Having had iPhones and iPads since their first introduction, I’ve had many carrying cases of varying configurations to protect and transport them. Often these cases, though very good, always required an extra hand to carry around. AT CES 2015, I found a unique and useful alternative to carry my iDevices hands-free.
The TechSling Standard Diamond Ripstop technology holster lets me work hands-free with immediate access to my iPad or iPhone or other accessories. It has tough yet lightweight construction ensuring a comfortable fit, durable wear and quick, easy storage — all right at my fingertips. Reminiscent of the “gangster shoulder concealed gun holster”, this clever harness is designed to carry a balanced load of iDevices (and other extra small goodies).
On its left side the TechSling includes a single 10.7” x 6.5" snap pocket compatible with Apple iPad (all generations) or other tablet of similar size). On its right side is a 3” x 4.5" snap pocket compatible with Apple iPhone (iPhone 3, 4 or 5, but not 6) or similar sized device. This side also includes a 7” x 6.5" zipper pocket for holding two pens (via built-in straps), a wallet, extra battery, cables and other small accessories.
The first time I wore it, the harness required some adjustments to help it fit properly, but that was quick and easy (the broad elastic strap across the back is a nice feature). Wearing it was comfortable at first, until I sat down in a chair with arms or the car (best to remove so it doesn’t interfere with the seatbelt or seat sides). Access to all devices was convenient and an easy reach (not being able to fit my iPhone 6 plus in the phone pocket is a disappointment). It also takes some time to become accustomed to wearing it in public (lots of interesting looks and double-takes from others who wonder what is being carried).
More information is available at techslinger.com/products where the TechSling Standard Diamond Ripstop polyester holster can be purchased for $69.95 (available in Cinnamon, Light Gray <Regular, Neon Orange, or Neon Yellow Interior>, Tan, Blue <Regular, Neon Orange, or Neon Yellow Interior>, Black <Regular, Neon Orange, or Neon Yellow Interior>. The Standard Tablet version is also available in various models including Solo 10” ($$.95), Magnatuff ($69.95), X11 or Sport ($74.95), Plus+ or Sport Plus+ ($84.95), or Side Order 10” (open front $37.95, or vinyl covered ($39.95).
Similar models are also available for the Mini Tablet (7”) for similar pricing. As add-ons, parts of the assembly are also available including only the harness, either left or right side, extension strap or carabiner key chain. The options are plentiful to customize the holster in a variety of fun and useful ways. With practice, this iPad and iPhone holder can be most useful at a reasonable price.