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VBAX band wallet design looks familiar, but wins with price, quality and function

You know a design is a winner when it’s copied. This is no different. The original design for this band wallet is out of the United Kingdom, but they don't have a broad presence in the United States, so the VBAX (previously known as EBAX) stepped in. Using quality materials with a proven design at an excellent price, the VBAX is a great way to test drive this wallet design.

(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 vBAX. It used to be called eBAX. They are kind of interchangeable, but they changed their name to vBAX in October of 2018. It is a band type slim wallet. This comes in a nice cardboard box and represents itself well. This is a brown leather with a black band  which is nice and solid and feels good. This has a pull feature for cards and is very minimal, with a small footprint. The sewing looks really good. 

Now for review of the features of the vBAX band wallet. The vBAX band wallet has three main compartments for card slots. The first one is on the top where you have your main card storage location which is where you put cards you would use infrequently. As we look on the bottom, the first slot is your quick access slot. As you have cards or cash in here, you have a pull tab. As you pull it out, it actually pulls the cards and cash for quick side and easy access On the other there is the final third slot. This is very much like the other slot except it is opposite to it. It has a band capture you can put additional items. You essentially have three compartments in this very small footprint for cards and cash. You can even put coins or even a key in here because of the resistance that you get in the compression. 

Now for the card and cash insertion test. We got eight cards. five slips of cash and one key in there. The company says it can hold six to 12 cards and cash, but we know it can also hold coins, keys or really anything else that compression can maintain a hold on. It handled all that we put in there.

Quality-wise, it is designed in the United States and is made overseas. It is hard to nail down the manufacturer and where its really made. If we look at the material, it smells like top grain or may even be a full grain leather. It is a nice split of leather and is not cheap leather. The elastic is good, but it is not as premium as it’s competitive product offering. The pull strap is a bit flimsy..

The best part about this is the price. There is a lot of good things about it, but it’s priced at $17. You really can’t beat that price. Like its competitive siblings, it is very easy to use and a great design for maximizing space It measures I3.5 x 2.2 x 0.2 “. Perception-wise, it is really a great value for the price. It is two and a half times less expensive than the original that this takes its design from. So if you really want to try this out for a test drive and see if this kind of minimalist wallet is for you, this is a great option to go for.

For the final score. For quality, a 3. Price, a 5. Features, a 4. Usability, a 4, and perception a 4. That gives us a final score of 39 out of 50.

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