MGear Gadget Wallet 3.0 Review [A Multi-Purpose Tool, Too]
If you are familiar with Ultimate Motorcycling, you know we love gadgets, with yours perhaps the hardest hit. I had a chance to look at small gadgets that don’t require batteries and my top five pocket gadgets. As cool as some of these gadgets are, the MGear Gadget Wallet 3.0 takes functionality and customization to a whole new level. Forget your preconceptions about your trusty friend known as the Wallet. You know, that leather, textile, or other little tote that you take everywhere you go with your essentials in it: credit cards, driver’s license and/or ID, insurance cards, maybe an AMA membership card, wallet-sized family photos. , a few business cards and, if you’re still a money-saver, a bit of that. It can be a non-folding envelope style, a bifold or trifold envelope, or something even more creative in concept.
But, no matter how attractive its shape is, it will have to go to match an MGear Gadget Wallet 3.0. This is a gadget that you can build online pretty much to your own specifications on the MGear website. The base Portfolio is constructed with a machined aluminum frame and carbon fiber front, rear and side panels. It has a high-strength spring steel tension plate, a high-strength flexible nylon band to hold cash or cards on the outside, and is assembled with high-strength screws. It measures 2.75 x 3.62 x 0.44 inches without side accessories. With the addition of ballpoint pen and flashlight side attachments, the width totals four inches. Weight with everything I ordered and accessories on both sides is 5.7 ounces. Basic features include a faceplate that you can personalize with an image or logo – we opted for the Ultimate motorcycling logo, a $35 personalized touch. The interior holds up to five cards, the back plate can be replaced, the rear elastic band can handle five more cards or accessories, a fresnel lens magnifier is standard and a limited lifetime warranty is part of the package .The ability to customize is impressive. You can choose between black or silver on the front bezel, seven colors and a background for the front cover, choose a design and texture, and add your image for the front cover. Then you can add the side accessories which include the optional mini LED flashlight ($15; AAA battery not included), mini EDC ballpoint pen ($30), and storage tube ($15). Then you choose your interior accessory options which may include an RFID survival card, RFID measurement and conversion guide card, the flexible Fresnel lens magnifier (each of them is free), a multi-tool 14 in 1 ($6), an 18-in-1 multi-tool ($10) and a USB drive ($12). The base price of the Minimalist Gadget Wallet 3.0 is $50, so your final price depends on the options you choose. Once all put together, the Gadget Wallet, being the versatile gadget that it is, also has the feel of a sturdy tool more than a wallet. My impression of the finished product with the options I selected is pretty much indestructible. of the components I got with my Gadget Wallet, I always carry both. I put the Gadget Wallet in the inside pocket of my riding jacket and my traditional wallet in my riding pants. Not everyone would need to go with this arrangement, but it works for me. The Gadget Wallet has made all the trips, even the shortest ones, with me. For adventure, off-road, desert and touring riders, the MGear Gadget Wallet 3.0 is a great piece of kit, especially when equipped with the side attachments. I particularly like the mini LED flashlight, which has a bright beam that can be adjusted from a spotlight to an intense, focused beam by sliding the lens barrel. The sturdy ballpoint pen writes reliably and is a clever innovation. The pen and flashlight are made of metal, not plastic.
The metal multi-tools are remarkable. The anodized version (black) includes, for example, a protractor, a bottle opener, a metric and inch ruler, a can opener, a spanner 2-8 mm, a scaler/wood saw, two flat blade screwdrivers, a wing nut driver, wire stripper, scraper, file, box cutter and key ring hole. Stainless Steel Multi-Tool (Silver) Includes Protractor, #3 to #12 Hex Wrench, Seat Belt Cutter, Can Opener, Utility Knife, Metric and Standard Ruler, Wing Nut Driver and flathead screwdrivers. For my own use I note from my measurement of the material, another possible function as a feeler gauge, the stainless steel item is 0.040 inch thick to check a variety of things, such as some spark plug gaps ignition – anodized item is 0.050 inch thick. Indeed, a functionality could be added to one of these elements: a stepped gauge to check the gaps in grip! The way the frame is constructed makes it easy to extract the contents even though it is held firmly inside the frame by the tension spring. Content only comes out when you want it. The frame includes a pair of holes in the corners that allow for the addition of a tether for added security. The MGear Gadget Wallet 3.0 is sturdy, innovative and versatile. Quality craftsmanship and materials, plus a limited lifetime warranty, make the Gadget Wallet 3.0 an investment that can last for the long haul, whatever adventure you choose.