Binding: Black Cordura® nylon
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All the materials seem to be very high quality, and no defects were found. The tweed fabric feels pretty durable, but not bulletproof like Timbuk2’s ballistic nylon material. Still, I’m not throwing it on the ground or kicking it around to leaving it in the elements, so I guess it will be fine. I think for most uses it will hold up reasonable well, though I wonder if the fabric my snag or tear. The tweed does look very nice and I wash my hands after eating meals before I handle it because I don’t want grease smudges to get on it. I also don’t know if this folio can only be hand washed or if it can go in the laundry machine.
While very striking in presentation, it should be noted that the folio it not evenly shaped throughout. The hard plastic sandwiched between the interior and exterior that gives the folio its shape seems to be warped and wavy. When the Folio is zipped shut and laid flat, it looks quite lumpy, even when full.
Speaking of which, for the size of the folio, it does seem like it fills up quick. With a regular sized hardcover notebook inside, there is hardly enough room to put a smartphone in the smartphone pocket and zip the folio shut. I tried and it felt like I was going to rip the zipper out. You may either want to leave your smartphone in your pocket or find another notebook to put in. I have not tried using other brand books, and I know books like the Leuchtturm and Rhodia may be different by a few fractions of an inch. I ended up using a Moleskine Volant notebook, which are the thin softcover notebook, so as to allow enough room for me to fit my iPhone and pens inside. With the folio you don’t really need the hardcover protection for your notebook since it is zipped into a protective cover.
All in all, I am happy with my purchase, though for the price I really wish that the fit and finish were of higher quality. Most people might not care that the folio appears to be lumpy; I’m a little OCD about it, but I’m probably the only one that notices. I've had the Folio for several weeks now and have noticed that the Folio it not quite as stiff and lumpy as it was since I first bought it. I’ve received several compliments about it at work, so I guess it looks fine to the casual observer. At the end of the day I bought the Smartphone Folio so I would have more accessible writing tools at my disposal than an iPad. And since I bought this I have been carrying it with me pretty much everywhere I go, so it serves its purpose.
As far as customer service goes, I accidentally placed the order for the Classic Folio instead of the Smartphone Folio online, and I emailed them over the Christmas holiday asking to change my order. They responded within two working days and cheerfully updated my order without any hassle.
It only comes in two prices, $50 for a custom BTO folio, or $60 for the ZEN model folio. I wish they had some generic mass produced models for cheaper cost. If they had a plain black or grey version, either domestically produced or imported, for $25-30, I would have bought that over a BTO version.
Always have this with you for notes and sketches.
One thing - the zipper is just ever so slightly difficult to zip. On a different note, the tweed material is very nice.
Well made. At first I thought the outer fabric was looser than it should have been but once I started using all the pockets I realized that the front and back pockets would be less useful if the fabric was tight. Smart design and it looks great 5 stars.
I really really want to like this folio! Based on the dimensions given, I thought it should have fit my Rhodia webnote book. Sadly, it does not! I suggested to customer service that they might consider making this just 1/2 to 3/4 bigger all the way around so that it can accomodate other notebooks beside just the moleskin. I love my Rhodia paper and will not switch! So, my son snagged this folio and is using it; he loves it. I do think that the zipper pull should be at the top position when the notebook is closed; it's a little wierd that it's at the bottom!