Review: WaterField iPod Gear Pouch & Cases

Cases for all your iPod stuff (November 7th, 2006)

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Product Manufacturer: WaterField Designs

Price: $29 - $35 US

The Good

  • Well-constructed bag with padded interior. Small profile. Lies flat when full. Durable.

The Bad

  • iPods vulnerable to scratching from floating objects in large pouch. iPod controls not accessible.

iPod Gear Pouch A convenient road trip addition for the upcoming holiday travelers, the WaterField Designs Large iPod Gear Pouch retails for $35 and comes in blue, green, grey, red and yellow. A smaller version of the same case with slightly less carrying capacity retails for $29.

Look and feel

The Large iPod Gear Pouch reviewed is their signature checkered indium blue and black theme, constructed with durable ballistic nylon and a soft plush interior. There are three sectioned-off padded pockets and two mesh pockets inside, plus two more pockets on the outside. The case zips horizontally with a self-locking zipper, and another zipper is on the side compartment. The functional case has a simple purpose and a simple implementation, to protect your iPod while in transit, but not while it is in use.

On the road

I packed the Large iPod Gear Pouch with my iPod dock, power supply, headphones, USB cable, and other cords. I was pleased to find that the devices stayed in their respective spaces and the full package retained a relatively thin profile. This allows stashing the pouch most any place. I found it best kept under the passenger seat in my car for whenever I want to take the music on the road. The interior pockets do not close, nor are they secured in any way, so smaller items placed in the Gear Pouch may come in contact with the iPod, nicking our lovely, yet easily marked mp3 players. I think the bag is handy for plane trips, because it provides sufficient protection for multiple important devices in a small form-factor. The iPod Gear Pouch also can store a PDA or cell phone.

Large iPod Gear Case    Small iPod Gear Case
Large iPod Gear Case    Small iPod Gear Case

Small iPod Gear Pouch

The Small iPod Gear Pouch, which Ilene tested, came in their signature red and black checkered design. It fit the largest iPod, the 60GB Photo, the charger, and dock cable with no problem. There are only four inside pockets in this model, and no outside pockets. The bag formed a nice package and did not bulge, and as advertised, lay flat. It is a perfect size for carrying in a medium size purse or handbag. Due to the compact size, there is no room for any accessories to move about, so scratching your iPod is not a concern in the small gear pouch.

iPod Case for nano and video

WaterField also sent each of us an iPod case, which is a simple padded square in the same nylon material as the pouches. The cases are semi-rigid because there is a plastic layer inside the material, with a top opening, and a band of elastic sewed on one side to wrap your headset around. The cases fit only the iPod inside with no spare room. Inside is a suede-like material that will not scratch your iPod screen. The video case did not fit in the Small iPod Gear Pouch, but it does fit in the large pouch. As we each did not receive each case, Ilene assumes that the nano case fits into the small pouch.

To be honest, neither of us thought the iPod case was very useful. Although the bottom is split so that the headset can feed through it, you cannot access any of the iPod controls when it is in the case. These cases make a nice set with the pouches, but just are not something either of us would buy or use. The iPod nano case sells for $22.00 and the video case is $29.00. We think you can find cases with better protection that allow access to the controls for similar prices elsewhere. These cases only receive 2-stars from MacNN.

iPod video Case iPod nano Case
iPod video Case iPod nano Case

Durable Solution

The iPod Gear Pouch offers a reasonable storage solution for your iPod and accessories when in transit. For the same price, one may invest in a more protective iPod case suitable for on-the-go usage, but to hold all those iPod accessories, the iPod Gear Pouch is a durable and convenient solution.

by Alexander Munro and ilene hoffman


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