Sportsuit Sleeve for iPod nano

This neoprene pouch is among the best we’ve seen in terms of protection: the exterior is so thick and cushiony that a nano could probably survive being tossed from a high building while tucked inside. But because it uses an all-protective pouch design, accessing a nano’s controls means pulling the iPod out of the case. If you happen to be doing something else at the same time – like walking – this increases the chance that you’ll drop the iPod. In some ways, even the most protective pouch cases come with their own risks.

What’s more, when we first inserted a nano into the Sleeve, we couldn’t figure out how to plug the headphones in. A closer look at the packaging revealed the trick: to put the iPod in ‘head’ first (ie, upside down); when you pull the case’s Velcro-closed flap over the bottom of the iPod, there’s a small notch so you can plug your headphones in.

Though spartan, the Sportsuit does have a couple of neat features. The back has a mount for Marware’s Multidapt system, which, for an additional cost, lets you add accessories such as a car mount, a bike mount, or a lanyard. A simple plastic belt clip is included. We also liked the small pouch on the front of the case in which earbuds can be stored, though larger headphones – and even large earbuds or canalphones – won’t fit.

OUR VERDICT

If you’re happy with just pressing play and putting your iPod nano away, the Sportsuit Sleeve is hard to beat. But if you prefer to interact with your iPod in its case, the Sportsuit Sleeve, like most pouch cases, will probably fall short of your needs, no matter how tough it is.

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