The STOW Slip wallet we love has been reimagined as the Akeeni XSTO. With obvious insight into what needed improvement the new XSTO addressed the few shortcoming the original STOW Slip had make a winner a champion.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
We’re back looking at an improvement on a wallet we’ve seen before, that originally began to push the idea of perfection for a non-leather, minimalist type wallet. That was the STOW Slip wallet. Today we have Akeeni, the new name of the company who produced the original STOW which has resulted in their new version with a new name. Called the XSTO it’s the next iteration so how can it improve on near perfection? Well, they do it in all the right places.
Similar to the original STOW in the packaging the new XSTO I have here is in forest green. The overall features we know and love haven’t changed, but evolved to be more efficient, durable and usable. It comes in four sizes, a 4, 6, 8, and 10-card model. The one we have here is the eight card model. When we did our original review of the STOW, they did not have a 10-card version, so that’s really good to see.
One of the improvements is an attachment point for a lanyard right, or pickpocket tether. If we look at the interior we can see that what we have different cushion plate, this one being stainless steel. The original STOW used a plastic pillow plate instead so we’ve moved from plastic to stainless steel, nice start. The stainless steel plate is what facilitates the tension between cash, cards and the insert slot edges, making sure everything is held tight. Cards go in the main space between the top and bottom edges that act to contain the cards.
If we come to the front, we can see that we still have the business card holder, which provides a space to slip business cards along with a plastic insert with folded edges to keep cards in place. I actually think more credit cards go in here just fine, as well as an ID better than just business cards. That way you can get more capacity overall.
Akeeni also sells an optional cell phone case slip, which attaches to the back of your cell phone with 3M adhesive type connection points. Once in place, you attach your XSTO wallet by sliding the case slip into the wallet like it’s another card. It clicks in place and stays put. It used to come free with the STOW, but is now an optional purchase.
Another new improvement is the slightly increased size of the wallet. This enables any currency to fit under the cards, folded in thirds or in quarters (twice). That was a huge problem with the original STOW as it could only fit USD, CAD, SGD, AUS currencies, but missed larger one’s like YEN and EURO.
It’s designed and made in the United States from CNC 6061 aluminum. It is powder coated and contains no elastic or plastic. This wallet is all metal and comes in six colors to choose from.
Usability is excellent with the ability to move cards around in the wallet without needing to take them out. It’s like shuffling a deck of cards all while in the case.
Pricing starts at $62 for the 4-card, going up to $68 for the 10-card version. The one I have is the 8-card and cost $66.
The feature set overall has improved where it should. We saw the size increase, so it can fit additional currency sizes, the improvement in the base spring area by incorporating stainless steel instead of plastic. It has a small footprint, only measuring 3.75 x 2.3 and, of course, the thickness depends on the card option you have.
This one weighs 38 grams and is a bit lighter than the original, which is due to the stainless steel spring versus the plastic, and its slightly larger size and does have a functional lifetime warranty. Now onto the final score. For quality a 5, price a 3, features a 4, usability a 5, and perception a 4. That gives us a final score of 44 out of 50.
Hitting the spot on so many requirements, the XSTO (used to be called the STOW) sits at an almost perfect slim wallet for cash and card carry; easy to access, simple for card extraction too.