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Protect your AirPods Max while in other bags
Keeps AirPods Max in low power mode when in the protective case
Also in ballistic nylon with full grain leather
Compact, lightweight, and sleek
Magnetic Leather Butterfly flips up for low power mode
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Plush, protective interior
Works with Smart Case
Pocket for power brick. Seals shut with leather tab.
In-case charging
Full grain leather front pocket
Back mesh pocket holds more accessories
Also in leather with ballistic nylon
Beautiful full grain leather front panel
Colorful non-leather versions (vegan friendly)
High-performance, premium Forza textile match headset colors
Vegan-friendly construction
Magnetic Non-Leather Butterfly
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Chocolate Leather and Waxed Canvas
Black Leather with Ballistic Nylon
Blue Leather with Ballistic Nylon
Crimson Leather with Ballistic Nylon
Black Ballistic (vegan friendly)
Blue Forza (vegan friendly)
Green Forza (vegan friendly)
Red Forza (vegan friendly)

AirPods Max Shield Case

 

In leather and non-leather options


-4501 in stock

Pamper your AirPods Max in the protective Shield Case. Three layers of protection and an ultra-plush interior cradle the entire headset and safeguard it from scratches. With in-case charging and a Magnetic Butterfly that puts the AirPods Max in low-power mode, your headphones will be well cared for in their new home. 

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All our products are crafted locally in our workshop by the most skilled sewing team in San Francisco.


Material:

  • 1050 denier black ballistic nylon or rugged waxed canvas
  • Water-resistant, cross-woven Forza fabric
  • Four full-grain leather panel colors
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One size:
    9.50” (l) (at widest point) x 2.25 ” (w) x 9” (h)
    24 cm (l) (at widest point) x 6 cm (w) x 23 cm (h)

  • Weight:
    Ballistic: 11 oz; 317 gm
    Canvas: 14 oz; 408 gm
    Forza: 11 oz; 317 gm

Hardware:

  • Waterproof zippers

FEATURES: 

  • Magnetic Leather or Nylon (vegan friendly) Butterfly separates headphones and puts AirPods Max into low power mode.
  • Top and bottom layers of closed-cell foam protect AirPods Max and resist compression.
  • Smooth-gliding waterproof zippers help protect against the elements.
  • Ultra-plush lining backed with additional soft foam prevents scratches.
  • Zip-around closure with dual zipper sliders allows for in-case charging.
  • Top nylon loop makes it easy to grab, or to hook a carabiner.
  • Interior pocket holds a power block.
  • Exterior stretch mesh back pocket for accessories.
  • Front full-grain leather or panel contains an easy-access pocket with a bit of depth for storing bulkier items.
  • Optional attachments for carrying the AirPods Max Shield Case with a carabiner or wrist loop.
  • Can insert into other bags, like our WaterField backpacks, briefcases, messengers and holdall bags.

SHIPPING: 

  • Domestic: Flat rate 2-day shipping. Details.
  • International: 2-3 business day delivery. Country duty/tax calculated at Checkout. Details.
     

Customer Reviews

Based on 565 reviews
93%
(528)
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Harald G. (Bavaria, Germany)
For German customers: Erfahrungen aus Deutschland

Hallo, der Versand nach Deutschland klappt schnell und zuverlässig. Das Case ist außen super robust und innen perfekt von der Form und bzgl. des Innenmaterials. Es gibt zusätzlichen Stauraum. Die Haptik ist toll und die Benutzung macht jedes Mal Spaß. Trotz des Preises absolut empfehlenswert!

j
jodee m. (New Jersey, United States)
Love love love

I got this headphone case for my husband’s birthday and he’s so thankful for it. It eve holds up against our toddler!

T
Todd W. (California, United States)
What Apple should’ve included with the AirPods Max

Without question the best AirPods Max case on the market. Tremendous build quality and well thought out. To no one’s surprise Apple makes you purchase a necessity for their products and the AirPods Max are no different. Imagine designing and creating a cover that only puts the headphones in sleep mode - but has absolutely no protective qualities. Shame on Apple. Congratulations to Waterfield - this is a must have case.

A
Alex N. (California, United States)
Good but not perfect, too much material

Very good build quality, solid materials and very protective. Yet some of the design decisions are puzzling. There is no escaping the fact that the case is huge. The lid of the case has what is amounts to double padding and a fairly useless slash pocket. This case could have been 30% thinner and just as protective. A more minimalist and compact case would have gone a long way towards leaving some space in my backpack. Right now the case takes almost all the available room. I hope the next iteration is more compact.

C
Corey F. (Florida, United States)
Great bag

Materials are nice quality. Headphones fit securely. Will likely outlast the AirPods max themselves to put it bluntly.

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Your AirPods Max deserve a case that’s not butt ugly; enter the AirPods Max Shield

Apple World Today - March 25, 2021

“rugged, durable and protective; lots of pockets for stashing accessories”

Rating: 10

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WaterField AirPods Max Shield Case review: The case that Apple should have included

Macworld - January 15, 2021

“It's a shame this product is even necessary, but you couldn't ask for a more thoughtfully designed and expertly made AirPods Max case.”

Macworld Editor's Choice


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Review: WaterField Shield Case offers complete protection and puts your AirPods Max to sleep

AppleInsider - January 6, 2021

“For those looking to fully protect their AirPods Max and make sure they enter ultra-low power mode, this Shield Case is an excellent option.”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


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Waterfield Designs' AirPods Max Shield Case review: The case that Apple should've made

iMore - January 6, 2021

“This is the case that Apple should have shipped with the AirPods Max.”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


SIZE GUIDE

The compact AirPods Max Shield Case is custom-fit to protect and carry your AirPods Max with or without the Apple Smart Case.


MAGNETIC LEATHER BUTTERFLY

The innovative Magnetic Leather Butterfly puts the AirPods Max into low-power mode while in the case and it acts as a buffer between the ear cups.

 

The butterfly tabs lie flat when the Apple Smart Case is on, and they flip up when the Smart Case is off, like butterfly wings. Either way, your AirPods Max will preserve power while in the case. 

"After receiving my headphones, I realize the case should do two things: protect the metal earcups from smacking/rubbing together, and have some way of putting them in ultra low power mode.” - T.B., Arizona

A LUXURIOUS COCOON

The interior lining is soft as cashmere. The metal stainless steel stay snug and protected inside the custom-fitted Shield Case.

 

“Interior should be soft, velour-like fabric in a complementary color to the outside.” - Terry D., California

 

THANKS TO OUR COMMUNITY 

We received 1200+ responses from customers who shared their requirements for the ideal case. Many had these themes:

 

“It's very important that the case lets the headphones go into the ultra-low-power state (since there is no power-off button).” - #1023

 

“Should accommodate the Smart Case so the power-down feature still works.” - #708

 

“Make it compact and slim-fitting but protecting the whole headphones.” - #11 


“Compact, professional looking (no lingerie or purse please…), classy design. Color variety is essential, but nothing flashy." - #610


“Colorful, contemporary looking, hidden features.” - #1032

 

“I'd love it to be reasonably sleek.” - #1111

 

“High quality materials and a smooth zipper desired.” - #90

 

“Please make this. I will buy it instantly.” - #26


 

COLORS TO MATCH YOUR AIRPODS MAX

We use the high-performance Forza textile to create a colorful case to complement the AirPods Max headset. The Forza fabric is made by weaving together two yarn-dyed nylon threads in a unique basketweave creating a vibrant pattern with undertones. It has a very classy look with a bit of texture. 

 

“I'd personally like to see colour options to match the AirPods themselves, as I think they are already fairly muted colours and professional enough.” - #1394

 

"Color options mirroring the AirPods Max's colors would be nice. - #1007

 

"Professional, colorful, and customizable (different materials, colors, trims) - #719

 

NON-LEATHER OPTIONS

By using premium textiles, we created non-leather options for a vegan-friendly alternative. Using durable ballistic nylon and sturdy Forza textile, these cases come in one color to complement the AirPods Max. 

 

“Compact with room for auxiliary and charge cables and a normal AirPods case. Vegan materials with a wax type finish.” - #834

 

“Simple/elegant. Protective. No leather (vegan).” - #323

 

“I know you specialize in leather, but could you offer a vegan option?” - #51

 

 

CARING FOR YOUR SHIELD CASE

If you have the waxed canvas and chocolate leather AirPods Max Shield Case, Gary shows how you can maintain these materials so they'll look great over time. 

 

For the chocolate leather panel, we use full grain Roughman leather which has oils that respond well to heat. 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 565 reviews
93%
(528)
4%
(22)
2%
(10)
0%
(2)
1%
(3)
H
Harald G. (Bavaria, Germany)
For German customers: Erfahrungen aus Deutschland

Hallo, der Versand nach Deutschland klappt schnell und zuverlässig. Das Case ist außen super robust und innen perfekt von der Form und bzgl. des Innenmaterials. Es gibt zusätzlichen Stauraum. Die Haptik ist toll und die Benutzung macht jedes Mal Spaß. Trotz des Preises absolut empfehlenswert!

j
jodee m. (New Jersey, United States)
Love love love

I got this headphone case for my husband’s birthday and he’s so thankful for it. It eve holds up against our toddler!

T
Todd W. (California, United States)
What Apple should’ve included with the AirPods Max

Without question the best AirPods Max case on the market. Tremendous build quality and well thought out. To no one’s surprise Apple makes you purchase a necessity for their products and the AirPods Max are no different. Imagine designing and creating a cover that only puts the headphones in sleep mode - but has absolutely no protective qualities. Shame on Apple. Congratulations to Waterfield - this is a must have case.

A
Alex N. (California, United States)
Good but not perfect, too much material

Very good build quality, solid materials and very protective. Yet some of the design decisions are puzzling. There is no escaping the fact that the case is huge. The lid of the case has what is amounts to double padding and a fairly useless slash pocket. This case could have been 30% thinner and just as protective. A more minimalist and compact case would have gone a long way towards leaving some space in my backpack. Right now the case takes almost all the available room. I hope the next iteration is more compact.

C
Corey F. (Florida, United States)
Great bag

Materials are nice quality. Headphones fit securely. Will likely outlast the AirPods max themselves to put it bluntly.