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Bryker Hyde Wallet…is it the perfect wallet mix?

The Bryker Hyde wallet is a perfect balance of minimalist with capacity, cash carry and small footprint.  That along with quality material and build qualities make this a serious look wallet. 

Thanks for joining us at Walletopia today. As mentioned, it’s a Bryker Hyde wallet and this is a great wallet. Let’s take a look at this. Let’s open it up. It looks good. Let’s open this up and see what we’ve got here. It’s nice, this is made in the United States. It’s made in Texas. It’s made from full grain leather, which is the top of the heap when it comes to the type of leather. It is a light brown color.

It’s has RFID protection, we’ll talk about that a little bit, but there’s always a sacrifice when you go for RFID versus a full grain or top grain, leather wallet If you’re going to get RFID with it, more often than not, you will find as we see in here, if you look in the inside, you see here where it’s black? Where it’s black, the leather stops, and then it goes into the RFID lining. When that happens, it means that it’s not really leather all the way through. At least not here on the inside pieces. Of course there’s full grain leather on the outside. But these pieces on the inside have more of that black that’s in them right there. You can get a feel for it there. So this is leather right here in the top, and then it gets an RFID lining there.

In a full grain or top grain wallet WITHOUT RFID you have leather all the way through the wallet. You’d have three layers of leather going through from each pocket. So it’s nicely sewn, quality looks great in this regard.

Let’s take a look at the features of this wallet. You can see right here we’ve got two slots in the front of the wallet for cards. You can put more than two in each of those slots. Recommended is one card in each slot for quick access. Likewise on the back you have two additional slots, so you could do another two in each slot. That’ll be four total if you load it up. So between the front and the back you could have a total of eight cards. Now if we open the wallet up, we can notice that there are options for an ID slot. And you could probably put another card behind that. Underneath the ID slot is another pocket, as well as another pocket on the opposite side. You can get two cards on each side.

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

You have two slots right on the inside, opposite the ID slot, so it’s very capable in holding at least two cards in each slot. So there’s an 18 card total potential. Plus you have the currency clip. And so as a minimalist wallet, it’s very attractive, capable and functional.

It’s got great reviews. On Amazon it has over 1,400 views, with a composite of 4.6 stars. And so there’s nothing bad to be said about how this is built. The company prides itself in the fact that all of its projects are RFID. RFID means radio frequency identification, there used to be quite a few cards that were RFID, but no more. Cards these days use near field communication which would also be protected. RFID is a technically dead technology. I’ve got a different blog posts on this, and I’ll do a video post on it as well. I’ll put it in the notes when I get done with it, RFID and even NFC its not a big deal. I’d rather go for the quality of the leather more than anything else.

But back to this wallet. On the outside, on the corners it’s got what appeared to be painted edges. There’s a difference between painted versus burnished edges. And usually that comes down to a preference of what people are looking for. If you like the smooth look from painted edges, you’ll like this. Burnishing provides a smooth edge too, but you can see the grain of the leather as well.

The wallet was priced at $29.99 on Amazon. It’s priced well, right in the mid-range of what you’d expect from a wallet like this. They say it has a capacity of eight to 10 cards. Let’s test this out. All right. Well we usually get into this, we’ll pull out our card stack and see what we got here. So, obviously we’ve got on the outside, you can get one or two here. It’s easy enough. Let’s put another, let’s put two more there on each side. So there is four. Let’s get four more on this other side right here. So let’s put these in quickly. So now we’ve got eight. So that’s the minimum they say it could get to. Let’s get in the inside. Let’s put a couple on the inside here. Man, that’s going to be a little tough to get that in there.

The capacity on this wallet is excellent. It definitely meets the criteria they’ve talked about. Eight to 10, we put 18 in here. And if you had add some currency in there, it shouldn’t be a problem at all. By way of its measurements, it is 5.4 inches by 4 inches, by 1 inch, it’s not really one inch there. When closed and measured it’s more like 0.3 inches. So not too bad.

This has a great feel to it. I really like this wallet. My perceptions on this wallet, are good. I like the leather. It’s got a nice feel to it. The construction of it is excellent. The thin profile is very good. I’m personally not a fan of of money clips, but I have had wallets like this before and they hold up fairly well in the spring mechanism. If you have a problem, they have a lifetime warranty on their product. So at $30 online on Amazon, you see the link below for this, I think it’s a great purchase. It comes in additional colors as well. And from that, I think the presentation is very nice.

In our ratings we have quality, pricing, features, usability and perception. So with this, the quality is excellent. High quality product made in the United States. They have a lifetime warranty on this product, which tells you that they back up their product, and they’re not afraid of making sure that they can take care of their customers. I give the quality of 4 on this.

Pricing, $30 in Amazon. I think that’s a fair price for this. I’ll give it a 3. By way of features, it’s not fantastic. It’s what you’d expect. You’ve got good capacity in there. RFID protection. Eight to 10 card capacity plus an ID window, money clip as well, I’m going to give it a 3. It’s middle of the road. It’s not over the top, but it’s what you’d expect and I feel meets needs.

Usability, I’m going to give it a 4. The usability is really good. You can pull it out quickly. Front pocket, back pocket. It’s something that gives you quick access to your cards. You’re not fumbling around like you typically do with band wallets, and we’ll talk about that more in the future as we reviewed them. And so I’d say the usability is great. So that’s a four.

And overall perception. I was impressed with the presentation, the product quality. Overall I think it all results in a higher measure. So my perception is a 4. That gives it a final score of 3.7 out of 5, or 37 out of 50. And that’s what we have today. We hope you will go look at it further.

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