15 Best Rugged Waterproof Cases for the Apple iPad Air
Posted March 4, 2014
As we grow more reliant on our gadgets, we take them more places beyond the living-room couch: the gym, on vacation, or onto a gritty work site. Even in the friendliest environments—say, the hands of a child—sometimes you need more than a flimsy cover to protect your investment. And at $499 and up, the most popular tablet of all, Apple’s iPad Air, practically demands it.
These cases will protect the iPad Air from the elements. We concentrated (with some overlap) on waterproof and rugged ones that provide substantive protection. We also included some pricier options that will ensure your iPad Air will survive conditions that even youmight not.
Gumdrop Marine Industry Series
Beachcombers need not apply: The Marine series from Gumdrop is a bit of an investment at $149.95, but if you need both ruggedness and water protection, this case line has you covered. The weatherproof enclosure has a double layer of protection. Both the front and rear portions of the tablet are completely encased, the front with an integrated screen protector that extends the touch sensitivity of the iPad Air. Weatherproof clamps shield the tablet from the elements and even a dunk underwater, while plugs shore up all of the tablet’s ports to keep water out. The case is built with an adjustable stand that can mount to surfaces, with a quick-release mechanism that allows for easy freedom.
The Marine series cases from Gumdrop earned an IPX6 rating in independent tests, which means that it should protect your iPad Air on rough seas just as easily as it will stand up to splashes from the blender in your kitchen.