Best rugged cases for iPad Air 5 in 2023
These exceptional cases will protect your new tablet.
The iPad Air 5 is a beautiful device for carrying to work or school because it's lightweight yet still has a terrific, big screen. However, commuting can be rough on an iPad, so active users will want rugged protection to keep it in pristine condition. Therefore, we've compiled this collection of the best-rugged cases for iPad Air 5. Remember that if some of the products on this list are for the fourth-generation iPad Air, they will still fit the newer 5th-generation edition.
Keep that iPad Air safe with these rugged cases
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Rugged keyboard case
Upon review of the Brydge Air MAX+, we found that not only does this workhouse of a case come with a detachable keyboard, but it also provides military-grade drop protection and a built-in trackpad. In addition, the keyboard attaches magnetically, so you only keep it on the iPad when needed.
The Mous iPad Case for the well-reviewed iPad Air 5 is the one that's on my own iPad right now; in my review I described it as super functional, with four different viewing angles, a built-in Apple Pencil holder, and superb protection. Mous isn't playing around, and this case for the iPad Air 5 might just outlive the device itself.
The Otterbox Defender Series has been around for as long as iPads have existed, and it remains a favorite for good reason. The tough front cover panel keeps the iPad ultra-safe while you're not using it, but detaches and doubles as an iPad stand at a moment's notice.
Best of both worlds
ESR brings the best of both worlds with a sleek clear backplate alongside substantial bumpers for protection. The Hybrid Case has a removable front cover that doubles as an iPad stand.
The case that gives back
Now here's an interesting business model. ZUGU offers free iPad repairs for any cracked screens that take place inside The Alpha Case, and they donate 10% of each purchase to charitable causes for children. Add to that the vegan leather casing and the robust protection, and you have quite the winning combination.
The bag case
Although this case from tomtoc is something in between a carry bag and a case, it's a great solution for those who prefer the look and feel of a naked iPad. Keep the device protected while you carry it about, but enjoy the sleek shape of the naked iPad Air when you take it out to use it.
The best-rugged cases for iPad Air 5 offer much more than robust protection. The cases here have a lot of additional benefits, such as a keyboard and viewing stand built into the Brydge Air MAX+. This one is made of high-quality material that will continue to protect every inch of your iPad for years to come, and it has a trackpad to boot.
The ESR Hybrid Case provides a sleek transparent backplate alongside bumpers for protection for shoppers who like to stay within a smaller budget. It even has a built-in iPad stand. The Zugu Alpha Case is another terrific choice, thanks to its impressive vega leather casing. Be sure to check out our list of the best overall cases for the iPad Air 5.
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