Bag Week Review: Incase Nylon Sling Sleeve

What is it?
Sometimes you don’t need space for clothes, lunch, paperwork and your pet hampster. Sometimes all you need is an easy way to get your laptop from point A to point B safely. If that’s the case, then we shouldn’t waste any more time before I introduce you to Incase’s Nylon Sling Sleeve. It’s light, compact, durable, and has a design that’s equal parts fun and sophisticated.

The Sling Sleeve comes in several sizes, mine being the largest and able to fit up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro. There’s a smaller version for the 13-inch MacBook (though it’s seemingly out of stock right now), and a baby sleeve that can only handle an 11-inch MacBook Air. The bags come in several color flavors, with a solid color for the body of the bag and a complimentary color along the inside lining, zippers, and other accents. Speaking of the lining, inside you’ll find a nice faux fur finish to keep your laptop safe and snug (and probably warm and fuzzy too).

The Incase Nylon Sling Sleeve

Type: Sleeve/Shoulder Bag
Dimensions: 15″ MacBook Pro, 13′ MacBook Pro, 11″ MacBook Air
Pockets: Main compartment, back sleeve, two small zippered pockets up front and a small pocket for tucking away the handle
Features: Removable padded shoulder strap, concealable handles, weather resistant nylon construction, 7mm cushioned, faux fur-lined interior
MSRP: $59.95
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The bag sports two zippered pockets up front, and plays the same trick as the Chrome Krakow bag, making me think it flapped open from the bottom rather than having a zippered main compartment.

Where the Sling Sleeve really shines is durability and protection. I took the bag out for a walk in the rain and it still looks as good as new, and my MacBook Pro is (obviously) unharmed. There’s also a bit of a bumper along the edges of the bag, so you won’t damage your comp when you put down the bag or plop it onto a desk.

Who is it for?

The Nylon Sling Sleeve is for the individual who simply cannot go one moment without their laptop, but doesn’t necessarily need all the extra bulk of a backpack. Perhaps that means you spend too many nights a week at your lovers’ place, you work from home (and thus migrate to and from Starbucks regularly), or you simply have a slightly unhealthy relationship with the inanimate object that is your computer. In any case, the Sling Sleeve should be a good fit.

Do I want it?

Yes, please.

I tend to make trips all the time where all I really need is my laptop and a charger. When forced to use a backpack or messenger bag, I feel like a tool shed with all that unused space (like I’m carrying this bag for the sake of fashion instead of, you know, object transportation). The Sling Sleeve is super comfortable, especially with that breathable mesh along the shoulder strap, and it’s one of the better looking bags I’m reviewing this week.


Check out the rest of Bag Week 2011 here.