(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
This review is for the Bellroy Passport Sleeve. I think you’re going to want to see how this one travels.
We’ve had an interest in passport wallets, and so today we’re going to open up the Bellroy Passport Sleeve. If we pull this out, we’ve got a nice product here. It looks like we have one more thing. Here is a refill for the pen they provide. This mini pen, which I think is a must have if you’re going to have any kind of passport wallet these days. It is sewn very well.
Let’s do a review of the features on the Bellroy Passport Sleeve. With this particular passport sleeve, they’re all very similar, but different ones have unique twists. This one has a card slot, two of them as a matter of fact. One on the front, one on the top, and one on the bottom. I would think they could hold one to three cards in each slot. It’s a completely enclosed environment, because it holds your passport. On the back it has a large slot, which they say is for your boarding pass. I think it can hold cash here just as easily if you want to do that. And of course, the top, where the passport inserts here and goes all the way down. It then provides a pull tab to be able to remove the passport when it needs to be used. One of the absolute must haves for passport wallets is this mini pen. The mini pen, of course, is incredibly useful when you’re going through customs documentation. So with that, you’ve seen the review of the features of the Bellroy Passport Sleeve wallet.
Now onto the card and passport insertion test. This fits 4 cards just fine, 2 in each of these front slots. It can also fit cash from all of the different foreign currencies, folded over once, into this slot here. It will fit your boarding passes as well as cash just fine.
This is made from premium hides, sourced from the Leather Working Group, and Bellroy is part of that group. It’s a standards body, which includes retailers to ensure that the raw materials meet minimum criteria. I would assume this is at least top grain leather and it smells veg tanned. It is a thin cut leather, which works for this particular design, and is totally understandable.
This does have a three year warranty on it. The pricing is $99, which is in line with what you’d expect for passport wallets. From a usability perspective, the leather strap to eject the passport in the back, is the same type of leather strap used on all Bellroy products.
It measures 5.51″ x 3.94″ x .3″. Bellroy’s support is superb and they’re always there to address issues promptly, whether it’s on their website or on one of the many marketplaces they sell at. Some issues have been reported around some lingering smell of the leather, which I think smells great. The passport pocket might be too tight for those with extra passport pages, because you can get an extra 24 put into your passport, from the states anyway. Regular passports appear to be just fine.
Bellroy is a Certified B Corporation, they meet the high standards of verified social environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. They just don’t make products to maximize profits, they try and better the world that we live in. They’re based in Australia, and were founded in 2010.
Now onto the final score. For quality, a 3. Price, a 3. Features, a 4, (really due to the pen that was added). Usability, a 4. And perception, a 5. That gives us a final score of 40 out of 50.
Passport sleeves are a hit and miss thing, but Bellroy’s mixes all the right notes. With the ability to carry cash along with boarding passes and cards, its mini pen makes it the perfect offering when you’re traveling internationally.
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