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Secrid’s Original started the pop-up card wallet revolution, but it’s tired of fighting.

Pop-up card wallets are ubiquitous, but 10 years ago Secrid invented the design that would spawn a million knockoff’s. The Secrid Original Cardprotector wallet is where it all started. While it’s still top of the heap for quality of mechanism, there are concerns with the exterior design that hampers its ability to compete in an ever evolving wallet world!

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

You saw that we were able to insert 6 cards in the box, the company recommends 4-6 cards. Of course that is dependent on whether you have embossed card or not.  If they’re embossed then you will only get 4. A combination of them will limit you from the full 6 cards.

Using the plastic cash slot, you can fold your cash in two different ways, depending on how you like to fold your cash. It works with US and Canadian currency as well as Euros and Yen.

For quality they indicate it’s made from European full grain leather and a solid aluminum box. They have 10 leather types to choose from and it’s split very thin. There have been complaints about it not holding up well over extended use. They have an excellent page on the website outlining all the different letter variations, treatments and finishes. It is a great education and very transparent about how they acquire and use their leather. They say they use one of the oldest tanneries in the Netherlands. Most of them have been acquired over the years by larger operations, but I’d venture a guess they’re using Rompa Leder as their tannery, which has a great reputation.  

The pop-up box design was arguable started by Secrid.  Wonderful innovation, DANK JE! They call it the Cardprotector, and it was launched over 10 years ago.  It has been replicated many times by many companies and the knockoffs are rampant. Their box and trigger mechanism have been tested to 100,000 operations. 

The interior mechanics look common to other box wallets, but there are subtle differences.  For Secrid, they recently redesigned theres. Called the “Salamander”, it helps prevent breakage of the mechanism when cards are accidentally forced down into the box. It provides a way, by splitting the mechanism to recover instead of failing outright and breaking.

Pricing is $77 and it’s made in Holland, It was shipped to me from the Netherlands. That price is a little high for what you get, especially when compared to others in the market. Is there that much difference in the push up mechanism to warrant this price? It is a great front pocket wallet and they are confident you can put this in your back pocket and have it not break. I’m not sure based on some things that I’ve read where the sides of the aluminum box start to cave in on both sides, causing problems with card insertion and extraction. Now of course the box itself provides RFID protection.  The friction mechanism for cards results in a very secure fit, with not much of a chance of them falling out (SHAKE IT). 

This model without the strap leaves the leather free to slide around a lot against the box. Same problem as other competitor wallets which don’t have snaps.  That can be distracting, especially when you’re trying to pull it out of your pocket or put it back in it could catch. There are Secrid versions which do have a snap. 

It measures 4.2” x 3.1” x .8” thin. They have several versions of this wallet on their website, including standalone Cardprotector boxes, the ability to mix and match colors, Straps and tactile  designs etched into aluminum box. They’re all very appealing. All of their designs are focused around the foundation of the box. The product has a 2 year warranty and 3 year warranty if you register on their website, the serial number is on your box, so don’t toss it until you’ve registered. And also, if you look on the inside of the aluminum box, you can see your registration code, as well as a QR code. You’ll receive a certificate of authenticity via email once you register, which ensures that you’ve got the real thing and not a knockoff. 

There are consistent concerns about the aluminum box beginning to bend and interfere with cards as well as consistent concerns about the adhesive used to attach the leather component to the aluminum box; it begins to pull away over time. Now as is usually the case, you’re dealing with moving parts in this accessory, and despite the ability to take abuse don’t expect it to last a tremendously long time. This is not a lifelong wallet. 

Let’s move now to the final score. For quality a 3, for price a 2, for features a 4, for usability, a 3 and perception a 4.  That gives us a final score 31 out of 50 or 3.1 out of 5. 

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