The Somersault is constructed of durable nylon, with pockets to hold a small laptop, phone, as well as other necessities. While its styling is sporty, the Somersault would not look out of place in the workplace, and could be carried comfortably by a man or woman.
The iPad fits easily into the built-in frame, then zips up for wear. As a backpack, the Somersault was very comfortable to wear with the iPad inside. While it would be heavier with a laptop added, I don’t think it would be prohibitively heavy to carry.
All of the Somersault’s straps adjust, so the user can shorten or lengthen the main back pack strap, as well as the straps that create the hands-free iPad stand. It is worth noting that because of the asymmetrical straps, the user needs to wear the Somersault on the left to swivel the case around and use the iPad.
The frame that holds the iPad is symmetrical, with a cut out on each end that allows access to the iPad’s home button as well as the front-facing camera. It is unlikely that most people will use the front-facing camera; however, because the iPad sits perpendicular to ones body. The cut out for the iPad’s rear facing camera is more interesting because it allows the user to shoot stills or video without removing the iPad from the Somersault.
Good news for frequent fliers, the iBackFlip is TSA compliant and includes a rigid backing inside the bag to help protect the iPad.
The iBackFlip Somersault fits all three iPad models and is available in black with grey, red, or blue stripe. Want one of your own? Visit the iBackFlip website, and order one for $89.99.
What I liked: My iPad felt secure in the iBackFlip Somersault. The loops that hold a styli are convenient, as is the phone pocket. The Somersault has built-in sleep/wake magnets so the iPad powers up as soon as the case is opened.
What I didn’t like: Typing while standing was very awkward because the iPad hangs at a near 90 degree angle, and the bag interferes with typing comfortably. I had to bend my neck forward and hold it at an uncomfortable angle to see the screen, so I would not recommend actively using the Somersault for long periods of time.
To buy or not to buy: The Somersault makes a better backpack than it does a hands-free iPad stand. However, most users who travel with their iPads, particularly those who don’t need to do much typing, will still enjoy using an iBackFlip for transporting an iPad and occasionally using it in the hands-free mode. In addition to the Somersault, iBackFlip also carries the Somersault Slim, which replaces their original iBackFlip.
- App Name: iBackFlip Somersault
- Price: $89.99