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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.