I’ve got 3 of the top slim bifold wallets here, and In this video I’ll tell you which of the three wallets is the best, but along the way I’ll show you how each wallet has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. And that determining what slim wallet is “The best”, really depends on your own personal preferences.
So the three wallets are the Bellroy note sleeve, Big Skinny Curve, and the Huskk Bifold.
We’ll judge these slim wallets based on 4 factors.
and of course, slimness.
First let’s talk about slimness.
The golden threshold for slimness is half an inch thick with 7 cards inside.
If a wallet is below half an inch it will fit so comfortably in your pocket, that you can’t even feel it.
All the way to .6 inches will fit just fine, but when you sit down you’ll feel it in your pocket.
I measured the thickness of each wallet with 7 cards inside, and here are the results
3rd place at .56 inches is the Bellroy Note Sleeve
2nd place at .48 inches is the Huskk
And the slimmest wallet at .46 inches is the Big Skinny Curve
Not only is the big skinny curve the thinnest, it also has this curved edge which allows it to drop into your front pocket with very little resistance.
The square-edged wallets, can get caught on the lip of your pocket.
The Huskk and the Bellroy fit in your front pocket very comfortably, just not quite as well as the Big Skinny.
And the Bellroy is above the half inch mark, which means you’ll feel it in your pocket when you sit down.
But slimness doesn’t come for free. You’ll see soon that there are only two ways to make a wallet more slim.
One way is to use a thinner material.
Which leads us into our second topic, Durability.
The durability is entirely dependent on the type of material used to make the wallet.
And each of these wallets is made with a different material with varying levels of durability.
Coming in third place, is the Big Skinny Curve.
It’s made from nylon microfiber, this is a very thin material which works fine for the short term, but in 3-5 years it’ll get totally worn out. Some people also dislike its texture.
Coming in second place is the Bellroy Note Sleeve.
It’s made from Top Grain Leather, which is the 2nd highest grade of leather you can buy. The only type of leather more durable is Full Grain leather. The difference being that Top Grain leather is slightly thinner, meaning it’s a little less durable.
And the most durable wallet of the three is the Huskk.
It’s made from Full grain leather. This type of leather is known for its durability, and as it ages the leather will take on character and actually look better over time.
So to do a quick recap,
The big skinny curve was the thinnest of the three, but it was the least durable.
The Huskk was the most durable, and the 2nd most thin.
And the Bellroy was the thickest wallet, and the 2nd most durable.
So right now you may be thinking that the Huskk is the best wallet.
But remember how I said there are only 2 ways to make a wallet more slim?
We showed that one way is to use a thinner, less durable material
And the other way to slim it down is to reduce the number of pockets in the wallet
Which leads us into our 3rd topic, Usability.
To have great usability, a slim bifold should have several card pockets, and one large pocket for cash that keeps bills crisp and organized.
I've analyzed these wallets for a long time, and I've ranked them in Usability.
Coming in 3rd place in usability is the Huskk Wallet.
The huskk only has 2 card pockets, and no large pocket for cash.
Since the cards have to share pockets, it can be a little slow to pull out the card you need sometimes. And the cash is under this strip of leather, which is a little hard to slide cash into, and it doesn’t give any organization.
In 2nd place is the Big Skinny Wallet.
It has several card pockets, and has a large cash pocket that keeps money crisp and organized. It also has a large card pocket behind the id window to hold your less used cards like insurance or gift cards.
And in 1st place is the Bellroy Note Sleeve.
This one has everything the big skinny offers, and then some. The large card pocket for your less used cards has a pull tab, which makes accessing them much easier.
And it also has a hidden card pocket that lets you take a card out without opening the wallet.
So it was pretty easy for me to say the Bellroy Note Sleeve had the best usability of the three.
And let’s move on to our 4th topic, Aesthetics.
This topic is the most controversial because it really depends on personal taste,
But in my opinion...
The Bellroy wallet has the best aesthetics of the three.
It really just glows with quality. The top grain leather has a distinguished look that makes you proud to hold it.
I love that it opens like a book, and the gray accent inside truly makes it pleasing to the eyes.
The Huskk looks nice as well, but doesn’t give me the same feeling of quality the Bellroy gives.
And the Big Skinny looks like a budget wallet.
But the question is, which of these wallets is the best?
We saw that the Big Skinny was the slimmest of the three wallets, and it had good usability, but it is the least durable.
We saw that the Huskk wallet was the most durable, and almost as slim was the big skinny, but it had the worst usability.
And the Bellroy wallet had the best usability and aesthetics, but it was the least slim of the three.
Each one has pros and cons, so which one is the best?
Before I say which one I think is best, I want to point out that deciding which wallet is the best is really your decision, based the qualities you value most. Maybe slimness is the most important to you, and you don’t care about durability.
For me personally, I like the Bellroy Note Sleeve.
I value usability almost as highly as I do slimness. And the thing looks so nice that I just love carrying it around in my pocket.
I’ll put links to these exact wallets below
That’s all for me today. Adios slim wallet dudes. I’ll see you in the next video.
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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.
If you want to see a wallet I do recommend, you should get the slim wallet buyer’s guide. It’ll tell you everything you need to know to find a great slim wallet, and best of all it’s totally free. So go to slimwalletdude.com/guide to get your free copy, and I’ll see you in the next video.
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.
Pro #1 – Fits comfortably in your front pocket
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.
Pro #2 – Good for cash
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.
In this Article I’ll discuss whether you should buy the Radix One Black Steel, or if it’s just scrap metal…
A basic overview…
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:
two matte black stainless steel plates
one black silicon band to hold the plates together
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…
Here is a brief list of its other features, then keep reading for the Pros and Cons…
Holds 4-10 cards
Up to 10 bills
Blocks most RFID signal
Weighs 3.0 oz.
Pros and Cons
Pros ( keep reading for the cons… )
Heavy gauge stainless steel plates
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.
Easy access to top and bottom card
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.
Powder Coat Finish
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.
Cards and Cash Held Tight and Secure
The silicon band holds everything very tight. Nothing will accidentally fall out of your wallet.
Hard to get middle cards out…
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..
Rough on the top and bottom cards.
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.
Slim Wallet Dude Approved
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.