XtremeMac’s Microshield is fairly barebones: No belt clip, no extraneous curves or physical features–just two simple, smooth-plastic panels that protect your iPod from short drops and scratchy car keys. Like Contour Design’s iSee, the Microshield comes with back panels for both the 80GB and 160GB Classic models; unlike the iSee, it also includes a stick-on plastic film to protect your iPod’s Click Wheel.
The Microshield’s front panel is a straight piece of plastic that fits into the back panel to snap together, which gives it a more snug, less bulky appearance that’s more natural to hold. Unfortunately, this sleeker, more simplistic design means a little less durability–don’t be surprised if a small drop pops the front panel right off. Overall, though, the Microshield is sturdy, pleasing to the eye, and feels right in the hand. What it lacks in tough durability, it more than makes up for in sleekness and elegance-it’s protective against scratches and bumps…and stylish.