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Bellroy Card Sleeve, high capacity, but for the price?

Belroy’s Card Sleeve slim wallet has amazing capacity for it’s size, but with thin leather and a higher than expected price, is it worth it?

Let’s open up the Bellroy card sleeve slim wallet. This is a nicely thought out package, with sewn closures, very creative and puts a premium feel to this offering. I ordered the charcoal color and here it is.

In reading up on this product, they say it’s made from, “premium environmentally certified leather” that they source from members of the “leather working group”. All of that sounds like they don’t know the true quality of their leather, because they rely on a standards body, which also includes retailers.  It smells like chrome tanned leather, which again is fine, but it’s very thinly cut, which works for this design due to the minimal footprint, but could affect longevity. They do have a 3-year warranty. And even though they may not know exactly the leather, this is a very environmentally and socially responsible company which we’ll touch on later This particular wallet is priced at $55. That’s pretty expensive for just a slim wallet type with this construction.

As you can see from the test, it can hold up to 6 cards in the interior slot with 1-2 cards in the exterior slots and up to 5 slips of cash in one of the external slits. So it’s very capable of carrying the minimal things you need in a lightweight and compact footprint.

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

Accessibility is good with the pull strap, the tab protruding at the top is smaller, which I like because it doesn’t flap around as much as others, but I wish it was elastic so it would automatically retract itself.

The wallet measures 4 inches by 3 inches. The company is organized as a certified B Corporation. B corporations are committed to meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. Balancing profit with purpose. This means they just don’t make products to maximize profits, they try to do all they can to better the world we live in. They’re based out of Australia, and they’ve only been around since 2010. So they’re a fairly new company for how extensive the product lines are and how available they’re products are around the world.

Now let’s get into the final ratings. For quality we’re going to give it a 3, for pricing a 2 as it’s a little on the expensive side balanced against materials.  For features a 3, usability is a 4 and perception a 5 due to the social responsibility, their 3 year warranty and extensive customer care operations. That gives us a final score 3.4 out of 5 or 34 out of 50.  I really like this wallet and would love to do a long-term carry test on it. Head on over to walletopia.info to make suggestions for additional wallets to review and what wallets you’d like to see in a long-term carry test

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