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The Indy Leather Bag Holds Your iPad, iPhone And Much More

The Indy Leather Bag Holds Your iPad, iPhone And Much More

May 29, 2013
Looking for a carry bag that just so happens to be made in the United States? Say hello to The Indy, a leather bag for iPad owners from the folks at San Francisco, Calif.-based WaterField Designs.

The Facts

Company Name: WaterField Designs Product Name: The Indy Price: $179 Size: 10.3-inches x 12-inches x 1-inch / 1 pound Compatibility: Fits one large-sized tablet such as the iPad, plus an iPhone Website: Date Reviewed: May 28, 2013 

The Basics

What Is It?

The Indy is an over-the-shoulder urban bag made of soft, distressed leather. It is available in two colors: Grizzly Brown, and Black. There is a choice of six accent colors including: Black, Copper, Flame, Green, Pearl, and Pine. You can also select from two hardware colors: Nickel, and Matte Black. It includes a pocket lined with soft, scratch-free Ultrasuede on one side that can fit an iPhone or other handset. This pocket also includes a larger compartment too for a small book or folded magazine. On the other side is a zippered pocket, which is ideal for storing a wallet. On the top is a zipper that protects The Indy’s main compartment, which also includes two deep pockets for more organization. The bag also includes an inside hook to attach keys. Take a look:

Integration with iOS devices

The Indy will easily fit a large-sized tablet like the iPad or Nexus 10. During our tests, we attached the iPad to a Smart Case, and then a Smart Cover. In both instances, there was plenty of room, even when a few items were added to the two inside pockets. There is less room, however, when a keyboard case was attached. Used this way it might be wise to avoid using the inside pockets. We found that the smartphone pocket was perfectly suited for an iPhone 4/4S, and iPhone 5.


The Indy comes in one piece with the strap permanently attached.

Use and feel

This bag offers a timeless well-worn look that, like other leather bags, will only look better with age. Plus, the metal hardware is fastened securely.

How Long Will It Last?

You’ll probably be on the 10th-generation iPad before you will have to worry about replacing The Indy.

Scratches, Scuffs, and Dirt

The more scratches and scuffs on the outside, the better, in our opinion. However, you should probably still use leather cleaner on it occasionally, as you would on any leather product.

What’s Hot

  • Durability
  • Multiple pockets
  • Perfect bag solution for those with an iPhone and iPad
  • Made in the United States
  • Multiple options available

What’s Not

  • This isn’t an overnight bag – so don’t expect it to be
  • The price might turn off some would-be buyers
  • Things become crowded when a keyboard case is attached to the tablet

How Does It Stack Up?

If you’re looking for a distressed leather bag to hold your iOS devices, The Indy is a great choice.

Where Can You Get It, And How Much Does It Cost?

The Indy is $179 and available through the SFBags website.

Our Advice

What are you waiting for? Go buy your Indy!

The Indy’s Overall Scores:

Aesthetic Appeal: ★★★★★ Wow Factor: ★★★★☆ Build Quality: ★★★★★ Value: ★★★★☆ Buy Now: You may purchase The Indy at this link. A small Indy Mini is also available for $169. It is intended to carry an iPad mini or Nexus 7. [gallery]

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