Provides: Protection and transportation for tablets and 11 to 17″ laptops
MacCase’s Premium Leather Flight Jacket has a retro flair, reaching back to the era between the two twentieth-century world wars when aviators wore leather flight jackets to buffer the wind-battering they got in open-cockpit aircraft and chilly temperatures at high altitudes in non-pressurized cabins. The Flight Jacket Case looks like a piece of kit in which Indiana Jones (a young Indiana Jones) might’ve packed his gear around.
The Premium Leather Flight Jacket was designed by MacCase CEO Michael Santoro, a professional industrial designer who spent six years working in Chrysler’s styling office, during which he created the exterior design of the 1995 Car Of The Year—the Chrysler Cirrus—and its sistership—the Dodge Status—as well as the return-to-its-roots restyle of the 1996-2006 Jeep Wrangler. Mr. Santoro clearly has a feel for traditionally iconic form, having also done design consultancy for the Vector M-12 and the Lamborghini Jota exoticars, as well as the Gulfstream G5 executive jet aircraft.
Drawing on the success of MacCase’s Premium Leather Collection of computer sleeves, shoulder bags, and iPod, iPhone, and accessory cases which are contemporarily-styled, the MacCase Premium Leather Flight Jacket has a more complex and retro-funk look, and is entirely believable as something that might have been made in the 1930s. Pictures really don’t do it justice, and it has a presence that kind of reaches out and grabs you. “I want that,” was my wife’s immediate comment upon spotting the Flight Jacket for the first time, before she even knew what it was. It has that effect; you want to touch it.
The MacCase Premium Leather Flight Jacket models are sized to fit and protect all current and recent Apple laptops from 11 to 17 inches, including the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the new Retina MacBook Pros and the MacBook, as well as all 9.7-inch iPada. Its vertically-oriented compact form factor is intended to offer effective protection for your Apple laptop with minimal bulk. It can be carried briefcase-style with its top handle, under the arm using the provided matching leather shoulder strap, or in a backpack mode with the optional backpack harness straps.
Michael Santoro comments that “the design of the Flight Jacket embodies the minimalism of the MacBook Air and the the romanticism of our premium leather. Apple owners looking for a timeless case designed with outstanding protection and minimal bulk will find this, and more, in the new Flight Jacket.”
The Flight Jacket is available in two colors—Vintage andBlack—both with contrasting white stitching and robust stainless steel hardware. Our review unit was the Vintage version, and while I have only seen the Black model in photographs, my provisional take is that the Vintage highlights the design most effectively.
The quality of the leatherwork is excellent. The material itself is thick but luxuriously soft, with neatly-executed stitching. The computer compartment closure is a foldover flap with generous overlap and secured with color-matched hardware of generous dimensions.
The Flight Jacket has several storage pockets for accessories. On the outer face of the flap is a full-width zipper-closure pocket lined with nylon taffeta fabric over what feels like a thin layer of foam padding.
Under the flap cover on the front of the Flight Jacket is another the pocket, also taffeta-lined and with its own dedicated Central Velcro closure. There is another deep, open pocket on the back side of the case.
The computer compartment is lined with a soft knit fabric and has somewhat heavier protective padding. An interesting feature is a removable customized pouch which attaches to the front of the flight Jacket with a quick release connector and is sized to carry a MacBook Air SuperDrive or an AC adapter for the bigger-sized MacBook models.
The shoulder strap or backpack harness attach to the Flight Jacket with hefty, swivel-mounted spring clips and it riveted, sewn-in stainless steel D -rings.
The MacCase Flight Jacket’s retail price is $189.95, with both the optional shoulder pad and the backpack straps adding another $30 each. It’s not inexpensive, and my rating reflects that, but as I noted, you really have to see and touch it to fully appreciate its quality and “feel.”