This is Luke the Slim Wallet Dude. Today we'll review the Bellroy Note Sleeve.
Bellroy is a big name in slim wallets, specifically the slim bifold wallets.
They have reduced the layers of leather needed to make a bifold wallet which should thin it down significantly.
But some people don't think so.
In this video, I'll discuss whether you should buy the bellroy note sleeve or if you should keep your money in the wallet that you have.
In a traditional bifold wallet you would create pockets by sewing in extra pieces of leather.
Bellroy takes a different approach.
While traditional bifolds create pockets by adding leather, Bellroy creates pockets by taking leather away... cutting slits just wide enough for a credit card to slide in vertically.
After using this wallet for three weeks I've discovered several pros and cons.
I will discuss the pros first, and then the cons, and then lastly I'll give my final conclusion and announce if the bell Roy note sleeve is slim wallet dude approved.
Pro number one: fits comfortably in your front pocket.
When it comes to bifold wallets, the Rellroy Note Sleeve sets the bar pretty thin... measuring in at only .56 inches thick with seven cards inside.
Compare that with a standard bifold wallet which is over a quarter inch more thick.
I know a quarter inch doesn't sound like much but when it comes to fitting something in your front pocket a quarter inch makes a big difference.
Pro number two: good for cash
They call it the note sleeve because it's designed to hold banknotes a.k.a cash
The Bellroy Note Sleeve keeps your bills flat which sets it apart from most other slim wallets.
Most slim wallets forced you to fold up your cash causing it to become creased and wadded up.
If you prefer your cash flat and uncrinkled... The Bellroy Note sleeve may be the wallet for you.
Pro number three: pull tab
The 4 slit pockets give you easy access to your most commonly used cards but where do you put the rest of your cards?
There is one large pocket for your less frequently used cards with a convenient pull tab to make accessing those cards a breeze.
This is a great pocket for gift cards, insurance cards, etc. Any cards that you don't use on a regular basis but when you do need it you need it quickly.
Honorable mention: coin pocket.
The coin pocket is a great addition for anyone who doesn't want to let loose change clink around in their pants pockets.
I decided to list it as an honorable mention because although I like the idea, I don't use it much.
Partly because I don't carry change very often and also because the flap makes it a little hard to get change in and out of the pocket.
Con number one: Square design isn't perfect for the front pocket
Although the Bellroy Note Sleeve is thin enough to fit in your front pocket, the square shape doesn't always allow it to slide in easily.
if it were more rectangular, it would slide into the front pocket like butter, but the square shape is unavoidable.
Bellroy made the wallet as small as they could.
The wallet's measurements are $1 bill long by one credit card wide.. so we can't beat up bellroy too much for this one.
Con number two: one of the pockets is not cut wide enough.
One of the pockets is not cut wide enough to let a card slide in easily.
You can get the card to fit if you jimmy it in, but I avoid using the pocket for fear of using too much force and tearing the leather.
With the pro's and con's considered, it's time I give my final opinion.
The Bellroy Note Sleeve is truly a slim bifold wallet.
It has all the functionality of a traditional bifold while being 30% more thin.
But does the thinness make up for the fact that I can't even use one of the pockets?
And what about the square shape?
Well I've made my decision and the decision is...
The bellroy note sleeve is slim wallet dude approved.
I make all of my decisions based on two questions.
One: is the wallet made with quality?
And two: is it thinner than my old bifold wallet?
And in the case of the bellroy note sleeve the answer to both questions is yes.
It's significantly thinner than my old bifold wallet and even though I can't use one of the pockets it's still one of the highest quality products that I've ever owned.