Allsop’s dri pod case for the fifth-generation iPod (with video) has one very interesting feature: It’s waterproof. The case is basically a plastic pouch with zip-lock-sytle closing mechanisms — three in total. The pouch is not form fitting at all, which is good in that it will work with every iPod, but bad as it adds a quite a bit of bulk. After closing all the partitions, you fold the dri pod over several times and secure it with velcro. In order to listen to your music, you plug your headphones into an extension cord that connects to your iPod’s headphone jack inside the pouch.
Testing the dri pod’s waterproof design sounds like a scary proposition, but instructions are included on just how to do this: use a paper towel in lieu of your expensive iPod. In my testing, the case really is waterproof.; however, that testing consisted of holding the case underwater in a sink while squeezing to verify that no bubbles came out and the paper towel remained dry. In other words, the case will definitely keep your iPod safe from liquids being splashed on it and perhaps an occasional dunk, but going diving shouldn’t be on your to-do list.
Control your iPod while in the case is rather difficult — and the case’s material rubs unpleasantly under your finger — but still possible. If protection against water is a must, the dri pod is an excellent option with acceptable limitations.–Derik DeLong