Timbuk2 Laptop Grip Sleeve & iPod Case

by PocketGoddess on September 29, 2004

Timbuk2 Laptop Grip Sleeve

My first impression is that this case is of very high quality– the workmanship and materials are all top notch. The exterior of the case is made mainly of ballistic nylon, except for a rubberized “grip” portion at the bottom of the case, for when you want to carry it in your hard without using either the webbed top handles or the removable shoulder strap. The shoulder strap features twisting fasteners so that you can easily straighten the strap if it gets twisted up. There’s also a small zipper pocket on the front of the case for a floppy disk or CD. The nylon is very smooth and tightly woven, but slightly nubby to add visual interest. The case comes in a variety of fun colors, including orange, lime green, and red, along with the more standard black and grey. A small Timbuk2 “swirl” logo is embroidered with yellow thread. The handles and zipper pulls are all black with yellow detail stitching, while the piping on the outer edges is made of the same tough “grippy” stuff as the insert at the bottom of the case.

Inside you’ll find a very thickly padded interior made of grey corduroy, which is guaranteed to protect your laptop against almost any kind of damage short of a long drop to a concrete floor. That protection is both a blessing and a curse, because it also makes it rather difficult to get the right fit for your laptop. According to the measurements on the Timbuk2 web site, my 14″ ThinkPad should easily have fit into the small sleeve, but unfortuately the corners of my laptop stuck out, preventing me from closing the zipper. I had to exchange the case for a large, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise– there was enough room along the side of my laptop to add in the AC adapter and cord, so that I didn’t have to carry an extra bag or worry about running out of battery power if a meeting ran long.

I like the Laptop Sleeve, it’s a nice case made with great care and attention to detail–but I’m sticking with my old Eagle Creek case instead. Since I don’t travel with my latop I don’t need a lot of extra shock protection, and the Eagle Creek case fits absolutely perfectly without a lot of extra room inside the case. I also wish that the “grip” part of the sleeve extended all the way across the bottom of the case, to better protect against dirt and accidental spills. All in all, the Timbuk2 Laptop Grip Sleeve is a serious contender, but make sure that you measure carefully in order to get a good fit. Sizes range from Small to x-Large, with prices starting at $50.

PocketGoddess Rating for the Timbuk2 Laptop Sleeve: 4 out of 5

iPod Case

I can’t review this strictly as an iPod case, because I don’t actually have an iPod. (Donations can be sent to. . . just kidding!) I can say that this is an ideal case for a variety of small electronics– it’s perfect for my digital camera, a Sony T-1. The case is made of the same smooth ballistic nylon as the Laptop Grip Sleeve, with a small Timbuk2 logo on the front and black trim. There’s a cutout in the top of the flap to allow headphones to pass through, and the flap closes with Velcro. The sides of the case are made out of black elastic, allowing it to expand as necessary to accomodate a slightly larger device. There’s also a small pocket in front that provides storage for headphones, business/credit cards, a key, a couple of folded dollar bills, etc.

The iPod case can be used on its own or it can be attached to the strap of any other bag, thanks to the cleverly-designed Velcro “wings” on the back of the case. This is a nice feature, because it allows you to keep your small electronic devices right at your fingertips, instead of having to scramble to find things in the bottom of a big gear bag. Of course the color of the case should help too, and the iPod case is available in a rainbow of choices, including navy blue, baby blue, red, black, purple, deep red, silver, grey, etc.

You can get one for yourself for $20. A little pricey, but the quality truly is first rate. Don’t limit yourself to just thinking about your iPod either. Aside from small digital cameras like the Pentax Optio, Canon Elph, and Sony T-1, other MP3 players and even very small cell phones will work too. Go to the Timbuk2 web site for more details or to place an online order.

PocketGoddess Rating for the Timbuk2 iPod Case: 4.5 out of 5

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