Review: SFBags $25 Suede Sleeve by WaterField

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by potentpotable, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. potentpotable macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2010
    Recently, I purchased a $25 SFBags Suede Sleeve by WaterField, with the intention of discontinuing a manila envelope that's been a real champ of a sleeve.

    The sleeve comes in a simple translucent bag inside an envelope, which is good because it cuts down on shipping costs and waste. However, the simple packaging is quite reflective of the product itself.

    I opted for this Suede Sleeve because I wanted something ultra thin and soft to complement the portability factor of the MacBook Air, and it certainly delivers. It's stitched well and has two sewn-on "finger loops" on either corner of one side to facilitate inserting your machine.

    However, that's about where the positives end. The fit is snug the first time you put it in, but afterward, if you were to hold the end of the bag upside down, the Air slips out rather effortlessly. To be fair, suede fabric is not exactly elastic material. But I don't think it would necessary be loose, either (I hope not).

    My biggest qualm with this sleeve is that it's pretty underwhelming. If I were to show it off to anyone, guaranteed most would be thinking about what a nice grandmother I have to sew me a custom sleeve with material from Fabricland. Craftsmanship is not poor but there is absolutely no sign of effort put into this product, such as extra stitching or detail beyond the basic form. For example, the open end of the sleeve is plain (it's simply the end of the cut fabric) without any sort of "cuff"; look at any shirt, pants, or cloth you own - there is always some sort of detail at the edge, even if it's just a line of stitching. Not on this sleeve. I have no doubt that an experienced seamsperson would be able to complete this product from start to finish (after cutting) in 10 minutes, and that's not necessarily a good thing.

    While the Suede Sleeve does the job adequately, there's nothing more beneficial that I can say about it. It protects my Air from minute dangers such as scratches, dust, and airborne particles well enough, but is it really worth $25USD? A very comparable sleeve would sell for $5-10 on eBay or Wal-Mart, or at least that's how much I'd value the SFBags Suede Sleeve looking at it. Maybe WaterField should reconsider manufacturing their products in pricey San Francisco, because this sleeve is definitely not worth the price.

    If I had to give a rating, I'd give it 5 out of 10. It's not a bad product, rather it's just at a bad price. Next time, I'm just going to call my grandma for a sleeve.

    Note: Pics taken with a BlackBerry, I didn't have a real camera on hand. The colour is typical suede black, not faded black-ish!

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  2. Mr. Savage macrumors regular

    Mr. Savage

    Jun 11, 2010
  3. teski macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    From your review, it really seems like you didn't read the site before you bought. Your pics pretty much look like what the site shows. I know if you reach out to Gary, he'll let you return for a refund.
  4. potentpotable thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2010
    I saw the pics on the site, and they look way better than in real life (well, of course!). Given that it has a $25 price tag, I assumed that it would be far better quality than what I actually got.

    It's not a bad sleeve. It's just not a good one. I'm not here to unduly trash WaterField, I just think that it really wouldn't have hurt them to show a little effort in the production, at least for the Suede Sleeve. I don't feel like I have a sleeve, I feel like I have a flimsy piece of cloth.

    PS. One of the Air's is DOA due to the infamous video card issue, and is set for a refund! ;)
  5. Sgoenfeter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2010
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    $25 is actually a lot cheaper than some of the sleeves/bags linked in other threads. Not saying it's worth it though. Too bad really.
  6. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    Thanks for the pics. I have purchased similar sleeves from WF for iphones and ipod touches and I share your sentiments about the cost vs. what you actually get. If you want sticker shock go price one of SleeveCases and start adding options. Yikes! On the other hand, maybe he pays outstanding wages to his employees. :)
  7. jksu macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2009
    i returned mine too.

    will go with wrapsol for minimalist protection and either a real sfbags sleeve ($60+ w/flap/leather), booq vyper ($50), or may try one of those ebay japanese sleeves for $30.


  8. runnin17 macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2008
    I like the look of the sleeve, but I will agree that $25 is a bit steep to pay for what you get.

    I just installed wrapsol on my 13" MBA and I will say that the $40 I spent on it is money very well spent! I didn't spend too much time putting the film on so the fit isn't edge to edge perfect, but my MBA is now 97% protected from scratches and that is just fine with me :D

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