Best slipcover for MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Khurram, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. Khurram macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    I'm looking very thin padded/protective slipcover for the MBA..
    i've seen a few cheap ones on the bay but would anyone recommend any in particular..
    I would like it to fit as tight as possible and be minimal in bulkiness as well..
    Just something I can throw my MBA in and then put the mba in my messenger bag for school
    Any ideas?
  2. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    Something neoprene, slightly stretchy or whatnot with a zipper and really no handles is perfect. Don't know if any MB cases would work well or if they are too bulky and if thinner cases will start showing up soon.
  3. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
  4. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
  5. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    I ordered my sleeve from

    Expensive but from what I read online everywhere they are very good quality. I already received it (but sadly don't have the Air yet) and it does seem pretty well made.
  6. TV Cameraman macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I just did my first airplane trip with my MBA (to the Super Bowl no less!) and I had a great time just keeping it in a $1.29 padded, legal-size manila envelope that I bought at Target. Seriously. It works like a charm. They are cheap and disposable. And, they do not draw attention to themselves.
  7. Catch macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2004
    London, UK
    When I first read that idea I was like 'why the heck?!', but the more I think about it the more I like it. It weighs hardly anything, is as thin as it gets, and if Apple could pull their adds off TV asap people would never think you had a laptop in there!


  8. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
  9. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005

    That's a fantastic idea, except after a while people will wonder why are still carrying around the same envelope.
  10. EDdoc macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2008
    Same here. Well built and designed. Very supportive staff. Was here by mail overnight. Extremely well built. Maybe a little bit too thick with both the nylon and neoprene, so not too good in a briefcase for which a thin neoprene is better, but very protected in backpacks and other exposed environments.
  11. maccloud macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    if you´re into the manila solution, go for this one :

    soo lo-tek.. pre-ordered mine last week
  12. montuori macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2004
    New Orleans, LA
  13. andyokay macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008
  14. Alfadoc macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2008
    RTP, NC
    I got the Alcantera sleeve via Google checkout from a UK firm. Should be here shortly.

  15. christof macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2002
    Wrappers started selling sleeves for MBA?... The shiny sleeves look gorgeous--but why are they more expensive than the Alcantara?
  16. steffi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    Please post a picture of an Air inside an SF sleeve.

  17. Khurram thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    thanks guys,
    I think I'll get something cheap for the time being until more companies put out covers specifacally for the air. I'm thinking the 13 inch sleeves for MacBooks might be a bit loose.
  18. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    yeh this is even more obsessive than unboxing... ;)

    While waiting for my silvery and shivery cold MacBook Air to come up to room temperature, I decided to let it try on its new Waterfield sleeve!

    I purchased Waterfield's horizontal 13-2 sleeve for MacBook Air with the flap, D-rings, strap and piggyback setup. It fits like a well made glove, i.e. not so tight you feel like you'll never get the thing out if you manage to get it in. My experience with the WF sleeves is they ease just a little and will not get all stretched out. This one doesn't seem different on that score.

    The little loop at the bottom of the sleeve is great. You can use one finger in the loop to hold the case still, and then slide the book easily out of the sleeve. Because the book is so light you don't feel like you're going to end up dropping it while unsleeving it. The Waterfield logo on the flap closure is stylish but discreet, and the little tab at the bottom of that flap is a very thoughtful touch: you can grab that tab and then will not feel the velcro bite back as you lift or secure the flap.

    I like that I got this horizontal sleeve with the flap. I didn't get that for the 12"g4 PB's vertical sleeve because for that I almost always transport the sleeved book in the Vertigo case. So I would zipper that case over top of the exposed edge of the pb in the sleeve. It works well for the vertical carry. But, with the Air book's flapped horizontal case I will end up with fewer cat hairs making their way into the sleeve! That's because I will not usually be taking the Air in anything BUT the sleeve. I don't have much to cart around with the MacBook Air compared to what I usually drag along with the Powerbooks, be that out of habit or real necessity.

    Carrying the sleeved MacBook Air on my shoulder feels great, very secure and the strap length is adjustable. I am so happy I got this -- thank you guys in SF!!! :) :) -- and especially that I got the piggyback too. That lets me cart the little bit of extra gear I bought for the machine in its own space, but right along with the book. Running around the house I won't sleeve the book, but having that gear with the sleeve means I know where it is and also that I'm ready to grab and go when I want to go somewhere else.

    When I put the Air into its sleeve, set it down, leave the flap open and look down at the edge of the sleeved machine, I really connect to how very thin and yet sturdy the MacBook Air is at that front edge. Seriously, the closed MacBook Air's edge is skinner than my iPhone is. No wonder the machine feels as light as a couple of legal pads when I pick it up!

    Now I also bought the Waterfield Cosmo bag (medium) when I bought the Air's sleeve. That's going to be borrowed sometimes by the 15" Powerbook which has a different sleeve of its own. Anyway, the Air's sleeve strap can be detached, then the sleeved Air book fits fine in the Cosmo with room for other gear. The Cosmo has its own shoulder strap as well as carry handles, and the strap ends are offset to D-rings on opposite sides of the bag for a very comfortable carry.

    The Cosmo and the medium size Cableguy pouch that rounded out my Waterfield purchase this time are made with the same attention to detail that I have learned to expect after getting the Vertigo bag and sleeve setup for the 12" powerbook. I'm a happy camper again with my new Waterfield stuff!
  19. steffi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    Congrats on your purchase please post pictures of the Air in the SF sleeve. 13-2. I'm considering that.

    also, the only reason I wouldn't buy an SF bag is because it sceems laptop inside here. but I do like the look of the Cosmo bag though.

  20. christof macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2002
    Bought the shiny sleeve--can't wait!

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