A Comprehensive Review of the Orchill Armada. How well does it fair as your everyday Wallet?
Orchill form a very popular wallet brand which offer a huge range of wallets from large bi-folds to very slim card holders. The Orchill Armada fits as one of there mid-sized bi-folds offering a unique blend of minimal card storage and easy cash access. This is represented by its main asset, its money clip, which cleverly lies smack bang in the middle of the Armada. Lets look a bit closer at what the Orchill Armada has to offer.
Look, Feel and Quality
The build quality of the Orchill is satisfactory at best. The high-quality brand perception and high costs doesn’t justify the quality of the wallets from when I first unboxed it. My Armada had a few issues with poorly worked leather and frayed thread edges. You can tell by the pictures that the quality is anything but poor. For now i’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that the build quality will vary from wallet to wallet but its not looking good.
The Orchill’s range of distinct colours and interesting spotted Patternation, or what I like to call the hole punch pattern, add to each wallets unique individuality. I have the black version which is arguably the least interesting colour but the wallet is also available in red, green and blue, each very attractive in their own distinctive way.
The Orchill is a medium sized, minimalist bifold which puts much emphasis on its slim nature. It’s unique in its note storage capability as it hosts an inbuilt money clip. This metal clasp runs down the spine of the wallet encapsulated in leather. Along with this, the wallet has storage capabilities for up to 6 credit or debit cards. The real issue I found was not with its storage quantity but with its execution. As the card slots are in rows, each one above another, I found that that if you fill the wallet the bottom card obstructs your access of the other two. A absolutely terrible oversight in design and execution.
On the plus side theArmada’s note storage clip works well and stores money very easily with a strong clasp. It’s ashamed it doesn’t have any quick access slots like both the 32&8 and Andar but its smaller size (compared to the other two) probably account for this.
A Fair Comparison
I don’t often do comparisons between wallets. But every now and then I start to see repetitive themes, styles and features within categories of wallets. This style is no exception to this. The Orchill Armada is much like two other wallets I’ve reviewed in the past. The 32&8 and Andar Apollo. In my review of these wallets, I rated the Apollo as one of my all-time favourite wallets but was more than critical on the 32&8s poor all-around clunky and expensive nature. The Orchill, for me, ranks between these two wallets. Better than the 32&8 but not good enough to beat the Apollo.
A wallet with some good and bad features. Coming in at a hefty $54.99 I’d personally recommend a different wallet. I feel disappointed but if you’re looking for a wallet like this I’d defiantly the Andar Apollo. It is better quality, better functionally and is almost half the price.