Every wanted a wallet you could load up with cards, then reduce the number and not have them fall out?? If so, the newly released Wingback Winston Card Holder is for you. Engineering makes this incredible thing happen!
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
The Wingback Winston cardholder is more than just a cardholder. It has engineering tech built into it to solve a problem that’s existed for as long as wallets have been around. Features of this wallet include two exterior card slots, one on each side, they can hold two to ten cards.
What’s unique about this wallet and the engineering genius behind it are interior stainless steel flex leafs. They provide for card expansion, with no leather stretch. That means you can load your cards up from two to ten cards, pull them out and you’ll be able to go back down to two, and you’ll not be experiencing leather stretch. It measures 3.6 by 2.5 by 0.3”, and it weighs 47 grams.
Minimalist card carry is two, reasonable, eight, with the company recommending up to ten cards. I put eight in, four on each side, and the wallet didn’t struggle. The wallet fits easily in either your front or rear pocket. Wingback is my aesthetic favorite in the product design category. I own other products they sell besides wallets, and the engineering in everything they create is exact, crisp, and a joy to use. Alastair MacLaine, the owner and creator of the company reached out to me and we spoke about the problem of wallets overstretching when too many cards are inserted. And of course, over a quick period of time, you become unable to reduce the number of cards because they just start falling out. Once stretched, you’re doomed unless you try something like soaking the wallet in water, which can ruin the format of the leather. He said he might have a solution and recently came back to say he had solved it. The Winston Card Holder is the fruit of that engineering genius. The wallet is designed and made in the United Kingdom and iis a full grain veg tanned environmentally certified leather.
It is saddle-stitched and then burnished by hand and looks really lovely. And of course, the leathers they choose are fantastic. The symmetrical design provides quick access to cards on either side so you can flip it with one hand. It’s priced for $83.
From a usability perspective, there’s a pair of stainless steel leaf plates sewn into the wallet with very tight tolerances, which provides the ability to increase and decrease the number of cards without stretching the leather. They come up on one side and are bent down on the other. And that’s where you can see that give. When inserting cards, the leaf springs provide the give in the wallet toward the middle of the wallet, alleviating any force on the top piece of leather. When cards are withdrawn, it forces the bottom leather piece up, thus keeping resistance for card insertion at a safe level to prevent cards from falling out.
Now let’s get into the final score. For quality a 5. Price a 3, features a 4, and that comes from the benefit of the stainless steel leafs. What a wonderful idea. Usability a 4, due, again to its ability to expand and contract. And perception a 4. That gives us an excellent score, 43 out of 50.