Saddleback Leather Gadget Sleeves for iPads, Kindle, iPhones and Blackberries

Saddleback Leather has a fanatical following for their products. Recently they started offering sleeves for electronic products in three sizes. The small sleeve fits the iPhone and Blackberry, the medium sleeve fits the Kindle, the large sleeve fits the iPad.   The cases are not specifically made for these device--they do not have specific holes/cuts for those specific devices.   Saddleback intentionally did not make the pouches device specific so that you would continue using the pouch after you'd tossed the gadget.  For that, you give up a bit of functionality.

The Saddleback sleeve is basically a simple pouch--a single piece of leather folded and then stitched on the edges--the edges are left rough.  The thick leather and 1/8" seam around the edges should protect whatever's inside--I'm not willing to drop my Kindle to test that theory out.   It certainly protects it when I toss it in my bag or drawer.  


The sleeve, like all of Saddleback's products, is made from thick full grain leather (2.0 - 2.2mm)  and lined with pigskin and sewn together with Industrial Marine-grade U.V. Resistant Polyester Thread.  Like most of Saddleback's offerings the pouches are available in four colors:  Black, Tobacco, Chestnut, and Coffee Brown.   It is hard for me to pick a favorite color.  I have seen all of the colors except black and they all look great.  The marine thread is used to make things like Awnings, Outdoor Furniture Upholstery, and Marine Boat Tops.  Pigskin is a tough and durable leather and according to Saddleback Leather the second toughest leather behind Kangaroo.  

According to Wikipedia:

Full-grain leather refers to the upper section of a hide that previously contained the epidermis and hair, but were removed from the hide/skin. Full-grain refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed (as opposed to top-grain or corrected leather) in order to remove imperfections (or natural marks) on the surface of the hide. The grain remains in its natural state allowing the best fiber strength and durability. The natural grain also has natural breathability, resulting in less moisture from prolonged contact. Rather than wearing out, it will develop a natural patina over time, with some cracking and splitting. The finest leather furniture and footwear are made from full-grain leather. For these reasons, only the best raw hide is used to create full-grain leather.

Saddleback Leather has a decent guide to leather on their site if you'd like to learn a bit more about differences in leather.

Customer Service and Warranty

I had to return a purchase to Saddleback Leather once.  The customer service was very personal and driven by making it easy for the customer.   Saddleback Leather is a small company and like other small companies does not offer 24x7 service.  Their staff actually take time off and that includes weekends.

Saddleback offers a 100 year warranty on all their products.  Of course, that's dependent on the company being around for a hundred years.   It does seem to effect how they design their products.  For example, they do not put zippers and snaps on their products because over a long timeframe even the best zippers and snaps will break.