Wednesday, June 8, 2016

On the Fence with a Travel Wallet

I was recently sent a #travelwallet by Accoe to test and review. Altogether I'm not too wowed by it, but most of that is based on conjecture as I have not had the means to test it in a situation for which it is designed. If the wallet were to hold up under such circumstances, I would happily use it, suggest it and even purchase it for family members.

The wallet has a cute stitching and airplane design at the top. I ordered the one that was labeled "stone" color and received the red. I'm not sure what the stone was in reference to, the stitching or the wallet color, but either way I did not get what I ordered.

The interior is well designed with room on the right for 9 cards that are credit card sized or a bit larger. As you can see there is an angled pocket area behind the cards that would be good for documents like boarding passes and itineraries. Behind that is a full pocket with access from the center of the wallet where the pen is located. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and weight of the pen that was included.

You can see on the left side of the wallet there is another angled pocket, this time it is a good size to fit a passport. Then again you have the full pocket that is accessible from the center of the wallet.

The zipper is sturdy and I have had no issues with snagging or zipping it open and closed repeatedly. The wallet itself looks to be stitched well and designed with a traveler in mind.

So, what is my problem with the quality of the wallet? The material it is lined and covered with is supposedly a PU Leather, but I'm not so sure about the truthfulness of that. It does not look or feel at all like any of the PU Leather items I do have. It feels like the compressed fabric that is made in a similar fashion to how plywood is made. You know the reusable shopping bags you get at functions that have the sponsor names printed all over them? And that the bag usually works well for about 5 uses until it tears? That is the fabric this wallet feels like.

If you look closely at the photo below you'll see the bottom hole that is punched in the fabric to create a place for the pen to be kept. With the quality of the fabric in question and the holes not being reinforced, I wonder how long it will take before it tears. Once that tear happens I fear the wallet will lose a lot of its internal integrity and end up being useless to a traveler long term.

I received this product at a discount or free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.