What is it?
This is a card holder made by paperchase, and which comes in a multitude of designs. The case is designed to fit two credit card size cards - so perfect for train tickets and railcards etc - but each slot does have room really to fit multiple in though obviously only two can be seen at a time.
What do I think?
This is an incredibly practically designed product due to the light weight nature of it and the flexibility of it. This can be easily kept inside a jacket pocket, or even within a purse as it is not much bigger than the actual size of the cards when folded. The flexibility of the product makes it easy to use and it is not too tight to make it hard to get the card in or out which is a definite advantage. The price of this product which is less than £5 though dependant on design, is very reasonable for it, particularly as it is such a long lasting and durable product. I have had mine now for a couple of years and it has not changed at all in appearance, whereas usually some of these types of things tear on the internal plastic from use. Equally there are so many designs to choose from which makes it (a) easy for you to find something that you are going to like and (b) means if you have a few for different things there is no chance of you getting them confused. My whole family has a different pattern and when we go on rail journeys its easy to keep everyone's cards separate and organised.
I commute to work by train on a daily basis. I usually buy a montly or weekly travel card to keep costs down, and need something that will protect the pass for this time and also stop me from losing it (replacements are costly!). I spotted the range of travel accessories in Paperchase and knew that this Pass Case would be perfect for me. The Pass Case can be purchased in their high street stores, or online at www.paperchase.co.uk for the price of £4.00.
Product description: "Cloud 9 Pass Case suitable for bus passes, train tickets, work passes and oyster cards."
The rail company I travel with provide a basic plastic flip cover for their travel cards, but over the years I have had to replace mine so many times as they are fimsy and damage easily. They're not very attractive either, being a plain dark blue colour that gets lost easily within the shadows of my over-cluttered handbags. I was drawn to this Paperchase version as it looked much more suitable for the job.
The Pass Cass is compact and fits neatly into a pocket, purse, or handbag so you can store it safely. The bright colours of the design mean that it stands out quite clearly against the other items in my bag and I can locate it without too much trouble. The Pass Case is available in a range of different designs and new themes are released fairly frequently. I chose the Cloud 9 design as it features some of the cute Cloud 9 characters that Paperchase use on their other items and it has a fun Japanese cartoon style to it. It is brightly coloured and the decorative design has a nice cheery feel to it which makes me smile when I'm dragging it out to use in the early mornings.
The Cloud 9 Pass Case has a rectangular shape which folds up into two sections. It has a thick vinyl outer layer which is printed with the Cloud 9 design. This is waterproof and wipe-clean which makes it easy to take care of. I've had mine since last Winter and it's still in near-perfect condition, with only one minor scuff on the outer edge. On the inside of the Pass Case, there is a pale blue fabric lining and two clear windows where the travel card can be displayed. This is perfect for me as I need to use the two sections to display my photo card as well as my monthly pass ticket at the same time. The clear windows have small oval cut out sections which confused me a bit at first, but as soon as I slipped my travel cards in place I soon figured out the slots are there so that you can place your thumb directly onto the card and slide it along to remove it from the holder easily without damaging it. This is excellent and works well as I am no longer fumbing around at the ticket barriers struggling to get my pass out and swipe it through, it just glides out of the case with minimal effort required. This helps to keep the pass in good condition which is essential as it is only a piece of thin card and it needs to be used almost every day for a month without sustaining any damage that could stop the pass from being read by the machines.
Overall I would have to thoroughly recommend my Paperchase Pass Case. It serves it's purpose and looks great as well. The Pass Case is hardwearing and I have no need to replace it at any point in the near future, but I am certainly tempted to go and buy one in another design to store my Oyster card in for when I'm travelling around London. A great little item at a good price.
I'm a very forgetful person so I try not to use a card or coupon that you have to carry with you on daily basis, because, more often than not, I would just forget to bring it. It was until I find myself in a situation that I have to commute to university by a bus everyday, and therefore I had to buy a bus pass. This obviously led to buying a bus pass case in hopes that I would be less likely to lose it.
Paperchase has always been one of my favourite shops. I love cute and cuddly things and Paperchase has them in abundance. I was browsing the online catalogue and thought I gotta to have this case.
In real life, it's even cuter. The pass case is made of good quality plastic and is neatly sewn. The inside has two slots for cards; since it is a general pass case, you can put anything from name card to your car license. Each slot has a border sewn around it, giving the cards a neat and tidy edge. Also the material inside is made of coloured plastic but it doesn't feel cheap and the handiwork is very tidy. My favourite is the artwork: you would definitely the cuteness overload. Also each pass case artwork is different from the next.
Since the material itself of good quality, it is very easy to flick the case open and close. Also as it is not made of elastic, there is no worry of the slots getting loose overtime. Therefore there is not danger of important cards falling off. One of the best thing about pass cases, it hides my not-so-good passport photo shot as I can safely say that it is the most unflattering photo of all times.
For the price of £4.00, it is not the cheapest pass case around. However, I can vouch for the durability. I have been using this for almost a year now and I couldn't see any major colour wash-out or gaps in the materials. There is only a tiny rip in the corner from me shoving the case in my bay everyday. If you are not a fan of cute and sweet characters, there are also a variety of styles available at either online or in store. This is one of my good purchases and I would recommend it.