Update (4/11 9:00am): @jimmiebjr is our winner – thank you to everyone that entered our contest, and for reading!

This is Ground has made another foray into the iPad accessory world, this time updating its Mod case with new styling and inserts. When we last featured the Los Angeles-based manufacturer, it was riding the success of its line of products meant to complement both professional and casual environments.

Since then, This is Ground has expanded and found more ways to bring together form and function into quality America made products. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the newly released Mod 2:


While the initial shape of the leather Mod 2 has stayed the same, This is Ground has added a number of improvements and modifications. Most notably on the outside is a stitched-in area that serves as a home for your iPhone. This is a nice addition, taking space that was previously unused and making it a practical place to keep a device. It’s not a pronounced feature but is certainly appreciated. You’ll also find a leather handle on the side and ‘This is Ground, Los Angeles’ embossed on the back.


The real improvements come on the inside of the Mod 2, as This is Ground has made an effort to rethink the space with maximum storage in mind. Opening the case reveals multiple areas for storing credit or membership cards. There is another sleeve that could hold an iPhone or another device plus two holders for pens, cables or styluses.


The Mod 2 still has the insert system which is available in multiple formats depending on the needs of the user. Our model shipped with the executive insert, which includes two flaps unlike the previous generation which only had one. This insert includes a built-in notebook, multiple zippered and sleeve-style compartments, as well as a band for keeping things in place. My favorite addition is the felt tablet rest that rolls up and snaps over to provide an elevated resting place for an iPad. The primary insert ships with all purchases, with additional add-ons designed for travelers, photographers, and the like.


This is Ground’s Mod 2 is available for pre-order today with the iPad mini model starting at $300 and the larger Air model going for $310. It ships in five different colors, including Toffee, Cognac, Cobalt Blue, Bone and Charcoal.

This week we’ll be giving away a Mod 2 of the winner’s choice. To enter our giveaway, simply follow @9to5Toys on Twitter and retweet our article or Like us on Facebook and share with your friends. We will choose a winner next Saturday.

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