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

-241 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 702 reviews
Alexander Y. (New York, United States)
One Heck of a Case!

I finally bought my AirPods Max and needed the best protection for them. So of course I turned to Waterfield since I have two bags from them already. As expected, the quality and craftsmanship did not disappoint - not one bit. I now take my AirPods Max in the case everywhere I go in my backpack.

If you're considering it, think no more. Get it. You won't turn back ever.

Malcolm M. (Queensland, Australia)

The bag is lovely, feels very high quality and keeps my AirPods Max safe in transit! Would highly recommend!

Micah M. (Washington, United States)
Love the look

First experience with your products and I was more than happy. So much that I just ordered the new airporter backpack

Teron (Louisiana, United States)
Beautiful case that works

The quality of the product is good. It's very nice looking and it works.

Homer A. (Texas, United States)
Fantastic Airpods Max Case

I’ve bought a few products from Waterfield in the past, and I have not once been disappointed, so I had a feeling I’d love this case. My concern here was whether to get the blue leather case (which I’d bought before for a different bag and loved) or the blue Forza case. I kept going back and forth, until finally, I decided to try something new and bought the blue Forza case.

I was not disappointed. It’s beautiful, with a little bit of a blue/black shimmer when the light bounces off of it a certain way. And, of course, it’s still got that high-quality construction Waterfield always delivers. Definitely the perfect case for. my blue Airpods Max.

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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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