Made of carbon fiber, the Vanacci Stealth Wallet 3.0 Carbon Fiber wallet is also a box wallet, where cards pop-up from a slider on the side. It has its challenges and deficiencies which resulted in my breaking it.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
In this review we will be taking a look at the Vanacci Stealth Carbon Fiber Wallet. That is right, it is carbon fiber. It has a clever slider and card serving up mechanism. But the question we are wondering is is it really built to survive?
This wallet is made by Vanacci and they call it the Stealth Wallet. This wallet comes packed in a box amid some tissue paper. As I took the wallet I could already see some scrapes on it, which does not give a great first impression. It is a pretty simple box wallet, it has a nice strap for cash, and the carbon fiber portion has got the screws. How do things come out? Well, they do via the little slider.
I invite you to watch the video where you will be able to see how much abuse the hook and slider of this particular wallet can take before breaking.
This stealth carbon fiber is fairly simple. The back has a very large, by way of width, elastic strap which serves to hold the cash that needs to be folded twice or in thirds to fit in. The interior has a card slot and being the box wallet, it has a slider for card extraction that is pushed up and, of course, pushed down, but the cards can also be pushed in. It has a capacity of up to seven cards, and this wallet is RFID protected, but that is okay. It measures 4.37 x 2.6 x 0.45″ and weighs 52 grams, equivalent to 1.83 ounces.
This wallet’s minimalist card carry is probably five cards, while reasonable carry is seven, which is also the maximum. The thickness comes down to cash if you do add some, otherwise, it is fairly thin.
This wallet is designed and made in the United Kingdom. Its design is inspired by aviation and it has a companion that is not carbon fiber. It has a nice geometric shape and I think I would almost prefer that one over this, just for interest, but this is hand-assembled. Still, I wish the screws were a little recessed, they stick up and are quite noticeable. Moreover, they are not uniform in how they stick up and that is quite a bit of a problem. Having them recessed so they would be nice and smooth would be preferred. The wallet is made from machined carbon fiber, thus very precise in how it comes together. That raises concerns about the slider arm that would break due to some accident that may occur. That is why I tested that, as I mentioned, so do watch the video. The slider is just a sliding one piece, thus, reducing the potential of mechanical failure. The staggering is what is provided at the bottom, the cards sit in the wallet staggered and are pushed up staggered. Besides, you have available personalization options, that are done where it is engraved.
As I mentioned earlier, it did come with some scratches, and the packaging was a little underwhelming, it seemed like it was a bit thrown together. The company makes other products including bracelets, pendants, cufflinks, watches, bags, and glasses, wallets are not the only thing that it provides, it is very eclectic. It is priced at $92. Furthermore, you would think that the hook would hold the cards in, but unfortunately, you would be wrong as they come out leaving you with not a very great experience, as it gives you a false sense of security because it does pull the cards down, but you would think that it would also act as a mechanism to prevent cards from falling out. The cash on the other hand is maintained very well into the very wide strap, besides it is pretty much hidden, which is quite nice because the concern of cash being viewed by people is not much of an issue with this strap on the exterior.
When the slider is out with cards in it and it gets caught on something, would it or would it not break? This is supposed to be made out of carbon fiber, so how far can it go before it breaks? To know the answer watch the video.
I did push it and the carbon fiber started cracking but what I can say is that it was not all that great in holding cards in. It did look to be more plastic than anything else. The hook did not really do anything but for some reason, the wallet is still very functional but not as ideal.
The final score of the Vanacci Stealth Carbon Fiber Wallet is three for quality, two for the price, because it is pretty expensive for what you get; each of the features and usability, and perception score a three. This gives this wallet a final score of 28 out of 50.