Snapback Slim Wallet Review

The Snapback Slim Wallet - A new minimalist wallet at Kickstarter

The Snapback Slim Wallet - A new minimalist wallet at Kickstarter

The Snapback Slim Wallet is another Kickstarter minimalist wallet that, as of right now, is almost fully funded with 17 days to go. The designer, Nick Augeri contacted me a couple of months ago and offered to send me his wallet for review.

At first, I was a bit hesitant as it looked very similar to the Supr Slim Wallet which I reviewed before and had been using for over 6 months. After some thought, I decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did. I've been using the Snapback Slim Wallet for several weeks now and it's replaced the Supr Slim as my main wallet.

As always, I didn't want to write a review until I had been using it daily and formed a real opinion of it. These are my first impressions.

The Snapback Slim Wallet

The Snapback Slim wallet is simply a strip of elastic band stitched together to form a wallet. The elastic material is definitely good quality, it feels great, and is the perfect size to fit up to 10 cards.

What really differentiates the Snapback Slim is a coloured strap attached to its side that wraps around the wallet itself. This small detail makes a world of difference as I'll explain later. It comes in 5 colours, which give it a bit of personality.

The wallet is small and fits in almost any pocket.

The Snapback Slim Wallet in use

In my review for the Supr Slim wallet back in February, I wrote that it wasn't good for carrying cash. The only option is to fold it in three and stick it in with the cards. I concluded that it didn't matter because I mainly use credit cards and would "just keep a few bills in my front pocket" when I needed them.

Although I still use credit cards as much as I can (love those frequent flyer points), the reality is that I do carry cash almost all the time. Yes, it's only a few bills, but keeping them in my front pocket turned out to be more annoying than I originally thought.

And that's exactly where the Snapback Slim Wallet's coloured strap comes in. It's perfect for holding those few notes and temporary receipts.

It's surprising how such a simple thing can remove so much friction.

The strap can also be attached to your wrist if you find yourself without pockets. Pretty handy I thought.

The wallet is so thin that with 4 credit cards and a few notes it fits into the small pocket-inside-a-pocket of your jeans. You know, that small one where you put your coins. I mostly keep it in my back pocket, but it's good to hide it there in busy places where pickpocketing might be an issue.

Conclusion

As I said, the Snapback Slim wallet is now on daily use and I love it. Since I got a pre-production sample I don't know what the final packaging will be like, but Nick is working with a supplier to ensure it "looks cool when it arrives", and given the quality of the wallet I have, I'm sure it'll be awesome.

It's US$22 at the Kickstarter page. If you're into minimalist wallets it's a no brainer. You get a pretty cool one and get to support a product designer and entrepreneur. How cool is that?

Review: Supr Slim minimalist wallet

Supr Slim Wallet

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.