It's always a pleasure to meet with Brian and Kari Holmes from Pad & Quill, and last week at Macworld/iWorld 2014 they greeted me with a sample of a new iPhone 5/5s case that's unlike any other I have seen or used before. The new Traveler Case (US$79.99, introductory pricing of $69.99) does away with the plastic or wood case liners used in a number of other leather case -- it's all leather, all the time.
- Weight: 1.3 ounces (36.85 gms)
- Compatibility: iPhone 5/5s
- Materials: American full-grain leather, 3M clean-release adhesive
- Colors: Onyx black, Whiskey brown
Do you like the fragrance of a new pair of shoes? That's what you're greeted with when you open up the packaging for the Traveler. The Pad & Quill team used all of their leatherwork experience to craft an all-leather case that does away with the need for any other stiff material like wood or plastic to protect the sides of the iPhone. While the Traveler grips the sides of your iPhone quite securely, there's a patch of 3M clean-release adhesive in the back of the case to make sure that the phone doesn't pop out unexpectedly.
Cutouts for the camera and flash, mute switch, and speakers/Lightning port are well-placed. However, if you're used to using your on/off button or the volume toggle, you might not be happy with the Traveler as those controls are hidden away. Surprise, though -- they work just fine through the leather without the need for any "pass-through" mechanism.