Walklo Passport/A6 Journal Cover and Leather Travel Wallet Review
REVIEW – Even though I’m a Gadgeteer and I love technology, gadgets and gadgets. I still have a huge fondness for analog tools and products. Case in point – covers of notebooks/newspapers. I love them. I even make mine for me and my family members. The latest leather notebook covers I use are from Walklo. They sent me their Passport/A6 Journal Cover and their Leather Traveler Wallet. Let’s check them out.
What is that?
Walklo is an Indonesian leather goods company that manufactures and sells hand-stitched leather bags, wallets and covers for journals, passports, etc.
Leather Travel Wallet Design and Features
The Walklo Leather Traveler wallet is available in espresso or beige and is made of 100% cowhide leather. From the photos you might think the cover would be hard/hard leather. I am happy to report that is not the case. It is actually soft and supple.
The cover has a strap and button closure which I normally don’t like because many times I have found this closure to be difficult to…close. Luckily, that’s not the case with this blanket. It’s easy to slide the leather tab/strap over the brass button. There’s also a leather loop under which the strap slides so you don’t even have to use the button if you don’t want to.
The back of this wallet has an extra surprise pocket with another strap/buckle closure. You can use this pocket to hold papers and other flat items.
I really appreciate the craftsmanship of this wallet. The hand stitching is perfect. And it is important to note that hand stitched leather is better than machine stitched covers because with hand stitching the wallet will not fall apart if a thread breaks.
Opening the Walklo Leather Traveler Wallet reveals many slots/storage. There are 2 secretarial pockets on the left side with a pen loop and another loop that you can use to hold wired headphones (if you still use them). Then on the right side there is the main slot which you can use to hold cash or other long papers. There is also a 6 card slot panel. Behind this panel is another secretarial pocket.
Here I show the larger secretarial pocket on the left side.
Then the little secretarial pocket.
Here is the secretarial pocket on the right side.
I don’t have access to my passport, so I captioned a field notebook to use in its place. I also show the pen loop and filled card slots.
When closed, the Walklo Leather Traveler Wallet is a bit bulky, but it’s comfortable to hold.
A6 Passport/Journal Cover Design and Features
If you want something a little smaller, the Walklo Passport/A6 Laptop Cover is a great choice. Like the Traveler leather wallet, the Passport/A6 cover is also available in espresso and beige colors. Just like the Traveler Wallet, the leather is soft.
The stitching contrasts well with the color of the leather and, as mentioned, these covers are hand stitched.
Instead of using a button and tab style of closure, this cover has just one tab. But the tab design is one I have never seen before. It is a double tab that facilitates the opening of the lid.
Inside the cover you have a folio pocket on the left with a sewn-in pen loop and four pockets. There are two card slots and two very narrow slots, which confused me at first. I had to go back to the product page on the Walklo website to see how they are used. You can use them to hold memory cards and USB sticks.
The Walklo Passport/A6 journal cover works great with 3.5 x 5.5 inch pocket notebooks like field notes.
As for the pen loop, my Pilot Juice Up gel pen fit in it, but it fit snugly.
The pen loop causes a bump under the notebook which will be noticeable if you’re using a thin pocket notebook like me, but if you have a small bound pocket notebook like a Moleskine you probably won’t notice it.
Here it is with the lid closed and secure. I like that the cover is sized so that even with a pen in the loop it doesn’t get in the way or make the cover too bulky when closed.
Both covers can scratch quite easily, but don’t let that scare you. If the scratch is not that deep, you can just run your finger over it a few times and the scratch will disappear. And if not, that’s also not a problem because it just gives the cover character. Battle scars are good, not bad 🙂
What I like
- Soft leather
- Perfect stitches
- Lots of pockets
What I would change
This is my first experience with Walklo leather products and I must say I am impressed. The design and manufacture are really nice. The only thing I miss is the smell of leather. For some reason the blankets sent to me have almost no smell. That’s not really anything to complain about though 😉
Price: $60 for Passport/A6 Cover, $80 Leather Travel Wallet
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Source: The sample for this review was provided by Walklo.