Top 5 Rugged Cases for iPad

Those of you who spend time outdoors and who like to get your hands dirty know that dirt, dust, water, and potential drops don’t mix well with electronic devices.

Camping, sports, gardening, and outdoor jobs are all dangerous for your iPad, but with the right case, you won’t need to leave your beloved tablet behind. We’ve hunted down five ultra durable cases which will keep your iPad 2 or new iPad protected in any situation, so if you’re looking for a safe solution for your tablet, make sure to check out our list after the break.

Otterbox Defender ($89.95) – The Otterbox Defender is the gold standard in iPad protection. It’s made from several layers, beginning with a high-impact polycarbonate inner shell with a built-in foam interior for shock absorption, and ending with a rugged silicone outer layer that will absorb bumps. A built-in screen protector prevents scratches, smudges, and dust from damaging your screen, and an integrated shield stand acts as a protective cover and doubles as a stand for typing and viewing. It’s great for both people on the go and people with kids.


G-Form Extreme Portfolio ($89.99) – This case uses Reactive Protection Technology and a combination of proprietary materials and technology to protect your iPad from impact. It’s both lightweight and water resistant, so in this case, your iPad can go almost anywhere. An internal layer of polycarbonate holds documents, and the front cover can be used as a stand in both landscape and portrait modes. The G-Form has been tested extensively, as seen in videos on the site, and it comes in a stylish yellow or black finish.


Pelican i1075 Hardback Case ($76.46) – Pelican is known for making ultra secure, ultra protective cases for a range of electronic devices, and its i1075 case is no exception. If you work in a harsh environment, such as construction, or if you often take your iPad into inhospitable conditions, this may be the case for you. It’s made of heavy duty plastic with a shock absorbing molded liner to keep your iPad safe at all times. Its purge valve prevents water and other contaminants from seeping in, so this case is watertight, airtight, dust proof, chemical resistant, and corrosion resistant.


Griffin Survivor ($79.99) – The military-grade Griffin Survivor, which comes in a wide range of colors, has been certified to meet or exceed the U.S. Department of Defense Standard 810F. This case will protect your iPad from extreme conditions, including dirt, sand, rain, shock, and vibration. It is constructed from a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame surrounded by a shock absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector keeps your screen safe but leaves it usable, and there are plugs for sealing the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, and more. This is a fantastic case for any outdoor use.


Overboard Waterproof Protective Case ($44) – This highly rated case is perfect for those of you who enjoy watersports or those of you who simply want to take your iPad into the bath. It’s 100% waterproof and if it is dropped in the water, it floats. It’s guaranteed submersible up to 5.8 meters, and the transparent front allows you full use of the touch screen. This case keeps out water, but it also protects the iPad from dust, sand, and dirt, making it a great beach companion. This case isn’t drop proof, but it will keep your iPad safe from the elements.

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  • Tablet Cases

    probably gumdrop cases should also be on this list instead of the overboard sandwich bag. that case would not really protect your ipad well when you drop it. its more for waterproofing than anything…

    • lorygil

      If you drop your iPad into the water, the Overboard protects more than Gumdrop Cases. :)

  • Andrew Nielsen

    which ones can you leave it on the charger and in the case, but?

  • Ryan Chavis

    Your missing the iBackFlip. It is designed with the job site in mind and built for the construction industry!

  • Olav

    Don’t forget about Lifeproof cases.