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Urban Tribe’s accordion slim wallet is interesting, but bulky

Weaving an elastic band through the wallet, providing several layers in an accordion fashion, the Urban Tribe slim wallet gets points for creativity. But that also presents potential points of failure and the multiple layers introduces bulk once it’s loaded up with cards and cash. An Interesting wallet that you will find interesting.

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

This review is on the Urban Tribe slim wallet. This is their bi-fold wallet. It comes in a nice black box. The color of the wallet is Texas Brown. It has elastic in it as it opens up in a kind of layered way. 

The following features are included with the Urban Tribe slim wallet. On the very front of the wallet there is an ID slot. It’s got a thumb push and the cards are inserted behind it. If we come to the top and start breaking this open, we notice that from the side, it is open on one end, and it has the elastic on the other end. This is where you can put cash, folded once into this slot or additional cards. If we pull the layers back further, we see a pocket for additional cards. It has an elastic on one side as well as the opposite side that provides an avenue for probably another five cards or so. If we come to the back, there is a quick access card slot that provides a thumb push for an additional one or two cards.

Now for the card and cash insertion test. I was able to get 8 cards in there. You probably could hold 10, but for a slim wallet, that’s not many for this resulting size. It ended up being pretty thick. I put 7 slips of cash there. It could hold 10, but that was for US currency only.  The Yen and Euro poked out a little bit. The leather is chrome tan, genuine leather. Genuine leather is a lower quality. There is RFID throughout this, which is too bad, but you know my feelings on that. The bands that connect to various sections are interesting. 

The wallet is $25 and made in China. From a usability perspective, I don’t know if that pass through would’ve given us more space. It is kind of nice to have that accordion style, which I think is a nice idea. But we have a thin wallet and a slim wallet, I’m not quite sure what works well. It measures 5.5 x 4.4 x 0.7 “ thin.

There is no online presence beyond storefronts like Amazon for Urban Tribe. This brings up concerns if anything went wrong, whether you could actually receive support from them. With there being multiple layers in this wallet, it can get pretty bulky. I think it defeats the purpose of being a slim wallet. But besides that, it seems to be a fine wallet and is interesting how it is designed. If it looks good to you, I would try it and see how it performs. 

For the final score. For quality, a 3. Price, a 4. Features a 4. Usability, a 4. Perception, a 3. That gives us a final score of 36 out of 50.

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