Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by Greg0
BUILT: Carry Your Wine And Tablet In Style
You’ve got your new iPad, and a good bottle of wine, and now it’s time to take them out for a stroll. That may sound a bit far-fetched, but considering that many of New York City’s parks offer wifi and that the weather is warming up to picnic-friendly temperatures, we decided to do exactly that. The new iPad may look great, and the smart cover is handy, but it’s still a bit hard to carry and dropping it would be sad, hence the need for a solid, svelte case. And wine bottles tend to need a little help, if only in providing a little bit of cover to your activities- note that we don’t recommend indulging in the parks, as such a thing is generally off-limits!
Nonetheless, we decided to throw some vino and our tablet in the new BUILT Origami Wine Tote and Universal iPad sleeve. Both of ours came in black, but other colors are available. And we’ve checked out Built gear before, so we knew what to expect- stylish, fairly lightweight bags with a focus on fashion and design. Today’s pair look great, and especially the new Origami tote attracted lots of looks. It folds down as well (just twist) and compresses with the handle wrapping around, saving space and storing easily. Though it doesn’t offer a lot of insulation- Built NY offers other neoprene sleeves that do- the Origami Wine Tote is definitely that bag we’ll be using when we need to bring a bottle from our wine collection outside. The Origami sleeve runs $25, and a larger champagne version is also available for $5 more. Makes a great gift too!
The Universal iPad Sleeve is thin, and light, and perfect for on-the-go users. It was a little too small for us, as we often like to pack the charger. Though there is a zippered front pocket, the charger and cabling didn’t fit well and made for an awkward bulge, and we had some difficulty in retrieving it. The angled pocket design is interesting- attractive and eye-catching, we liked that the zipper hides for both some rain protection and fashion points. The main zipper, though, is thus oddly large, though it is solidly made. There isn’t a real shoulder handle, unfortunately, just a grab and go loop. But the padding in the main compartment is great- our iPad looked quite cozy. Available now for $40 or so.