Nomad Leather Loop Review: Holds your AirTag close with minimal frills

Posted:
in General Discussion
As AirTag has finally made its way into the world, new accessories are coming to market for Apple's device tracker. We tested Nomad's now-shipping Leather Loop to see how it performed.

Nomad's Leather Loop with AirPods on Nomad's new leather wallet
Nomad's Leather Loop with AirPods on Nomad's new leather wallet


On its own, AirTag has no way to attach to anything. It can't go on your keychain, it can't go on a zipper, it can't clip to your camera. It's merely a disc.

Apple has its own first-party accessories, but third-parties offer a much larger variety to choose from. Enter Nomad.

What is Nomad's Leather Loop?

Nomad's Leather Loop is a very simple device. Ludicrously simple. Just a thin strip of leather wrapped around a key ring with adhesive on either side to stick to your AirTag.

Leather Loop next to our morning coffee
Leather Loop next to our morning coffee


When attached, you can then connect AirTag to the outside of a bag, a piece of gear, or most commonly -- your keys.

Each one is made from quality Horween leather coupled with genuine 3M adhesive and a stainless steel key ring.

Testing Nomad's Leather Loop

Installation wasn't an issue, though you do have to be precise. You just remove the adhesive backing and stick it to the front and back of your AirTag.

Adhering the Nomad Leather Loop
Adhering Nomad's Leather Loop


We started by applying the back first, the silver side. The leather is cut exactly the same diameter as the metal so if you're off slightly, you will notice. On the face of the AirTag (the white side), it is a bit easier because there is no exact position and applying the back first helps the front line up properly.

Once installed, one concern we've seen customers express was the inability to swap the battery. Fortunately, Nomad took this into consideration when designing the Leather Loop. There is just enough slack in the ring to allow you to twist and remove the back without having to remove the Leather Loop.

Nomad's Leather Loop does just what we expected it to -- no more, no less. It works fine, the adhesive has not started to peel away, and we have been liking how good it looks.

If you happen to have picked up an AirTag with a personalized front, this will cover those characters. Not a big deal for us.

Compared to Apple's Leather key ring

The most apt comparison is to Apple's own Leather Key Ring. Apple offers a leather keychain holder for AirTag in three colors: Baltic Blue, Saddle Brown, and (PRODUCT)Red. Nomad's come in more rustic hues: brown, black, and natural.

Apple's Leather Keychain
Apple's Leather Keyring in Saddle Brown


Nomad's leather feels less processed than Apple's. Some people have called Apple's leather fake-feeling but it just seems to be coated in a sealant to help it age. If you've used any of Nomad's growing leather line -- wallets, cases, chargers -- you will be familiar in the feel and patina the Nomad Leather Loop will earn.

When we tested Apple's Key Ring for AirTag one of our biggest complaints was that the ring was too thick. It made it hard to fit small keys or bags that we'd try to connect to our AirTag. Nomad's is smaller which means it will fit more mounting locations.

The biggest difference between the two is that Apple's Key Ring is removable from the AirTag, whereas Nomad's is not. This removes the possibility of swapping cases or covers over time. This can be considered a downside, but there are also few reasons you'd want to remove the cover in the first place. Other than maybe changing what you are using the AirTag to track.

Holding the Nomad Leather Loop
Holding the Nomad Leather Loop


Nomad undercuts Apple by $10 on price, though we'd say Nomad could go even further. Not only is Nomad a third-party which should already carry a lower price tag but it is also simpler. There is no stitching, no snap, and there's less leather than Apple's version.

To us, a $20 price tag would be more applicable and further separate it from Apple's solution.

Should you buy Nomad's Leather Loop for AirTag?

Here's the thing. We like these. We do. They are cheaper than Apple's $35 cover and offer the same basic functionality. If we're being picky, we don't love that they are adhesives but it does make the product smaller.

If the fact they're non-removable doesn't bother you, then by all means, invest in one or two of these. Nomad has quickly become the purveyor of some of our favorite AirTag accessory designs, even if this is the only one yet to ship.

Colors of the Nomad Leather Loop
Colors of the Nomad Leather Loop


The more robust AirTag Keychain entirely covers the AirTag, the dog collar can be customized and offers more protection of the tracker, and the AirTag Card is the best way we've seen to fit one in your wallet.

Quality here is top-notch, the packaging looks great, and there are more colors than what Apple offers. If you're still debating on what keyring to nab, you can't go wrong with Nomad.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Where to buy

Order your Nomad Leather Loop for AirTag from Nomad's website for $24.95.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,452member
    You attach it using tape? Nope and it looks cheap. I’m happy with Apple’s leather keyring.
    twokatmew
  • Reply 2 of 12
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,565member
    The Belkin $12 cheapie is the one for me. 

    Gonna get the Moment fabric mounts too.
    Japheytwokatmew
  • Reply 3 of 12
    Seems like a nice line of leather products and accessories, looking forward to your reviewing the Leather Keychain when it ships.
  • Reply 4 of 12
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 466member, editor
    lkrupp said:
    You attach it using tape? Nope and it looks cheap. I’m happy with Apple’s leather keyring.
    I’d say “simple,” not “cheap.”

    It is still using very high-end Horween leather. The quality of the leather is unmatched and it looks great with a patina. Apple’s just feels a bit more plastic-y due to the finish on the outside. Nomad just took a strip of leather and sewed it around a keyring. That isn’t bad by any means, it is just simple. They didn’t skimp on the quality, just a different form factor.
    williamlondonpscooter63
  • Reply 5 of 12
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 828member
    The Belkin $12 cheapie is the one for me. 

    Gonna get the Moment fabric mounts too.
    Agreed, but not just because of the price, although that is a nice bonus. I prefer the Belkin style because they hang parallel to my keys versus the Nomad and Apple ones that hang perpendicular and create a bigger footprint. With my Belkin, I sometimes forget the AirTag is even there. 
    williamlondon
  • Reply 6 of 12
    fred1fred1 Posts: 828member
    How do you change the battery after a year?
  • Reply 7 of 12
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,717member
    fred1 said:
    How do you change the battery after a year?
    The article covers that.
  • Reply 8 of 12
    fred1fred1 Posts: 828member
    crowley said:
    fred1 said:
    How do you change the battery after a year?
    The article covers that.
    Oops. You’re right. Thanks

     Once installed, one concern we've seen customers express was the inability to swap the battery. Fortunately, Nomad took this into consideration when designing the Leather Loop. There is just enough slack in the ring to allow you to twist and remove the back without having to remove the Leather Loop.”
  • Reply 9 of 12
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 466member, editor
    lkrupp said:
    You attach it using tape? Nope and it looks cheap. I’m happy with Apple’s leather keyring.
    Was thinking about this more. I think I’d like it most to rugged vs style? Apple is in the world of Hermes where the is pristine and polished and fashionable. Nomad’s is more rugged and stripped down. Like a quality bag from WaterField Design that has leather strips on its bags. No less expensive, but a different look. The adhesive doesn’t bother me because it keeps it so minimalistic and reduces bulk. 
  • Reply 10 of 12
    twokatmewtwokatmew Posts: 30unconfirmed, member
    The Belkin $12 cheapie is the one for me. 

    Gonna get the Moment fabric mounts too.
    Yes! Belkin’s locking AirTag holder is my fave. Adhesive? Nope! 
  • Reply 11 of 12
    Another benefit of this version: it is much more stealth. This is for those who don’t want an Apple showing all over their gear and prefer accessories that don’t make their sleek gear bigger and obvious. And the leather is nicer. Drop it to $22 and you have a real winner.  
  • Reply 12 of 12
    Hunter13Hunter13 Posts: 14member
    lkrupp said:
    You attach it using tape? Nope and it looks cheap. I’m happy with Apple’s leather keyring.
    Was thinking about this more. I think I’d like it most to rugged vs style? Apple is in the world of Hermes where the is pristine and polished and fashionable. Nomad’s is more rugged and stripped down. Like a quality bag from WaterField Design that has leather strips on its bags. No less expensive, but a different look. The adhesive doesn’t bother me because it keeps it so minimalistic and reduces bulk. 
    I just can’t get behind using 3M adhesive to hold most things, let alone a tracking device. I love Nomad products, but between this and their 3D printed AirTag card insert, I’m wondering who actually approved these designs. 
Sign In or Register to comment.