Various Zumo XT cases

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Various Zumo XT cases

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After 14 years my old Zumo 500 finally gave up the ghost, so I bought a new Zumo XT. Here are my thoughts on various cases that I've tried.
If you want the short version: the winner is this Hama 2.5" hard disk case.

I started with the obvious option, the official Garmin case. It's expensive, but nicely made, hard outer shell with a good layer of soft padding inside, embossed Garmin logo... but it's too big! The Zumo XT rattles around loosely in all 3 directions.
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I then tried the ebay cases mentioned here. I wasn't completely happy with these either. The smaller case I found to be slightly too small. You can zip it up, but the zip is hard against the corners of the Zumo so you don't have good impact protection at the most vulnerable points. The larger case is the only one I tried that will fit the Zumo with a 3D-printed bumper installed (shown with just the bumper in it in the picture). It's maybe 10mm longer than it needs to be to fit the Zumo with bumper, but spot-on for width and thickness.
The other thing I didn't like so much about these cases is they're made of a very rigid material and have no soft padding layer, so impact protection won't be quite as good.
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My winner: a Hama case for 2.5" external hard drives, model number 00095521 https://uk.hama.com/i/00095521/hama-e-v ... -2-5-black. It fits like a glove. This case also has no soft padding layer, but the hard shell material is a bit softer and more compressible, so it feels like it will soak up knocks better.
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I also tried a Hama "Black Bird" soft case for 2.5" hard drives https://uk.hama.com/084127/hama-black-b ... -2-5-black
It fits, but again it's slightly too snug so the padding is squished round the corners. But as a case just to prevent scratches, it works, and when empty it's easier to squash into a pocket than a hard case.
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Re: Various Zumo XT cases

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Hi @AndyL
I have a Garmin Zumo XT with a 3D-printed bumper. Previously I used the "Amazon Basics Hard Black Carrying Case for 5-Inch / 12.7 cm Sat Navs"
But now it's small if I use the bumper. Please could you confirm if the case that you show with the bumper is this one?

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183597492228
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Re: Various Zumo XT cases

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I too thought the Garmin case was a bit sloppy, so I have gone with your recommendation and ordered the Hama E.V.A. HDD Case, 2.5, black.
I await delivery. Thank you for your research.
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Re: Various Zumo XT cases

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This is Amazon Basics
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Re: Various Zumo XT cases

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BrAtKo wrote: 06 Apr 2023 08:12 This is Amazon Basics

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In this case I used before to put the bumper, I think if you don't have a bumper, it's the best option in terms of price/quality.
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Re: Various Zumo XT cases

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soso75 wrote: 05 Apr 2023 17:13 Please could you confirm if the case that you show with the bumper is this one?

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183597492228
Yes that is the exact same ebay listing that I bought the larger of the two ebay cases from.
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Re: Various Zumo XT cases

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AndyL wrote: 06 Apr 2023 11:29
soso75 wrote: 05 Apr 2023 17:13 Please could you confirm if the case that you show with the bumper is this one?

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183597492228
Yes that is the exact same ebay listing that I bought the larger of the two ebay cases from.
Finally I ordered this one:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B098T9Z479? ... ct_details

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and it's perfect if you use the XT with a bumper.