The perfect sleeve for the new 15" Macbook Pro with Retina display Review

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cheapa55, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. cheapa55 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2007
    Like many of you, as soon as the MBP with retina display was announced, I ordered the laptop and started emailing vendors to see if they made a sleeve or bag for the rMBP. After searching, I ended up going with Pack and Smooch's Hampshire Sleeve for my rMBP. I have used their sleeve for my previous 11" MBA and my iPhones and I really like their quality.

    The sleeve for the rMBP is no different. It is made of high quality wool and tanned leather. It is precisely cut and tailored to the laptop. I really like how clean and simple it is without adding much bulk.

    As you can see from the pictures, there is a pocket the width of the sleeve to fit anything from paperwork to pens/pencils, to your iPhone and/or the charger. I prefer to keep mine empty with the exception of a few papers or bills that I might need to take to work.

    Now this sleeve is perfect to protect your rMBP from scratches and making it an extra protection if you put it in another bag. It doesn't have drop protection but I don't think many sleeves do anyways.

    This should last me a long time since my 11" sleeve protected my laptop well until I sold it and I still use the iPhone sleeves for both my wife's and my iPhone 4S.

    I tried my best to attach decent pictures but checkout the website for better pics and other colors available.

    let me know if you guys have any questions

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  2. zerotiu macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    They don't provide the weight information. Is it possible for you to weigh the sleeve? Thanks alot!
  3. Hippocrates macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    This is the nicest looking (and probably the most well-made) sleeve I've seen, but it's too expensive!!

    Is there any promotional or discount coupon that I can use? If not I'll probably go for ColcaSac ( which is half the price of the offering from Pack Smooch :)
  4. NStocks macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2008
    I agree and I love how it has no zips which get in the way and scratch things...

    the colcasac looks very good, quite organic which I like, however I'm sceptical about all that fluffily material attracting dust and making its way into the (newly design and wider) vents. Also they don't seem to be any uk suppler of this. Also velcro is prone to getting bit stuck in it.

    ... Maybe it would be easy to make your own like the pack-smooch?
  5. Sheppard macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2012
    Kent, UK
    The only place I found that sold ANY is GearZap.

    Only two of them but I was thinking of either of these anyway.
  6. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
  7. NStocks macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2008
    Yup, just found that too!
  8. BeyondMountains macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    I went with this one as well.

    Why do I need to carry my laptop in a dead animals skin? Absurd.
  9. timeslip macrumors member

    May 20, 2007
    I would avoid ColcaSac like the plague. I bought one originally for my 13" MBA, and the fitment was poor. It was too snug, so that the sleeve ended up getting creased on one side. I complained and they sent me another one, which ended up being way too big (like it was for a regular 13" MB). They sent me a third, and again there was fitment issues.

    I finally asked for a refund, and because it was past 30 days from all of the shipping back and forth, it took another 30 days to refund me via a check. I had to call back at least 3x in order to get a refund, as they kept forgetting to process it.
  10. BeyondMountains macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    two replacements and a refund is pretty good, you just made me more confident in my purchase.
  11. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    To me, the leather on that looks tacky and overall it looks very old fashioned. There are a lot of other cases on Etsy that look a lot better if you like the wool look (I'm not a fan).

    I bought a Colcasac as a 'you'll never know a macbook is in here' type case for traveling. I'm very pleased with it. The fit is snug and perfect.
  12. timeslip macrumors member

    May 20, 2007
    Pretty good? I didn't get to keep the sleeves, I had to return each one before they would send a replacement each time. All in all, I didn't get my money back till after at least 60 days from original purchase. In the end, I had to look for another solution.
  13. cheapa55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2007
    I don't have a scale that can measure ounces but I compared it to my iPhone and it's the same or a little lighter. so basically about 4-5 oz.


    I also considered ColcaSac for my previous macbooks but I didn't like the material inside because of the possible lint issues getting in the notebook vents or screen. Protection was also not as good as the Pack and Smooch one here.

    I guess it's all about personal preference. I think it's a classy look and reminds me of those jackets with elbow pads (probably why you feel it's old fashioned). The leather is great because it gives the sleeve good grip when holding it.
  14. zerotiu macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012

    then if it is compared with colcasac, it is also 4-5 oz. lighter. Thanks! I bring many things in my bag, so 4-5 oz is noticable :p
  15. JoshJosh117 macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
    Am I the only one who thinks this and the Colcasac are ugly?
  16. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    This is the perfect sleeve.

    Trust me. Have owned one for my 17" MBP and just bought for my Retina MBP.

    A little pricey, but well worth it. Get compliments all the time.
  17. zerotiu macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Maybe you mean it is not ugly, less elegant than pack-smooch. I like the blue colcasac..
  18. Bradllez macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2012
    I personally prefer compact backpacks designed to hold laptops rather than actual sleeves.
  19. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    It reminds me of those too... my first thought is someone raided their grandfather's closet and tore his suit apart to make a sleeve for their macbook :)
  20. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    That is one reason I bought it. If I have it in my bag, its not very obvious its a laptop. At the airport, I can pass it through the X-ray machine and it won't be in a bin sitting there saying 'look at me'.

    Now that isn't to say that someone wouldn't figure out its a laptop or what not but at least its not totally obvious.
  21. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
  22. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Yeah, here is a description:
    - Ugly
    - Not splashproof
    - Not robust
    - Not easy to clean
    - ...

    No, thanks!

    I use the Belkin sleeves (and no, no other Belkin products):
  23. heyimandy macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    Toronto, ON
  24. cheapa55, Jun 28, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2012

    cheapa55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2007
    In terms of looks, it's all personal opinion. I really like the look. I feel neoprene sleeve can be functional but cheap looking.
    I don't need splashproof. Robust? It's definitely robust enough for most people's needs and just or more robust than a neoprene sleeve.
    easy to clean? have you used one? I've never had trouble even with my iPhone case that's used daily.
  25. thalff macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    My ColcaSac just came in yesterday and it seems great so far. I have had one for my iPad for over a year now and have had no issues with it. I was a bit nervous when I first put my rMBP in it as it was quite a tight fit but just after one day of use it is already loosened up. Definitely recommend!

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