It’s an iPad Sock! No, it’s not a carbon copy of Apple’s much-maligned but still available iPod Socks, but rather a larger, similar Belkin release called the Cap Sleeve for iPad ($40). Rather than selling a bunch of iPod Socks in different colors within the same package, Belkin’s knit Cap Sleeve is sold one to a box in either black or purple with a second accent color, and obviously is large enough to hold the iPad bulging inside. It’s the rare iPad case that could also be worn as a goofy hat, at least if you have a really small head.

First Look: Belkin Cap Sleeve for iPad

On May 13, 2010, iLounge published The Complete Guide to iPad Cases and Protection, a multi-page comparison of over 70 different iPad cases and film protectors, sorted by genre. The following details were added to this piece by that comparison article; please click on the link above for additional comparative discussion of similar protective options.

We typically steer clear of recommending sleeves for iPods and iPhones, but iPad users may find that they make more sense. The concept is to totally envelop the iPad inside protective material, using a flap or zipper to open and release the device when it’s needed. In almost every one of these cases, the designs speak for themselves—you either like how they look, or don’t—so we’re sorting them by price and focusing our brief notes on fit and scope of protection, with bare opinions otherwise.

Does Cap Sleeve fit? Yes. Is everything protected? Yes, though one edge of the iPad will be exposed a little bit because the Cap Sleeve doesn’t fully close—it just comes close.


First Look: Belkin Cap Sleeve for iPad

First Look: Belkin Cap Sleeve for iPad

First Look: Belkin Cap Sleeve for iPad

Our Rating

Not Rated

Company and Price

Company: Belkin


Model: Cap Sleeve

Price: $40

Compatible: iPad (2010)

Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.