When it comes to buying technology, many of us choose to purchase that extra level of protection for our devices. For one thing, if you’ve spent money on a smartphone, tablet or laptop, you pretty much want to make sure that you get your money’s worth out of it. Secondly, it’s always fun shopping for a cool accessory that you can show to your friends and family. Ryan Frank (in collaboration with the UK record label TAPE) has a whole line up of awesome sleeves and we just had the time to review some of these interesting products!
The Cork Sleeves
The TAPEgear line of sleeves is made of environmentally friendly cork fabric. Cork fabric is extracted from trees found in parts of Europe and Africa. The process is entirely renewable as the cork shavings are taken off trees which are 25 – 30 years old and do not require any deforestation. Subsequent shavings are taken approximately every 9 years and the trees can live for around 200 years. Furthermore, material which has reached the end of its life cycle can easily be recycled – another thumbs up from tree huggers!
Whilst we’re more used to seeing cork used as a wine bottle stopcock, cork fabric is certainly a welcome breath fresh of air from the usual neoprene sleeves we’ve gotten used to. The ‘made in Britain’ sleeves have a premium look and feel that attracts envious views wherever you go. The soft texture is both soft on the hands and provides adequate grip. Although the sleeves do feel delicate (and you have an urge to be very careful when handling them), a couple of weeks of intensive use have left no indications of wear and tear on them.
So What Else?
This Ryan Frank range of device sleeves spanning 6 sizes. Their respective sizes are:
- Cork Wallet: 11.5 x 8.5 cm
- Cork iPouch Sleeve: 13 x 9 cm
- Cork Kindle Sleeve: 19 x 13.3 cm
- Cork iPad mini Sleeve: 23 x 15.4 cm
- Cork iPad Sleeve: 28.6 x 21.5 cm
- Cork Laptop Sleeves: 39cm x 26.7cm or 42.5cm x 29cm
If you’re interested in finding out more about these sleeves, check out the product page on RyanFrank.com. Personally, I’ve fallen in love with my sleeve. The prices for the sleeves range from £12.50 to £25.00 from the TAPEgear website, depending on the size of the sleeve. If you’re in the market for a cool sleeve, the Cork family range of device sleeves are easy on the wallet, easy on the eyes and most importantly, easy on the environment.