected on all sides. It's thicker than any other case I've tried, but that's not a bad thing. It's not bulky - it's more substantial feeling. The leather gives you a good grip, so you don't feel like it's going to slip from your fingers as do some of the plastic cases. All in all, very pleased.
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*
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!!!
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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
Really, I couldn't have said it better. This is a gorgeous case.
Love it love it love it.
A friend of mine bought one of these for his iPad a few years ago. And I thought after seeing his, what a great excuse to by an iPad too! Took me awhile but now I have an iPad air, and have had my saddleback for about 6 weeks now. Loving it!
True the big black dot doesn't fit square in the hole. But the tiny black dot to the right does. So I'm thinking that's actually the lense. Not problems with the camera taking photos. Not sure what the hole is for in the middle? Tobacco YES!
I came across this site by accident but once i saw the iPad Air case i knew i had to get one but after reading the reviews i thought it might be best to see if i can find something similar down here in Australia but i could not find anything that looked as good as Saddlebacks so i pulled the trigger and i am so glad i did it is a 10/10 everything about it is spot on, the fit is perfect the look stunning and the feel is warm and reassuring
Customer care/service is spot on and shipping took just over a week. Thx to the crew at Saddleback our paths will cross again once i have saved up to buy some travel luggage.
My first Saddleback product was the iPad 2 case. Since then, I've bought a wallet, a MacBook case, iPhone 5 Gadget Sleeve and a Satchel. Needless to say, I'm a fan. The new iPad Air case is spot on. The new reinforced straps make landscape mode great and the uncovered sides don't hinder iPad use at all. I like the strap to hold the iPad in place, it's secure as it can be. Beautiful color (Dark Brown), stitching and craftsmanship. Thanks for your attention to detail and high quality products!
I had been putting off buying an iPad for years as my trusty laptop was still getting the job done . But once I saw the new iPad Air case I knew it was time to pull the trigger. I Love this case almost as much as the iPad. They really do make a perfect pair . Thanks guys for making such fabulous products as I feel this is only the start of a long relationship .
I purchased my case when they where just coming out , and always sold out . I love my case more now then when I purchased it if you love the different , out of the box , laid back appearance this is for you . We are big Harley Riders fly & rides & lots of road miles , couldn't ask for a safer or more complimenting case . Thanks Dave & Team @ Saddleback PS I love the leather strap I have a cool charm on it making it even more personalized
This thing is really good. Excellent design, excellent construction. It's really well done. I have a number of Saddleback products and this case is just as fine as anything else that bears the Saddleback logo. It works for me. Good job, Dave.
I am extremely satisfied with the iPad Air case. I have used it in my work for about two weeks. The fit is perfect, and I mean really perfect. The finnish of the case is outstanding. The functionality of the display angle is as good as it can get. Yes, the leather is stiff, but it is OK, not a problem for me.
I also think it will protect the unit as well as the big plastic one who's name is a sea animal. The hundred year warrantee is useless as the iPad will be long gone before the case shows any sign of wear.
I had a problem with UPS delivering to the wrong house. It was delivered almost 1/4 mile away. UPS was not friendly in helping resolve the problem, but Saddleback sent me another one (by a different carrier that I requested) very quickly. The company is OUTSTANDING in their customer service!!!
In conclusion, two wonderful products - iPad Air and Saddleback case. It is weird to have something so new protected by something so classical. Took a while to get used to that.
Wife & I each have one. We want to love the cases, but has some features that are not as good as her 1st-gen iPad Saddleback case. We both find it extremely difficult to plug it in because the case is in the road. The little strap is really silly. Overall I like it, but a bit disappointed. Wife? Not so much. (Umm, I mean my wife doesn't like the case so much...) I would very reluctantly recommend, but with awkward disclaimers.
The truth is, I was expecting to hate this case. I have the ipad 2,3,4 case and LOVE it. Having seen bad reviews on the air case, I wanted to see for myself. The 2,3,4 case is stellar and just works. The air case lacks the sides which I really wish it had but even with the absense of that I still love this case. Dave's Deals at 25% off and can't even tell what's wrong with it. Still wish it had the side protection but that's not stopping me from using the crap out of this case. I love it! And that's the truth! :)
I never write reviews for things, but was so impressed by the quality of the case that I couldn't wait to brag on it. Smells wonderful, supposed to have blemishes (has none that I can see, but I do wear glasses), and fits my iPad perfectly! And can you say "sturdy"? Pleasantly surprised to find out that if I drop my iPad it will not only survive but have no evidence of a fall. Altogether, great craftsmanship and will definitely be a future Saddleback customer/recommender to anyone that will listen. And there may be death resulting when I die for the ownership....
I just received my iPad Air Coffee Brown case in the mail and I am absolutely blown away! I ordered my case on Thursday and received it on a Monday, paying only for the basic shipping and handling. USPS delivered despite 6-8 inches of snow in my area.
Out of the box, the case is absolutely incredible! One can truly see that this is a labor of love. I've ordered Saddleback products for my iPad 2 and iPhone in the past. But, given the Air's size and weight, I (mistakenly) opted for a Dodo Case. After using that case for three months, I kicked myself in the arse and returned "home" and bought the Saddleback case my Air was intended to have from the beginning.
I was concerned with the added heft the quality leather all Saddleback products are known for would add, but found them to be unfounded. A side-by-side comparison showed the height of the Saddleback case to be the same as the Dodo Case. The Saddleback case outweighs the Dodo Case by about 12.5 oz, but, that doesn't impact the case-carrying experience much.
What turned me off about the Dodo Case was the shabby protection it offered. I am very careful with my iDevices but after accidentally dropping the Air twice from normal height, the impact on the Dodo Case was noticeable (cracks on the bamboo frame and dents on the exterior cover). Additionally, despite my reaching out to the Dodo Case staff via email, Facebook and leaving numerous voicemails for two months, they have not replied. For the amount of money I paid, I was expecting some respect and support. Comparatively, the Saddleback support has always been top-notch. The staff even provided great support for a product I bought after a year of use (iPad 2)!
Despite having supported Saddleback for several years, I had a minor lapse in judgment and regrettably tested the waters with another company. However, I've learned my lesson and I'm glad to say that I'm back and will never stray from the Saddleback line of products for any of my current and future iDevices. My iPad Air case is money very well-spent!
Just got my new iPad Air case in Dark Coffee Brown. This case looks even better in person than it does in the pictures. I looked everywhere for a new case that looked professional and offered good protection for my new iPad. This is the one to buy! None of the others out there even come close. I have only had this for a couple of days and have had several people compliment it. It is a little pricey but worth every penny
I have been eyeing products from SBL for a long time. To tell the truth I probably bought my iPad just so I could order the case. I love it. It comes exactly as described. So if you don't like what the description says, don't order. You're not being misled.
Paving dabbled in leather works myself. I could immediately see the quality of the leather and construction.
This is just my first order in what I'm afraid will become a leather addiction.
We took both of our iPads driving and flying on a trip through Scotland, Kenya, Rwanda, Australia, and New Zealand