Some questions from the AZ BIlliards Forum – My answers in orange.
2. Of the skins listed above, what are the most desirable /expensive (in order)? Which feels the best to the hand (in order)? Which is the strongest (in order)? Is there a website I can view to get more info on these skins?
Most desireable is elephant. Best feel to the hand is kangaroo. There are dozens of websites where you can learn about leather. Google is your friend.
3. Most cases I've seen have a thin felt liner inside. Is this enough to protect a cue from vigorous transportation? Does the cue or shaft move about inside these cases? My Instroke has tubes which secure the butt and shafts snug.
4. Same question above, but regarding temperature, humidity and warping. Do these cases protect the cues from the weather extremes as well as one with tubes?
All the slip cover cases have moisture barriers. Padding is insulation so more padding is more insulation, less padding is less insulation and no padding is no insulation. The more insulated the case is then the more it will slow down temperature change and allow the cue to acclimate to the environment.
5. Can those of you with these types of cases comment on why you prefer (or don't prefer) them over the "Instroke" type with tubes?
6. Can those of you with these types of cases comment on how you carry other accessories (chalk, rags, break cues, etc) since the majority of these don't have pockets? This question is for those who carry accessories (I know many of you don't).
I carry chalk and one tip tool in a small plastic bag that sits in the top of the case.
Thanks in advance for your replies.