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Crewpsu
Apr 10, 2011, 12:52 PM
Hello everyone,
I figured I'd give a quick review of the Saddleback Leather ipad 2 case. I know that this case won't be everyone's cup of tea since it does cover the whole bezel but I love it. I ordered it during a special pre-sale and it arrived on Tuesday of last week. First thing I noticed upon opening the box was the wonderful smell of the leather, and this was with a nasty head cold. This case feels fantastic and smells the way leather should smell. The case does add some bulk but I can live with it. I feel 100 % comfortable saying that this case will protect my new ipad from damage. I went with the tobacco color and love it. Was debating on the coffee color but glad I went with my first choice. As you can see the case can be propped up in either the horizontal direction or the vertical. The cover can be folded back and doesn't feel unnatural while doing this to hold in the hand. This case will only get better with use.

Feel free to ask any questions.



Crewpsu
Apr 10, 2011, 12:57 PM
Just a few more pics

Kontext
Apr 10, 2011, 01:02 PM
Thanks for the review! :)
I'm thinking about getting the Saddleback myself since the Yoobao Case was an utter disappointment for me. Can you tell me something about the typing position? I saw a Youtube-Review of the case were a guy showed how to fold the cover into a typing stand, but it seemed so wobbly that I don't think it would be nice to write on it. After all, I plan to use my iPad mainly for University and thus need to rely heavily on the typing position. It'd be crucial that it's sturdy. :-)

badcrc32
Apr 10, 2011, 01:04 PM
Just a few more pics

Nice case I ordered one too, they look great in person saw one last week before I placed my order. What did you pay anyhow, I didnt get the sale price...

Crewpsu
Apr 10, 2011, 03:36 PM
I think I know what you mean when you say typing position, I haven't really tried it that way but I think if you positioned something like a hacky sac it would firm it up and give you the support you were talking about.

I paid the same as everyone else, its just they sent everyone I believe who submitted their email to be notified when the case was ready a special link 24 hours before they opened orders up on their actual website. Pretty much guaranteed you'd get one as soon as it came out. I believe mine was $110 shipped.

Yeah that yoobao case from what people have been saying is probably PU Leather despite what the company claims. You can look it up but basically its leather pieces that are blended with plastics and stuff. Its "leather" in only the loosest way possible.

takeshi74
Jun 21, 2011, 07:25 PM
Love mine. Got it in chestnut. The case is well built and very durable. The leather is already developing character.

yourtoys7
Jun 23, 2011, 08:34 AM
Agly, sorry but this looks bad, thik, doesn't allign well and I can just see dust and all getting in between. To each its own...

gigaguy
Jul 7, 2011, 08:57 PM
holy hogwarts. I have to agree, looks clunky and handhewn, too thick and the bezel coverage is extreme. not even gonna talk about the latches. way too expensive. luckily we all have our own preferences! I prefer slim and non obtrusive to the max.
I personally love Yoobao's offerings and want the new one not out yet. (I only mention it cause other posts say different).

laurenr
Jul 7, 2011, 11:24 PM
I can appreciate the craftmanship, and the "hand-made" theme they are going for here, but I have to agree that the overall design is just too clumsy for the elegant, slim design of the iPad.

sexytabitha
Jul 8, 2011, 01:31 AM
Love the leather and the color but I have to agree as well, it looks very manly looking. But I know men that it would fit their personality and lifestyle.

Stealthipad
Dec 29, 2011, 06:23 AM
I have found no better case. The Saddle back stands up to the day in and day out use in the field without having to baby your pad.

You have choices as it may not suit the executive with shiney shoes and a suit but for me in the field it is perfect!

I have got more compliments on my pad with the Saddleback case. The case wears in and fits better every day.

madmaclove
Dec 29, 2011, 08:19 AM
Hello everyone,
I figured I'd give a quick review of the Saddleback Leather ipad 2 case. I know that this case won't be everyone's cup of tea since it does cover the whole bezel but I love it. I ordered it during a special pre-sale and it arrived on Tuesday of last week. First thing I noticed upon opening the box was the wonderful smell of the leather, and this was with a nasty head cold. This case feels fantastic and smells the way leather should smell. The case does add some bulk but I can live with it. I feel 100 % comfortable saying that this case will protect my new ipad from damage. I went with the tobacco color and love it. Was debating on the coffee color but glad I went with my first choice. As you can see the case can be propped up in either the horizontal direction or the vertical. The cover can be folded back and doesn't feel unnatural while doing this to hold in the hand. This case will only get better with use.

Feel free to ask any questions.
I liked the front look of the case very much! But the stiches look cheap... :/

mantic
Dec 29, 2011, 09:11 AM
I liked the front look of the case very much! But the stiches look cheap... :/

I think that you're more than likely just use to the cheap stitching that's used in 90% of consumer products. The stitching on this case (and all saddleback products) is topnotch. Whether or not you like the case is one thing, but it is a quality product with a 100 year warranty.

GLS
Dec 29, 2011, 09:23 AM
To each their own, but for those of you saying Saddleback products are cheap looking or whatnot...really ought to check out their website (http://www.saddlebackleather.com/) and see what all they do....

takeshi74
Dec 29, 2011, 01:08 PM
Love the leather and the color but I have to agree as well, it looks very manly looking. But I know men that it would fit their personality and lifestyle.
Interesting stereotyping. I'd like to add that this is on my wife's iPad 2 and she is very happy with it.

I liked the front look of the case very much! But the stiches look cheap... :/
Books, covers and all that. Saddleback has a lifetime guarantee and it's not because of cheap stitching. As indicated above, I suspect you don't know what real stitching on heavy duty leather should look like.

Jordan9
Dec 30, 2011, 12:12 AM
I have this case in the Dark Coffee color and use it everyday. A lot better than the cheap leather case I returned before ordering this one. I've also dropped it a couple times and haven't had any damage to the iPad 2 at all.

I also have 2 friends (1 male and 1 female; not just a mans case) that have liked this case and each ordered one.

madmaclove
Jan 19, 2012, 05:31 PM
I think that you're more than likely just use to the cheap stitching that's used in 90% of consumer products. The stitching on this case (and all saddleback products) is topnotch. Whether or not you like the case is one thing, but it is a quality product with a 100 year warranty.

Thank you for information. I did like the case as I wrote; I only wrote what I think about the stitches when I saw the photos.

lee14160
Jan 26, 2012, 03:20 AM
Truly sorry, however, that is just ugly.

Redisetter
Feb 25, 2012, 01:52 AM
Saddleback makes great stuff. Nice Case!

greg555
Apr 15, 2012, 12:31 AM
Could someone tell me the weight of this case?

Also I contacted them about enlarging the opening. No luck, but perhaps if enough people contact them they'll make a change.

Thanks - Greg

[Edit: 15 ounces for the iPad 1 version: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2010/11/22/saddleback-leather-ipad-case-review/. Pretty heavy. ]

ivada
Apr 15, 2012, 03:43 PM
I can appreciate the craftmanship, and the "hand-made" theme they are going for here, but I have to agree that the overall design is just too clumsy for the elegant, slim design of the iPad.

Agree - not a good marriage between the bulky leather (even with the nice patina and what not) and the slim, metal and glass iPad. Some things are just not meant to go together, and this is one of them. This is probably what Indiana Jones would carry his iPad in, but here's the question - will Indian Jones really have an iPad???!!

Just one person's opinion though.