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Bellroy Card Pocket Zipper wallet might be too small

Pushing the limits, the Bellroy Card Pocket Zipper wallet designers made it as small as functionally possible. Outside of a one usability issue, it works pretty well and is a great front pocket wallet for cards, cash, coins and even a SIM card.

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

Today we will be reviewing the Bellroy Card Pocket Zipper Wallet. All major manufacturers, more or less, are now offering zipper versions of their wallets. The more I have been evaluating and carrying them, the more I am becoming quite a fan. As with all Bellroy products, they have a pretty consistent packaging type. They are all the same which is great. It provides a great continuity for the product line. It is even sewn on the edges. I really like what they have done from a design perspective. The wallet is wrapped in paper. Bellroy is also very good to provide the initial instructions on their products. The wallet feels nice and has good flexibility to it.

Now on to the feature review of the Bellroy Card Pocket Zipper wallet. The wallet has a half and half zipper. There are no features on the exterior. There is a nice 3D raised Bellroy logo on the outside. When we open it up, there are a few features. On the one side, there is a little SIM card pocket, which is really nice if you travel externally to the United States. There is also a card slot. This card slot could be used for cash or cards, but I think it is really meant for cards. On the opposite side, there is a pocket which starts really high at the top which is meant for coins. You would also have room left for a key, other cards or receipts, because of the zipper function of this wallet. This is why I am becoming quite the fan of zipper wallets.

Now onto the card and cash insertion test. I was able to get six cards, two coins and five slips of cash which seemed to work well. I had to fold the cash twice, which you will have to do with all currencies. Foreign currencies would work as well. The one thing I did notice that was difficult, was, the more cards you put inside, the more it started to push against the zipper just a bit. The company recommends four to fifteen cards. However, with the cards getting so close to the zipper, I don’t know how you would be able to get fifteen cards inside.

This is designed in Australia and is made in India. They use a YKK zipper which is very smart. It runs a little rough, but that’s okay. It is made from environmentally certified top grain veg tanned leather which smells great. It has a polyester lining which will last quite a while.

The wallet is priced at $59 and is nice and compact for front pocket use. With Bellroy, they have a three year warranty on all their products, and they really stand by everything they do. This wallet is most suited for card and minimal cash carry, but you can also get coins or a key inside.

It measures 4 x 2.8 x 0.5” and weighs 33 grams. From a perception perspective, I like the size of this wallet, but it could be slightly taller to address that fraction of an inch for usability so the cards don’t hit the zipper.

Now let’s get into the final score. For quality, a 4. Price, a 3. Features, a 4. Usability, a 2, due to the zipper issue more than anything else, and perception, a 4. That gives us a final score of 33 out of 50. Bellroy also has a zip wallet, which is a little bigger and is really more of a standard size footprint, which could be an alternative to the wallet I just reviewed.

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