Cuir Ally Voyager | Smart Wallet | Review & Overview

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The Cuir Ally Voyager | Is this the next Generation of Smart Wallets?

Are larger wallets back in fashion?

It’s not often I review wallets which go beyond what i’d, and others, consider minimalist. In terms of the Cuir Ally Voyager this really breaks this rule as this large smart wallet is much larger than any wallet i’ve ever reviewed. In fact this wallet is larger than probably most coming in at HxWxL. Nevertheless it’s not often I get the opportunity to review a wallet so different and unique in the marketplace. I always bang on about the future of wallets and the trends I’ve seen in new wallets coming onto the market. This trend very much favours the idea of smart wallets, wallets integrated with technology, becoming the next standard in our wallets. Let’s take a look at the Voyager wallet and see what it has to offer in practice.

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Functionality

As you’d expect from a smart/travel wallet this wallet puts heavy emphasis on the features both in terms of its capacity for storage and its inbuilt tech integrations. The Cuir Ally Voyager is made for individuals who probably travel around quite a bit and want an all inclusive storage item for carrying everything important to them in their day to day life. This can be seen by the inclusion of a large pocket for storing your passport or a small notebook. The wallet comes with a very nicely made notebook and a pen for taking notes when out and about.

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Capacity & Practicality

The Voyager has a bunch of features you wouldn’t normally find on a wallet due to it’s increased size. The first one would be the inclusion of a note book. This slides nicely into the left hand section of the wallet and also includes a very nice slim pen. The wallet also does a good job of being, well, a wallet. With multiple card slots cascading up and down, hidden and plane in sight the Voyager doesn’t shy away from being a jack of all trades. Whether not you enjoy this “all in yo face” mentality is down to you, but you can’t deny they have tried. 

The Smart Features

THe Voyager comes integrated with what’s known as Chipolo Plus. A small device which lies embedded within the wallet. This device is what gives the Voyager its smart functionality. Once you’ve downloaded the app and paired your phone with the device the Chipolo gives you some nice little functionality. Its main feature incorporates greater security. With an inbuilt tracking device no matter where your wallet is you’ll be able to load up the app and see the location of your wallet.

Along with this you also get the feature to find either your wallet or phone if you’ve lost them near by. I think we’ve all been in that situation where we’re pulling up couch cushions trying to find your phone. With a simple double tap of your Chipolo your phone should instantly start ringing for you to hopefully find. Alternatively if you’ve lost your wallet you can do the same but in reverse by clicking a button in the app.

The Chipolo is a smallish round type object and although its concealed quite well you can still feel and notice it within the wallet. Perhaps that’s intentional as you will have to activate it by pressing it. This will active a noise which symbolises the smart features are ready to use.

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The installation

The first step in using the Chipolo Plus’ features is to install the app on you iphone or android device. Download the app from either the apple app store or Play store and follow the simple setup process. What’s great about the Chipolo is it literally only takes seconds to set up, and is really intuitive.

Look & Appearance

As previously mentioned this wallet isn’t for somebody looking to slim down. With that being said from the outside the wallet doesn’t really have any distinguishable features that makes it stand out. All in all the wallet looks like a typical leather bi fold and that’s what you get. That being said the quality, look and feel are amazing. A job well done I think.

The range of colours are also a nice touch in trying to create a distinctive product which allows room for users to individually choose a wallet which fits their personality. These colours include your classic colours such as black and brown but also a range of others colours including:

  • Brown
  • Blue
  • Black

Conclusion

I’m very impressed with the range of functionality that the Cuir Ally Voyager. My main issue will always come back to its size. Unless you want to carry your wallet in a bag, briefcase or have access to large coat pockets, it’s just not viable to easily carry this wallet around. As a site dedicated to minimalist wallets I was reluctant to even write a review on this wallet. Nevertheless I think if you’re the type of individual who likes to travel and needs room for his passport, and tickets. Coming in at £69 is very reasonable for what you get. Some people who pay that, or more, for a wallet will less functionality so its very enticing to say the least! 

For more information regarding the Voyager wallet visit their website today here, or visit their social media pages on Twitter and Facebook.

August Wallet Giveaway | Have you won this month?

August Giveaway & The State of the Wallet Industry

Although this article is slightly early I thought it was a good time to do the next wallet giveaway and talk a bit about the landscape of the wallet industry at the moment. As some of you may know wallets are becoming ever more integrated with technology. Over the last year alone the majority of wallets cropping up on Crowd funding site Kickstarter & IndieGoGo have all been like this. With the integration with tech wallets average size are actually on the rise as wallets need to cram all this technology into a wallet. It’s probably a controversial statement but minimalist wallets are probably on the decline. Less and less appear on the market as please start to prioritize functionality over all else.

What comes next?

The question I pose is what comes next? I remember talking years ago about how wallets are continually getting smaller and smaller and soon enough they’d be no more. As cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin become ever more popular the need for traditional physical money is becoming less and less. I believe that as these alternative currencies become more popular, and new payment methods become more mainstream (contactless, and phone) wallets will eventually become obsolete. When will this happen? Not for at least another 10 years even longer. But It’s a very real possibility in the wallet industry and companies should be aware and keep ahead of the competition.

The Giveaway

Since its July I thought i’d giveaway one of the slimmest wallets i’ve come across in a long time. During summertime we enjoy going out more, staying out later, and wear less clothing. Because of this it’s only natural for us to want to do the same with our wallets. Although i’m going to leave the exact wallet a mysterious I guarantee it’s a good one.

If you’re here and yet to sign up for our giveaway you’re missing out. All you need to do is sign up once with the link in the sidebar and you could win a new wallet every month. It’s as simple as that. This month’s winner is:

Troy D.

Congratulations! I will send you a private message through email asking for your contact details so I can send you your wallet. Thanks to everyone who has currently signed up for the giveaway and best of luck for our September giveaway!

The Vaultskin City Wallet | Review & Overview

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The Vaultskin City Wallet | Is this the Perfect Budget Bifold? 

Sometimes I’m surprised by a wallet of such simplicity. It’s not always I can find a wallet one which on the surface doesn’t seem like anything special, and say it’s one of the best wallets I used this year. But with the Vaultskin City I can.

Look & Appearance

This medium sized bi-fold goes everything you need in a small neat package with little you can really complain about. The first thing I noticed when I unboxed it was it’s fantastic build quality. Its feel in the hand was amazing and it’s smooth luxury leather was easily noticeable compared to other wallets I’ve tried. Its springy dexterity and perfect size really shines and although it doesn’t look any different from hundreds of other wallets it doesn’t have too.

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Functionality

Its functionality is also rather simple but is executed in a great way. With 4 well presented inside slots and one outside slot the Vaultskin keeps minimalism at its core. Each of these are really easy to use and keep, and what I love is how Valutskin keep the money slot low and encapsulated on the outside of the design. This gives it a distinctive look but also makes the wallet easier to navigate and access your cards and cash.

Final Verdict

I’ve been using the Vaultskin City for a little over 1 month now and I can’t believe how good it is. While being a great brand at an affordable price the Vaultskin takes what you know about modern minimalism and a traditional bi fold and slim dunks them into one amazing wallet. If you’d like more information regarding the City then click this link to view and buy one now.

Exentri Wallet | Tri-Fold Wallet | Review

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Exentri-wallet-openExentri Wallet Review | The Tardis Reborn in Wallet Form.

If someone was to ask me what I thought the best wallet of 2017 was I very much consider the Exentri wallet. The wallet really takes the idea of a fully functional wallet while doing it’s hardest to be the smallest and slimmest in every possible way. Not only that but the wallet is so damn attractive. It’s compact unique look, sleek metal clip and premium leather really does take the cake. I think I’ve already made my judgement this is a fantastic wallet and I find myself hard-pressed to switch it up. I feel sorry for the wallet I have to use immediately after the Exentri because I’ll still have the lingering thoughts of the Exentri in my mind.

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Look & Feel

The Exentri wallet really does look very different from a typical wallet. In reality the wallet is built like a tri-fold with the wallet split into 3 main sections plus a slot for your notes. The Exentri’s design incorporates little stylistic choices that add to the overall branding look and feel. For example you’ll notice on the front the little cut out areas which look like little houses. These sit on both sides of the wallet and although they’re used for quick access slots but in general they just add some nice little design variations to the wallet.

On focal point of the wallet and something you don’t often see is the metal clasp used to keep the 3 layers of trifold wallet shut. At first I was skeptical about how secure the clasp would be as you can easily undo it. Over time I thought it may wear down with time and become even looser. Fortunately I was wrong and even after months of daily usage the wallets clasp still functions as intended.

The colours the Exentri comes in are typical of this brand of wallet. With variations on the colour brown along with a range of unique colours like green, red and purple. Each look very cool, classy and modern in their own way. The Exentri s material is something else to note. Made from a strong and durable leather the wallet feels nice but can be prone to wear and tear. Perhaps this is something of an anomaly as I have used this wallet more than others but the leather is quite susceptible to scratches, scrapes and scuffs (or the 3Cs if you must).

Functionality & Usability

The wallets strongest asset, along with it’s look, is it’s great array of features. Like I mentioned earlier the trip fold design allows for maximum storage capability while keeping build to a minimum. In total I found you could store 10+ cards at any one time which is phenomenal considering it’s small compact size. This also doesn’t mention the long cash slot for storing your notes which is also really great and easy to use.

The wallets quick access slots which protrude on the outside layers of the wallet are also very effective. Having one on every face allows for easy access regardless of which side you come at it from. One stand out feature is the metal clip that’s used to prevent the wallet from opening and secure the wallet. It works really well and I wish more wallets did something like this.

Final Verdict

Overall I find the Exentri the best of both worlds from a design and functional perspective. With a slim, attractive look and bounds of functionality I find it really hard to criticise this wallet and recommend it as one of my favourites of 2017. Coming in at €54.95 the wallet might seem a bit expensive. Nevertheless if you’re looking for a wallet for life I really think this is a great choice for you. For more information visit their website here.

Wallet Giveaway | July 2017 | Have you won?

Wallet Giveaway | July 2017

This month we’ve got 2 wallet to giveaway. Last time around we give away 3 wallets but as one went unclaimed i’m going to give it away as part of this month’s giveaway. I’m going to leave the actual wallet a surprise this time but will reveal it by next month’s giveaway, but i assure you it’s one of the best so far as to celebrate the start of the summer period. I’ve also been informed that some of our winners from the June giveaway have yet to receive their wallet. As a precautionary measure I will resend the wallets along with this month’s winners this Monday (3rd July).

Everyone on our mailing list should also receive an email confirming the winner. Without further ado this month’s winners are:

User: Estgabe86 (who will receive this month’s mysterious wallet).

User: Ericloki (who will receive our Unclaimed prize from our June giveaway)

Thanks to everybody who has entered since the last giveaway. I will directly message the winners of the wallets by email. If they fail to respond before the next Giveaway the prizes will roll over. Remember once you’re entered into the giveaway you’ll always have a chance to win every single month. We still only have around 140 members so your chances of winning are incredibly high. Thanks for all your support and i’ll see you next month for our August giveaway.

Crowdfunding Wallets | July 2017 | Kickstarter & IndieGoGo

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Wallets on Kickstarter & IndieGoGo | July 2017

Its summer time, and although I’m from the United kingdom, I’m looking for some really hot wallets being crowdfunded on Kickstarter & IndieGoGo this month. Last month had a really nice eclectic range of wallets from the strange to the damn right wonderful.

As mentioned my review of wallets being crowdfunded is always highly critical. This is not only down to my own experience having tested hundreds of wallets, but is down to what I think people should be wasting their money on. Let’s take a look at what July has to offer.

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Sketch Wallet

Although I don’t usually like to focus on larger wallets the Sketch wallet is worthy of a mention. As the name suggests the Sketch wallet is all about having a portable wallet and booklet combined to allow for drawing and note taking. This is actually a second generation Sketch wallet which improves on some of the most requested upgrades that people wanted. This includes a cheaper price (almost half), an alternative non leather version, more card slots (now 7 – 14 capacity) and money pocket.

What this does is bring a more balanced combination of a notebook and wallet. It looks great and seems far better than the only other notebook/wallet i’ve ever used which was the Bellroy Notebook Cover. For more information on the Sketch wallet visit their Kickstarter here. Estimated delivery October 2017.

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DJIN Wallet

The guys at Koala gear are by no means a Kickstarter virgin. After the success of their innovative backpack over 2 years ago the guys are back with their next kickstarter the DJIN Wallet. On first impressions i’m not a big fan of the style of the DJIN. It looks large, clunky and doesn’t seem to have any redeeming features of what i’d consider an attractive wallet.

On the other hand its main focus is on the functionality and ease of use in day to day life. The DJIN is made up of 2 compartments one to manage notes and cards, and the other to deal with other larger items such as coins, keys and other small physical items. Having already raised over 60K I have no doubt this is a wallet to look out for and i’d love to get my hands on one in the near future. For more information please visit their Kickstarter page here. Estimated delivery December 2017.

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Baggizno Wiseward Wallet

The smart wallet revolution is well and truly here. Over the past year i’ve seen a huge rise in the number of smart wallets funded and I expect this to continually rise and we move into an age in which technology is integrated into everything we carry.

The Baggizno Wiseward wallet is another example of this and has already gained huge traction raising over 24K with 11 days still to go. Like many smart wallets the Baggizno comes in a multitude of smartphone integrations including tracking and a notification system so you’ll always know where your wallet is. Its an attractive wallet and the range of features are plentiful. Visit their Kickstarter here. Estimated shipping from October 2017.

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Pitaka Carbon Fibre wallet

Although i’m not a fan of carbon fibre as a material the Pitaka has a unique fanning design which gives a really nice seamless approach to accessing your wallets cash and cards. Its module system allows you to customise your daily carry with ease. Visit the Kickstarter campaign for more information. Shipping from October 2017.

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The WallaKoozie Wallet

I always like to do a specific shoutout to a wallet which is so crazy or so strange it almost deserves a special reward. Today is the WallaKoozie which is a wallet which allows you to physically attack a typical 330cl can. Thats right its a wallet which you could carry your can of coke, or pepsi with. I’ll say no more. Check them out here on Kickstarter.