Review: The Incase Denim Envelope Sleeve is a unique take on MacBook protection

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Launching as an Apple Store-exclusive, the denim Envelope Sleeve for MacBook Pro by Incase is a unique way to protect your Mac on the go.

Incase Deniim Envelope Sleeve
Incase Deniim Envelope Sleeve

A travel companion

Made of both a light and dark wash of denim, this Incase sleeve is as eye-catching as they come. The exterior is a dark blue wash with light brown stitching running the seams. An envelope-like flap covers the opening, which is held in place via a set of magnets, that keep your Mac from slipping free, unlike other open-ended sleeves.

Incase Deniim Envelope Sleeve
Incase Deniim Envelope Sleeve


When the flap is opened, the light interior provides a stark contrast with the outside. It also hides a small stitched label, not unlike your favorite pair of jeans. We did like that on the inside, rather than the out, keeping the whole exterior logo-free.

Incase has infused quite a bit of rigidity into the sleeve, allowing it to hold its own fairly well when the Mac isn't inserted. Each of the stitched edges also feels reinforced, which come in handy should your Mac ever take a tumble enveloped in the sleeve. Sleeves exist largely as a sacrificial surface for device protection, so withstanding drops and abrasions should be front and center.

Style is a personal preference

There's something interesting about the Incase Envelope Sleeve that we can't quite put our finger on. We are fans of the denim construction that feels robust, durable, and protective simultaneously. It has a distinctly vintage feel, but -- at least when new -- has a certain "mom jean" vibe to it. As if the wash of the jean is too new and unmolested.

Incase Deniim Envelope Sleeve
Incase Deniim Envelope Sleeve


Just like your favorite pair of jeans, we expect the Incase Envelope sleeve to change over time, distressing the more vivid hue into something uniquely your own. Of course, that distressed look doesn't come out of the box.

Snug fit

Incase Deniim Envelope Sleeve
Incase Deniim Envelope Sleeve


Seeing as this is an Apple Store-exclusive it is no surprise that the fit of the sleeve is exact. It fits our 15-inch MacBook Pro perfectly snug, with enough give to slide it in and out, but not enough for it to move around inside.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Where to buy

You can grab the Denim Incase Envelope Sleeve for $79.95 from Apple in either black or blue hues for both 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros, as well as the MacBook Air.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    gordygordy Posts: 967member
    subjectively hideous
    razorpitrepressthis
  • Reply 2 of 10
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,443member
    gordy said:
    subjectively hideous
    I don’t think subjectivity comes into it. 

    It’s universally hideous. 
    edited November 29 razorpitrepressthis
  • Reply 3 of 10
    Mom jean? Apple's web site talks about "pre-wash hand sanding, pumice stone wash, wet/dry treatments, and a finishing of hand sanding along the edge to create a classic worn-in look and feel." At least they tried. They have a video showing them do it. Maybe a couple of rips revealing the MacBook inside would help. I do agree with other commenters. It is hideous. It would look like you're carrying a pair of jeans. Incase has the same envelope form factor in other materials, and they don't look bad, but denim is an epic fail.
    razorpittrashman69
  • Reply 4 of 10
    hela momjeans
  • Reply 5 of 10
    Whoa that thing looks hideous, you guys should reconsider the selection of products to review. Maybe have someone else in your team choose ;)
    scoodog
  • Reply 6 of 10
    It's actually a very cool sleave!  I bought one with my 15" MacBook Pro a few weeks ago and have been getting a LOT of compliments from it.  It's a fun design and really well made.  I got the denim-blue; it's also available in denim-black.
    command_fdewmewatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 10
    dewmedewme Posts: 1,794member
    Rayz2016 said:
    gordy said:
    subjectively hideous
    I don’t think subjectivity comes into it. 

    It’s universally hideous. 
    Opinion noted.

    I happen to think it's totally awesome to see these opportunistic little cottage industries making money providing niche products and services on the periphery of the Apple ecosystem. Good people making good money and serving happy customers. Nothing hideous about that. 
    neilmwatto_cobrachia
  • Reply 8 of 10
    Excuse me, I’ve misplaced my purse...

    Have you seen it?
  • Reply 9 of 10
    Buy it for your 15" Pro and after a couple of washes, it'll fit your 13" Air. For almost $80, you can buy some decent jeans, not Mom jeans.
  • Reply 10 of 10
    If I cut the bottom corners off - they would make a great set of underwear. My bulge would look EPIC,
    watto_cobra
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