The Kit 2.0 Wallet Review
- The Panel idea is fantastic and allows people to fully customize the Kit wallet to their liking.
- I think the price tag of the Kit wallet is fair considering the sheer variety of customizability available.
- The build quality and craftsmanship are quite poor. Just check out a few of the images and you’ll see what I mean.
- I found the wallet degraded quite fast over time.
The kit wallets creators, Allegory Goods, first came into existence back in 2012 when the creators we’re forced into changing careers when a tech company they worked for went belly up. In a moment of clear creativity and innovation, they set up Allegory Goods and began creating a range of innovative goods, including wallets, on the premise of ‘everything has a story’. From here they’ve set up and successfully raised money through a range of Kickstarter funded projects including the Kit 2.0 Wallet which managed to raise over 10K in funding.
The kit wallet is one of the most unusual wallets I’ve come across on the market. While most provide little way to customize the wallet to your liking or individual needs, the Kit does things a little differently allowing you to choose from a range of so-called ‘panels’ that provide distinct features that best suits you. For example, if you need a wallet that can store keys then there’s a panel for that. Likewise, if you don’t then you can forgo that panel for something different. Let’s now take a closer look at what the kit 2.0 wallet has to offer.
Look & Design
As far as the dimensions go the standard measures 4.5 inches tall, 3 inches wide, while the international is only slightly larger at 4.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide. Although this may not seem like a big difference I feel it did create more room and gave me more respect for the brand at how they deal with an international audience.
Regardless of the huge customization options, the kit wallet is standardized in its size base model. Coming in 2 dimensions the standard and international it’s really nice for The Kit to take the time to cater to foreign curries as the intentional wallet is specially designed to fit larger tender. As a British citizen, I can highly appreciate this as typically GDP is some of the larger notes in the world.
One thing I will mention about the Kit wallet is that it isn’t the best when it comes to the build quality and craftsmanship of the wallet. Overall the wallet seemed to lack much attention to detail and seemed like it was almost ‘rushed’ to be made with little care to the quality of the finished product.
Functionality & Utility
The Kit Minimalist wallet is by a far the wallet with the most customization options on the market. Whether or not you want a slot for cards, keys, or both the kits huge range of choice spanning currently 8 different choices which amount to over 160 configurations. Not only does it tailor for people simply looking for a good robust wallet but it really goes above and beyond the typical expectation of what a wallet is for. The kit wallet will have you discovering new and unusual configurations left to right and center ranging from RFID security to the more uncommon money clip and smartphone strap.
The wallet works on a panel system. Within the Kit’s website, you can fully customize the wallet to your liking based on the wants and needs of the consumer. The process is split into a 3 step process of choosing the color (this is between 2 currently and black and tanned brown leather), the front panel and the back panel.
This problem of wallets being only designed for American curries is something which I’ve come across quite frequently in wallets of a smaller size (known as minimalist wallets). Having to fold my notes into tiny little squares is not something I want to do on a daily basis and to a certain extent inhibits the usability of the wallet. As I said with 2 variants this wallet avoids it nicely and I commend the company’s designers for doing so.
Below are a copy and paste of the different configuration options available for purchase. I’ve added my own thoughts and feels, but since I haven’t had the opportunity to try out them I cannot say how good they are in person only how they look on paper:
00: Naked, no pocket. – simple yet does its job.
01: Card pocket, designed to provide easy access to your 2-3 most used cards.
02: Quickswipe, designed to hold 1-2 cards so they can be slid out and swiped in one motion.
03: Strap, vertically-oriented to carry easily accessible cash or cards with minimal bulk.
04: Money clip, attaches to top or bottom or can be removed and used on its own. Use the provided stainless steel clip or your favorite one.
05: Key Carrier, securely attaches three keys to your Kit and holds them flat, eliminating the need for a key chain.
06: RFID pocket, lined with a strong yet flexible shielding fabric to protect 1-2 RFID-enabled cards from skimming.
07: Zipper, horizontally-oriented zipper pouch to carry coins or other small items. When full, the zipper pouch can hold around 25 US quarters.
08: ID pocket, allows you to show your ID or credentials without taking them out.
09: Smartphone strap, securely attaches your smartphone to your wallet.
10: Key carrier & strap, combines the card pocket and key carrier allowing you to attach 2 keys securely and still access cash easily on the outside of your wallet.
11: Card pocket & money clip, combines the card pocket and money clip, which attaches at the bottom of the Kit.
It’s very clear when looking through the list of available panels the Kit 2.0 has all your bases covered. The Kit is a great example of providing people with a truly personalised wallet where you can make sure, without a shadow of a doubt, that you’ll be receiving a wallet that is the best for your needs.
Coming in at a modest $60.00 the kit is hovering between the medium to the high price tag. For a wallet of this unique style, I’d say $60 is a fair and respectable price for what you get. The only off-putting thing for me, and something to be wary of, is the as mentioned poor build quality of the wallets.
This is a great wallet if you’re looking for a customized option down to the very finest detail. Having this option is great but is the wallet good enough as a stand-alone piece? Does the novelty of having a product made to your liking good enough to spend $60.00 on? I’d say yes. Its design is nice and functional impeccable with the idea around having a true customizable wallet. For more information on the Kit 2.0 Wallet check out their official website by clicking the link below.
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