At a Glance
- Decent padding
- Smooth interior
- Tucked top doesn’t lock in the iPad
A serviceable sleeve with decent padding.
Tom Bihn’s $30 iPad Cache sleeve a padded sleeve designed to carry the iPad inside another bag. Available in vertical or horizontal orientation—vertical for use inside a backpack or vertical messenger, horizontal for use inside most other bags—the Cache sports a gray exterior with a soft, black interior. You close the top of the sleeve much like you would tuck the flap of an envelope inside the envelope—no zippers or velcro hold the iPad inside this fairly loose-fitting sleeve. Given that the sleeve was designed specifically to be placed inside a larger carrying device—a backpack, messenger bag, or briefcase, for example—the loose fit isn’t a big problem. But you want to be careful about holding the Cache top-down, as the iPad will fall out with a bit of jostling. The case doesn’t have reinforced sides, but the padding is adequate to protect an iPad from modest drops and bumps.