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For a bifold, Bellroy’s Slim Sleeve lived up to its slim name!

Bellroy’s Slim Sleeve was excellent during my 3 week carry test. Designed to be just larger than a card in size, its capacity was amazing as it swallowed all my cards while still keeping its slim profile. Non-RFID made it a joy to use and overall I would carry this wallet long-term.

(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)

Today we are  going to go through my long term carry experience with the Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet. I carried it for 3 weeks, including some air travel, and it performed really well. Before we get into specifics, let’s go over the features of this particular wallet. The Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet has no particular features on the exterior. It has some sewing that actually relates to the pull strap that is on the interior. In the interior, both the left and right hand sides have quick access card slots where you can get maybe 3 cards inside. I had 2 in there and it functioned just fine, I don’t know if I’d try and stretch it to 3. On the inside pocket is where you put cash folded over once. You could also use the space for additional cards which is what I did. The right hand side has a pull strap which provides you the ability to have cards that you don’t access very often. It is very slim and is about the size of a card.

For my general assessment, I really did like this wallet. Even after loading it up with my cards, the wallet still looked and felt very thin. As a Bifold, my impressions and experience is that they are generally never really thin, let alone feel that way in your pocket, but this one really did. It never felt bulky and it was very easy to use. I think this is because the leather is cut so thin and the overall sewing was done very tight. Since this is not RFID, it made it easy to include my hotel card in the back. I was able to push it up against the reader without having to remove it every single time. My overall impression is that this really is a great wallet, by way of usability.

Now for my likes. This is easy to load. I like the leather pull strap on the inside. I am kind of torn on pull straps overall, but I did like this. It was easy to access my cards with the front quick access card slots.

Now for my dislikes. I still have some concerns over the longevity of the leather in Bellroy wallets. The bottom of the spine shows a little bit of distress and wear and I only carried it for 3 weeks. There have been consistent complaints about the leather quality, and for only using it for 3 weeks, it does concern me. For a wallet that costs $79, you would think you could get at least 3 to 5 years out of this. 

It was really a great wallet overall, easy to use, quick card access, and fit nicely in my front pants pocket and did not feel bulky at all. Overall, I would continue to use this wallet.

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