Saddleback Leather iPad Pouch Review

After one month, I’m still loving my iPad. 90% of the time it’s left sitting on my coffee table at home, but the other 10% of the time I carry it with me to other locations via my gear bag. I haven’t found the perfect play through case for it yet and am not sure I ever will. I’ve pretty much become a caseless person these last few years. I like to use my gadgets naked (the gadgets, not me). But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to protect my favorite gizmos when I’m transporting them from location to location. That’s where a good sleeve comes into play. Today I want to show you a sleeve that will probably outlive anyone reading this review. It’s the iPad Pouch from Saddleback Leather Company.

Most of the images in this review can be clicked to see a larger version.

The Gadget Pouch Large as Saddleback calls it, is made from one piece of 4 – 5oz full grain boot leather. It’s stitched on two sides to create a 8 ¾” x 10 3/8″ ((22.2cm x 26.4cm) sleeve. It is available in several colors including Tobacco Brown, Carbon Black, Dark Coffee Brown, and Chestnut. I was sent the Tobacco Brown version of the sleeve.

The only marking on the sleeve other than the natural scars and scuffs in the cowhide is the Saddleback Leather Company logo.

The image above gives you an idea of how thick the leather is that is used to construct this sleeve. Industrial marine-grade U.V. resistant polyester thread has been used to sew the two sides.

From the quality of the leather, to the stitching, the workmanship of this pouch is top  notch.  I was unable to find any defects its construction.

The iPad slides into the pigskin lined sleeve from the top opening and fits like a glove. It’s not too tight and not too loose. It fits just right. I didn’t find it difficult to insert or remove the iPad.

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My sleeve is still really new, but it will eventually lie flat once it has had time to break in. This sleeve will protect the iPad from everyday wear and tear while looking really nice doing it. I really love the natural look of all of Saddleback Leather’s products. There is something about them just feels more ‘real’ than all the mass produced bags on the market.

The only down side to this product would be that it does add some bulk and weight to your iPad. The sleeve alone weighed in at 9 oz. on my electronic scale. Add the iPad and you’re up to 2lbs. If that doesn’t bother you, then grab one for your iPad. It will be the only sleeve you’ll ever need.

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Product Information

Manufacturer:Saddleback Leather Company
  • 100 year warranty
  • Tough good looks
  • Fits the iPad like a glove
  • Add some bulk to the iPad
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11 comments… add one
  • Andy Chen May 10, 2010, 12:15 pm

    With the iPad in the sleeve, what’s the overall measured height/width?

  • SimonB May 13, 2010, 9:14 am

    Many thanks for your review, after reading it I spent half an hour reading through their site, laughing at Dave’s sense of humour and then bought one to suit the iPad due in Oz on the 28th! Wooho, thanks again.

    • Julie May 13, 2010, 9:32 am

      @SimonB Let us know what you think of the sleeve and your iPad once you get it 🙂

  • Pastor PDGiles May 13, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I have two saddleback leather’s briefcases and just purchased the ipad case as well. I love the snug fit and chose the coffee color to match my briefcases. I have never come across any durable leather accessories as well built as saddleback products-

  • Tony May 14, 2010, 7:44 pm

    I’ve had the sleeve for about two weeks and I love it more and more each day. I love it so much Ive ordered a wallet and iPhone sleeve as well.

  • Sara June 2, 2010, 10:21 pm

    These are beautiful. I’m looking for iPad cases that would work well for laser engraving and this is the closest I’ve come across. Light colored leather engraves beautifully. I wish they were a little less expensive as the laser process needs to add another $20-30 to the price. Thanks for the review and I’ll be poking around the site some more to see what else I can find.

  • stanley vergara July 27, 2010, 3:18 am

    what other colors do you have for this pouch?

  • Tom June 16, 2012, 10:37 am

    I brought my Sadleback cover a year ago and it still looks and functions perfectly. Complimebts on its refine looks are numerous. This was a great purchase!

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