Pad And Quill Iphone Case Review

Pad & Quill is a Minneapolis based company specializing in leather and sail goods. If you know them already, it’s likely because of their luxury iPad and iPhone cases or, more recently, their leather Apple tree Watch bands. While not exclusively vending Apple-tied goods, P&Q positions itself equally a companion company to Apple. Basically, all of their bags are sized according to Apple tree laptops and iPads, and nearly all reviews of their products are washed by engineering, rather than EDC or bag-specific reviewers. This is all fine, but it means that what gets highlighted is oft the pack’due south compatibility with the newest gadget, rather than its power to stand up over time, or handle the strain of a daily carry.

Regardless of engineering science ties, Pad & Quill prides itself on high quality materials and adroitness, and it comes at a toll. Each bag includes a placard signed (in Sharpie) by the artisan who created information technology. Audio silly? It is, a niggling, but it does requite your bag some actuality and exclusivity. I’ve hardly ever seen a P&Q piece in the wild, fifty-fifty in Minnesota, but they are well-respected and well-reviewed online.

I recently purchased the
Chocolate Brown and Charcoal Greyness
Field Bag from Pad & Quill. It’s a vertical messenger pocketbook designed to carry up to a fifteen” MacBook Pro (and fit my 12” MacBook just fine). Besides the requisite signed nameplate from the artisan, every P&Q bag includes an orange felt-like lining to aid visibility, which gives the handbag a distinct visual appearance when peeled open. As with all P&Q packs, the Field Bag includes a 25 yr limited warranty.

Tech Specs

Royal Metric
Height 14″ 35.6cm
Length xi″ 27.9cm
Depth two.3″ 5.84cm
Weight 3lbs 1.36kg
Capacity Due north/A Due north/A
Primary Materials Determent Leather; Waxed Canvas

Quality & Comfort

The Field Bag has a single external bridle leather flap. I’chiliad no leather skillful, but bridle leather is noticeably stiffer (at least at get-go) than I’ve experienced on other high-cease leather pieces, including chromexcel from Horween. In Pad and Quill’due south promotional Youtube videos, they make a big deal out of the manner the leather volition intermission in over time. Undoubtedly this is true. Information technology’s a defining and lovely feature of well-constructed leather pieces, only I was nonetheless a little put off by how cardboard-esque the leather felt, at least out of the box. The canvas, while not about equally dense as that from Vermilyea Pelle or Filson’s heavy textile, was supple plenty, and had just enough wax to requite the impression it would exist sufficiently water resistant and durable. Aesthetically, the combination also looks great.

Pad & Quill Field Bag Review logo front of bag

The Field Purse carries with an included leather strap and affixed (only movable) shoulder pad. I had never tried a vertical messenger bag before, but I was pleasantly surprised with its versatility. It can be carried over the shoulder, cross-body, or even by the handle on the back of the leather flap. The strap isn’t unforgettable, but it’due south plenty functional.

Pad & Quill Field Bag Review under flap

The interior is lined with Pad & Quill’due south signature orange cloth, designed to help aid with visibility to the depth of the purse. Nosotros’ve all opened a black-lined backpack to realize we take no idea
that widget we need is, or had to resort to our iPhone’south flashlights to seek out that actress binder prune. In that regard, the orange is a large improvement over existing designs. Simply the textile itself, almost a felt-like fabric, feels a little inexpensive and seems equally if it would be easily stained. Merely doubling over with the charcoal greyness canvas, while calculation a little weight, would be a overnice compromise betwixt visibility and design, I think.

Pad & Quill Field Bag Review inside pockets

The weight distribution is the only other thing to note here, while carrying – it’s a messenger bag, so ready for your shoulder to exist sore – I thought the vertical style relived some of the uneven pressure on my laptop that I found with more traditional messengers (Mission Workshop Rummy or Defy Recon, for example). I never had any issues myself, but I know people who take damaged their laptop screen or construction just past having it jammed in a purse with heavy, rigid objects (largely textbooks), and the vertical blueprint should alleviate at least some of that concern.


This is where the Field Bag absolutely shines. If you’re the kind of user who wants a pocket for everything (as I tend to be), y’all’ll be delighted by the Field Purse. P&Q packs in 3 forepart pockets, varying in size from (nosotros’ll employ their lingo hither) – Airpod-sized, to iPhone-sized, to iPad mini-sized. Internally, the Field Bag has a terrific pocket for a laptop charging brick (closeable with a smooth leather fold-over flap), 2 pen pockets, and a modest credit carte / business organization menu pocket. The Field Bag besides has a back “mag pocket” that is, in my opinion, an essential to whatever messenger bag.

Pad & Quill Field Bag Review magazine sleeve

To examination it out, I took the Field Bag to a patent drafting conference, where I needed the usual: pens, notebooks, a folder for handout papers, a laptop, charger, and Kindle for the commute. I left my usual handbag of dongles (dongle bag?) at domicile. All of this fit perfectly, and everything had a pocket to fit in.
But wait!

I needed to send something at the Post Office earlier the conference began.
No problem, I thought,
this is a messenger bag, so at that place’ll be plenty of space, right?
Wrong. The Field Handbag has so many pockets, so many differently-sized places to keep things, only the main opening of the bag is woefully pocket-sized. It hardly expands wide enough to accept a folder and notebook and shoving in a modest, ii” broad box was a legitimate challenge. The canvass simply doesn’t accept the flexibility I needed to adjust merely one more item.

Pad & Quill Field Bag Review bottom of bag

The layout of the Field Bag is perfect for those who deport the same thing every day – likely to an role or school setting, around which the pockets seem to exist designed – and rarely deviate. If you’re the kind of carrier who brings a luncheon 1 mean solar day, a hula hoop the next, and a half-dozen-pack the following, this is absolutely the wrong purse for yous.

What’s Perfect

  • A place for everything, and everything in its place – if your everything is Apple products
  • Impressive construction and built-to-terminal materials
  • Aesthetically impressive, if y’all like the Filson / Indiana Jones vibe

What’s Not

  • Leather, while presumably softening over time, was uncomfortably stiff
  • Interior compartment is minor and inflexible
  • Extremely difficult pin-closure

Wrap Up

Pad & Quill Field Bag Review front of bag

I absolutely admire some elements of the Field Bag, and quite despise others. The design is make clean, the materials solid, the pockets enough. But, the leather is overly rigid, the pocket is woefully pocket-size, and it’s a burden to shut once you’ve opened it. At the retail price of $329, information technology’south a tough sell unless y’all’re committed to your Apple-centric daily carry.