The Fantom Wallet Review
Innovative in design the Fantom wallet is a real breath of fresh air when it comes to both its look, design, and functionality. I first discovered Fantom when searching for a metal wallet with a quick mechanism to access cards. Quick access slots have been a big part of modern-day leather wallets but it quickly becomes harder to implement in a metal wallet. The Fantom solves this with an awesome range of quick access features from metal crafted to provide better access to a button that automatically fans your cards in a clever way.
Fantom first came onto the scene in 2014 when a bunch of Canadian mechanical engineers came together to design a unique product with added value. Their success has mainly been thanks to their four successful Kickstarter (crowdfunding) campaigns and have quickly become a major player in the wallet world.
‘We are constantly looking for innovative ways to improve existing products and to create a new invention. We believe there are always better, simpler ways to do things’. – Fantom Wallet 2020
Look & Design
The first distinctive feature of the Fantom wallet is its unique look. Made from an all-metal & Carbon fiber design it’s clear this was made by engineers as everything about it has been meticulously thought out from the positioning of the buttons to the size and dimensions.
Its razor-thin design comes in at just 0.8mm thick and its lightweight size makes it barely noticeable in the pocket.
It comes in a great variety of colors from red, gold, blue silver or simply carbon fiber. You also get the option to add a money clip that is available in a bigger range of colors. It sucks the money clip is optional and isn’t just standard because without this there’s no real way to store your physical banknotes. Some people might get confused by this (as all the pictures show it with the money clip).
Nevertheless, the overall design of the wallet is fantastic and I can’t fault the engineering, design and material quality of the wallet. It’s clear that its design is one of the main selling points of the wallet and I don’t blame people. The wallet looks amazing.
Functionality & Utility
The Fantom wallet really shines with its utility. All to often minimalist wallets of this size like to sacrifice size for the sake of storage and features. Although a slim wallet like this will never have the capacity of a traditional bi-fold Fantom has done an amazing job of working around the smaller size to make something truly functional.
The first thing we have to mention is the Fantom’s main feature – the way you access your cards. Using a thumb lever the wallet is designed for one-hand operation. With a simple pull, you card cascade – or fan – your cards out in an even fashion allowing for quick and easy access to any card you like in any effortless motion.
The Fantom wallet comes in a range of different sizing options to accommodate the number of cards you roughly carry with you on a daily basis. The smallest size – the Fantom 7 – has a capacity between 4 – 7 with each other option slowly increasing incapacity (Fnatom 10 is 6 – 10 cards and the Fantom 13 is 8 – 13 cards).
RFID Functionality is a must with any wallet and the Fantom do us proud by providing it standard with every wallet. For those who don’t know RFID security is there to prevent you from wallets credit/debit cards from being subject to contactless fraud. RFID protects your wallet’s belongings by acting as a shield. Unless you take your card out to use it should be safe within the Factom wallet.
The last thing I want to mention about the Fantom wallet is that it’s also available with a optional coin slot area to store your loose change. This is quite an innovative feature for a metal wallet and works really well. Coins are stored underneath the leaver which when pulled cascades the cards.
The Fantom is a great all-round wallet with a classy and stylistic design. What I love about the wallet is how they break conventions with the usual poor functionality of slimmer wallets with some amazing innovations in how you store and access your cash and cards. The Fantom wallet comes in at a price tag of between $54 – $76.00 depending on the optional money click. For more information on the Fantom, wallet click the link below.
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