It was a matter of time before Dango figured it out and they finally did with the Dango A10 Adapt wallet. Build a platform and create a choice of options to easily extend it.
Today, we’ve got the new Dango A10. Newly released. This is going to be a lot of fun to get into.
All Dango products come in consistent packaging, which I think is a good thing for a product line. They all ship in reusable tin boxes, which I think is a great idea. That’s what they come in, as well as initial instructions on how to use the wallet, if there’s any questions or concerns.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
The A in this new line from Dango stands for “adapt”. This is the single pocket version which comes with a chassis. You can buy it just with the chassis, which we’ll talk about, or the single pocket version we have here. It also comes with a bi-fold and bi-fold with a pen option.
And as you might be aware, if you’ve been following the development of this wallet, it’s all about the rail system. There is no need for screws to attach new accessories as it’s all based on the rail system for attachment.
It’s all aluminum and very light, as you would expect from aluminum. The Dango A10 single pocket wallet has a single pocket as the accessory which attaches to the rail of the chassis. It has room for up to 3 cards in the front slot and has a quick thumb push on the bottom.
This slide system, with just the chassis, allows for one card to be slid in on top. That could be an ID, a tap credit card for payment, whatever you’d like. Underneath the rail area there is a cavity for storage of cash, which when folded works well to be secure by having a card or the accessory slid in above it. But you cannot put a card in there and have the accessory, they both use the rail system. This is a departure from all Dango wallets which have used a silicon strap for cash storage as a second thought. With the A10 it’s a real feature.
If we flip the wallet over, now we’re getting into the actual card storage part of this wallet. Quick thumb push here on the bottom with a full aluminum plate on the back which can accommodate 4 cards.
We also note that with all Dango products, there are four attachment points for tethers or lanyards, which make it very convenient if you have ID.
I was able to get five cards into the wallet, four in the mail card slot and one in the accessory, it can accommodate up to seven. And you can did get two pieces of cash folded and tucked, in the cavity.
The only concern I have is if you have cash in there and you decide you want to pull all your cards out, then what happens is the cash falls back which makes it hard to put cards back in, you’re forced to shove them in, but that’s a small annoyance.
If you have the bi-fold accessory your card capacity grows to 13 cards. So your benchmark in determining what wallet to get is based on how many cards you carry. Very easy.
This is designed and manufactured in the USA. It’s machined from 6061 aerospace grade aluminum. On the accessory they use their DTEX material, which is very durable. It’s water resistant, scratch resistant, flexible, and as a non-leather, man-made composite material can really take abuse. And it’s used with the S-series of their wallets, which makes its application on the A-series a good choice.
The pricing on this is $99. The base chassis sells for $79, at which point you have accessory options, with the single pocket costing another $25. The bi-fold slider is $35 and the bifold with the pen is $60. You can, of course, buy them together as a set.
The measurements on this is 4.1 x 2.7 by .6”, and it weighs 65 grams.
This is an interesting design and we keep getting interesting designs from Dango as I’m really impressed at the cadence of delivering new products and accessories quickly. Their idea around this, to capitalize on a single platform and have accessories on it is really awesome and I think that this A-series is going to be a real winner for them.
For the final score, quality, a 5, price, a 3, features a 4, usability a 3, and perception a 4. That gives us a final score of 39 out of 50.