Review: SportSuit Convertible
Developer: Marware, Inc.
Requirements: Third-generation iPod
On the grand scale of iPod cases, it is fair to say that Apple’s bundled case is fairly basic. Marware’s 3G SportSuit Convertible, though, definitely qualifies as fairly complex.
The SportSuit Convertible consists of four parts—a neoprene, rubber, and plastic iPod case; a neoprene and leather lid; a belt clip; and an arm band.
The front of the case is dominated by a clear plastic protective sheet. The plastic sheet has four circular cut-outs for the iPod’s buttons as well as a cutout for the scroll-wheel. The plastic is surrounded by neoprene and there are rubber grips on the case’s side.
On the bottom of the case, there is a rubber grommet that gives you easy access to the iPod’s Dock connector. While you obviously cannot connect your iPod to the Dock while it is in the SportSuit, you can sync and charge using the Dock cable while your iPod is protected from scratches.
When the iPod is inserted into the case, it is held in place very snugly. Once you slide the iPod into place and get the cutouts lined up with the iPod’s buttons, the iPod does not move.
The one thing that somewhat irks me is that the Dock connector on my 30 GB iPod sits very close to the front of the grommet. I’m not thrilled about the possibility of placing extra pressure of one side of the Dock cable while it’s connected to the iPod. I have a feeling this is due to the case being designed for both the 30 GB iPod and the somewhat slimmer 10 and 15 GB iPods.
The removable cover attaches to the case via two pieces of the Velcro—one at the top of the case, one at the bottom. When the cover is attached, it acts as though it is hinged at the top. As a result, you can flip the cover over the back of the iPod and use it as a makeshift stand.
The main function of the cover, though, is its pocket. The front of the cover bulges out and creates enough room to hold your headphones and remote control. As somebody who has removed an iPod from a backpack and found the headphone cord wrapped around just about everything, this was one of the biggest features I was looking for in an iPod case.
Belt Clip and Armband
Another of the SportSuit’s big features is what Marware calls the Multidapt system. Basically, the Multidapt system lets you connect a variety of clips to the SportSuit. The included belt clip is a Multidapt clip.
The armband is not a Multidapt clip—it slides through a pair of fabric straps on the back of the case.
I’ve been running with my iPod a few times and find the armband extremely convenient. There’s no extra weight added to the waistband of my shorts, and the case cover keeps the headphone cord from getting tangled.
At $39.95, the SportSuit Convertible is more expensive than many other cases. In fact, it is the most expensive case Marware makes. However, you certainly get what you pay for. I was not able to find any other case that provides the same features as the SportSuit.
If you are looking for an iPod case that does it all, you owe it to your self to check out the SportSuit Convertible.