I've had this case since January. I will admit to getting some sloppy production...the first one was sent back. Also, I am experiencing the glue issue as well as scratching. The scratching is occurring on the sides right along the seams in long lines which is indicative of the case causing the problem. I understand the dirt under the plastic on the screen causing scratching. I will be more dilligent about blowing out the area with canned air when possible before removing the case. I like that it covers some of the iPod look. I'm not a big fan of all white.

That all being said, I'm still happy with the case. What can be done? These iPods are phenomenal, but they're also scratch magnets. As much as I polish out the scratches it just doesn't matter. The sportsuit convertible does an excellent job of protecting the expensive little toy. Ours took a trip to Costa Rica in a backpack and was perfectly protected. I'd be able to avoid alot of scratches and glue by leaving in the case, but we like to dock it and listen to all our music on the big home stereo. The sound quality requires using the line out on the dock...and the quality is better than expected.

I've looked at the eXoflp case because of being able to dock with it on, but I use my iTrip for commutes and couldn't use it with that case.

The bottom line- the iPod scratches. It's a design flaw. If you need good, worry-free protection, get the sportsuit convertible. It does exactly what it's designed to do.

Posted by JR on June 10, 2004 at 10:48 AM (PDT) Comment 41

Another slender female checking in to ditto what someone said above about the armband... I bought the case to run with, but A) can't imagine how it wouldn't distract the hell out of me by flopping around, and B) I can't get the armband tight enough for the iPod to stay put.

Posted by cinnamongirl on June 28, 2004 at 12:15 PM (PDT) Comment 42

Some of you said that you don't take your IPods out of the case to charge. I read that you had to do this so that it will not overheat. Does this case let the Ipod cool while inside?

Just Wondering

Posted by lcabrera on July 1, 2004 at 7:58 PM (PDT) Comment 43

does any one know about the car mount feature?

Posted by aaron on July 18, 2004 at 7:16 PM (PDT) Comment 44


i got some solutions for you people who say it scratches a lot. I Just bought the 3g version for my 15gig ipod, i love it but i also noticed it scratched the first tiime i took it out. So if you take the ipod out and use a soft napkin or tissue and wipe down the inside plasticwith it, i got a lot of small black pieces off mine, and it hasnt scratched it once!! And for the belt clip, i never used i always keep it in my pocket so i can feel it, so i know its on me and not stolen. This case is very protective, it is a bit bulky but i would rather have the protection on a $300 ipod, wouldnt you?

Posted by searayman on July 27, 2004 at 5:16 AM (PDT) Comment 45

i just tried one more thing!

another good way to clean the clear plastic that protects the front of the ipod is to take a eye glasses cloth used for cleaning you eye glass lenses and wipe both sides of the plastis with it! works great now mine is crystal clear!

Posted by searayman on July 27, 2004 at 10:16 AM (PDT) Comment 46


i am planning to get the SportSuit C. for my NEW iPod. i am going to the 4G model. u guys who said that it scratchs and the stiching falls apart have made me very scarred to buy it. i am still deciding weather to buy the PodPaq 014 or this case. suggestions please.


P.S. thanks to searayman for those tips.

Posted by K.R. on August 17, 2004 at 3:20 AM (PDT) Comment 47

Well, I'm a little dissapointed in my Mini case. I thought this case was great, but when my Mini finally arrived, I couldn't believe it. I messed with it for about 15 minutes, and couldn't even get it in the case well enough to use it. I also couldn't get the port connector to line up with the hole in the bottom to plug the cable into.

If I can't send it back to Marware, then it's going up on eBay pretty soon...

Posted by bikepodmini on August 18, 2004 at 10:22 AM (PDT) Comment 48

This case works very well, it has not scratched my mini in the 4 weeks I have been using the case so far. The arm band works very well, I hog every morning with it. (I am not a slender female though, I am a rather muscular male) and it is actually snug on my arm.

I have dropped the mini on the floor and seen it bounce, and picked it up and continued using it like nothing happened, I have the case to thank for that.


Posted by smoothmove on August 24, 2004 at 8:30 PM (PDT) Comment 49

my bad...I JOG with it, not hog with

Posted by smoothmove on August 24, 2004 at 8:31 PM (PDT) Comment 50

I guess I got one of the bad ones. My ipod barely fit and nothing lined up. It also got a lot of glue all over the bottom.

Posted by fakedump on September 10, 2004 at 12:47 PM (PDT) Comment 51

I purchased this case back in march and have rarely used. I can never get it to fit just right any suggestions.

Posted by Seiulvn on September 17, 2004 at 9:03 PM (PDT) Comment 52


Posted by EvilKernel on October 30, 2004 at 12:34 PM (PDT) Comment 53

I don't know that I would want a case like this one when that more than one user has claimed it scratches. I don't feel I have to spend time cleaning the inside to avoid scratches. The way I see it, the best protection for these ipods is the iskin evos ( They fit like a glove and cover every each of the ipod except for the wheel. The new Evo2 for 4G ipods even has a nice cover for the LCD screen. They can also be clipped to your belt and eventhough there is no pouch for the headphones, I can always get a cheap pouch to put guard my ipod when I travel, of course, after it is covered by the iskin evo skin.

Posted by Rob on October 30, 2004 at 12:39 PM (PDT) Comment 54

I also have purchased this case from Marware (the sportsuit convertable) for my 4g 40gig iPod. I am also unsatisfied with it, mostly due to production quality issues.

For starters, the stitching seems to be bunched up on one side near the bottom. This prevents the iPod from properly fitting all the way into the compartment. The hole in the plastic cover for the wheel doesn't match up to the wheel on my iPod because of this.

Additionally, getting the firewire cable to match up properly through the port in the bottom of this case is very difficult. I have to disconnect the firewire cable from the computer first because the process usually involves a few mis-connects that abruptly mount and dismount the iPod on the computer, which is unhealthy for the device. After the plug is firmly connected to the iPod, then I connect the firewire cable to the computer.

Speaking of the bottom firewire port, the rubber plug won't fit properly into this port to keep it closed. Mine has to just hang.

Having paid $40 for this product, I'd have to say I'm pretty disappointed and am planning to return it for a replacement.

As for the armband, yes, my scrawny arms are too small for the armband to stay up on. This could be improved.


Posted by di11rod on December 26, 2004 at 2:30 PM (PDT) Comment 55

I bought the Marware Sports Convertible at Macworld in Jan 2005. The concept is good, but mine is flawed. It's ill-fitting, so the circular opening for the wheel is off enough to erode the whole purpose of it. the theory of the model is good, though- snug, padded, with openings.

Just make sure to buy yours in person and test it, and not online or later delivery. I haven't bothered to find out what their return policy is-- probably too big a hassle.

Posted by jrbq on March 28, 2005 at 12:16 PM (PDT) Comment 56

WARNING: This case MAY SCRATCH your precious iPod! Why risk it?

I registered on this website just so I could urge people to stay away from the Marware case!

Here's my story: I bought the Marware case at the same time I bought my iPod for the specific reason of protecting it against scratches. I put my brand new iPod into the evil Marware case straight out of the package. Sure enough, the next time I took out the iPod to charge it, there were TWO very noticable scratches on my screen. My iPod is only 3 months old, and I have decided to downgrade to a mini, but the scratches have really killed the resale value.

Implicit in this problem is the fact that you have to take your iPod out of the Marware case in order to charge it, which defeats the purpose of a protective case. The more often you have to take it out, the more chances there are for something to get stuck somewhere inside the Marware case between the iPod, which is what causes scratches. Some of the other commentators here have praised the padded Marware case for protecting their iPod after they accidentally dropped it -- what happens if you drop it between plugging in the charger and putting on the case? I know we're all very careful with our iPods, but you never know.

I wish I had read these reviews before I put the Marware case on my iPod because I NEVER would have bought it in the first place! Consider also that a few people left comments on the Apple website reviewing this product and said the same thing -- "Scratch City."

DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU. Why risk it when there are plenty of other good cases out there with better designs? I exchanged the Marware case for a silicone iSkin Evo, which allows you to charge the iPod or to plug in any attachments without removing the protective cover.

Posted by micha9702 on March 30, 2005 at 2:17 PM (PDT) Comment 57
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