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Travando RIO’s faux leather offering provides an alternative

The faux leather is hard to detect in Travando’s RIO wallet. With an attractive 2 color combination and integrated money clip, it provides options for those who are looking for a non-leather alternative. Its card capacity and ability to easily handle foreign currency is also a plus.

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

Today we are going to review the Travando Rio, Michael Slim Wallet. Travando actually has quite a few wallets, and they name them after major cities around the world. This one is Rio, I’m sure, after Rio de Janeiro, city of carnival.

As we open the box, we can see that it comes with tissue paper to protect it. The Company also makes other travel accessories. As we see, this has a money clip integrated with it. It is similar looking to the Forrest and Harold. If we look closely, we can see that it has a different color lining, leather lining on the exterior, money clip. It’s fully over sewn which is really necessary because two different colors of leather are being joined together. 

Now for a feature review of the Travando Rio. For this wallet, we can see that it has a quick access card slot on the exterior. It’s got a quick thumb push on the bottom. On the back, we don’t have any particular features. When we open it up, there is obviously more action. On the left hand side we have 3 card slots that provide access. On the right hand side we have 3 additional card slots and the money clip. The money clip is not removable, and therefore permanent as its part of the wallet.

Now for the card and cash insertion test. As you saw, I got 10 cards in there plus 7 slips of United States currency.  I tried it with euros and yen and even though it hung over just a little bit, it was okay. For quality, they say this is a carbon leather. This is faux leather, meaning it’s not real leather. This would work for vegans and people looking for non-leather options. It is RFID protected and has a marriage of two colors. On the inside, these two colors give a really nice look to it. The edges are hand sewn together. The pricing on this is $25. It’s designed in Germany and made in China.

For a usability perspective, with it being faux leather, it’s not likely to go through a break in period like leather does. If you don’t like how the wallet holds your cards and it’s too tight, then I don’t know if I would really expect it to loosen up much. Now the money clip, as we mentioned,  is built as to not be removed. I expect the money clip, due to a raised lip, could affect and scratch cards and the leather itself over time and it may wear down faster. There have been reports that the money clip becomes loose over time and that it can fall out and not hold your cash very tightly.  Money clips are a tricky thing to do right. 

The wallet measures 4.5 inches by 2.8 inches by 0.6 inches. The company has a broad line of wallets in various styles and types, from slim to more traditional bi-fold tri-fold models, and they also have other travel related product lines.

Here is the final score. For quality, a 3. Price, a 4. Features, a 3. Usability, a 3. And perception, a 3. That gives us a final score of 32 out of 50.

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