Jeremy - Can an iPod that's already in a case (i.e. Vaja, Sena or skin) be able to fit inside the foam insert of the iPak? Based on your review, it sounds like the foam inserts are "expandable" to accomodate several different size ipods.


Posted by redsoxnation on December 31, 2004 at 7:15 AM (PDT) Comment 1

hey, redsoxnation.

i asked for the monster icase (the big one) for travel purpose, and instead i got this double pack. at first i was dissapointed about not getting the monster one, but this is actually pretty nice, however, i do have the speck skin for my 4g 20gig, and it doesnt come close to fitting inside the little space. i think by expandable, they mean you can shove a 40gig in there, being that it is hard and able to mush the rubberish foam outward. there is hope, though, if you like these cases, because you can easily take out the foamy insert things that have the spaces in them. it leaves you with a looser fit, but it will definately fit an ipod wth a skin. in my case, i dont really feel the need to have my skin on all the time, especially when the ipod's in the ipak case, so i just put the skin inside the mesh pocket opposite the ipod along with my earbuds.

hope that helped!

Posted by smocioth on December 31, 2004 at 11:32 AM (PDT) Comment 2

I just got this product.

Not very happy with it because the outside finish seems very easily marred. Also the accesory case does not have a belt loop like the pod case, which means it is good only in glovebox, or other bag, which, IMO defeats it's purpose.

Also, the cable channel does not accomodate L shaped headphone plugs very well.

Due to the fragile finish on the shells, I am taking the product back.

If the had the same back on the accesory case and if the finish did not seem like it would scuff very easily, I would love the product.

Close but no cigar. I think I will get a Cocoon...

Posted by Photojazz on January 3, 2005 at 9:03 AM (PDT) Comment 3

Why would you want the accessories case to have a belt loop? I don't think I'd ever want both the iPak and iPak Accessories case on my belt. I think the point of the extra case is exactly as Photojazz described-to be able to throw it into a glovebox, bag, or something. NOT to carry it around on your belt. I like being able to just put my accessories in another place, and just take my iPod and needed things with me in the iPak. When I need the other stuff, I grab my iPak Accessories case and throw it into my briefcase. No problem.

I have absolutely no concern regarding the outer cases' finish. Seems quite strong and durable to me. When I scratch at it, it seems to be fine, and I don't really see much "damage."

Seriously, I love this idea. Having the two cases is perfect. Take what you need when you need it.

Posted by jadehsn on January 3, 2005 at 2:48 PM (PDT) Comment 4

Can the 4g dock be stored in the ipack accessories case?

Also smocioth. If the ipod dosen't fit in the foamy insert when you have a skin on couldnt you just trim some foam to make the hole bigger? just a suggestion.

Posted by Li'l britton on January 4, 2005 at 6:24 PM (PDT) Comment 5

Just got mine- this is a fantastic design. I feel so invincible with my iPod now. I just throw it into the car or into a backpack or whatever. I don't think of my iPod as fragile anymore.
I don't know what is meant by "fragile finish" mine feels really tough.
Nice to have my iTrip and charger in its own case too.

Posted by shoqman on January 5, 2005 at 2:41 PM (PDT) Comment 6

For travel protection, I prefer the Pelican 1010 micro case, which offers excellent crush protection and is waterproof. It holds my 3G 20Gb in its Apple sleeve. A foam insert is an optional accessory for shock protection. I like its industrio-functional design. Available in clear and solid colors. I have no connection with Pelican.

Posted by duckpod on January 9, 2005 at 10:06 AM (PDT) Comment 7

My girlfriend got this for Christmas. The mesh isn't like a soft jersey mesh in my opinion, or even if it is, the screen marrs way too easily. I'm hoping that the 4G otterbox will provide adequate protection for mine. Pelican cases are awesome, but I couldn't see it being more than travel protection (my 17" powerbook is deadly in one) smile

Posted by John_Sawyer on January 10, 2005 at 9:11 AM (PDT) Comment 8

I got this and I absolutely love it, because I can carry my earphones and it can carry my iskinned ipod with the itrip still attached. But you do have to modify the foam a little bit. I have tried the stm cocoon, its great and all but it doesnt do the above mentioned (however, it will caary a iskinned ipod) and the eastburg's ####### (too big). The iPak is by far the best do it all carry case.

Posted by marley2778 on January 10, 2005 at 10:42 AM (PDT) Comment 9

I recently recieved my iPak set, and I am very, very pleased with it. Their simple and compact design is great, and they will be perfect to protect my iPod and accessories for a week long escapade i am going on soon. They seem very durable and even sort of "stretch to fit" the contents within. I cut the foam insert easily with an ex-acto knife to fit the iPod with the #### xskin flip securely.

Overall, it is a very great product, and IMHO it's worth the price. 4.5/5

Posted by Chonny on February 11, 2005 at 8:33 PM (PDT) Comment 10

For those of you thinking of purchasing this product. At TJMaxx (discount retailer)
they are selling it for $19.99 Half the price!
I noticed this the other day while shopping at their location in Eagan, Minnesota

Posted by Jdog91 on April 28, 2005 at 12:12 AM (PDT) Comment 11

I good way, I've found, to continue to protect the iPod while it is in the iPak is to purchase Trendy Geek's "Pod Shield." They protect my iPod very well while its not in the iPak.

Posted by jadehsn on May 1, 2005 at 7:25 AM (PDT) Comment 12

I got my iPaks a few months ago and must say I'm not happy with them. I was looking more for a travel/storage case that would hold ALL of my accessories while protecting them. iPak, for me, doesn't do it. When I first got them, I didn't have an iTrip or a car charger...but I do now. The iPak accessories kit will hold the iTrip, but my car charger (made by DLO) is too big to put in the kit. My charger also came with two retractable cables (firewire and usb); being retractable, they are bulkier than the standard Apple cables, but are easier to store. Regardless, if I tried to put my retractable cables or charger (no room for both) in the iPak accessories kit, I felt like I was going to either break the case or put stress on my power cube and iTrip. There were even times when my case would warp and bulge from putting my Apple cables in with my power cube. No way I'd put them in the same case as my iPod because I would be too scared of cracking the screen, scratching it, or damaging the click wheel.

So if you only need to store the things that came with your iPod and if you're not planning to buy any accessories, this may do just fine for you. Frankly, I'm giving my iPak set to my dad.

I just got my Gear Pouch and inMotion speaker cases from WaterField designs (links below) and couldn't be happier with them. If you're looking for a case that you can use to keep all of your iPod stuff in one place and keep it safe, I highly recommend them. There are different sized pockets that should easily accomodate an iPod while it is in a case or skin, and the pockets aren't preformed, so you're not locked into putting your dock in one slot and your power cube in another. They look great, feel great, and are well designed. Plus, you can get the WF Gear Pouch for 5 dollars less than the iPak kit! Well...that's my two cents.

WF iPod Gear Pouch:
WF iPod speaker case (fits 8 different models)

Posted by iErin on June 15, 2005 at 12:51 PM (PDT) Comment 13

I recently got this product and I love it. I am able to put my 60g iPod Photo with a SkinTight iPod skin in the pack with no problem (and I did not have to modify the foam insert at all). I like having two packs so that I do not have to carry around all of the accessories with me all the time. Also, I do not think the accessories pack needs a belt loop. I would never want to carry around both packs on my belt!

I also do not have a problem with the finish. I toss the cases in my backpack every day and they are not scratched up at all. The finish seems very durable to me.

If you have a lot of accessories, I can see that the size of the accessories pack may be an issue, however, the foam insert is removable if you want to make some more room.

Overall, I highly recommend this product.

Posted by kwalker on July 15, 2005 at 10:46 AM (PDT) Comment 14

FWIW: got this at the local Marshall's (Middletown, CT) for $19 the other day, it seems to work fine, like having a separate container for the charger-

Posted by halse on August 22, 2005 at 11:46 AM (PDT) Comment 15
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