For the last week, I’ve had the chance to try out a new iPad case, known as the ColcaSac Zagora for the iPad 2 and the new iPad (which was just released on Friday here in the UK). The first thing that hit me was the packaging, I mean how often is it that you receive a case packaged as so:
This left quite an impression on me I must say. Straight away, I did a little bit of research to find out about the company. ColcaSac aim to create “healthy products” with a “minimalistic design” according to their website. I also found the following there:
“We use hemp, bamboo, and repurposed jute–materials that will naturally biodegrade and use less resources and do less damage than neoprene or cotton sleeves. We also use recycled packaging that is also both recyclable and biodegradable. We even use our scraps to make other sleeves. We know that more can be done, and are working to improve our process.”
This is quite interesting, I mean how often do you find cases that are considerate towards being biodegradable? It’s certainly a noble intention and it’s good to see it’s something that is being considered when manufacturing iPad cases. Hopefully it’ll grow to other devices (phones and laptops anyone?).
Now, about the actual case.
First off, it’s definitely not a case for the first generation iPad. The first generation iPad has slightly bigger dimensions, and therefore will not fit smoothly at all into this case. This case is a snug-fit on the iPad 2 and the new iPad.
It certainly provides adequate protection and has plenty of padding on the case without making it feel bulky. Previously, I was using a normal sleeve that you can find at pretty much any tech type shop. This however gives more padding that those cases, and also has a little sleeve on the front to carry other items in. Realistically, that will be little pieces of paper or cards, as it’s not a very big section on the case.
As for the main compartment, using what I think is cotton, there is plenty of soft padding and cushioning for your iPad. Added to this is a little velcro flap, which doesn’t make much of a sound when being opened somehow. I think this has been accomplished by not having as sturdy a velcro patch as usual (hard to describe, but hopefully makes sense if you see it in person).
On the whole, it’s quite a nice case to use and carry your iPad around in. It definitely provides enough protection, and feels like a luxurious case rather than just an essential. It’s also a nice feature that it’s biodegradable and made as an eco-friendly product.