Timbuk2 Steve Sleeve

Ever since Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air to the world by pulling it out of a manila envelope, accessory makers have been designing sleeves for the laptop that mimic that experience (minus the music playing in the background).

Manila Mac’s AirMail ($34 shippied) was one of the first on scene. It features manila-colored vinyl lined with a soft fuzzy cloth lining. It looks alright, but seems very ordinary.

Seone Green Garmet’s green AirBag ($45.99 shipped) is priciery but far more eco-friendly (and, remember, the MacBook Air is the most eco-friendly laptop Apple has ever built!). It’s constructed from a 55% hemp and 45% cotton blend, and is lined with soft fleece. It’s also a bit less flashy than the AirMail, since it doesn’t have that same reflective vinyl look.

If you want to go to the opposite end of the eco-friendly spectrum (which is to say, not all that eco-friendly), Spain’s iSobre offers a suede sleeve (€29.99+€20 shipping to the U.S., or about $78) and lether sleeve (€49.99+€20 shipping to the U.S., or about $110). Price basically rules these ones out for us, plus they advertise that the sleeves fit the MacBook, which means your MacBook Air will fit a bit loose.

Timbuk2′s Steve Sleeve is what we’re really waiting for. Expected to ship next month, the Steve Sleeve will be constructed from post consumer recycled fabric, uses nontoxic glue, and from the photos appears to have the best construction of any of the sleeves. And we have to give props to the name, too.

Pricing is still up in the Air (sorry).

Update 7/1/08 – It’s July and as promised Timbuk2 has started shipping the Steeve Sleeve! It’s priced at $50 with free shipping through July 14 (use discount code SteveSleeve at checkout to get free shipping).

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