Nodus Compact Coin Wallet | Ideal Minimalist Wallet Perfect for Card & Coin Carry


Hey, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this
video, we’re doing a review of the Nodus Compact Coin Wallet. A versatile wallet
that’s perfect for travelers and those of you that carry a lot of credit cards. (light chiming music) First off, I want to thank Jerry P. for
recommending that I check out this wallet. As you all know, there aren’t many
quality minimalist wallets out there that cater to the needs of us point
collectors who usually carry multiple cards in our daily lives in hopes of earning
free travel. So when Jerry told me about the Nodus Compact Coin Wallet, I was
definitely intrigued. I reached out to Nodus and they generously sent us a
wallet to review and also another wallet to give away to our audience. But before
we get started, if you’re new here, welcome to our channel. Trip Astute is a
travel channel that is focused on sharing ways to make travel easier,
affordable, and more enjoyable. Traveling can be stressful and expensive, so we’re
looking for ways to help you maximize your experience through travel tips,
points and miles, and innovative gear. If that sounds interesting to you, please
consider subscribing. Nodus is a company based in the UK that started in 2013.
They wanted to create products that improve the interaction and experience
with items that we use most often. These include things like wallets, phone cases,
and even tablet cases. They’re also known for using extremely high quality Italian
leathers. The leather is top grain, vegetable-tanned,
and ethically and sustainably produced and sourced. High quality leather is not
only more durable and desirable, but also ages well, often developing a patina
that is more beautiful than when it’s brand new.
While Nodus sent us wallets to review, I want to emphasize that this is not a
paid review. We’re not being influenced to review these wallets in any way. As
always, we want to ensure the integrity of our channel and be able to share our
honest opinions and thoughts. So, let’s jump into the highlights of the Nodus
Compact Coin Wallet. Number 1: Capacity for up to 17 cards.
The wallet can accommodate up to 17 cards in the main center pocket. While I
don’t recommend carrying that many, it’s nice to have the flexibility when
carrying credit cards in your wallet. Also, I prefer this style of wallet since
it allows me to rotate cards in and out without worrying about stretching
pockets, which is a common problem with leather bifold and trifold wallets.
Number 2: RFID protection. While RFID isn’t much of a threat here in the US,
it seems to be a bigger concern outside of the US with contactless payment cards.
The wallet has RFID shielding built into the main pocket so you can be assured
that your card information is safe. Number 3: Two external pockets.
I think this feature is very useful. The two external pockets do not have RFID
protection which makes it perfect for metro passes, office badges, and even
hotel keys. Number 4: Internal organization pockets. While the cards are
meant to occupy the center, the wallet has an expandable pocket on one side
that can hold coins. Those of you in the US may not care very much about coins,
but they are a lot more common when traveling, especially in Europe and in
the UK. Also, you can use the pocket to hold a few additional cards or small
items. The other side has a shallow pocket for your cash. Keep in mind, it’s
like other minimalist wallets. You’ll need to fold your notes into thirds in order
for it to fit in the wallet. This isn’t an issue for me at all since I use cash
less and less every day. But if you happen to use cash often in your daily
life, you may want to find a wallet that allows you to bi-fold your cash instead.
Lastly, the cash pocket has a slot for a key. I love this feature. Even if you
generally carry your keys in your pocket, it’s nice having a place to put a spare
key like a bike lock or mailbox key or even a room key when traveling. I’ve
only seen a few wallets with this feature, so it’s nice seeing it in this wallet.
Number 5: High quality leather. I know we already covered that Nodus uses
vegetable-tanned Italian leather, but I have to say that the leather does feel
and look very premium. It has a bit of texture which gives it a more luxury
feel than other wallets. This wallet will definitely age well and will likely even
look nicer as it develops its patina. Number 6: Compact size. Though it’s
probably obvious, the wallet is perfect for front pocket carry. It measures 2.7
inches tall and 4 inches wide. The thickness will depend on how much you
put into the wallet. Number 7: Packaging and branding: Lastly, the packaging used
by Nodus is very impressive. The wallet arrived in a micro
fiber pouch inside of a nicely decorated cardboard box. Nodus’ brand symbol is an
octopus and the branding is discreetly marked on the wallet. It looks like it
was stamped or iron branded into the leather, which is a nice touch. In terms
of things I wish it had or were different, I think the only thing I wish it had were
more robust zippers. I would love to see Nodus add water-resistant or locking
zippers to their wallets. It’s definitely not a deal breaker, but more of a
wishlist item for me. This wallet is available off the Nodus website for £60, which is about $75 to $80. That may seem expensive, but
keep in mind the quality of the leather and craftsmanship. The company offers a
generous five-year warranty on their products which shows that they stand by
their customers. Also, Nodus offers free worldwide shipping on orders over £30. I’ll include a link in the video description below. In summary, I think the
Compact Coin Wallet is a great choice for those of you looking for a daily or
travel wallet. It has the capacity to hold a lot of cards which is very useful
for those of you in the credit card points hobby. The wallet is similar to
other minimalist wallets that we’ve reviewed, but it does have some unique
features that sets it apart from others. After trying got this wallet, I’m
actually excited to learn more about Nodus and even check out some of their
other products. Lastly, we’re going to do a review of their Compact Card Wallet soon,
which is more of a traditional minimalist wallet. While this sort of
wallet tends to be too small for me in my daily life, I do generally carry a lot
less with me when I’m actually traveling. For me, it’s usually cash, one credit card,
a debit card, a copy of my passport, and an ID. So I’m looking forward to trying
the wallet out and seeing how it fits into my travel routine. Finally, Nodus
would like to give away one of their Compact Coin Wallets to our audience. As
always, you’ll need to visit our website and enter using the contest link. I’ve
included a link in the video description. You don’t have to purchase anything and
there’s multiple ways to enter and gain entries. All you have to do is click on
any or all the options to enter. The more options you complete, the more entries
you’ll earn. And of course, there’s no pressure to enter. The contest runs until
Friday, November 9th. and we’ll randomly select one lucky winner on November 10th.
Nodus will then ship out the prize to the winner. Also, the giveaway
is open to everyone, not just US residents. What are your thoughts on the
Nodus Compact Coin Wallet? Let us know in the comment section below. If you
enjoyed this video or found it useful, please give us a thumbs up and consider
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time, travel safe and travel smart.

19 thoughts on “Nodus Compact Coin Wallet | Ideal Minimalist Wallet Perfect for Card & Coin Carry”

  1. Happy Friday Ernest ! Thank you for bring us another awesome product ! I can see myself using this one for sure. Have great weekend

    Jose P.

  2. This is exactly the kind of thing I've been looking for! I currently use a coin purse, and I like the compact size – it suits my simple needs well – I just don't like that there aren't separate compartments for coins and notes. Definitely going to look into this one more. Thanks for the review!

  3. The very last time I carried cash was last March when I visited San Francisco! Other than that it’s been almost five years I haven’t carried cash … I know why : I’ve once lost $220 and I vowed I would only carry cash unless it’s utterly necessary.

  4. Ah! So bummed I missed the giveaway. I have a very similar wallet, but it only has one outside exterior slot, and the zip only runs along one side which can be quite cumbersome. This wallet (and some of the others you reviewed) meet my needs perfectly! Thank you so much for such a helpful review

  5. In continuation of my last comment – a wallet I've been looking at is the Lethnic zip wallet. It's very similar in terms of pockets/accessibility/simplicity, but price is much more affordable – which works well for my uni student budget 🙂 Cheers!

  6. Nice thorough review with excellent camera work, as always! Quick question: The Nodus internal pockets seem 'open' (flappy?) compared to the Bellroy Card Pocket's. Is this an issue, however small, in your use of the Nodus?

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