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In this video I’ll discuss how this money clip compares to a regular money clip.
I’ll also discuss how well it fits in your front pocket.
And towards the end I’ll also put it under some stress tests where we’ll find out if this money clip is built to last.
A “traditional” money clip is typically a piece of metal or carbon fiber, folded in half, which allows cash and credit cards can be securely wedged in.
The chief disadvantage of the design is that due to the inflexibility of the material, it cannot hold large amounts of cash. It also may be difficult to push the cash into the clip.
But the M-Clip is different. I call it a “Chip Clip” style money clip.
That’s because instead of sliding cash through a small gap, you slide back these two metal bars and squeeze it to open just like you would a chip clip.
For small amounts of cash, the traditional money clip is comparable in usability, taking very little time to place cash into either type of money clip.
But where the M-Clip shines is with larger wads of cash.
Here you can see me trying to get a wad of 25 bills into the traditional money clip. It doesn’t slide in easily, and if you’re not careful you’ll even crumple some of the cash.
But for the M-clip 25 bills is no problem. You simply open it up and slide the cash in. No fuss and the money stays nice and crisp.
So the M-Clip beats the traditional money clip in usability.
And there’s also a surprise benefit I didn’t expect. Every time you slide the metal bars out, they make a satisfying click sound.
The traditional money clip is under half an inch, which means it can slide into your pocket easily, and it’s so thin that you can’t feel it in your pocket.
The M-Clip is quite a bit thicker, around .8 inches at its thickest point. So it doesn’t drop into your pocket quite as easily. But once its in there it feels just fine.
I see two potential failure points in the design.
One potential failure point is that the metal bars could become warped over time from the pressure being applied over and over again.
And the other is the spine of the money clip, which could become thin and break after years of continuous bending.
So I simulated 5 years of use, by squeezing the money clip open thousands of times. I sat on the couch last night watching Netflix, and just squeezed it over and over again for hours.
So you can rest assured that the m-clip will last for years to come.
What I can tell you about the M-Clip is it has better usability than a traditional money clip.
In terms of front pocketability, it isn’t a 10 out of 10, but still fits in your pocket just fine.
And it’s built with quality materials that will last you the rest of your life.
And also we can’t forget that satisfying click you hear every time you slide the metal bars out.
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This is the only video online where you’ll see someone measure the thickness of this wallet.
I’ll also discuss some usability concerns.
And stick around till the end to find out if this wallet is Slim Wallet Dude Approved.
I’d say this wallet’s front pocketability is good, but not great.
You may have heard me say before that If a wallet is below half an inch thick fully loaded, it’ll fit so comfortably in your front pocket that you can’t even feel it.
But with this wallet, we have to judge it a little differently because it’s much thicker along the money clip than the surrounding area.
Along the money clip the wallet is around .65 inches thick. Which is far above our threshold of half an inch.
But the rest of the wallet is as thin as .3 inches.
We’ll have to do some math to figure out this wallet’s official thickness.
We can do a weighted average calculation, and based on my measurements the average thickness is around .43 inches thick.
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These types of pockets make it really difficult to pull the cards out.
You can solve this problem by installing pull straps like I did in my Travelambo wallet review. You can watch that video to learn how to do it.
For up to 10 bills, it feels very secure, and I’m not worried about it at all.
But if you want to carry thicker wads of cash, say 20 bills or more, the magnet just isn’t strong enough.
This could be a deal breaker if you primarily use cash to pay for things.
This wallet only has 4, which doesn’t really work for me. I have closer to 7 cards that I carry daily.
So personally I could never use this wallet as my daily driver.
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So check that out as soon as we finish up this review.
We found that the wallet at it’s thickest point is above the thickness threshold we are okay with.
But the average thickness is below half an inch.
So it should be slim wallet dude approved right? Not so fast.
Yes slimness is important to me, but I value usability just as much, if not more.
Basically I’m not willing to sacrifice usability for slimness.
What I can tell you about this wallet is:
So in my opinion this wallet is not Slim Wallet Dude Approved.
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Here is the travelambo front pocket wallet review. In this video I’ll teach you how to make a modification that will make it much easier to use.
This is also the only video online where you’ll see someone measure the thickness of the travelambo. And stick around till the end to find out if This wallet is slim wallet dude approved.
The first thing we’ll look at is how well the travelambo fits in your front pocket. To fit comfortably in your front pocket a wallet should be below half an inch thick with 7 cards inside. And depending how you measure the travelambo it can fall on either side. If you measure from the top half it’s actually a little over half an inch. But if you measure it from anywhere else on the wallet it falls well below, as thin as .4 inches. So as long as you slide it into your pocket with the thin side down, you won’t have much trouble. The only critique I have of its front pocketability is its width. It’s much wider than a standard credit card, which creates some unnecessary friction when you’re trying to put it into your pocket. So when it comes to front-pocketability I’d give the travelambo 6 out of 10. Still much better than a standard bifold wallet.
But the travelambo has one major flaw in its usability? Wallets with this “no fold” design tend to have an issue where It is difficult to pull the cards out of the pockets. You have to get your finger underneath the card and pull with all your might. It can take 5-10 seconds to get a card out, which is a little awkward when you’re at the cash register and don’t want to hold up the line.
The good news is I went into the lab for a couple weeks and came up with a solution. If you’ve seen my video, “3 tips you must know before you buy a minimalist wallet” you’ll know I recommend buying a wallet with a pull tab. Since the travelambo doesn’t come with a pull tab built in, we’re going to install one ourselves.
All you’ll need to do it is a needle, thread, and a piece of ribbon. If you’ve never sewn anything before you can do what I did and watch a 3 minute youtube video to learn the basics of stitching.
Once you’ve threaded your needle, The first step is to cut a piece of ribbon approximately 9 inches long.
Fold over one end about half an inch down and that will be the anchor point where the ribbon attaches to the wallet. Do a basic test to make sure you’ve got the length right. And then let’s go ahead and sew this thing on.
So the first step is to push the needle through the leather. If you’re like me and you don’t proper leather working equipment, you’re gonna need something to help you push the needle through. I found this little pocket knife to be a great help at creating some leverage. I was a little nervous that I was going to poke myself, but once I got going it was really easy. I think it took me a total of 5 minutes to get the ribbon stitched into place.
Once you have the ribbon securely sewn onto the wallet, there’s one last step. You’ll want to fold over the end of ribbon a few times and sew that down. This little nub will keep the ribbon from slipping behind the cards, and it also gives you a better grip when you use the pull tab.
But is the travelambo slim wallet dude approved? Well I’m a little conflicted, but I’m leaning towards no. It’s not quite as thin as I’d like for a minimalist wallet, and although it was fun to install the pull tab, it’s a major flaw in the design of the wallet. It’s still a great wallet, but just doesn’t quite meet my standards.
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This is Luke, the Slim Wallet Dude, and today I will review the Distil Union Wally Micro.
In this article I’ll discuss the pros and cons of the Wally Micro. I’ll even measure the thickness of the wallet with a caliper, which you won’t find anywhere else online.
The cons I find in most minimalist slim wallets I’ve used are:
Distil Union designed the Wally Micro with these common issues in mind.
For one, the wallet is made with leather, which makes it conform more comfortably to your pocket, and will never scratch your cards.
And they even added a couple features that make accessing your cards a breeze.
So you should buy it right?
Some people don’t think so…
In this article, I’ll discuss whether the Distil Union Wally Micro is the first wallet I’d recommend, or the last…
The Distil Union Wally Micro is truly a minimalist slim wallet.
It is one of the thinnest leather wallets we’ll ever see, measuring in at only .46 inches with 7 cards inside.
Compare that to a standard bifold, at over .8 inches in thickness.
It fits so comfortably in your front pocket, that you won’t even feel it.
This is one way the Wally Micro sets itself apart from other minimalist slim wallets.
As I said earlier, most minimalist wallet designs make it difficult to access all of the cards.
But the Wally Micro has 2 design features that make the cards very accessible.
When you pull the tab up, the cards come up with it. This makes it incredibly easy to access your top and bottom cards.
But how do I access the middle cards? That’s where #2 comes in…
Thumb through the cards
After you pull the tab up and the cards are sticking out, you can access the middle cards by placing your thumb on the cards and pushing the card to the left or right.
This makes the card bump against the elastic band, causing it to rotate at 45 degrees.
You can repeat this motion with each card until you arrive at the one you need.
It’s a genius design, and extremely easy to do.
This is another way the Wally Micro distinguishes itself from other slim wallets.
The Wally Micro is reversible. The version I bought is gray on the outside, red on the inside. But whenever I want, I can reverse the colors to have red on the outside.
Watch the video at the top of this article to see how to do the reversal.
This feature almost makes the Wally Micro 2 wallets in one.
It can shoot pennies, soda can tabs, pretty much any small item. And it’s a lot of fun.
All you need to make the Slim Wallet Slingshot is the Wally Micro and a piece of string.
You can play games like Slim Wallet Horseshoes, Slim Wallet Darts, Long Drive Contest, and many more.
Like most minimalist slim wallets, the Wally Micro isn’t great for carrying cash.
The elastic band holds the cash securely, but feels loose enough that I usually put cash on the inside.
Putting cash on the inside is fine for me, except I hate creasing a crisp $20 bill when I have one.
I noticed a thread coming loose on the end of the pull tab. I somewhat expected this to happen. It is not uncommon to see stitching come loose in polyester.
I’ve seen this in other polyester wallets.
But since this is a leather wallet, the loose stitching is minimal. I can’t find any loose threads on the leather parts of the wallet.
So I snipped away the excess thread, and now it looks good as new.
This is the first minimalist slim wallet I’ve seen that lets you access your cards so easily.
Time after time, I review minimalist slim wallets that don’t address this problem. They make the wallet slim and don’t put any focus on usability.
But Distil Union went the extra mile, and came up with an ingenious design.
And even though they didn’t solve the problem of storing cash, I think it’s easy to say that this wallet is Slim Wallet Dude Approved.
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This is Luke, the Slim Wallet Dude. In this video I will review the Bellroy Note Sleeve.
Bellroy is a big name in slim wallets, specifically slim bifold wallets.
They have reduced the layers of leather needed to make a bifold wallet…
Which should make it significantly thinner than the traditional bifold wallet
But some people don’t agree…
In this article I’ll discuss whether you should buy the Bellroy Note Sleeve, or if you should keep your money in the wallet you have….
In a traditional bifold wallet, you create pockets by sewing in extra pieces of leather.
The Bellroy Note Sleeve takes a different approach to adding pockets.
While traditional bifolds create pockets by adding leather, Bellroy creates pockets by taking leather away
They cut slits wide enough for a card to slide in vertically.
The Bellroy Note Sleeve holds up to 12 cards, 20+ bills, has a coin pocket, and blocks RFID signal.
After using the wallet for 3 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 opinion and announce if the Bellroy Note Sleeve is Slim Wallet Dude Approved.
When it comes to bifold wallets, the Bellroy Note Sleeve sets the bar very thin, measuring in at only .56 inches with 7 cards inside.
Compare that to a standard bifold, 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.
They call it the “Note” Sleeve because it’s designed to hold bank notes
The Bellroy Note Sleeve keeps your bills flat, which sets it apart from most slim wallets.
Most slim wallets require you to fold up your cash, causing it to become creased and wadded up.
If you like your cash flat and uncrinkled, the Bellroy Note Sleeve may be the wallet for you.
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…
And a convenient pull tab to make accessing those cards a breeze.
This is a great pockets for gift cards, insurance cards, any card that you don’t use on a regular basis, but when you do need it, you need it quickly.
The coin pocket is a great addition for people who don’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 loose change often.
And also because the flap makes it difficult to get coins in and out of the pocket.
Although the Bellroy Note Sleeve is plenty 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 your front pocket like butter.
But the square shape is unavoidable. Bellroy made the wallet as small as they could.
The wallet’s measurements are one dollar bill long by one credit card wide, so we can’t beat up Bellroy too much for this one…
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 tearing the leather
With the pros and cons considered, it’s time I give my final opinion…
The Bellroy Slim Sleeve is truly a slim bifold wallet.
It has all the functionality of a traditional bifold, while being is 30% thinner.
But does that make up for the fact that I can’t 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!
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 I’ve ever owned.
In this article I'll discuss the Pros and Cons of the Herschel Charlie Wallet to help you decide if it is right for you...
Herschel Supply Co. has a big name in everyday carry, with a wide variety of wallets and bags.
The Herschel Charlie Wallet is a 100% polyester card wallet.
Here is a brief list of its features:
Fits easily in Front Pocket
Slimness is always valued most by the Slim Wallet Dude. The Herschel Charlie Wallet slides in and out of your front pocket with ease...
Top Access Storage Sleeve
The Herschel Charlie Wallet doesn't skimp on storage space. The large pocket is a great place to keep cash, coins, receipts, concert tickets, you name it.
Classy Design at a Reasonable Price
It looks and feels like a wallet you would buy at Nordstrom, without the price tag.
You can never go wrong with an RFID blocking wallet
Hard to pull cards out
The pockets hold the cards very snug, maybe a little too snug. I struggle to pull cards out of a couple of the pockets. Better too snug than too loose though...
Not good for cash
If you need to use cash frequently, this may not be the slim wallet for you. Bills are somewhat difficult to get out of the top storage sleeve.
The Herschel Charlie Wallet passes the slim wallet dude test. It fits easily in your front pocket, holds cards and cash, and has a sleek design.
Although the cards can be difficult to pull out, it gets easier with practice. And I'd rather it be too hard to get them out than too easy...
Overall, I'm very happy with the Herschel Charlie Wallet, and am using it as my daily driver.
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The Radix One slim wallets have generated a lot of buzz on the internet, with over 3200 reviews on Amazon…
But some of those reviews aren’t good…
In this Article I’ll discuss whether you should buy the Radix One Black Steel, or if it’s just scrap metal…
The Radix One Slim Wallet is a very simple wallet designed to replace the standard bifold or trifold wallet.
The Radix One Black Steel is made with 3 parts:
The silicon band wraps around the hardened steel plates to sandwich credit cards and IDs in the middle. The band also acts as a money clip…
The steel plates give it a satisfying weight in your hands, almost like holding an expensive watch. They are strong with a little flex, meaning this wallet will last many years.
If you place your most frequently used cards on the top and bottom of the stack, you can access them very quickly, much more quickly than with a bifold wallet.
It’s so thin, you won’t even feel it in your pocket. And it slides out of your front pocket with ease.
I’ve been using this wallet every day for a few weeks and the paint hasn’t chipped or faded at all. The powder coat also gives it a sleek matte black appearance.
The silicon band holds everything very tight. Nothing will accidentally fall out of your wallet.
The ease of access to the top and bottom cards creates some difficulty in accessing the middle cards. But once you master the push-and-pinch technique it becomes much easier..
The steel plates constantly rub against the top and bottom cards every time you slide them out. It hasn’t caused any loss of functionality in the cards yet, but it is causing some superficial damage after just a few weeks.
Although it will block most RFID, it will still allow hackers to steal information if they can get within a couple millimeters of your wallet. For 100% protection you will need something like the Signal Vault RFID Protection Card.
Even with the cons I mentioned, I love the Radix One Black Steel. It fits so comfortably in my front pocket and meets all of my needs. At the time of writing this article it is my new daily driver. If you typically carry between 4 and 10 credit cards and not much cash, this wallet is perfect for you.