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BiscottiGelato
Aug 29, 2011, 09:48 PM
As titled. I know there is this one
http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/neoprene-sleeve-cl57802

Any better ones?



halledise
Aug 29, 2011, 10:03 PM
As titled. I know there is this one
http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/neoprene-sleeve-cl57802

Any better ones?

these are better:

http://bit.ly/n9zYaP

or these:

http://bit.ly/ngKS1L

FieldingMellish
Aug 29, 2011, 10:05 PM
InCase are nice bags.

onthecouchagain
Aug 29, 2011, 10:31 PM
For those looking for sleeves that have that "lip" (for example the Incase sleeve the OP linked to), just be warned that in my personal opinion, the lip makes it quite cumbersome to put in and take out the Air. I imagine this is even more true when the sleeve is a really tight fit. I returned this Speck sleeve (http://www.speckproducts.com/pixelsleeve-macbook-air-sleeve-13-black.html) because the lip required stretching it a bit to get the Air in/out. This also made me concerned that the lip would get loose (it was already beginning to seem that way after a few uses).

Instead got the BoxWave Elite leather sleeve:

shoebobs
Aug 29, 2011, 10:38 PM
I recently got one of these - http://mintcases.com/

It has a felt interior for protection from scratches and my MBA is snug in it; it doesn't slide out on it's own.

I really like it. It seems to be very high quality and has a nice design.

No-Me
Aug 30, 2011, 01:46 PM
I've got a joli originals (http://jolioriginals.com) for my 11" certainly a really slim sleeve :-)
There is a topic about these sleeves somewhere on this forum!

mrjcarter
Aug 30, 2011, 04:05 PM
I recently got one of these - http://mintcases.com/

It has a felt interior for protection from scratches and my MBA is snug in it; it doesn't slide out on it's own.

I really like it. It seems to be very high quality and has a nice design.

Mind posting pics?

jmaker
Aug 30, 2011, 04:37 PM
I ordered a Radtech sleeve. Looks pretty slim.

http://www.radtech.us/Products/SleevzNotebooks.aspx

optmi
Aug 31, 2011, 12:45 PM
My fave case: Untype Merino Wool Felt with Leather Strap (http://www.untype.com).

Its the slimmest sleeve I could find without adding weight and still giving enough protection against other things in my messenger bag.

Pipper99
Aug 31, 2011, 01:20 PM
Acme Made 13" Skinny Sleeve

http://store.apple.com/us/product/H4737VC/A/Acme-Made-13-Skinny-Sleeve-for-MacBook-Air?fnode=MTY1NDA2Ng&mco=MjE5MjgxNzM&s=topSellers

glen e
Aug 31, 2011, 01:22 PM
you don't get more slim than a suede sleeve by sfbags.com

B737
Aug 31, 2011, 01:41 PM
Acme Made 13" Skinny Sleeve

http://store.apple.com/us/product/H4737VC/A/Acme-Made-13-Skinny-Sleeve-for-MacBook-Air?fnode=MTY1NDA2Ng&mco=MjE5MjgxNzM&s=topSellers

+1
after reading all the reviews on this sleeve i picked one up in the apple store two days ago, its really nice. minimalist, very thin, no zipper. def glad i got it for when i walk somewhere with the air or need to drop it into my carry on bag.

Pipper99
Aug 31, 2011, 02:48 PM
+1
after reading all the reviews on this sleeve i picked one up in the apple store two days ago, its really nice. minimalist, very thin, no zipper. def glad i got it for when i walk somewhere with the air or need to drop it into my carry on bag.

When I saw the Acme Made sleeve at the Apple Store, I wasn't impressed. After I read the good reviews, I decided to give it a shot, and I really like it for all of the reasons that you state, especially the "no zipper" part. I always seem to rake the MBA against the zipper when I've tried other sleeves: the MBA was never scratched by a zipper, but it bothers me.

B737
Aug 31, 2011, 03:06 PM
forums are so frustrating, so much good info here...
i was just posting about the sleeve i bought two effin days ago, as im leaving the forums i see a thread a few threads down that has this...

it looks even thinner than the ACME sleeve, just a felt lining. its a bit over priced, at $60 to your door but it looks to be about half the thickness of the ACME sleeve, which is minimal to begin with...

i just ordered one... http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/images/smilies/banghead.gif

http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=13275000&postcount=34

I keep saying I'm going to review my felt sleeve but I never seem to have time...stuck between catching up on Mad Men episodes on netflix, work and bar outings....so here goes:

I have the Charcoal Merino Wool Felt Case with Leather Strap from Untype.com (http://www.untype.com) and its the one that I recommend to people with MBA's or iPads. When I'm travelling for work, I get asked all the time about it. If you want the cheaper version, there's one without a leather strap. Both look very stylish but I think the leather goes well.

The protection is pretty good in that the felt has protected my MBA while in my messenger bag with all my other crap in there (pens, iphone etc). I swing around that bag quite a bit and its taken serious punishment in the plane overhead bins when I fly.

As for the :apple: aesthetic, it goes perfectly with the MBA and keeps the weight off the whole package when you travel. I HATE travelling heavy and that's why I jumped on the MBA, so I needed something that was going to protect but not weight a lot.

The cool thing is that it's hand-made. I would go with either the White, grey or charcoal versions if you do get one. I prefer charcoal but that's just me.

They still have that promotion going on their website which brings the cost down significantly. The code is: "Summer11". Here's the promo code link (http://goodsie.com/store/untype/promo/summer11).

Here's a pic of the one I got from their website:

Image (http://dxkdul4cprxwx.cloudfront.net/e9c9caa6c6994d02b9b8cd4b57535b91_820x820.jpg)

Image (http://dxkdul4cprxwx.cloudfront.net/f44a9407bbd7499a99531e69982ca773_820x820.jpg)

shoebobs
Aug 31, 2011, 06:18 PM
Mind posting pics?

Here are a couple pics. As you can tell it's just a simple leather case, but it is very high quality. It won't protect from falls or anything, but it's perfect for providing scratch protection if you have your MBA in a bag. It's a snug fit and I really like the felt lining.

Adidas Addict
Aug 31, 2011, 06:23 PM
Here are a couple pics. As you can tell it's just a simple leather case, but it is very high quality. It won't protect from falls or anything, but it's perfect for providing scratch protection if you have your MBA in a bag. It's a snug fit and I really like the felt lining.

Beautiful that mate, you can't beat real leather. Hate the manufactured or corrected grain garbage.

morgs
Aug 31, 2011, 08:37 PM
Here are a couple pics. As you can tell it's just a simple leather case, but it is very high quality. It won't protect from falls or anything, but it's perfect for providing scratch protection if you have your MBA in a bag. It's a snug fit and I really like the felt lining.

That, my friend, is an awesome case. I can't quite tell whether the case you got is brown or burgundy. Care to share?

shoebobs
Aug 31, 2011, 09:26 PM
That, my friend, is an awesome case. I can't quite tell whether the case you got is brown or burgundy. Care to share?

I got the "Dark Brown." It looks a bit darker on their website (at least with my MBA screen), compared to in person. Also, the case has a nice soft, natural leather feel to it rather than the shiny/plastic like leather you find on couches.

http://mintcases.com/products-page/macbook-air-11/macbook-air-11-leather-sleeve-dark-brown/

On the guy's Etsy profile, he states the following: "I make leather sleeves designed specifically for MacBook's, iPad's, and iPhone's. All sleeves are handmade from top grain cowhide leather."

It ships from Utah, and I would much rather give my money to a small, handmade manufacturer. I've had it for a few weeks now and another nice thing is it makes a good pad to set your MBA on when it's just on your desk.

morgs
Aug 31, 2011, 09:34 PM
I got the "Dark Brown." It looks darker on their website (at least with my MBA screen), compared to in person. Also, the case has a nice soft, natural leather feel to it rather than the shiny/plastic like leather you find on couches.

http://mintcases.com/products-page/macbook-air-11/macbook-air-11-leather-sleeve-dark-brown/

On the guy's Etsy profile, he states the following: "I make leather sleeves designed specifically for MacBook's, iPad's, and iPhone's. All sleeves are handmade from top grain cowhide leather."

It ships from Utah, and I would much rather give my money to a small, handmade manufacturer. I've had it for a few weeks now and another nice thing is it makes a good pad to set your MBA on when it's just on your desk.

Thanks for that! I'd much rather support a small business as well, if at all possible. Which is exactly why I just ordered one!

I did email mintcases to find out what colour your sleeve was, pointing them to this thread. Super fast response too... as in I emailed at 9:40 and got a response at 9:41.

I can't wait to receive the case and will be sure to post pics too.

BiscottiGelato
Sep 1, 2011, 09:26 PM
I am looking for one that protects from all sides, and have no zipper. In this case so far it's still Incase and Speck that fits the bill. Incase still looks the best by far I think... Just hard to find and lack of colors to choose from.

sexytabitha
Sep 2, 2011, 05:29 PM
just pre ordered this in black for my sons 11" should have wed of next week looks thin and lightweight. Im waiting on the red for my 13" that will be available mid month

Adgeman
Sep 2, 2011, 07:06 PM
you don't get more slim than a suede sleeve by sfbags.com

Agree completely. I bought one of these and it's great. I wasn't after something with massive protection; I just wanted something to cover the Mac while it was in my bag so this works perfectly.