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.

Cuir Ally Stark Wallet | Review

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The Cuir Ally Stark Wallet | A colourful wallet with a colourful personality 

On the surface the Cuir Ally Stark doesn’t seem to pose a huge range of variation from what you’d expert from your average bi fold wallet. But looks can look deceiving and the hidden features of the Stark wallet are budding with little secrets that make it more than just an average bi fold. With a good size, average sized card capacity and an eclectic colour palette the Cuir Ally is shaping up to be a very promising wallet. Let’s take a look.

Look & Appearance

The main difference between the Stark Wallet and other bi-folds comes down to some small variations to its design along with a small eclectic range of colours that would appeal to something looking for something a little different. These are 6 very bold, bright and “in your face”, so to speak, colours which will turn off some but inthrall others. These 6 colours, as described by me, include:

Functionality & Practicality

The functionality of the Stark wallet is very strong. RFID Capabilities are included which are great for those conscious regarding people stealing your hand earned money with skimming devices. In practice it worked flawlessly and it wasn’t able to pay contactless with any card when it was inside the wallet. Just as advertised!

The main difference between the Stark and other typical bi-folds is the inclusion of a secret quick access slot hidden in the bill slot at the back. This can fit an additional 2 cards along with the other 4 slots that have an advertised capacity of 2 cards each. The card slots are very tight from the get go. Great for security as they are unlikely to fall out which is great. On the other hand it really inhibits your ability to fit more than 5 cards. Anymore than 4 and I was finding myself forcing the cards in the slot with difficulty.

Other notable points:

  • Premium fine grain leather
  • Unique look. The top corners are rounded for a stylistic look
  • Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.7 x 0.6 cm
  • Coin slot also included

Conclusion

One interesting point to note is that the Cuir Ally Stark claims to be the “world’s slimmest unisex wallet”. A very bold claim which seems to have no evidence to support the claim. As someone who’s reviewed hundreds of wallets, male & females, based on its size I really doubt this is the truth. Regardless I find the Cuir Ally Stark a fine wallet with a great size, and all round strong functionality. If you’re looking for a wallet with a bold colour, and in the style of a traditional bi fold perhaps the Stark wallet is for you. For more information please visit their website by clicking here.

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Kickstarter Wallet | Spotlight | The Designer Leather Front Pocket Wallet

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Designer Leather Front Pocket Wallet

Sometimes a wallet grabs you attention and the designer leather really does this. A luxury wallet that takes what we know about premium goods and adds just that little bit extra. Its no surprise that a wallet of the calibre can attain and its unique detachable money clip really is innovative, something i’ve never seen before.

David Williams the mind behind his first wallet told us about his plans for the future and whats in store for this up & coming wallet brand.

“My ultimate goal of my Kickstarter campaign is to go beyond this one single wallet to develop a new premium leather goods company. As a reward, I am giving backers the chance to vote on their favorite branding. I have several products designed and ready to follow”.
This is something that i’ve never seen from any business before. The idea of giving control to those who know, care, follow and purchase the wallets. Backers will be give a democratic vote on the development of a brand something both exciting and fun for backers.
When we asked Dave his initial reasons for why he thought a new wallet was needed in what seems like an over saturated and competitive wallet he didn’t hesitate with his response:
“My goal is to deliver to customers the level of high quality that I expect as a customer. I made this wallet because I couldn’t find the design at the quality level I desired. I chose vegetable-tanned, top-grain, hand-stitched leather from a top tier tannery to achieve the level of quality that would match the simple elegance of my design”.
Commitment behind a idea or concept is paramount and I like what Dave is trying to achieve. Combining style, functionality and minimalism into one wallet really is the way forward and on first impressions this wallet does just that. Check out their Kickstarter video below:

Speaking of Form & Function…

If you’ve ever read one of my reviews before you know that I put a lot of emphasis on the idea of functionality, style and of course size. I find a lot of brands don’t really understand, or care, about why they’ve even made a wallet and the reasons behind what makes a wallet and good one. I believe this wallet has something and urge anybody currently looking for their new wallet to check out the luxury wallet today.

Click here for more information.

Flowfold Minimalist Wallet | Review & Unboxing

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Flowfold Minimalist Wallet | An Adventure of a Lifetime Kinda Wallet

I always love to try wallets which aren’t my personal everyday style. I often favour, to my own discredit, wallets made for a more luxury market. Wallets made from high premium leather or exotic materials. Over the past month i’ve had the opportunity to try something a little different. The Flowfold Minimalist Wallet. As a brand Flowfold are built on the concept of adventure and raw outdoor adventure. In all honestly i’m a big fan of the brand and they seem very passionate about what they do and what they stand for. As for the Flowfold Minimalist wallet (which henceforth simply be referred to as Flowfold) has a lot going for it.

Look & Appearance

The first thing that stands out about the Flowfold is its distinctive design. Being made from actual high performance racing sailcloth this unusual material has a textured appearance to it that’s both durable and lightweight. It definitely feels like what i’d imagine sailcloth to be like a bumpy and rugged feel probably due to its Ballistic nylon webbing. If one things for sure this is without a shadow of a doubt a material that can tackle the environmental and elements with ease. The Flowfold comes in a small variety of different colours. I got my hands on the White & Cyan, but they’re also available in 5 other vibrant colours.

Another thing that stood out to me was how slim this wallet really is. From a side on angle i’d say it almost disappeared. This razor this design is exactly what you’d need and want if you’re packing light on, say, a camping trip or hike. Remember it only weighs 0.4 oz / 12g (without cards) and comes in at 4.2″ x 2.75″ x 0.06″ only slightly bigger than a single credit or debit card. A perfect size for minimalist lovers and adventurers alike.

Functionality & Usability

At its core the wallet it very simple and doesn’t offer anything other than a single card slot which can fit around 6-8 cards comfortably. Flowfold themselves said this wallet wasn’t designed for anything but pure minimalist at heart. I quote from their website: “Designed for the straight shooter with no interest in excess features”. I really respect that from flowfold. To many brands these days try to be all singing, jack of all trades and a lot of them fall on their face. The best types of wallets are the ones with a clear purpose and they always tend to be the ones that work the best standing out from the crowd.

Final Verdict

So can I recommend the wallet? I can, but only to those people who’d want a secondary wallet for things like camping. If you’re the adventurous type who love to get out the house (I should probably do that once in awhile) then I highly recommend this wallet. Sometimes that big old chunky bi-fold just doesn’t cut it on those long walks, or mountainous treks. This is where the this wallet would excel and at only $12.00 you really have nothing to lose. You can get your hands on the Flowfold by visiting their website here.

Orchill ARMADA Wallet | Review

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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.

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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.

Functionality

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. 

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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.

Final verdict

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.

Sorry Orchill but its a “NO” from me.