Moving way out of their usual design patterns like we saw in the original Frenchie Co Speed Card Holder, the Frenchie Co Speed Card Holder 2.0 is an innovative approach at reimagining the traditional card holder or minimalist wallet.
Today’s review is on the Frenchie Speed Card 2.0, which is a design departure from their traditional patterns which always incorporate a pull strap. As with all Frenchie products, they come in very impressive packaging. As you open the box, a set of instructions present itself and the wallet is raised up, quite the presentation. The materials in this wallet consists of carbon fiber and Italian leather. The wallet is extremely thin and very light. Within the body there are three card pocket sleeves, which each hold three cards.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
This wallet is one of the more clever designs we have seen in a long time. Each card holder can move independently of each other but are connected in the back with a single piece of material.
To use this wallet you grab all three sleeves, pull them out, then down, fanning them to then choose the card. This is a clever design and something completely different from what we have seen in the past. There is RFID blocking, which is kind of a waste of millimeters and weight, totally unnecessary.
I was able to get two cards in each slot for a total of six. From a minimalist perspective, I think four to six cards is reasonable, but it can hold up to nine cards which is a considerable amount for how small the wallet is.
The wallet is made in Columbia, using Italian leather and CX-6 carbon fiber. This is the same carbon fiber used by the world’s top supercar manufacturers. The carbon fiber is 0.33 three millimeters thick, which provides fantastic performance and thinness. The carbon fiber is used by other manufacturers and designers such as TUMI.
The wallet is priced at $98 and measures 4 X 2.4 X .12”, while weighing 19 grams.
This is a very light and impressive weight as well as a clever design. I am impressed with the thought that went into this and the thinking around usability. The design is impressive, but I believe carrying cash was a second thought as the only way to carry cash is to fold it and stuff it in between the card sleeves. Not ideal, I am sure they could have designed it a different way, but this is definitely a card wallet first.
For the final score: For quality a 4, price a 2, features a 3, usability a 4, and perception, a 5. That gives us a final score of 37 out of 50.
The Frenchie Co. also makes a smaller, “mini” version of it’s popular “Speed” wallet. Smaller in size, it actually has larger card capacity than the larger version and can still adequately handle all foreign currencies with ease.