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Bellroy Micro Sleeve lives up to its minimalist name!

Finishing up Bellroy’s sleeve line of wallets, the Micro wallet lives up to its name. With a maximum of 6 cards, you have to be very judicious in what you choose to take with you. That guarantees a slim wallet, but could limit you too much.

(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 review the Bellroy Micro Sleeve. This is the far end of the dot sleeve spectrum of Bellroy’s wallet products. We have the typical Bellroy packaging. The consistency is always nice to see. They do sewing on the edge for their packaging itself. This is a nice tan and green color combination. 

Onto the feature review. With the Bellroy Micro Sleeve there is a card slot on the front. There is also a card slot on the opposite side facing in the opposite direction. It is kind of an up and down approach. In the interior, if you pinch it, it provides you access to the interior for cards or cash. 

I was able to get 4 cards plus 3 slips of cash. The company says it can hold 2 to 4 quick access cards on the exterior slots. I had 4. The interior can hold cash folded over twice, or additional cards. I think 7 cards without cash would be the maximum. Ideally it would fit 1 card with the two quick access slots on the exterior and 2 on the interior. Remember this is truly the micro wallet offering from Bellroy. US and Canadian cash will work great, Yen and Euro would work, because you can fold it over twice, but it does get a little bulky.

From a quality perspective, it is designed in Australia and made in China. It is made from environmentally certified top grain veg tanned leather. And it does smell quite nice. In this particular wallet, there is no RFID. I really wish more companies would ditch their RFID offerings. It is just a marketing ploy, and it ruins the leather. The leather is cut very thin. While not always a problem, it can be an issue if the preparation process is weak or if the usage on the wallet is too rough. There have been reports of the color wearing off, the stitching popping, water damage, et cetera, just after a short period of time. For the price of this wallet, you would think it would last longer than that.

The wallet is priced at $65. That is pretty expensive for what you are getting. This is very easy to use. By way of measurements, it measures 4 x 2.8 x 0.2” . The perception is what we have always had with Bellroy. They have a three year warranty on the products for defects materials used under normal use. There might be concern about what normal use really means. However, the company continues to demonstrate that they take care of their customers. There have been reports of the quality of leather that have been persistent. With Bellroy, they are a Certified B Corporation, so they meet the highest standards of verified social environmental performance, and quality. They want to make sure they have full transparency and legal accountability. 

For the final score. For quality a 4, price a 2, features a 4, usability of 3, and perception a 4. That gives us a final score of 34 out of 50

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