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Soft sheep leather with capacity makes Bryker Hyde’s Top Flip worth a look

Looking for a soft sheep leather billfold wallet? Want a clever flip up ID? Bryker Hyde’s Front ID Flip wallet meets these needs and more. Ten card slots and 2 billfold pockets, along with 2 ID slots provide amazing capacity without bulk.

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

Today we’re going to review the Bryker Hyde. This is the Executive Top Flip. It has two IDs to it. 

The wallet comes in a nice black Bryker Hyde box. As we open the box, there is a nice bag which seems to be made from rough cotton. When we open the bag, we’ve got a nice tissue paper, and then we see the wallet. This is a Texas brown color made from sheep leather. The material is referred to as sheep leather, and not sheepskin. You can tell it has folded over sewn edges, that’s painted. You’ve got the flip, two IDs, nice generous spaces for cards, and it looks to be two slots for cash in the billfold area. The wallet feels nice and soft too, which is what you would expect from sheep leather.

Let’s do a review of the features of the Bryker Hyde flip-up ID. From the outside, we notice that this bi-fold has no features on the exterior. As we move to the inside, we immediately see the feature on the left, which is the first ID window. It’s entry point is in the top, has a quick thumb access, and immediately if you flip that over you have a secondary ID window which is very convenient. You’ll notice we have four different card slots to put cards in. Underneath it we have another card slot for access. Now, on the flip side, on the right, we have a companion four card slots here, as well as an additional card slot here. If we go to the inside, we can see in the billfold area that we have a front billfold and a rear billfold that’s great for cash as well as receipts or anything else you want to collect in there. 

Now for the card and cash insertion test. As you saw, we got 14 cards and 7 slips of cash, that’s United States cash, and then we got a whole bunch of euros put in there as well. All of the cards went in smooth and nothing was forced. You could’ve gotten more cards in there as it will handle the growing size of the wallet as you go. The company says it can hold foreign currencies, but it did have a problem with the hundred Euro. This is common once you get above a hundred Euros, and maybe the pound as well, but it did handle Canadian, the yen is the same size roughly as the dollar. It should handle that note just fine. The company has no recommendation on the number of cards that can fit.

The wallet is made from full-grain sheep leather, which is soft to the touch and easy to work with. But sheep leather, while soft, cannot take massive amounts of abuse. You can’t mix it with keys, pens or other sharp objects, or you risk damaging this leather. If you expect to abuse this wallet, it really won’t last that long. The edges are folded over, and the sewing is of a high-strength stitching and then painted on the edges. 

It does have RFID material included throughout, so it’s not 100% leather because it’s mixed with that. It does have a lifetime warranty and a 100% money-back guarantee if you register. The pricing on this is $44. It’s made in China. From a usability perspective, this flip out ID piece really is a great feature. It provides the ability to flip it up if you’ve got a metro pass or office entry card. The card slots themselves are a little larger, lengthwise, than I would expect to really like, because it allows cards to slide back and forth and possibly fall out before the wallet can break them in. 

I’m sure it’s possible to carry this in your front pocket, but it’s more suited for a back pocket wallet. The measurements are 4-1/2″ by 3-1/2″ by 0.6″.

Bryker Hyde makes very traditional type wallets, and for the price, if you have a proper set of expectations, it really is a good value. 

Let’s move now to the final score. For quality, a 3. For price, a 4. Features, a 4. Usability, a 4 and perception, a 3. That gives us a final score of 36 out of 50.

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