Until recently, the only hardshell iPod case that also provided room for accessories such as your earbuds was the STM Cocoon. But HandyStands has recently introduced their own hardshell case — or, more accurately, set of cases — that offers the Cocoon some competition. Sold as a pair of cases, the iPak SET provides a way to store and protect both your iPod (the iPak) and its accessories (the iPak Accessories Case).
Both iPak cases provide a stiff outer shell that zips closed. The body of each contains 1/4″ to 1/2″ of interior foam with custom-fit spaces for your iPod (iPak) or its accessories (iPak Accessories Case). The front cover is not foam-padded, but instead provides mesh storage pockets.
The standard iPak is approximately 5.75″ x 4.25″ x 1.5″; its foam padding holds your iPod firmly in place — an insert is included to adjust the fit for an iPod mini — and the mesh pocket provides space for your earbuds. Like the STM Cocoon, you’ll need to use your iPod’s remote — or plan your playlists accordingly — since you can’t access any controls without unzipping the case. The Accessory case is approximately 3/4″ thicker and includes foam cutouts for your iPod’s AC adapter and one small accessory such as an iTrip or iTalk. Its dual mesh pockets hold cables and adapters.