(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
Today’s review is on the Trayvax Ascent. Trayvax packaging is always very simple and made from an origami-ish style cardboard. It is biodegradable, breaks down very easily and is disposable. A card is always included with the name of the individual who built the wallet. This wallet was made by Alex. Instructions are also included within the packaging.
There are some cosmetic features on the Travax Ascent which include black oxide rivets. The color fits in really well with the dark thread and the tobacco-colored leather. The tether is really good for attaching it to your pocket to discourage pickpockets. It would not really work with a lanyard as the wallet orientation would make the card slots open downward. There is a card slot on the front of the wallet which also includes a quick access thumb push. The company says it can also be used for an ID window. However, most of the people who want to see your ID will require you to pull it out of the wallet, so let’s just go with it being the thumb push. On the back side of the wallet is a secondary card slot with an integrated pull strap to pull them out. There is also a slit in the leather on the back side for cash folded twice or in thirds. It then inserts in the slot and provides quick access to your cash. This wallet has a great build with nice simplicity and easy to understand features.
I was able to get two cards in the front slot and three cards in the back. The front can handle two to three, whereas the back four to seven. It really comes down to the leather stretching. I got three slips of cash in the back slot opening folding them twice. From a minimalist perspective, two would be good. Five is very reasonable because it could really fit ten when combining the front and the back slots. Up to five bills is probably reasonable as well.
From a quality perspective, this is designed and manufactured in the United States. The frame is made from stainless steel with a melonite finish. It has a nice subtle finish to it. The hand stitching is phenomenal and it comes in four colors.
This is a very slim, minimalist wallet footprint. It is a bit heavy and very rugged. It has a great grip with a saw-tooth pattern on the metal side, which makes it easy to handle. It is not big or bulky, but is rather slim. I wish the pull strap head had a slimmer profile. It kind of flops around. If it rested down a little, lining up with the top of the wallet, it would make it look and function better.
It measures 3.8 x 2.75 x .4”, and weighs 98 grams. It has RFID since the metal provides a natural barrier.
With all Trayvax wallets, they provide a 65 year heirloom warranty. Every Trayvax wallet is designed uniquely with all kinds of ingenuity as well. If you have ever wondered how each Trayvax wallet compares to each other, they have an amazing graphic on their website in their FAQ section. It is brilliant and demonstrates all the capabilities of the materials, how many cards it can store, cash and so forth. They also have a nice forum off their main site to get questions answered around their products.
What strikes me most about Trayvax is their overwhelming push to do big hard projects. Mark King, the founder, currently has 25 employees driving Trayvax forward, but he has this goal of creating 5,000 new jobs in the United States for 5,000 families.
As for the final score: For quality, a 5. Price, a 3. Features, a 3. Usability, a 3 and perception, a 4. That gives us a very healthy score of 3.8 out of 5.