Two of the top rated iPad accessories on our website are from Saddleback Leather Co. That alone should tell you something. When it comes to rugged leather iPad 3 cases, there is simply nothing better than a Saddleback. Built on a philosophy of uncompromising quality and meticulous craftsmanship, every product they make is backed by a 100 year warranty and is made from some of the highest grade materials on the planet. Saddleback currently makes 2 amazing covers for the iPad 3- A leather iPad 3 Case and a leather iPad 3 sleeve. Check out our reviews of these rugged and manly leather cases, and prepare your minds to be amazed.
Looking more akin to a leather journal than a traditional iPad case, the Saddleback iPad 3 Case practically begs you to use it and abuse it. Constructed from ultra thick full grain leather, the thickest and highest quality you’ll ever come across, and lines with pigskin, the worlds 2nd strongest leather (second only to kangaroo), this case will laugh in the face of danger and spit in the eye of disaster.
Two thick leather straps wrap around and secure it firmly shut on the back, these straps can also be folded back and used to prop the iPad up into a low angle stand. Every seam is stitched and reinforced with industrial marine grade thread and there are cutouts for all the ports and cameras on the iPad. The iPad 3 slides firmly into place in the molded bed and is protected from all sides and corners.
The Saddleback iPad 3 case is unapologetically heavy and chunky. It’s designed to be used and abused. The leather isn’t “buttery soft” and pre-broken-in like other cases, that part is up to you. This leather iPad 3 case that will age beautifully and soften up the more you use it. It will take in the oils from your hands and develop a gorgeous rich patina that will make it uniquely yours. Oh, and it comes in 4 different colors.
If you are looking for something that is rugged enough to protect your iPad 3 from just about anything, manly enough to make other dudes jealous, and classy enough to look great at the office… then look no further than the Saddleback Leather iPad 3 Case for $104.
Pros: Incredibly manly, unique style, rugged design, will outlast your iPad and probably you
Cons: Heavy (it’s a manly man’s case)
If you are the kind of person who doesn’t like complication in your life, then you might prefer to wrap your iPad in something a little more simple like the Saddleback large iPad gadget sleeve. There’s no shame, and great joy to be found, in appreciating the more basic things in life after all.
This sleeve fits your iPad 3 perfectly and is constructed from the same 100% stout full grain leather that all their other items are made from. This leather is 2-2.2 mm thick, which is thicker than most cowboy boots! Made from just one piece of leather with continuous-filament double stitched seams, this sleeve is as sturdy and durable as it gets. Your iPad will be completely protected in this pouch since there’s plenty of shock absorbing leather around all the edges to handle most anything you can throw it at… I mean throw at it. The large gadget sleeve is available in 4 different colors: Tobacco brown, Chestnut, Carbon black, and Dark Coffee Brown. The Saddleback Large iPad Sleeve is available for $55 now!
Pros: As durable as it gets, rugged design, will last you and probably your children
Cons: Tight fit until you break the leather in
If you are unsure about which color you should get then perhaps this chart from Saddleback’s own site will help you (they’ve kind of got a lot of experience in this field):
If you still aren’t sure, then just buy all four colors!