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WaterField Designs Atelier iPad Gear Case and iPad Pencil Case review: Expensive things to hold your other expensive things

Séamus Bellamy | July 15, 2016
If you're willing to spend the cash, you can carry your gear with class.

An iPad Pro is pretty hard to lose in the cracks of a couch, the bottom of a backpack, or in a desk drawer. The Apple Pencil, various cables, adapters and other bits required to make full use of the tablet? Despite their glossy white finish, Apple accessories have always been notoriously easy to lose track of. Happily, WaterField Designs has a pair of solutions to the problem: the Atelier iPad Gear Case (69) and the Atelier iPad Pencil Case ($29).

All the things

At 7.5 inches by 1.25 inches by three inches, the Atelier iPad Gear Case is just long enough to store an Apple Pencil and wide enough to accommodate the Pro’s power adapter, lightning cables, extra tips for your Apple Pencil and any other wee bits and pieces you might want to stash in it. During testing, I routinely carried two lighting cables, a 12W USB power adapter, my Apple Pencil, and a Mophie PowerStation XL battery ($73 on Amazon): all items that would normally flop around freely in my backpack. I found that the Gear Case kept them well organized and easy to access.

Séamus Bellamy: WaterField Designs Atelier iPad Gear Case

There’s no getting past how well made the Atelier is. Smooth, supple full-grain leather and neat stitching make a striking first impression. What’s more, the case’s leather exterior holds up to abuse. Having used the loaner sent to me for over two months, I can tell you that despite the almost constant casual thrashing that the Atelier has taken being tossed around in my backpack, on cross-country flights or work trips to the local pub, save a few small scuffs, it still looks practically new. While in transit, two steel snaps keep the case’s flap closed up tight and its contents from spilling out.

Open the Atelier up and you’ll find the case is lined with red Ultrasuede—a soft, abrasion-free material that’ll keep the glossy finish on your Apple Pencil and, I suppose your iPad Pro’s power adapter, looking as smart as they did when you first got your hands on them. Most of the Atelier’s interior space is an open maw, ready to accept whatever accessories you can jam into it. However, to keep things neat, WaterField Designs saw fit to sew in two small pockets into the case’s interior that are sized for a Lightning or Apple Watch cable. In the flap, you’ll find a single pocket that’s designed to snugly fit an Apple Pencil.

Séamus Bellamy


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