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Review: Range Leather Gannet Minimalist Wallet

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Review: Range Leather Gannet Minimalist Wallet

Adam Teeter

Introduction

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Life can be fast paced and crowded. As a result, we need kit that is both slick and functional in order to keep up with our demands. The Gannett Minimalist Wallet from Range Leather sets out to do just that. 

Manufacturers Description

“The Gannett is a minimalist design that features accessible card slots with a layout that is easy to navigate. With both vertical and horizontal openings and the addition of a money slit, this is the ideal wallet for anyone looking for a functional and sleek minimalist wallet. Holds 4-8 Cards. All Range products are crafted by hand from genuine Horween Leather.”

Philosophy of Use

I selected this wallet as I began spending more time in urban areas. I realized I needed to reduce the amount of cards I carried and move from rear pocket carry to front pocket carry. I wanted the option to carry cash, but did not plan on carrying it full time. I planned to carry a total of 3 plastic cards and maybe a couple of my business cards. I’ve been carrying it full time for 3 months now. I've included a couple of pictures below to show my normal load out.  

 Here is what I typically carry in the horizontal side: main credit card, local store loyalty card and train pass. 

Here is what I typically carry in the horizontal side: main credit card, local store loyalty card and train pass. 

 And my typical load out in the horizontal side: ID card, debit card, a couple of business cards and some back up cash. 

And my typical load out in the horizontal side: ID card, debit card, a couple of business cards and some back up cash. 

Description

Side 1

This side of the minimalist wallet is set up in a horizontal orientation. The slot has an angled top to provide the user access to the contents. I can stuff about 3 cards in here. In the lower left corner is the word, “Range,” stamped to denote the maker. You can see the hand-stitched construction quite prominently also. 

Side 2

Not only does the orientation of this side change, there is some added functionality built in. The vertically laid out slot is cut with a gentle concave arch to allow an easier grab on the cards stowed inside. I can fit about 4 cards in this side. Cut into the body of this slot is the money slit, which enable the used to fold some cash and stow it here.

Design Commentary

Pros

The wallet is small, I mean barely bigger than the cards it is designed to hold. It is fantastic in the front pocket of my jeans. 

Materials are outstanding and some of the best available in the the leather industry. This thing will not wear out or break (note the heavy marking above the Range stamp from getting stepped on on concrete) even under the heaviest use. 

The all leather construction allows the wallet to shrink/swell some as different amounts of cards are used in it. This is great in that the user does have some flexibility in their use. I find this handy when collecting receipts or if I need to add something like a business card or appointment reminder. 

The horizontal card slot allows the user easy access to the cards stowed within.

The vertical card slot is a good place to stow essentials that get used less often or perhaps added security. The layout keeps things a bit more secure than the horizontal slot. 

The cash slot works well for small amount of cash (3-4 bills is about tops) and keeps it in ready supply. 

The aesthetics of the wallet are great. I get many compliments and questions about it! It is as classy as it is functional. 

Cons

The wallet is small. Granted, it was designed this way, but it might have been nice to have just a little bit more size (like 5mm in height and width) for added flexibility. 

The money slit requires bills to be folded down to fourths. I’m not sure you can find a wallet in this footprint that doesn’t necessitate this much folding, but some will not like this requirement.  

Conclusion

The Gannett Minimalist Wallet accomplishes what it sets out to do; it manages to merge the highly functional with the low profile. It will not slow you down but will be there ready and waiting when you need it. I can highly recommend this wallet if it’s style and features suit your high speed living! 

Carry on and God bless you, 

- AT