This thing is a total piece of crap. Within 24 hours of keeping my U2 iPod in the case in my briefbag, the cheap plastic window designed to protect the iPod screen cracked right down the middle.

The two halves of the case are simply stamped pieces of metal. The hinges are folded metal wrapped around a piece of wire. It's very easy to accidentally twist the two halves out of alignment.

There is no protection for the click wheel. It does not work with the iTrip. Obviously it doesn't work with a dock, but the small hole at the bottom for plugging in the firewire/USB cord is too small and the iPod needs to be jiggled within the case to get the cord's plug to line up with the iPod's socket.

This case obviously costs PacRim Technologies less than $5 to produce, so if you think they deserve at least $30 in pure profit on this item, then feel free to send them your money.

Posted by dvandkq on March 18, 2005 at 9:49 PM (PDT) Comment 41

Does the little nub on the back come off? I'll never use a belt clip and I don't like the way it sits when they have that nub.

Posted by Sylance on March 20, 2005 at 4:46 PM (PDT) Comment 42

This case is not worth the money. The idea is nice, but the construction is cheap. The case is barely worth $10, certainly not $35 + $10 shipping. The foam on the inside was not aligned properly and was sticking out of the scroll wheel hole. The case was mis-aligned. It didn't close all the way when my iPod (40gb) was in, even though the foam spacer was out.

I wrote a review on the pacific rim technologies site, expressing my concern and it dissappeared after being up for less than a week. When I tried to return the product, I was never contacted. Finally, after being pesky for 2 months, I was able to get it returned.

Do not buy this product. It is cheap, poorly constructed, and the company does not seem to care. I got a silicone case finally, and it offers more protection than this.

Posted by CollegeKid07 on March 29, 2005 at 9:44 AM (PDT) Comment 43

I picked this up at Macworld last January or so for $20-25 can't remember. I wanted a metal case with padding for snowboarding. I didn't want to flip open a case to access the controls.

This thing survived a whole season of snowboarding. It was in my coat jacket or in my pants pocket. I'm pretty advanced and took some gnarly aerial crashes with it. iPod and the case were safe.

That hole showing the 20GB... I flipped the foam inside so that part would be covered. The padding I think is key.

I had that little flipcase thing from Speck. Total #####. I dropped my old ipod mini case and all, and the mini was hosed. That's why the padding is key.

With summer here, the iPod comes along with me on road bike rides about 3-5x a week. Again, no problems.

I also have the Timbuk3 case and my wife uses one of those rubber socks. Both are good, but the metal one is good for me since I'm so rough with stuff.

Posted by jaystudios on June 3, 2005 at 1:30 PM (PDT) Comment 44

I just wrote a lengthy review on about this. All in all, it's a good case. It offers a good mix between protection and function.

However, I have a big concern about it: It is much too thick for use with a 20 GB iPod. I put a piece of cardboard in addition to the foam pad that's included, and that makes it fit sufficiently. However, now the holes on the top and bottom barely line up. It would also be a lot thinner if there were versions made specifically for different models.

For my (idiosyncratic's) complete review:

Posted by idiosyncratic on June 22, 2005 at 7:02 PM (PDT) Comment 45
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