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
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
Chocolate Leather and Waxed Canvas
Black Leather with Ballistic Nylon
Blue Leather with Ballistic Nylon
Crimson Leather with Ballistic Nylon
Ballistic Nylon
Blue Forza
Green Forza
Red Forza

AirPods Max Shield Case


In leather and non-leather options

-5482 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. 

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


  • 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


  • Waterproof zippers


  • 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.


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

Customer Reviews

Based on 646 reviews
Rob R. (Florida, United States)
Max with the most

Elegant, well thought it, and beautiful.

George S. (North Carolina, United States)
It’s a work of art.

The AirPods Max shield case is beautiful. Extremely well made, easy on the eyes, and has a soft creamy furry center in which it cradles the AirPods. There are flaps in the inside that put the headphones to sleep, conserving the battery. The zippered storage on the outside of the bag is deep, and a small mesh pocket inside is perfect for storing a charging cord.

I am quite impressed with the workmanship on the case. I got the leather/waxed canvas version and am delighted with it.

Duncan D. (Pennsylvania, United States)
Outstanding case for AirPod Max and all my cables

This is an absolutely outstanding case. Not only does it hold my AirPod Max's but it also hold all my cables and plugs. I no longer need to carry an extra bag for cables and such.

Charles P. (Pennsylvania, United States)
Waterfield AirPod Max Case

I normally do not write reviews but in this instance I wanted to take time to write one. The wait time was about a month for the case which was disclosed to me when I purchased. It was was definitely worth the wait the case is high quality and does a great job protecting my AirPod Max. The leather is just as great as what I’ve read about it in previous reviews. I haven’t had any issues so far, but if I do I’m confident they will be there to help.

Jaime M.J. (South Dakota, United States)

Well build!

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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


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


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


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


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


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



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




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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