Minimalist Wallet – RE:FORM RE:01 (Coins) and RE:02 (Cards)

Making a minimalist wallet isn't hard, but when it's made from a specialize rubber and head sealed, then it becomes interesting. The REFORM R01 and R02 present a coin sleeve and card holder for ease of use in a very thin package. But is it a novelty or will it meet needs?

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

We have the RE:FORM 1 and the RE:FORM 2, the RE:01 and the RE:02 on review today. They don’t come in colors besides black yet, but the material is interesting, and I think you’ve experienced it before.

First the RE:01, it has one exterior card slot right. If we come to the interior, we’ll notice an external coin pouch which operates using metal hinges. Coins, keys, AirTags, it’s a fairly large pouch which can handle many small items. If we go further, we find two more internal card slots.

Looking at the RE:02, we see an external card slot with two additional one’s on the inside with a capacity of 2 cards each. This is the card holder, but we will notice that both have a magnetic closure to hold the wallet closed. On both wallets you’ll need to fold cash twice.

Both are designed in Germany, and made in some mystery country that I can’t find in any of their company or box material. The material is what they call RE:FINE, which is a custom chlorosulfonated polyethylene synthetic (CPS) rubber. This provides not only great tactile feel, but is easy on the touch, as well.

Regarding the material. it’s durable against chemicals, temperature extremes, and ultraviolet light, if you’re exposed to those things on a daily basis. If this sounds familiar to you, it’s because Hypalon is also a CPS rubber. It does not stretch, like we see with leather, when you add more cards to it over time. So it has good rebound and doesn’t deflect much. CPS is used for military boats and sailing equipment. It’s made to take a beating and stress, and so it’s very durable. The company claims the material is 10 times stronger than leather, and if you’re looking for a vegan option, they also check that box. And if the wallets happen to be defective, they’ll replace them for free.

I wish they’d come in different colors but I like the marks found on the wallet for branding purposes, as well as practical purposes for reinforcement. You also won’t see their name plastered all over except for a very nondescript location and is Pioneer Carryesque with how they’re missing the branding.

I mentioned the material has a good tactile feel, but it’s not super rubbery to interfer with grip or if you are trying to squeeze these into really tight pants. But something’s missing. There could be another opportunity for another card slot on the RE:02. And the heat sealing, we’ve seen similar approaches with some Pioneer Carry, the DAKA wallet from Magpul, and even the Apex line wallets from Bellroy. Overall, as a minimalist wallet, I like them.

Now onto the final score. Final scores for both were the same. Quality a 4, price a 2, pretty expensive. Features a 3, usability a 4, are very easy to use, not a lot of stress there. The coin pouch opening is actually really good, and it provides that tension you need and you want. And perception a 3. They’re a new startup. We’ll see how they perform. That gives us a final score for both of 3.4 out of 5.

Ranking

3.4/5

Quality 80%
Price 40%
Features 60%
Usability 80%
Perception 60%

Technical Details

Weight

40g

Dimensions

4.2 x 2.5 x .5"

Notable Materials

Rubber

Country of Manufacture

China

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