The VEXT wallet from Sleek Design Life may look overtly simple, but therein lies its functional capabilities you didn’t expect.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
The Vext Slim wallet is what we’re looking at. The consumer grade packaging comes with good instructions on the packaging which is helpful as there are a few things going on with this wallet. The version we have is silver in color, but it also comes in three other color options including black rose gold and carbon fiber.
One of the interesting features of this wallet is the bi-directional movement of cards. Both ends can be used to move cards in and out of the wallet. This is a box wallet, except this one does not have a trigger or a button or something to help eject cards and this one supports up to nine cards. Not bad. You have a quick access thumb push or pull, depending which way you’re operating the cards in the wallet. On the rear is an elastic strap, and this strap isn’t just some kind of normal strap. It actually has a hidden pocket in the fold. This provides the capability for storing coins, keys or SIM cards, whatever it might be, due to the strong tension of the elastic.
Due to the width of the wallet all currencies with the exception of the larger currencies like the 50+ Euro or 50 pound note would need to be folded twice. Minimalist card carry would be three, but reasonable is eight. I placed six cards in the wallet during the test, with the company indicating it can hold up to nine cards.
From a quality perspective, this is designed in the United States and made in China. It’s made from aircraft grade aluminum, is scratch resistant, lightweight, and very strong. If you carry this in your back pocket, while not recommended, shouldn’t be a concern for bending or breaking,
We’ve talked consistently about the need for box wallets to have friction strips on the interior sides to prevent cards from launching when a trigger is involved. The Vext does this very well with what they call high compression fabric strips. These fabric strips go all the way down on both sides since the wallet opens up at both ends. Of course, the cards encounter a lot of friction when moving cards in and out and the wallet holds them in the wallet regardless if you’re pushing or pulling cards. I shook the wallet with cards in it and none of them moved, let alone having cards fall out, it just isn’t going to happen. If the friction strips begin to wear out, the company will replace them for free.
The price is $45, the company has sold thousands of these wallets, and customers from their version one wallet made in 2017 are still using it. They also have another variation of this wallet called the Veer, which includes a small tray for coins, but it doesn’t have the functional elastic strap which really makes the Vext stand out. It measures 3.5 x 2.8 x .4”, and it weighs 62 grams. Initially I had questions and concerns about the usability of the wallet, but as I used it with cards and cash, I really like how it works. You think the cards would be falling out, but it really doesn’t happen. There’s really mechanical in this wallet to go wrong, so now let’s get onto the final score.
For quality a 4, price a 3, features a 4, usability a 4, and perception a 3. That gives us a final score of 37 out of 50.