The Waterfield Latigo leather-based iPhone holster is a principally improved model of the American firm’s earlier Ranger mannequin, which I tested earlier within the 12 months. Designed for every of the iPhone 13 fashions, it’s additionally suitable with the iPhone 12 lineup.
It’s not one thing I personally want presently of the 12 months, however I’ll worth it in hotter climate, so I put it to the check …
How instances change! I can remember when what I wanted was a contemporary model of the iPhone SE – or what Apple would launch as because the iPhone 12 mini, and subsequently the iPhone 13 mini. When it got here to it, nonetheless, Apple restricted the very best digicam capabilities to the Professional Max fashions, in order that’s what I ended up shopping for each instances.
It did, nonetheless, create a problem when it got here to carrying it.
I knew that spring, at any time when it lastly decides to reach within the UK, was going to throw up one final downside: carrying it with out a jacket. Though it does technically slot in trouser pockets, it undoubtedly feels awkward when sitting down, and carrying it in entrance denims pockets whereas biking feels each uncomfortable and insecure.
My suspicion was that I used to be going to want some type of belt holster in heat climate, once I was wandering round in brief sleeves.
That was certainly the case, and I ended up utilizing Waterfield’s Ranger Cellphone Case Holster.
Feel and look
Personally, it’s uncommon I see a good leather-based I don’t like. Easy, grained, distressed – as long as the standard and workmanship are good, I’m blissful. However distressed leather-based look isn’t to everybody’s style, so Waterfield has opted for a extra mainstream leather-based this time round, even when it technically mildly distressed.
The Waterfield Latigo leather-based iPhone holster is obtainable for the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Professional, and iPhone 13 Professional Max. All price the identical $99, and all can be found in a alternative of three clean leather-based colours: black, darkish brown, and acorn (a darkish tan).
Latigo leather-based is first chrome tanned after which vegetable tanned. It’s infused with oils and waxes, which provides it a medium rigidity in comparison with pure chrome or vegetable tanned leathers, that are softer and more durable respectively.
That compromise works effectively. It’s inflexible sufficient to carry its form and supply actually good safety in your telephone, whereas on the identical time gentle sufficient to really feel nice to the contact.
As at all times with Waterfield merchandise, the stitching is impeccable.
The entrance of the case has embossed branding, which I’d want wasn’t there, however the small “Waterfield – Made in SF” lettering may be very discreet, so it’s no huge deal.
The within is a gentle Ultrasuede, which protects your telephone from scratches when you use it with out a case.
The rear of the holster has a sturdy magnetic belt attachment. As with the earlier mannequin, this makes use of a very sturdy rare-earth magnet, and created no issues in any respect about it coming free, even when biking. The magnetic closure additionally makes it the work of some seconds to place it onto your belt and take away it once more afterwards.
Though designed primarily with a belt in thoughts, the magnet is robust sufficient that it may be used with out, on issues like working shorts and sweatpants.
My iPhone 13 Professional Max matches snugly into the holster inside its Apple Leather-based Case. The match was just a little tight at first, however now slides simply out and in, however with no threat in any respect of it falling out.
The entrance fastener is a mixture of popper and magnet, so couldn’t be simpler to shut, whereas opening requires sufficient effort to be reassuring. I do, nonetheless, want the fastener the corporate used within the Ranger holster, as that was a really clever design.
The holster leaves all of the buttons, the Lightning port, and the audio system uncovered and accessible, whereas nonetheless remaining absolutely protected. This implies you should use wired Lightning headphones.
Pricing and conclusions
Premium leather-based merchandise are by no means low cost. Ask Apple, which prices $59 for a leather-based telephone case or $129 for a telephone sleeve.
The Waterfield Latigo leather-based iPhone holster prices $99 for any dimension, a worth which I feel is comfortably justified by the standard and usefulness of the product.
I stated this holster was principally an improved model of the Ranger, however it does have two drawbacks. First – and that is the tiniest of niggles – I most popular the actually intelligent snap quicker on the unique.
Second, the Ranger has a separate entrance pocket, which is totally good for the MagSafe pockets. This one doesn’t have that pocket, nor room inside. That’s not an enormous deal for me, because the UK has a £100 ($134) restrict for the standard contactless transaction, and plenty of locations particularly assist Apple Pay, which permits funds effectively into three figures or extra (relying in your financial institution). However which may be a difficulty when you commonly depend on bodily cost playing cards. Nevertheless, you possibly can simply match as much as three free playing cards into the holster alongside a cased telephone, although you then must watch out when eradicating the telephone.
Personally, I discover the holster each trendy and helpful, and will certainly be placing it to make use of come hotter climate, as soon as I ditch a jacket in favor of blouse sleeves.
The Waterfield Latigo leather-based iPhone holster is available from the company’s website, priced at $99.
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