Not everyone, when they look for a new wallet, wants an all singing all dancing wallet. At the end of the day, a wallet serves a very specific purpose and some people aren’t looking for anything other than a cheap simplistic wallet that gets the job done. The wallet we’re reviewing today, the Nomatic Basics Wallet, is exactly that. An affordable minimalist wallet that does exactly what it says on the tin and doesn’t try to be anything else (or something it’s not).
Nomatic is a brand who like many first rose to fame through a successful Kickstarter campaign. This success was just the beginning and fueled the innovation to continually develop and create products based on functionality and exemplary design. They since expanded their brand to include bags, cases and an assortment of cool accessories to go with your everyday carry. Let’s take a closer look at what the Nomatic Wallet has to offer.
‘We aim to create products that inspire confidence for life on the move. Whether you’re using the Nomatic Planner to achieve your goals or the Travel Bag to get to your destination, our objective is to give you the tools you need to make it happen — in the best way possible. With the Nomatic Wallet, you get the best of both worlds: a slim profile and easy access to all of your cards. You also have room for cash and a key. Classy, professional, casual, or active — the Nomatic wallet is right for any situation. Choose your favorite color or buy multiple colors to match your style’.
Look & Design
The Nomatic Basic wallet is incredibly simple in its design. Coming in at just 2.25″ wide by 2.75″ long, and weighs less than 0.2oz putting the wallet firmly in the ultra-minimalist category. The wallet is made from a nice durable elastic material that’s great quality, easily washable and lightweight. The pull tab also includes a small slither of leather also which adds as a nice accent and contrast to the overall design of the wallet.
I decided to use the Nomatic wallet as a replacement wallet when I went camping on the weekend. This was a perfect fit for this wallet as it enabled me to only carry the essentials while also not worrying about dirt or the wallet getting beat up as I knew the material could easily be cleaned.
Finally, the wallet also comes in a small but eclectic range of colors to choose from. This includes a standard black version but also includes a grey, red and lime green options. Each has a unique and distinctive look, great for people who like to stand out or have a personal style.
Functionality & Utility
The main compartment of the Nomatic can hold up to 14 cards which is a lot of cards considering its size. I personally found the magic number to be around half of that (6 – 7 cards). The reason why is cards are stored in a ‘stacking’ style in the Nomatic Wallet and as you increase this the card begins to bulk out adding considerable girth to the wallet’s size. In other words, the wallet ends up losing its minimalist size and at max capacity, the wallet becomes more difficult to use along with being easily felt in the pocket.
This compartment can also be controlled by a pull tab that enables easy access to your cards with a simple pull. This automatically raises your cards out of the wallet without the need to fiddle around with the wallet itself. The Pull tab is really effective and works great in a wallet of this style and the pull tab itself has a piece of leather attached to the end which looks great and adds some great quality to the wallets and its design.
The Secondary compartment, located on the very front of the wallet, is much smaller and is used to store additional items such as banknotes, coins or keys. This slot is made from a more flexible elastic material which makes it very secure as the strong flexible elastic hugs each item and helps prevent them from falling out unnecessarily. Overall, the wallet just really works well and considering it’s smaller size is much more pleasant to use in practice than I expected.
The price of the Nomatic wallet is what really attracts people to this wallet. At a retail price of $19.00, I’ve actually never seen the wallet not on offer at half price. Right now the wallets is on offer for $9.00 (as of 24.03.2020) which is an absolute bargain. At that sort of price, you could purchase this wallet without any worry. If you don’t like it, so what? The price is perfect and the wallet is a great example of how many wallets on the market today are very overpriced (basically coning people) and you should always shop around before you make any decision.
The Nomatic Basics Wallet is a great little wallet and for its price, you really can’t fault it. The wallet is a joy to use. It’s simplistic, affordable and doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. It’s the perfect ‘getaway’ minimalist wallet for people who are not yet sure if a minimalist/slim wallet is right for them as the price is so cheap. If you decide a minimalist wallet isn’t for you then it’s not a problem you’d only lose a small amount of money. For more information on the Nomatic Basics Wallet check them out at their official website with the link below.
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