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- Rated 4 stars
- Bellroy Note Sleeve
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The Note Sleeve wallet by Bellroy is a modern take of the traditional leather billfold wallet that we’ve all grown to love. From the outside, the wallet looks no different from any other wallet you or somebody else might have. But when the wallet opens you finally see what is a highly thought out wallet which takes an innovative approach to design, layout and functionality. The Note Sleeve has storage for 11 cards and manages to keep a slim profile even when fully loaded.
The wallet hosts a range of cool and functional features. At its full capacity, the wallet can hold up to 11 cards although I found out it can hold more at the expense of its size. One thing I noticed is the wallet quickly becomes quite bulky after only a few cards (around 6) although this was a problem for me as I only carry around 4 cards with me anyways. One of the more quirky features of the wallet is its pull-tab feature. This tab allows easy and quick access to a few cards and works incredibly well. Another feature that many people want but most wallets don’t accommodate for are coin storage. This little pocket located within the note area can hold up to 10 coins comfortably. An amazing addition in my opinion.
For more features, dimensions and specifications refer to the information below:
- Holds 4 – 11+ cards
- 103mm x 85mm – Compare to Other Products
- Stores flat bills
- 3 Quick access slots and pull tab for less used cards
- Full-sized note section and coin pocket
- Premium vegetable-tanned leather
- Backed by our 3-year warranty
Look & Feel
As mentioned previously from the outside the Bellroy Note Sleeve looks very much like any traditional billfold wallet. The wallet is made from a premium vegetable-tanned leathers, made under world-class environmental stewardship standards. One thing I noticed was the intense smell the real leather gave off when I first opened the packaging.
The Bellroy comes in 8 different colour variants for the none RFID version and 3 colours for the RFID. The range of colours are really nice and provide a nice mix for those who like their wallets to stand out. Having the choice between a classic brown or black or a stand out orange or green really makes this wallet a great choice providing people with the ability to customise their wallet more. I ended up going with the traditional brown.
My Experience with the Note Sleeve
As I do with all of my wallets, I used the Note Sleeve in my real life for several weeks to get a real understanding of the wallet. The leather is really quite nice and within just a week of using the wallet, it has really molded itself to my pocket. The wallet really takes every component of a wallet and breaks it down trying to think how it could be simplified and improved. The cards slots are one of the major plus points. They’re evenly spaced out and plentiful. This allows for an even distribution of cards and minimal bulk. The cash slots are large and easily accommodates a variety of different currencies. While the coin pouch is very welcoming, it can be a pain to get coins in and out because the slot is very small.
As for the overall size of the wallet, I think it’s a very happy medium between a regular wallet and a more minimalist one. I’ve never really felt its slightly larger size coming from a slim wallet background but keep in mind it is larger than the majority of wallets I’ve got on my site.
One of the major issues with the Bellroy is its price tag. Coming in at nearly $90, it’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for in quality. This is one of my favorite wallets and although it’s not exactly the slimmest wallet, it does its job well and is a fantastic wallet to use.