Miyavix’s Kimono case for the iPod nano and iPod video, distributed by Power Support, is an interesting concept: Take a unique swatch of patterned kimono material and create a case out of it. We liked the original Kimono cases for 4G and mini iPods; unfortunately, the little details in these newer models leave something to be desired.
The case is primarily made of heavy fabric, lined with felt. The front openings for the Click Wheel and the screen are surrounded by leather that’s stitched to the fabric, and there’s also a small leather loop over the case’s mostly open top edge. You insert your iPod through the bottom of the case, and it’s secured in place by a leather strap that snaps to the back of the case. There’s also a metal ring affixed to the back of the case with leather. The iPod video model comes with a stiff, felt-covered backing that adds firmness to the case, but the two are otherwise very similar in design.
Though the case is firmly constructed, its protective capability leaves a lot to be desired. For example, both the screen and Click Wheel are left totally exposed; the Kimono case lacks any sort of screen or Click Wheel protector. The top of the iPod is left largely exposed as well. This may be fine for storage in an otherwise empty pocket, but I’d hesitate before putting it in a bag that might contain keys or other sharp objects.
The metal ring on the back is probably intended for attach to a keychain or lanyard (though none is included), but I was somewhat dubious about the stitching that attached it to the case: Pulling firmly on the ring made the stitching give a bit.
Although some will find the Kimono case aesthetically attractive, its protective shortcomings should make you think twice if you’re concerned about scratches and damage to your iPod’s delicate screen and controls.–Dan Moren