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Review: ColcaSac Juan Valdez iPhone Sleeve – Protection for Coffee Lovers

Rating: 4.5/5

Posted in iPhone, Reviews on 30/11/2012 by Chris Hauk

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Do you love your iPhone? Do you love coffee? Do you want to protect your iPhone in a stylish case that has the look and feel of a coffee bag? Then have I got an iPhone case for you! Let’s take a look at the ColcaSac Juan Valdez iPhone Sleeve.

Overview

The Juan Valdez is made from a repurposed jute coffee bag exterior. It is then reinforced with mid-weight hemp linen, and then is lined with an amazingly soft polyester fleece lining. The exterior is made from actual recycled coffee bags. All of this comes together to create a quality item that gives your iPhone protection, while allowing it to stand out in a stylish sleeve.

I liked the look of this sleeve. It’s well made, and fits my iPhone 5 perfectly. It’s snug, without being too tight. The sleeve is available on the ColcaSac website in various sizes, for both the iPhone 3G, 4, and 5, and for the 4 and 5, both with, and without, a thin shell case already covering it. I have a moderately thin case on my iPhone 5, and as I stated earlier, the sleeve fit perfectly.

My only drawback with the sleeve is that it’s a little too “fluffy” for my purposes. I live in Arizona, I’m either wearing shorts or blue jeans year around, and I very seldom wear a jacket. The sleeve is a little too thick to fit comfortably in my jeans or shorts pockets, so I’m not sure I would use the sleeve in the way it was intended.

I did however ask my wife to try out the sleeve, and she reported back very favorably. She enjoyed the way the sleeve fit her iPhone 5, (again with a thin case already on the device), and since she either holds the phone in her hand, or keeps it in her purse, the sleeve fit her needs much better than it did mine. She would highly recommend it for use on the iPhone in casual, yet dressy situations.

ColcaSac says the Juan Valdez iPhone Sleeve will require close to no maintenance, perhaps needing an occasional spot cleaning with a mild detergent and then let it air dry, they don’t recommend machine washing or drying.

The sleeve has a 60 day money back guarantee, and can be returned for a replacement, repair, or refund if you’re not satisfied.

Verdict

Even though it doesn’t really fit the way I use my iPhone, the CocaSac Juan Valdez iPhone Sleeve is an excellent product. It does what it is intended to do, protect your iPhone while looking stylish. If you try this sleeve you will get favorable comments from those who see it. The sleeve is a unique and stylish way to keep your iPhone safe from harm.

I highly recommend this sleeve to anyone who wants their iPhone protection to stand out from the crowd.

Rating: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5/5

Price: $20.00, available on the ColcaSac website. (DIRECT LINK)

Pros:

  • Stylish
  • Unique, helps your iPhone stand out from the crowd, could be a theft deterrent, or at least a deterrent to getting your iPhone mixed up with your friends devices.
  • Love the idea that the sleeve is a recycled item. Made from repurposed coffee bags? Cool!

Cons:

  • It doesn’t work for my way of using my iPhone, I keep mine in my jeans or shorts pockets. If you keep your iPhone in a purse or bag, this is the sleeve for you!


Chris Hauk

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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 5 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, and 2 Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine, and the Internet.

Don't forget to check out Chris' two latest endeavors, as the "Apple Expert" at Answers.com, and his own personal tech blog at chrishauk.com