(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
There are two parts to this wallet, the front which, if you open, is designed for cash. If you keep the wallet closed, and flip it over, we see where cards are placed. Cards go under, or on top of depending on how you look at it, the big clip you see. For cash, it inserts under the top flap, with the first third under the clip with the rest of the cash folded down in thirds with the top snapping in place.
In testing capacity, I placed 6 cards and 5 slips of cash, with every currency being able to fit, including the massive 50 pound sterling note from the United Kingdom. The company recommends up to 12 cards. I believe a reasonable number is the six I put in. The additional cards, if you go to the full 12, however, begins to impose on the frame, which makes adding cash difficult. You can get a lot of cards in there but at the expense of cash. If you don’t carry cash, then having more cards is not a problem.
The security of your cards is very good. You can put a lot of shaking force on the wallet and nothing is moving, and that is because of the clip tension made from plastic composite. You could not get this level of flexibility with metal. So let’s talk about the composite material. Because of the very flexible tension created by the clip, you could have one card and it would still be fine because the clip pushes down against the rail frame to hold cards in place.
From a design perspective this is made and designed in Germany. It’s a veg tanned leather on all their leather versions including the one we reviewed, and the leather smells really good. All I-CLIP wallets have the same frame, which as I’ve been alluding to is made from plastic. It’s actually a resin and specifically it’s called Robutense. It’s a high-performance composite, patented and is the basis for all I-CLIP wallets. I have not read or heard where it fails easily. A lot of people have concerns about this, but the company does long-term durability testing and overall have success using this material for useful longevity. Most comments I read believe it should be metal, but it just won’t work the same if it’s metal.
The wallet is priced at $45. This is a great front pocket wallet, small footprint, and the premium materials available, including carbon fiber, for example, as well as stamp textured varieties. It measures 3.4 x 2.5 x .5” and weighs 20 grams. It’s very light in comparison to metal-based wallets, and even most other types of wallets. A lot of the reduced weight comes down to this composite material. When I first received the wallet, I initially wasn’t impressed. The frame felt cheap and I was initially taken aback that it wasn’t something like aluminum or titanium. However, once I began using it, and researching the materials I changed my mind, and I’ve really come to appreciate the wallet material.
That doesn’t mean it can’t break. It can. So. it’s not as strong as metal, but the success factor is the high tension in the money clip that only comes through using this material. The company was started in 2014 and they stand behind the quality and materials. It comes with a one year warranty.
Now let’s get to the final score. For quality a 4, price a 3, features a 3, usability a 4, and perception a 5. That gives us a final score of 39 out of 50.