I can be so closed-minded sometimes – especially when it comes to Neoprene. All I have to do is hear or read the word, and I mentally immerse myself into sparkling turquoise waters and Cousteau-esque daydreams of teeming coral reefs, sea turtles, and schools of vibrant, darting fish. What’s the connection? Wet suits. Ever since my first trip to a dive shop at age 11 (I had to be “outfitted” for my super-cool snorkeling class at the YMCA), I’ve always associated Neoprene with scuba gear.
Well, I was recently shaken right down to my fins when I found out that these days, Neoprene is making its mark on the world of cord covers as well. That tidbit alone is enough to rock your world, right? Okay, I’m exaggerating, but you probably didn’t expect to hear that, did you? It’s nice to know I’m not the only one. Sooooooo, I bet you’re dying to hear all about the Neoprene cord covers that finally changed my viewpoint. Well then, I won’t keep you waiting.
The first thing that hit me about these cord covers is that they have a much nicer – shall we say more refined? – look than the average plastic cord cover. Secondly, they’re a lot easier to lay flat on the floor right out of the box. Plastic cord covers usually need a little coaxing to flatten out after they’ve been stored rolled up. That isn’t necessarily a problem, but it’s really nice that Neoprene cord covers don’t keep you waiting.
They also weigh practically nothing, because they’re basically just molded foam. But my absolute favorite feature is that they can be loaded from the top, through “secret” slits. I can practically feel you furrowing your brow over that one – I’ll explain. Standard flexible cord covers are typically slit lengthwise along their undersides, so that you can slip cables into the cord channel from the bottom. This is fine, it just means that you have to flip the entire cord cover over every time you want to add or remove a cable. These plastic cord protectors generally have a smooth, dome-like surface. Now for the Neoprene: these also have bottom slits, but hidden among what looks like decorative contouring on the upper surface are two additional lengthwise slits that actually let you top-load cables. You never need to flip the cord covers over unless you want to use the third channel – how easy is that?