Review: Supr Slim minimalist wallet

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The Supr Slim is a minimalist wallet that started as a Kickstarter project in mid 2012. After watching the video, I immediately backed it. I've been on a quest to eliminate as much noise from my life; my wallet was one of those things that needed a re-think.

At the time, I was carrying around a traditional leather wallet with too many compartments. The last time I looked at it, I realised I didn't need most of what I was keeping in there, and worse, I was storing stuff that I rarely got back to but required action. It was basically full of crap that demanded attention every time I opened it, so I was looking for a small, minimalist wallet that looked good and would only allow me to carry the essentials.

Obviously, I wasn't the only one. The Kickstarter project was successful. In fact, they raised over $200,000 out of a $10,000 goal with over 6,000 backers. It took around 4 months to get my Slim wallet, and the guys at Supr kept us continuously updated with the progress; I finally got mine in December 2012.

I decided to use it for a couple of months before writing a review to ensure I had some real life experience with it. I've been using my Slim wallet since then and I'm very happy with it.

The Supr Slim wallet

The first thing I noticed when I got the wallet was the packaging. The Supr Slim wallet comes cleverly attached to a nice piece of thick paper embossed with the word "supr". Removing the wallet reveals a single card that helps it hold its shape and serves as a nice design touch. The packaging is well thought out and complements the minimalist style of the wallet.

The Slim wallet itself is simply a strip of elastic stitched together at the front and bottom, with a hand-sewn "x" on the front. It's just a bit smaller than a credit card, which allows it to stretch and wrap tightly around your cards. The Slim's design is clever and undeniably minimalistic.

The build quality seems good. The material is nice and the stitching is well done. It's obvious the guys care about their product.

The Supr Slim wallet in Use

The Supr Slim wallet is definitely light and thin; it fits comfortably in both back and front pockets and causes almost no bulge. The texture in the elastic creates enough friction to prevent the wallet from sliding out of your pocket and the cards from falling out of the wallet.

Supr claims the Slim can carry up to 10 cards. I tried it and it's true, but this defeats the purpose of having a minimalist wallet after all. I also found that squeezing in any more than 4 or 5 cards makes it a pain to get them in and out.

One great thing about the Slim is that the elastic can stretch to accommodate several cards and then gracefully shrink back when you carry less. You can stuff a few more cards in when needed without worrying about permanent stretching like happens with leather.

I settled on carrying only 4 cards: a debit card, 2 credit cards, and my driver's license. They fit nicely, but getting to the cards in the middle is a bit hard, so I've put the most used cards facing out.

Another drawback for some is that the Slim is not great at carrying cash. You can fit a few bills if you fold them in three, but it's cumbersome to pull them out. Luckily, I pay as much as I can with cards and don't carry much cash. Now I just keep a few bills in my front pocket when I know I might need them.

Conclusion

After about 2 months of using it daily, I'm very happy with it. It's made me think about what I really need to carry on a daily basis and cut it back to the essentials only. It's so thin that I'm not tempted to put anything else in it; it's remained with only 4 cards.

I paid US$25 for the wallet, plus US$5 for international shipping. I'm not sure how much they'll sell it for once they open their online store, but at that price I think it's worth it. Sure, it's only a stitched piece of elastic that you could probably do yourself for less, but it's unlikely you'll get the same quality, so why bother? There's also the time investment to consider. But most importantly, it makes me happy to support creative people coming up with products I use and like.

If you're looking for a minimalist wallet that only lets you carry the essentials (and you don't need to carry wads of cash), the Supr Slim wallet is a good choice.

Note: All photographs are of my actual Slim and taken by me.

Update (12/09/13): Seven months of daily use and the Supr Slim wallet is still looking great. It definitely is good quality. However, I recently switched to a new wallet called Snapback Slim that's very similar but has a strap around it to hold cash. Check out my review for more details.