Nomad's Rugged Tri-Folio iPhone Wallet Case review: Deluxe wallet folio

There are plenty of wallet cases on the market, but the Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio iPhone wallet case holds more than most without being terribly bulky. It's still bulkier than the cases that hold one or two cards, but it's a nice compromise for someone who just needs to carry a handful of cards and cash. Its unusual three-fold design makes more room for the important things you need to carry.

The Good

  • Six slots (four card; two cash)
  • Rugged, protective case
  • American vegetable-tanned Horween leather
  • Elegant style
  • Wireless charging compatible

The Bad

  • Pricey
  • May be overkill

Two products in one

Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio: Features

Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio iPhone wallet case

Most wallet cases have just a few slots for your cards and cash; Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio has six. Four are intended for cards, specifically, and two are intended for cash. However, I was able to mix and match as I pleased. The "cash" slots, are in fact, a little odd. They do not fit an entire flat US bill, nor is there any way I could figure out to fold it just once to make it fit properly. I ended up either folding the bill into quarters, or sticking a card in there instead. Of course, each cash slot will hold several bills. The card slots are just what you'd expect: each of the four slots holds one card.

The case is constructed from high-grade polycarbonate and wrapped in elegant vegetable-tanned American Horween leather. It will develop a lovely patina over time. If you don't like the look of aged leather patina, then a leather case like this is not for you.

The Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio truly lets you leave your wallet at home.

Raised edges give some protection to your iPhone screen. The case offers 6-ft. drop protection and microfiber lining prevents your iPhone from being scratched. The edges of the case are tough TPU. There are cutouts for the camera, Lightning port, mute switch, and speakers. The Sleep/Wake and volume buttons have covers built into the TPU. The phone is fully functional within the case, including wireless charging. Pack the wallet portion with as much stuff as you like, it's all on the front of the phone so wireless charging works regardless.

Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio comes in two colors: Rustic Brown and Black. You can get one for the iPhone X/XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max.

Protective and functional

Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio: What I like

Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio iPhone wallet case

I like that this case is focused on both looks and functionality. I love the look and feel of leather; while the case is smooth it's not terribly slippery. Whether you work in a formal setting, or you just have an occasional event for which you need to dress up, the Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio will always look appropriate and impressive.

Yet it is ruggedly designed, specifically to protect your phone while you're using it out in the world. And it holds a lot; for some people, it holds enough to be able to leave the wallet at home.

More case than I need

Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio: What I don't like

Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio iPhone wallet case

Once you fill it with your cards and cash, it's pretty bulky. Sure, if you don't fill it up, it's fairly thin. But if you're not using the slots, why have them? The tri-fold design is frankly overkill for my purposes. While you certainly get what you pay for here, there is no getting around that this is a big, expensive case.

Could be just right for some

Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio: Bottom line

If you are looking to ditch the wallet and do carry around four cards and a handful of bills (or six cards,) this could be your perfect case. The Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio iPhone wallet case is elegant enough to bring to the most formal occasion but rugged enough for the craziest adventures.

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Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.