Review: Bellroy Elements Sleeve

The range of minimalist, beautifully-crafted leather pouches from Australian brand Bellroy, seem to have taken the world by storm. At least, their storm-proof range of Elements wallets certainly seem to have my small world, of cycling and photography friends, wholly captivated.

I first reviewed Bellroy's Elements Pocket Wallet back in 2014, and I was taken with how compact, robust and beautifully simple the design was. Then in 2015, I reviewed the Elements Phone Pocket; which proved to be an equally stylish, sleek and versatile every day carry. I still use both of them, on an almost daily basis. In this review, I turn to the baby brother in the Elements range - the Elements Sleeve; this is the wallet for when you really just need the bare necessities.

Whilst the Elements Phone Wallet can hold a phone, cards, cash, house key and much more; the Elements Sleeve is made to be a flat-pack slim protective case, for just your cards, key and notes. The neat sleeve design provides the perfect solution for carrying these essentials with you in your jersey pocket, without adding any bulk.

Bellroy's designers have clearly enjoyed creating this clever little wallet. There are more neat features than you can think possible, packed into what is essentially three layers of waterproof leather...

The main pocket in the wallet can house 2-6 cards, as well as folded notes. Then, for more frequently accessed items there is another pocket on the front; which I actually found useful for a few small coins. The cards that are housed within the main sleeve are easily accessed, thanks to a neat leather pull-tab. This pull-tab then also doubles as a key storage area, so you will never be left locked-out in the cold.

It is a compact, but very clever little weather and dirt-resistant pouch, which is a million times better than my previously deployed plastic money bag stowage.

From past experience of the Bellroy range, this is a product that will last well, too. Ride after ride, it will look smart and function faultlessly. It will mean you no longer have to fumble around in your jersey pocket, trying to find your cash at the café stop. Another great Elements product, from Bellroy.

View the Elements range at Bellroy.com (Link)







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