Meet the AirPods Max Shield Case
Central magnet puts AirPods Max in low power mode
NEW! Now in white full-grain leather
Also in waxed canvas
Organize everything you need in the case
Central magnet protects ear cups from bumping to each other
Interior mesh pocket for power plug
Front zipper pocket for accessories
Back mesh pockets for accessories
In case charging
Available in full-grain leather cover in ballistic nylon or waxed canvas
Five full-grain leather colorways
Also in high-performance, premium Forza textile
Four vegan-friendly colorways
NEW White leather with ballistic nylon
Chocolate Leather with Waxed Canvas
Black Leather with Ballistic Nylon
Blue Leather with Ballistic Nylon
Crimson Leather with Ballistic Nylon
Black Ballistic Nylon
Blue Forza
Green Forza
Red Forza

AirPods Max Shield Case


NEW! White leather cover

-90 in stock

Pamper your AirPods Max in the protective Shield Case. Three layers of protection and a softly-lined interior cradle the entire headset and safeguard it from scratches. With in-case charging and a central magnet that puts the AirPods Max in low-power mode, your headphones will be safe and well-protected. 

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


  • Central magnet 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.
  • Soft, 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 678 reviews
James H. (California, United States)
Almost Perfect

The case is great. I”m sure it will provide great protection. I would have given it a 5 if I didn’t feel like there was a little bait and switch going on. In all the video reviews from influencers (even from the company), the interior was what appeared to be a fur lining, and there were leather butterfly magnets and closures. I guess that was too expensive to make, as the lining was replaced with fabric and the leather is now nylon. Not a huge deal since it works fine (and when I looked closely, the website pictures were updated) but I was a little disappointed that the case now uses cheaper material than the case I saw in video that motivated me to purchase (and the price is the same.)

Andrew D. (England, United Kingdom)
Excellent quality as usual

Waterfield make excellent gear

Randall H. (Alabama, United States)
Best AirPods Case

Without a doubt this is hands down the best case to protect and carry the AirPods Max.

wanda F. (Indiana, United States)
Great Case!

I knew when I bought the AirPods Max that I would have to have a decent case for them-that bra thing of Apple’s is just ridiculous. I bought and returned several different cases from Amazon, but the quality of them was deplorable. Finally I just started searching “best AirPods Max case” and every list I found had these Waterfield cases on it. I figured I had nothing to lose but my hard-earned money….

The case was shipped promptly and arrived within a few days of my ordering. I don’t think the white case was available when I first started looking at Waterfield or maybe I overlooked it, but got on the website one day and there was white! I have the silver and white ‘phones so,I thought the white case would be a nice complement.

One thing I liked about the Waterfield was the external zippered storage: when we travel, I like to keep devices together as much as possible. The external slot will easily house my AirPods Pro and extra charging cords.

The leather is soft and supple. The white and black combo is quite attractive. The headphones fit perfectly in the case and there is nothing which could scratch the headphones. The zippers are robust and zip from each end to allow charging cords to stick out while in the case. The case will accommodate the headphones with or without the “bra” and the case puts the headphones into the sleep mode via magnet if the bra is left off.

The small interior slot for a charging brick or cords has a Velcro closure to keep anything from sliding out and scratching the ‘phones. The padding inside this case is excellent: very thick and soft.

This is a very well made case and looks nice as well. I think it will protect my headphones whenever I take them places. Do I wish they were a little less money? Sure. But, this is definitely one of those “you get what you pay for” situations and I got exactly what I wanted.

Scott (Washington, United States)
AirPods Max Case

After reading many reviews for aftermarket cases for my AirPods Max (which arrive from Apple case-less), and having had tremendous experiences with my prior Waterfield purchases, I spent no time making the right decision to go with Waterfield again. This case is perfectly made. Personally, I have no need for the zipper or Velcro pockets, but I’m sure others do. Not a moment of regret, or even second-guessing, with this purchase.

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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.


A central magnet puts the AirPods Max into low-power mode when the two ear cups are placed on either side of it. It also keeps the ear cups from bumping into each other accidentally. 


The magnetic tab lies flat when the Apple Smart Case is on the AirPods Max, and flips up when the Smart Case is off, preserving power while it's 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


Everything you need for your AirPods Max can be organized in the compact AirPods Max Shield Case. The mesh pocket holds the power plug, while the soft, fleece-like interior lining cradles and protects the AirPods Max's stainless steel ear cups and delicate head band. 



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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