Bought the sleeve over at Dave's deals, in carbon black, and it is one thick, heavy piece of leather. I use a smaller non Apple phone, so the fit wasn't much of a problem. The sleeve slides nicely into pocket or briefcase, and frees up belt room for more important matters. If you carry concealed, you don't need a lot of excess baggage hanging around your waist. Maybe Batman can pull it off, but I haven't been able to. This sleeve fits my needs perfectly, and as with all SBL products, it keeps you coming back for more.
I love this case even more than I thought I would. I just couldn't leave my phone completely naked though. I put an Incipio Feather shell on the phone. I worked the leather for a solid two weeks to loosen it up a bit. Now the phone with the shell fits like a glove in the case and doesn't take a pair of vice grips to remove.
This is a great case and I concur with the previous reviews - it is going to arrive tight and stiff and will take some work to get the phone in and out. Be patient and work with it - it is worth it.
If you aren't sure about buying one check Dave's Deals and pick up the carbon one for a few less $'s.
I purchased this a month ago and totally got rid of my other iPhone 5 case(s). This also led me to get additional Saddleback Leather products. Your #1 fan all the way from the Philippines.
Very nice case .
Hard to get the phone out but once you break it in a little it's perfect. I will be buying more product from here.
Tobacco brown - why I love it - one word: patina. I bought one for my 4s and it aged beautifully. I know that some prefer to use "XYZ" product to break in the stiff leather and accelerate the patina process. I feel that time and utilization are a more rewarding method. Also, I did use Leather Milk No. 1 to condition my naturally aged (by almost 1 year) 4s tobacco brown case and it did not darken the leather.
The fit is very snug when you first use the case, but it does get easier to insert and remove the phone with continued usage. I wish that I could plug in my headphones through the bottom of the case. That is easily solved by inserting the phone into the case upside-down.
This is exactly what I needed for carrying my iPhone in my inside blazer pocket. The otter box on the belt was just too bulky. The quality, like all SB products, is excellent and the price makes it a great value.
Only one small problem with it. Where is Blue? I have him on just about all my other SB items, but to my disappointment he is not on here. I really think Dave sould find a spot for Blue.
This is perfect! Right out of the package it's just beautiful, deep, rich leather color in the dark coffee brown. The craftsmanship, as usual, is apparent every way you look at it. My phone slips right in, snug but not tight. This is my third product review, a medium bifold wallet, mini Ipad sleeve, and now this Iphone case. All superb in quality and craftsmanship. I'm so impressed with all things saddleback. I can't recommend their products enough, quality and value are what you'll get. If any reading this review are on the fence about trying ANY of these products, just pull the trigger and do it! I don't work for saddleback, but I can guarantee you'll be impressed with anything you buy. Thank you saddleback, in a throw away, mass produced world of cheap products you offer old world quality and value. Well done!
I got this for my Blackberry Z10, which is a little wider than an iPhone 5. I had to stretch it to get the BB Z10 to fit. I stretched it in stages but was not too gentle either (I wanted to use my new phone case). I can't tell you how impressed I am with how well this is made! The stitching did not budge; it held completely tight and secure. I have other SBL products, so knew the quality was high, but this took "abuse" above and beyond.
Now that my phone fits I love it even more. The top does stick out maybe an eighth of an inch, but that doesn't bother me. For any other BB users thinking about trying this case the angle of the stitching creates enough of a triangular space on the sides so that the volume buttons are not depressed when it slides in the case either. Smells better than an otter box too.
Like all things Saddleback, when you first take it out of the packaging, you'll be surprised by it's actual size. Then you'll think, "did I make a mistake?" Followed by, "Dave must be huge because he made this thing look small."
Then give it a minute.
Maybe what happens is you become enormous and all the proportions are appropriate again because you'll soon realize this is the most impressive item you own. One piece of leather, sown up the sides, to wrap up your phone. It's super safe, impressive, and your own size has suddenly become daunting.
That's the best way I can explain this product.
Don't be an idiot. Buy this sleeve. It is awesome. I just threw it, phone in sleeve, as hard as I could across my living room. Just to prove the point it not only looks like a dead cow rectangle, but it protects the phone. You dummies I see commenting about it doesn't protect the phone while you're texting, you are dumb. Stop texting drunk and while driving, and you'll stop dropping your phone! Its not a case, its a sleeve. You want a case, don't buy a sleeve, you no good pirate! This is legit (period). Buy two. Give one to your wife.
The iPhone 5 has some sharp, sharp edges. Edges sharp enough that they wore a little hole in the canvas pocket of my raw denim jeans. That's honestly the only reason that I bought a case. I didn't want something that'd cover the phone 100% of the time. I don't want to hide the beauty of the iPhone 5. It's well designed and I think that it should be naked when in use. That's why I went with a sleeve like this one. At the end of the day, I just wanted something to protect my pocket from the phone. And, if it also protects against me dropping it or falling on it too, well then, that's a bonus.
If you're reading this review, then you're probably looking for something simple like me. This is it. This is the case that you want. It's a tight fit, but I'm sure it'll stretch to fit wonderfully.
The leather is super high-quality (it's Saddleback, of course it is), the stitching is beautiful (again, duh). Most of all, it protects like crazy. I have no doubt that I could throw my phone across the room and have it come out no worse for the wear. I doubt that dropping it on concrete would do anything. I was skeptical of the 100 year guarantee until I saw my first Saddleback piece--now I'm guaranteeing you that Apple will have long since started using a different form factor--one that won't fit in this case--before you or your descendants find a way to wear it out.
I love this case. I just got it in today and while it is tight it gives me confidence that the phone won't fall out once I break it in some. The tobacco is gorgeous and it is already starting to get it's own character as I scuff it here and there. I love that I am now using my beautiful iPhone instead of a big plastic block that I was using when I had it in a life proof case. My case is now something that I enjoy instead of something that annoys me and I get the full joy of Apple's engineering as well. Well done saddleback.
I have a Samsung Galaxy S II, which is slightly bigger than an iPhone -- which is why I traded in my iPhone for the Samsung in the first place. Accordingly, my SB iPhone case was REALLY snug in the beginning. My co-workers were laughing at how hard a time I had to get the phone in and out, but I knew it would be worth the effort. After a couple of months now, the case is still snug, but nicely so, like a favorite pair of jeans that fit like a second-skin.
Funny story - the first night I had the SB case, I jammed my golf GPS unit down in there, thinking that would help stretch it out. The GPS got so wedged in that it actually somehow activated a calibration screen I had never seen before. My golf GPS now works better than it ever has before!
This is a beautifully made case for an iPhone 5. What a great smell, like a new pair of quality shoes! I got the Dark Coffee Brown.
When you get it, it's flat and you have to force the iPhone 5 into the case. After I pushed it in, I flexed the bottom and edges for a while and the case loosened up. After a day of working with it, the phone slides in and out easily, yet the fit is still snug enough that your iPhone won't fall out by accident. Highly recommended!
Love the clean look and feel of this case!. Also, as always, love the smell of the leather of SBL products.
One suggestion: please add a slit in the back for carrying an ID, credit card, and a bit of cash. Would love to be able use this case to replace my wallet as well.
I've had my iPhone 5 case for a couple months now. I am very happy with this product.
The leather is tough and beautiful and oozes quality. As others have said, the case is very stiff upon arrival and I had a hard time fitting the phone inside at first. But it has loosened up nicely and now holds the phone securely while making it easy to slide in and out. I used the Chamberlain's Leather Milk (also sold here) on it a couple a times and it seemed to help the breaking-in process.
A couple of small complaints: The first one isn't really a complaint but the Tobacco Brown is a little lighter than I expected or wanted. However, the conditioner darkened it a little. I'm in no way dissatisfied with the case's color however. If I had to do it again, I might go with the Chestnut, as I generally like a little more red in my leather. But it still looks great and attracts a lot of admiring eyes.
The only real gripe I have is that while the phone is in the case, it's impossible to have headphones plugged in, as the earbud jack in inaccessible while the phone is in the case. I often listen to music and always use earbuds when talking on the phone. What I've taken to doing in placing the phone in the case upside down and then I can access the headphone jack. While this works fine, it would be nice to see Saddleback's next generation of iPhone cases accommodate access to the jack.
This case may not be for everyone. I am not a clumsy person and rarely drop my phone. I like holding it in its natural state without a bulky Otterbox or similar case surrounding my phone. If you are all thumbs, however, you may want to consider other protection.
The fact that I have to pull the phone out and can't look at the screen while it's in the case may not be ideal for those who check their phones every 10 seconds. For me, it's a plus. It forces me not to waste time constantly looking at my phone and pull it out only when necessary. In some ways, you could say this case has made me more productive.
In closing, this is a great case and I'm very happy with this purchase. It's my first Saddleback leather piece but won't be my last.
I got this for my iPod Touch 5th Gen which has the same dimensions of the iPhone 5 but it's thinner. It fits great in this case and doesn't fall out even though it's thinner. The leather is thicker than the classic wallet I also got and I think it'd protect it well if I ever drop it. I can't stand typical cases that snap on the back and usually offer no real protection, I much prefer these sleeve cases that just let you throw it around without worrying about it, yet let you use the device bare the way it was meant to be held.
I bought this in Tobacco and Chestnut because I like to switch them out from time to time. The tobacco is definitely softer and more pliable, almost suede like compared to the shiny smooth finish on the Chestnut. I softened them over a few days to make them easier to work with. Great stuff.
I used a small gadget pouch for my iPhone 4 prior to upgrading to the iPhone 5 and purchased this version when it released. I am a tobacco brown guy but plan on purchasing a DCB one as well for a change of pace occasionally. The pouch does a great job protecting your phone during transit (in and out of pockets, bags, cars, etc...) but also allows you to enjoy the sleekness of the iPhone 5 during use. My case arrived "stiff" ,as expected, but has broken in very nicely. Well done Dave and team...another great addition to my Saddleback Leather collection.
I bought the small gadget case for my iPhone 5 and didn't like the fit, so I contacted Saddleback and they allowed me to return it no questions asked, and gave me a gift certificate for the amount of this iPhone5 case. I absolutely love it and am glad it covers all of the edges of my iPhone 5, which was my only qualm about the small gadget case. Of course, now I wish I had kept the other case for my iPod classic, but that's my own fault.
I can't say enough good things about this company and the products they produce. I love all the pieces I own and happily tell others about your great company!
Great case- you will need to work with the leather a bit to soften it, but overall this is just a very high quality piece. I love the look, and I think the phone is very safe inside. Also, this is not the same kind of case that everybody else has, and I like that. Finally, I like to use the iPhone without a bulky case, so this offers great protection, great looks, and the ability to use the iPhone sans case. Love it!
I just received my Saddleback Leather iPhone 5 case in Tobacco Brown. I love, Love, LOVE my new case. The quality is amazing with it's super thick cut full grain niceness!! I was kind of worried that the tobacco brown might be a little too light in color for my tastes, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it seems to be a little darker than the photos I've seen. It's just right! I was also concerned about how it would fit since I have a Ghost Armor skin attached to my phone. I was kinda worried that it may peel away at the skin but, lo and behold, the case really only touches the edges (bezel) of the phone where there is no skin attached. Awesome!!
Bought this iPhone 5 case and love it. Like the other reviewers have said, great product, AND it offers protection for my phone. I have several Saddleback products and cannot say enough good things about the company. It is refreshing to see someone like Dave, who ENJOYS his business. His videos make you want to buy his products, and admire someone who enjoys life AND work. HIGHLY recommend the iPhone 5 case and Saddleback Leather.
Bought it. Love it. Tough as my otterbox (probably tougher) but I get to use the thin beautiful iphone 5 as was intended in the first place.
Top notch gear and company. Zero complaints.