Best rugged cases for iPad Air 5 in 2023

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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Protection plus

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.

Jaclyn Kilani

Jaclyn Kilani is a content writer at iMore. She's a longtime Apple addict with a flair for creating (written works, design, photos; you name it!) on her devices. Jaclyn has also worked in the marketing sector for over 16 years, dabbling in a bit of everything from writing to graphic design and digital marketing. In her heart of hearts, however, she is a born writer and an avid reader who adores everything about the written word. Someday she may even churn out a book or two.

Throughout her career, Jaclyn has also developed something of an addiction to all things Apple. Her professional and personal life is enhanced by an ever-growing collection of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and even AirTags. Luckily, this expensive habit is of great use to her work at iMore, where she writes with authority on Apple products and the accessories that go with them.

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