Great Review, thanks!

How does the lid stay closed once it's attached? Also, is the click wheel responsive through the plastic cover, and if so, does it take some getting used to?

A more general iPod question: Since the 5G's are hard drive based, do they handle the bouncing/jolting of an armband type setup OK without any damage or shortening of lifespan?

Once again, thanks for the great review !!

Posted by Kank on December 30, 2005 at 10:11 AM (PDT) Comment 1

Unfortunately this review came just a little too late for me and I bought it based on previous versions. I just have a few things to add.

1)The 'wet' look is extremely annoying but nothing serious you're gonna get some ugliness when you put your iPod in a case.

2)Although I haven't put the lid or the armband to the test as yet. The lid stays close by a strip of plastic in the corner of the lid. This hooks around one corner of the ipod. It looks a little 'optimistic' considering the boast they put on the package.

3)You loose a fair amount of sensitivity through the plastic for the click wheel. When I 1st got the 5G I found it far more sensitive than my old 3G but after putting it in the case the sensitivit is really low, in my opinion. So you get a slipping effect ie. I wouldn't use it to play parachutes anymore.

4)See the littly round hole/hook thing on the back on the case, on top of the multiclip thing. It's really fragile. i tried attaching the wrist strap to it at it snapped! Lucky I think the strap is useless anyway!!!

5)Although it feels snug for the 60Gb I do thing is well protected from general wear and tear. MAJOR issue I have is that I wouldn't want to drop the Ipod on a hard surface. My opinion is that there isn't enough corner protection. I think this is a most major flaw.

6)The case tends to deform out easily. ie. The beltclip leaves a mark on the case and the bottom lid gets warped when you move it for charging and syncing..

BUT all in all it's still a decent case for the time being....! until better one comes out.. Can't wait for contour to bring out a 5G case

Posted by teardrop on January 2, 2006 at 5:27 AM (PDT) Comment 2

I have a Marware Sportsuit Convertible the problem with the click wheel is simple make a hole with a good knife or something, make it slowly so it will be perfectly fit to the click wheel.

And about the screen problem is better to leave it that way.

Posted by sauron18 on January 2, 2006 at 9:40 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I just bought myself one of these and I'm very impressed.
My 30Gb iPod is a little tricky to get in and out of the case, but nothing that taxing, It's a nice snug fit once in.
The Armband & belt clips are nice and easy to use and i love the feel of the neoprene.
The Click wheel is slowed down a touch, but for me that's good, as i think it was to fast anyway.
The screen is very visible, i haven't found a problem with the so-called wet-look. It all depends on light reflection.

All in all it's great Go by one!

Posted by Raph76 on January 12, 2006 at 12:52 PM (PDT) Comment 4

I purchased a Sportsuit Convertable, as I had one for both my 3G and 4G iPods and loved them. However, this new iteration of the case has some problems, IMHO.
Though the case material look and feel is very cool, the click wheel is now completely covered by clear vinyl film and as a result less responsive; perhaps the clear vinyl is too thick?
Another issue - the cover is now very inconvenient to use - it 'secures' itself with an elastic strap over one corner that is difficult to grasp in order to open and access controls, particularly if you are wearing gloves due to cold weather (or if fingers are cold).
Lastly, and my most serious gripe - the armband is problematic (and I use the armband configuration of the case almost exclusively for cycling and hiking and gym workouts). It is now very much less elastic - in fact, almost no elasticity at all; as a result, difficult to put on and take off (in previous versions, the armband was totally elastic, so I could leave the armband sized just right for me with the velcro closure and just slip it onto my arm - not any more!). In addition, the velcro fuzzy nibs are now in sections rather than continuous, and when fastening it is easy to miss getting the stiff nib section squarely onto the fuzzy nibs, making the attachement not secure (particularly if fastening at night or in low light where you can't see; also, seeing down the angle to your arm is not easy for me) - this resulted in my armband coming loose, my iPod in the case slipping down my arm during a cycling session at high speed -and the armband slipping through it's slit and falling off my arm to the road. Bummer. This is overall an inferior case compared to previous iterations of the Marware Convertable. I hope they read this and make corrections to the design. In the meantime, I'll be looking for a better designed armband case.

Posted by TheSeeker on January 19, 2006 at 1:04 AM (PDT) Comment 5

I was pleased by the review and comments posted. So I went and picked up the Sportsuit Convertible. After I put my iPod in, I noticed a long crease running the down the center of the plastic protector and dust or fuzz from the inside of the case.

I took out my iPod to clean the dust & fuzz and discovered the front of my iPod was terribly scratched up. I will return this tomorrow. I prefer Apple's included case over Marware's scratch-up-the-finish product.

Posted by DocFreud on January 22, 2006 at 11:40 PM (PDT) Comment 6

I read Jeremy's review before going to the local Apple and picking up a Sportsuit Convertible. There were a couple things that I can add-
1) The case itself is quite well made. A tight fit for the 5G iPod... but then, that's what makes it look good once it's on. I'll take slight issue with the clear vinyl-it wasn't perfect (a couple of specs of dirt? inside the vinyl and a light crease running vertical through the length of it).
2) It is difficult to get the flip cover's elastic retention band out of the way to open the cover. A little fabric pull tab here would be a big improvement.
3) The 'wet' look everyone seems to be talking about is not a serious detriment (although, it does make viewing videos slightly more difficult). It appears that if you get your iPod and the vinyl cleaned and dried well, the two won't stick together and look wet.
4) The included hand strap is rather difficult to attach to the back of the case. (I thought I was going to break it getting it on.) Is this the way it is or am I missing something?
5) With the belt clip attached, the flip case can be attached or removed without much extra effort.
6) I did notice some scratches when removing the case from my iPod. They weren’t major (and since I’d been using my iPod without a case for about a month, not terribly noticeable). It is annoying though, since the included instructions say that you should remove your iPod from the case periodically and clean it to prevent scratches.
7) Overall, a great fit for me- I wanted a fully protective case that I could use on an armband or belt-clip. I’ll be curious to see how well the case holds up over time, but I’m happy for now.

Posted by jdb2002 on January 27, 2006 at 11:32 AM (PDT) Comment 7

I would buy Marware cases if not for the clip base on the back. It's so frustrating and shortsighted. I don't want a clip on my case... so why on Earth would I want the foundation for a clip on my case?! I can't believe they don't offer the option of a smooth back for the case. It's ridiculous.

Posted by shouldveaskedme on January 31, 2006 at 10:39 PM (PDT) Comment 8

I must have the worlds smallest arms. I have to take it back because when I get the strap all the way around, there's no more velcro to secure it. I love the blue neoprene and loved that I could just leave the arm band at the gym and take the ipod home. Now I have to take it all back.

Tip: I cleaned the inside of the plastic window with an iKlear before putting in my iPod. However, there is some kind of scratch in it and it does interfere with video viewing.

Posted by Robbin Gheesling on February 3, 2006 at 5:40 PM (PDT) Comment 9

One thing that I am surprised no one has mentioned is the awkwardness with attaching dock port connecters, or with attaching the iPod 5G to a dock while in the SportSuit casing.

In order to attach port connectors or docks you must adjust the protective flap on the bottom. This partially blocks the click wheel, making it more difficult to adjust.

The casing is very difficult to remove, so it functions more as a permanent case than a sport jacket, but is more suited to active use than everyday use.

That said it functions very well as a sport jacket.

One note: the interior of the casing I purchased contained a sticky rubberized residue which carried over to side of my iPod. The substance has proven difficult to remove from both iPod and case, and made insertion and removal of the iPod into and out of the case more difficult as well.

Posted by Mosephus on June 19, 2006 at 1:18 PM (PDT) Comment 10

I have now gone through 2 sportsuit cases due to a flaw in the clip system. I use the armband iteration almost exclusively, and the cover for the unit (that has the pocket to hold earbuds as well as adding needed drop protection) is secured by this clip system. I think most of us that use armband cases adjust the position of our iPods at times by grasping the iPod and moving it (iPods in cases on armbands tend to slip around the arm and such, and need occasional adjustment).
Well, in doing this (and I don't at all wear my armband really tight, but at a more moderate and comfortable tension around my arm) the clip system has broken at the slider ridges where the armband bracket or the clip slides onto the back of the main case - simply from minor adjustments to the wear position of the unit. These ridges that secure the armband bracket or spring clip are plastic and small/thin and break easily. I think this part of the unit needs to be made of metal - especially now that I've broken 2.
Also - Marware seems to be getting stingy about exchanging defective cases (they were awesome originally a couple of years ago when I had a problem with my first case for my 3G iPod).
This is as close to the perfect case as there is - but I'm beginning to lose faith in Marware. I hope they fix the issues with this case.

Posted by TheSeeker on September 18, 2006 at 10:06 PM (PDT) Comment 11

I had the SportSuit basic for my 4G 20g, and it fell apart way too quickly. I wasn't planning to get Marware again when I got my 60g 5G, but iLounge recommended it so I gave it a whirl.

I got it in late July 2006 and by the beginning of January 2007 it's basically unusable. The clip on the back is broken, the flimsy cardboard behind the clip is falling apart, and all the corners are worn through.

6 months from a "sport" case is ridiculous. "Sport" usually means it's slightly more rugged and, gee, I don't know, able to stand up to an occasional trip to the gym? I don't treat it with velvet gloves, but I don't mistreat it either.

iLounge, I love ya, but I won't buy Marware again no matter how glowing a review you give.

Posted by rantnrave on January 10, 2007 at 1:01 PM (PDT) Comment 12

Overall, a very nice product but the armband is not durable enough for daily use.

As stated in other posts, it can be difficult to secure due to the non-continuous arrangement of the Velcro tabs. My Velcro 'loops' pulled off the armband completely after 6 months use rendering the armband completely inoperable.

The case design is good and I have no problems docking or using the belt clip. But, if you're planning on using the armband daily, I would look at a different case.

Posted by jmales on August 13, 2007 at 12:58 PM (PDT) Comment 13

In all the research i've done, Marware is the only one besides Griffin that produce a armband which works well w/ 5G video but both are difficult to get off. Is there something else out there besides griffin & marware that is not difficult to get in/out?

Posted by B Palmer on September 17, 2007 at 4:04 AM (PDT) Comment 14
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