Product Review: Quiver Carrying Card Case

The biggest struggle for many Star Wars: Destiny players is how to transport all the items they need for a tournament. For years I have been searching for a single-purpose tournament carrying case. I’ve tried backpacks, lunch boxes, laptop bags, camera cases… you name it. I have tried shoving deck boxes, tokens, and a play mat in all of them, trying to find that one simple solution to carry everything without weighing myself down or having something so bulky it takes up half a table.

Enter the Quiver from Quivertime, and what is billed by them as a “Premium Travel and Storage Solution for Gaming”. The big question, though, is how does it hold up for a Star Wars: Destiny player, and is it the be-all-end-all for tournament storage solutions? As I was reviewing this as a “tournament” solution, most of what I was looking for in the Quiver was based around storing a single deck, dice, tokens, and play mat.

Appearance (4.75/5.0)

The first thing you will notice about the Quiver is that it takes the less-is-more approach. It has a sleek and simple design in black leather, with their logo on the top of the box and very heavy duty zippers. You have the option to use a shoulder strap or wrist strap to carry the case; but more about that later. While there are no customization options available from Quiver, the clean design of the case shines all on its own. Overall, it is a simple-looking case that, while understated in its first visual impressions, sure does pack a punch in other areas.

Utility (4.75/5.0)

Personally, the utility of a carrying case is what makes or breaks it in my book, and the Quiver has been the king of the hill in this department for two simple reasons. First is the fact that it was specifically designed to be a solution for carrying your cards. This may seem obvious and simple, but when it comes down to it, having a product that was designed from the ground up to serve one purpose means that it should shine in that department. Needless to say, it does indeed do that in spades. It is listed as being able to hold ~770 sleeved cards, which, if my math is correct, is a few more cards than a standard Star Wars: Destiny deck has in it. So the first criteria in my book for a tournament carrying case has been crushed, but what about the second one? Does it hold all the extra bits?

As most people are well aware, Fantasy Flight Games likes to have lots of extra tokens, or in the case of Star Wars: Destiny, extra dice, in their games. Also, most players like to bring a play mat and some way to hide their dice during tournament play, so the amount of things that a carrying case needs to hold keeps going up and up. What the Quiver case does exceptionally well is provide ample room for all of these components. I have yet to find a case with as small a profile as the Quiver that allows me to hold so many components. The amount of extra room, even once you have a deck, 15-20 dice, tokens, and a play mat in the case, means you can still have room for more, just in case you end up taking home a load of loot from a tournament!

The shoulder strap provided with the case is my personal ideal way to carry the case, and when loaded up with everything to walk into a tournament, weighs in at under 3 lbs and feels like you aren’t carrying anything at all. I took this case with me to a Spirit of Rebellion pre-release, and at times I forgot I even had it slung over my shoulder because of how easy and light it was to carry. This adds up to an ideal case to carry to larger events such as GenCon or FFG Worlds, where space is limited and having to haul around a heavy pack is the last thing anyone wants to do.

The only downside to the overall utility of the case is that if you are using anything other then a dice bag to hold your dice, there probably won’t be enough room for that plus a play mat in the case. The same goes for how you store your tokens; I personally use a small 6 slot Plano tackle that fits perfectly, but anything larger would be a tight squeeze. When all is said and done, though this is one of the most versatile cases I have used and it fits the role of a tournament carrying case perfectly. As a storage solution for multiple decks, it also holds up rather well also, because it comes with some nice Velcro dividers to keep everything separated. The case can hold right around 5 sleeved decks plus dice and some tokens.

Durability (5.0/5.0)

First and foremost, the exterior of the case is made from leather which is inherently water proof, which is a HUGE factor if you are a klutz like me and are prone to spill something on your case. Since it is leather, this also makes it very durable, and while it might get some dings and scratches with extended use, it will hold up very well. Another great feature is that the top, bottom, and sides of the case are all very firm, so you don’t have to worry about your cards being crushed or ruined if someone knocks the case onto the floor. The inside of the case is equally as protected, since it is felt lined and comes with corner protectors to keep your cards from bowing because of the rounded edges on the case. Additionally, the straps and hooks are heavy and sturdy, so if you load down the case you don’t risk breaking a strap.

The one and only minor complaint about the durability of the Quiver is because of how rigid the case is and how sturdy the zippers are, it can be a bit of a struggle to get the case completely unzipped. This is really only an issue around the back rounded edges of the case as there isn’t a lot of extra room for the zippers. If there was an extra half inch of space back there to extend the zippers, it would make is slightly easier, but when that is my largest complaint about an all-around solid case construction, it isn’t something that turns me off from giving it top marks. When all is said and done, this case feels more like a high-end briefcase in its construction than your standard deck box, and it also looks the part as well.

Cost (4.75/5.0)

At $39.90 USD (plus shipping, unless you have Amazon Prime), this is on the higher side for what is essentially a glorified “deck box,” and that price tag might turn some people off at first glance. As mentioned previously, the high quality components used in the construction of the case give it the feel of something that you paid more than $40.00 for. The list of extras that come with the case also add to the overall value of the Quiver, because not only do you get the case itself, but it comes with the following:

– 4 acrylic separators (2 black, 2 red)
– 5 Velcro dividers
– Shoulder strap
– Wrist strap
– 2 corner pads
– 100 clear card sleeves

My favorite component on that list is the Velcro dividers, because they can be used for multiple purposes in the Quiver case. I had used 2 of mine as a way to strap down my play mat and my dice bag for transportation; that way, if the case is open and gets knocked over, it helps keep everything from spilling all over the place. The card sleeves that come with the Quiver are a nice little addition and, while not the best card sleeves ever, are a nice nod to this being a gamer case. When you add up all that you get with the Quiver, the $40 price tag doesn’t look quite so steep, especially if you are using it the way I was – as a tournament solution. If you are using it as a storage option for multiple decks along with their dice, it also will fill that role as well. All round for the price, the Quiver meets, and even exceeds, expectations.

Overall Rating: 4.75 /5.0

Final Thoughts

While at the recent Spirit of Rebellion pre-release, I was able to pass the Quiver case around, and the overall consensus was that the quality construction and utility of the case made it the perfect fit. A few people even got out there phones and ordered their own Quiver right there on the spot. While I am not usually one to wax poetic about a carrying case, this one sure does make me want to. The quality and utility alone of the Quiver make it something that, as a gamer, I have been searching a long time for; a sleek and elegant tournament case solution. It holds everything you need to walk into a tournament prepared and ready to do battle, and does it in style. If you see me walking around GenCon or NOVA, expect me to have my Quiver case with me, because it is going to be my personal tournament carrying case of choice for the foreseeable future.

**A Quiver Carrying Case was provided to me by Quivertime in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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