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This is why scissors are not enabled on planes.

Life Raft by Station Supply Co
Category: Cases
Works With: iPad 2+, iPhone 4+
Price: $45 as tested

Pan Am, a UNITED STATE icon that passed away in 1991, luckily prior to it’s name might be ConCatenAted into PanAm, and not prior to some smart entrepreneur with an eye to the future squirreled away dome of the aircrafts’ old life rafts.

Fast forward to today, when those rafts are being chopped up and made into cases for another American icon: the iPad. For just $20, you can cover the back of your tablet in a strip of– uh, whatever life rafts were made of in the 70s.

I’ve actually been using one on my iPad mini for the recently or more. It’s superb, but I’d to administer some tough love to get it onto shape.

What It Is

The product page shares it best. What we’ve ready is a “rugged and protective skin for your iPad Mini made from a salvaged 1970 ′ s PanAm Life Raft.” I’ve the version with composing on it, as you can see in the images, and it goes pretty well with my dark gray Smart Cover (more on that in a 2nd).

The rubbery, textured material is coated on the inside with an adhesive from 3M, and it’s cut to completely fit around the various holes and ports of the iPad’s body.

Putting It On

I swabbed the back of the iPad generously with liquor– do not fret, no excellent liquor was lost.

This was much easier than I thought. I peeled away the backing paper from on long edge (the electronic camera side) after swabbing the back of the iPad generously with alcohol (the rubbing kind– do not worry, no good liquor was lost). I lined it up with the pear folded back double, then stuck it. Once I was pleased with the positioning and angle I drew on the paper and rubbed my thumb up and down as more sticky backing was exposed. I wound up with a few bubbles but these disappeared soon enough.

The Good

The main trim is really accurate. Unlike mine …

It’s tough and light– simply as you ‘d expect of a safety gadget that needed to be continued a plane.

The case looks excellent, and is both challenging and light– just as you ‘d expect of a security gadget that’d to be carried on an aircraft. It also makes the iPad simpler to grip in the hand, and I don’t bother with putting it down on rough or damper surfaces anymore. After all, if it was good enough to protect cigarette smoking, hat-wearing, rayon-covered guys as they sweated and bobbed on the high seas back in the 1970s, it’s good enough for my little aluminum and glass friend.

The Not-So-Good

Rough edges add to the charm.

It might’ve been my swabbing technique, but the case would’t stay stuck to the edges of the iPad. The adhesive stay with the back like glue (since, uh … it’s glue?) however the sections that wrap around onto the sides held on to removing at the corners. This might also have been improved had I’d the ability to clamp them in place for a while, but my iPad is not actually from use long enough for that.

I think it’s a combo of the above, along with the stiffish, thickish rubber that it’s made of, making it less delighted to bend around tight curves.

So I repaired it. I peeled off the edges back an addressed them with scissors. I initially used an X-Acto knife, however then understood (duh) that I was going to scratch the iPad below.

Cover Up

Which brings me to the Smart Cover. The Lift Raft in fact covers the part of the iPad where the cover snaps on, however that caused no problems at all. The magnets are strong enough to work as regular, even when held a little more away. Still, when I trimmed the case I took a little additional off the spine side so the cover would kick back on bare metal.

The Verdict

Pretty wonderful. Trimming the edges has done nothing but make the case fit much better. If anything, the a little rough edges simply add to the cool impact of this rough old strip of, uh, whatever it is. I plan on leaving it in location till I need to test something else that forces me to eliminate it.

And that couldn’t be so quickly, as the iPad will still fit in some cases even with the rear skin attached.