The Nodus Compact Coin Wallet Review

Sometimes a brand comes along and really takes your fancy. A lot of the time it’s simply a trick of good branding. Perhaps you’ve become taken with a product in the past because of its color? Or perhaps it has an attractive website which makes you think ‘it must be good’! Whatever your reasons for choosing a product I had these same feelings with Nodus. In terms of what you want from a strong brand, they have everything. A good logo, attractive website, and good photography. But this isn’t a lesson in good marketing. What really caught my eye where their range of wallets – specifically the Nodus Compact wallet. 

The Nodus Compact Coin Wallet is a fantastic take on a minimalist wallet that can store a huge amount of cards along with a host of innovative design features that keep the wallet small while allowing you to store more. It is designed to carry both cards and coins and has been great in helping me carry more cards while still feeling light and it’s this combination of minimalism, attractive design and all-round functionality that really got me excited to try this out. 

Minimizing the material between cards, the Compact Wallet keeps an ultra-slim profile without compromising on what you can carry. A central pocket opens along two edges to give easy access to notes or bills (& overflow cards) and even features a space for a spare key. Each wallet is meticulously handcrafted from the finest, ethically, and sustainably made full grain vegetable tanned Italian leathers, ensuring a quality wallet that will last for years.”

Look & Design

The Nodus compact has two external pockets, these external pockets do not have RFID protection, and this is why I like to keep my metro passes and hotel keys in them as I do not have to remove them from my pocket to use them. The high-quality leather made me fall in love the first time I saw it – a vegetable-tanned Italian leather, although it doesn’t look very premium. Another beautiful feature of the Nodus wallet is the packaging and branding – my wallet came in a microfiber pouch inside a nicely decorated cardboard box.

The range of colors that the Nodus range comes in are limited but sticks to a very classy natural look. All wallets are available in Chesnut brown, Ebony black, dark teal and Taupe Grey. I got my hands on the brown wallet which is by far the most traditional color of the bunch.

The only issue I had with the compact wallet was its actual physical design. Its sleek and attractive for sure, but I couldn’t help thinking it looked too much like a woman’s purse. I think that’s mainly down to the massive zip on top which is a common feature in women’s purses but less so in men’s wallets. Just something to keep in mind. 

Functionality & Utility 

The wallet has RFID protection to help shield cards from wireless theft. I like the fact that I can carry as many cards as I want, up to 17 cards if you wish. The internal pockets are well organized, as I keep my cards in the central pockets while there is an expandable pocket on one side that is designed to hold coins. The other side of the wallet is where I keep my cash as it is a shallow pocket designed for cash, although I have to fold the notes to fit them in. The last pocket is my favorite feature, as it is a slot made for keys in the cash pocket. I easily carry my keys around wherever I go, as it is conveniently placed in my wallet – not many wallets have this feature. 

Final Verdict

The Compact Coin wallet is great for everyday use, as well as travel purposes. Its capacity to hold a lot of cards is also a great thing. It costs about $80 (£59.99), which might seem expensive, but I can assure you that you will get value for your money. It’s an innovative range of features that make it a fantastic all-rounder wallet.

The wallet is also covered by a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty against material and manufacturing defects. This is something that caught my eye on the product page and something I don’t see to often when it comes to wallet manufacturers. Good job Nodus!

For more information on the Nodus Compact Coin wallet please check out their website by clicking here.

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