Not every climbing trip needs to be a full blown expedition – in fact, many of us enjoy nothing more then a days cragging followed by a beer at the local pub. Amenities, phones, keys and your wallet all become mixed up with your cams and boot bananas – and a few companies have started taking this cross over seriously… Bellroy, pioneers of the super slim, have recently created a ‘Elements’ range of modern, minimalist wallets and document holders designed to take a beating and keep the weather out.
For the last few months, the Bellroy Elements Pocket has displaced my standard wallet to the bin, from Tesco to the mountain refuge huts in the Arve Valley, it’s quite literally been dragged everywhere. So let’s start with what’s in the box (got to love deliveries), Bellroy deliver the Elements Pocket in a very cool and recycled looking box.
Inside is the neatly packaged Elements Pocket, complete with a few bits of info on the project in the form of a card shaped pullout. Anyway, it’s all presented quite nicely, so the first impressions of the Elements Pocket is small and well made, this thing is pretty tiny – not much larger then the credit cards it holds (but it doesn’t need to be?), it’s a very basic wallet – with card storage (a few coins and notes fit without any problem) a couple of dividers, a key holder and a SIM card holder (both have been used, so fair play in adding those features).
In use, initially we did find the half-zipper opening a bit fiddly to use, over time this has become a bit more supple and easier to get cards in and out. Other then that, it holds what it needs to, is well made, lightweight and smells good – what more do you want from a wallet?
So on the ‘Elements’ USP, the Bellroy features a dust and water-resistant leather and zipper that definitely keeps the worst of the weather out – it’s not fully submersible, so if you’re looking for a wallet to go free-driving with, this probably isn’t the best choice. But for keeping out general rain, snow and sand it performs brilliantly always making sure my flimsy BMC insurance card stayed nice and legible for when I’m getting air-evaced.
Well, the old wallet is definitely staying parked firmly in the bin. We love the Bellroy Elements Pocket, mainly for it’s tiny practical size, excellent build quality and feel. It’s always kept it’s contents dry (something the old bi-fold wallet didn’t manage), so it’s certainly not a gimmicky sell from Bellroy, and with weather resistant everything (phone cases, bags, socks…) why not protect the contents of your wallet too?