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Andar’s Ranger holds cash right, if not a little crunchy

Andar’s Ranger wallet is crazy horse full-grain leather with an integrated leather cash strap and elastic pull strap for cards contained inside its sleeve. Very capable, the overwhelming presence of RFID material turns what appears to be a leather wallet into a noise maker.

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

Today, we’re going to review the Andar Ranger wallet. The Andar comes in a cardboard box which opens at the top. A nice thank you card and discount is also included. The wallet is within a cotton bag. This particular wallet is a tan bifold. As you squeeze the wallet, a crunchiness can be heard. This is because of the RFID material. The stitching looks to be reasonable with folded over edges.

Now let’s do a feature review of the Andar Ranger bifold wallet. As you can see from this wallet, the outside has a quick access slot. It also has a quick thumb push on the bottom, which is very nice. The opposite side has no external features on it, but it does provide a pull tab, which if we go to the top-down, provides access to cards that can be placed in the interior. When we open it up, we can see the left-hand side has 2 card slots, and on the flip side, there is a cash strap. 

Now onto the card and cash insertion test. We were able to get 5 cards in the pull tab area, 1 in the quick access, and 2 in each of the other slots. It also held 7 slips of cash. The company says it can hold up to 10 cards, but 10 cards leaves it a little bulky, so I think 10 cards would really be its maximum capacity. It’s a little slim for the yen or euro. If we take euros and fold those over, and put them in, we’ll notice that it tends to crawl over the edges. The yen is about the same as euros, and you’ll notice that it has a tendency to crawl over here as well, just a little outside of it. 

Andar says it’s full grain, crazy horse leather. I question that a bit. If we look at this, we can tell we have inward-folded sides, and then it’s sewn all the way through. This indicates it is probably a thinner leather, and that’s how they prefer to protect the edge, versus burnishing or painting. It is RFID protected which creates a very crunchy sound.  I don’t really like the RFID. It really takes away from the longevity of the wallet and the leather. 

The pricing is $49. It is designed in Germany and made in China. The price is a little high for this wallet’s construction and the materials offered, which will be reflected in the score. From a usability perspective, if cash is going to be external to a wallet, I really prefer this strap design they have here. It really works better. Metal clips don’t mesh well with leather, due to many reasons such as the difficulty for the manufacturers to secure them, they rub against the leather and cards which cause damage, and it’s more rigid than other materials which hampers the break-in period. The Andar has an elastic pull tab, but its placement inside the wallet isn’t really the best, and it doesn’t lay flat. Probably the most annoying part of this is that the cards don’t eject completely all the way up. 

The wallet measures 4 ⅛ inches by 2 15/16 inches by ⅜ of an inch thick. It does include a one-year warranty.

So now let’s get to the final score. For quality a 3, price a 2, features a 3, usability a 3, and perception a 3, which gives us a final score of 28 out of 50.

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