We’ve got a three-fer! NOMAD, NOMAD, NOMAD, the new NOMAD Bifold wallet, NOMAD Card Plus wallet and NOMAD Card wallet. All three provide Horween leather goodness in an innovative design to keep the wallets thin, durable and stretch resistant!
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
When you hear the word nomad, it brings images of Bedouins passing through the desert, or those who are never really completed in their journey in life, or digital nomads, who roamed the world. For me, when I hear of nomad, I think of NOMAD goods and their wallets. We reviewed the vertical bi-fold wallets from NOMAD in the past, both with and without the tile tracker. Today we’re going to look at their three brand new wallets.
The minimal carry on these would be 6 cards, reasonable carry is 10. The company recommends up to 15 cards for the bi-fold, 16 for the card plus, and 10 for the card wallet. From a quality perspective, this is designed in the United States and made in China. They’re all made from the Horween Tannery leather. This is a full-grain veggie tan leather that’s in the United States, but it’s made in China. So they send all this over to China to be made then back to the United States. The interior lining is microfiber, and the new manufacturing process with these wallets is called thermoforming, where you have the microfiber bonded to the leather through heat and pressure. The microfiber is the backing for every piece of leather in the wallet and the result creates a clamshell effect. If you look at the wallets from the side you can see how one side is flat and the other looks like a clamshell.
The reason behind the thermoforming process is because of the design which provides greater durability and longevity. So why do this? An expected outcome with leather is it will stretch over time, making decisions about how many cards you carry is important because you can always increase the number of cards, which stretches the leather, but reducing cards becomes a problem. With thermoforming, the fabric maintains the shape, not allowing the leather to overstretch and keeping the wallet available to expand and contract with any number of cards and cash over time.
The microfiber in the card slots go all the way down, so each card has its own protected slot. The wallets are priced at $120 for the bi-fold, $90 for the cash plus, and $70 for the card wallet. The measurements are very precise, not adding any additional dimensions than is absolutely needed. NOMAD has also created a very clever AirTag card, where you insert your AirTag into a card, which becomes transferable to any wallet instead of a single wallet specifically designed to work with the Apple AirTag.
NOMAD have always approached their products from an angle of quality, design, and innovation. They have a wide distribution network all over the world, but you feel like you’re still talking with the two friends who started the company back in 2012.
Now onto the final score. All three wallets had the same final score. For quality a 4, for price a 2. All three are priced higher than similar wallets in the market. Features a 3, usability again is really good and receives a 4, with perception a 4. And that gives us a final score for all of them of 35 out of 50.