1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Keyport Slide 2.0 Review

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by jag-engr, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. jag-engr
    • Administrator

    jag-engr Semper Bufo!
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    5,544
    Likes Received:
    4,080
    Full disclosure
    I received this Keyport for free to do a review and post user feedback. This product is made by Keyport, a Supporting Manufacturer of this forum.

    As many of you know, I have something of an obsession with a cleaner, less-bulky keychain. I have watched the Keyport project with interest from the beginning. Originally, it was a bulkier metal device that remained a conceptual product for a long time. In fact, I had almost given up hope when the company finally got off the ground. The first round of Keyport Slides were a work of art, but Keyport wanted to broaden the products that they could offer. I feel that they have achieved that with their new Keyport Slide 2.0, now available on their website.

    ORDERING

    From Keyport's on-line store (mykeyport.com), I selected from the following options:
    • Keyport Slide bodies - black, white, or clear
    • six "blades" - I chose all keys, but there are also USB sticks, a bottle opener, and an LED
    • interchangable nameplates for the sides, which can be customized
    • accessories - clips, lanyards, etc., for attaching to the swivel on the Keyport
    I had no problem ordering (aside from deciding on colors) and found the process pretty straight-forward.

    Once you order, the next step is to photograph your keys so that Keyport can send you the correct blanks. There is much debate here (and elsewhere on the web) as to whether it is safe to photograph keys. It's really a moot point, though. Keyport doesn't need to be able to see the teeth on your key. They only need to be able to see enough of the key to identify the key pattern to know which blank to send you. You can easily put tape over the teeth of the keys before photographing them (that's what I did).

    The next day, I got an email that identified the key blanks and requesting that I send in a copy of one of my keys (an unusual security key, I guess) so that they could cut the key down and fit a Keyport head on it. I was a little slow on getting this done and I got a couple email reminders from Keyport. I appreciate the fact that they didn't want to drop the ball on their end. I got the key sent in and got my Keyport not long afterwards.

    UNBOXING & ASSEMBLY

    The Keyport comes in a nice, attractive presentation box. The key blanks are sent separately, zip-tied together and in a baggy. The custom side plates are also in a separate bag.

    I took the key blanks to a local locksmith who cut them for $1 each. I would strongly advise going to a locksmith, not a big box store or even a hardware store. I didn't want a blank getting mis-cut and having to wait for a replacement. Needless to say, a new key-carrying device generated quite a bit of excitement at a locksmith store and I would not be surprised if several of the employees do not soon have Keyports of their own.

    The Keyport box includes instructions, but it is pretty intuitive to put together. I assembled it and added a TEC P-7 clip to the swivel.

    DAY-TO-DAY USE

    At first, the Keyport felt very strange. I initially wanted to slide the button out and hold my thumb against it while operating the blade. However, the blades lock open and are unlocked by depressing the button, so I had to learn to let go of the button and allow the blade to lock in place. It also feels very different opening a lock because the width of the keyport approximately quadruples your leverage as opposed to a typical key bow - meaning you don't feel like you're twisting hard enough.

    My first impression of the Keyport when I opened it was that it was bigger than I was envisioning. However, it did seem to work out to be lighter than having the same keys on a ring and the smooth, rigid shape carries better in a pocket than keys do.

    DURABILITY

    So far, I have seen no signs of any durability issues. Some people have questioned the integrity of the swivel, but I don't see it ever taking that much stress. Besides, it looks like a modified fishing swivel and those can take a lot of weight.

    I did have one issue with a security key that I sent in to be machined for the Keyport. This key was thicker than average key and the metal may have been machined just a bit too much or the plastic cap that was fit on may have been defective. At any rate, the blade wobbled side-to-side when extended. It still worked, but I didn't feel confident about it. I sent it back to Keyport along with a new key, and they promptly sent me a newly cut blade and the previous blade, which had been repaired.

    CONCLUSION

    I had tried a lot of keychain configurations and had settled on one that I had been using for some time. I really wasn't sure if the Keyport was going to supplant that setup, but it definitely has done so. I love the Keyport and would recommend it for those looking to slim up their keychain. I could see this also being beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis, as it provides a mechanical advantage and better grip over normal keys.
     
  2. Torpedo Vegas

    Torpedo Vegas Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2009
    Messages:
    407
    Likes Received:
    459
    Do you think it would be worth it to someone like me who only has 4 keys and a streamlined nano?
     
  3. Nick4305
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Nick4305 EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    Messages:
    5,446
    Likes Received:
    92,773
    Are there any upgrades, for what you could know, about the possibility to have duplicates of EU system keys ? (I'm from Italy).
    Asked time ago to the Company when Keyport bumped in the forums, but have no updates. TIA
    Nick
     
  4. atilano

    atilano Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2013
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    497
    Pics would be helpful for this review. I've never heard of a key port


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  5. jag-engr
    • Administrator

    jag-engr Semper Bufo!
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    5,544
    Likes Received:
    4,080
    That's really your call. You could replace the nano with their light blade and still have room to add a USB flash drive. If the project appeals to you and you have the funds, it's a great piece of gear. If you do buy, make sure to credit EDCF!

    Sorry, Nick, I don't know. Maybe a company rep will chime in.

    I'm intending to put up pictures soon. I'm just not a very good photographer.
     
    cowsmilk and Nick4305 like this.
  6. Stonerman33
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Stonerman33 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    2,185
    Likes Received:
    3,052
    [​IMG]

    Been using mine for about 6 months now and I love it. I dread the occasions which require a key NOT in the keyport as I then have to grab a second key ring full of traditional keys.


    Sent from my iPhone 5s using Tapatalk
     
    vegassprky, SAKplumber and keyport like this.
  7. JonSidneyB
    • Administrator

    JonSidneyB Uber Prepared
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2006
    Messages:
    21,161
    Likes Received:
    12,085
    If you use the Keyport banner it will take you to their site and they will know it came from the forum.
     
    vegassprky likes this.
  8. keyport
    • Sponsor - Manufacturer

    keyport Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    138
    Hi Jon, Yes, the Keyport is perfect for you. With just four keys, you can add a couple Inserts like a Bottle Opener, Flash Drive or Mini Light. We are also about to release a Pen Insert that is very handy for your everyday carry needs! :)
    Cheers, Aimee
     
    vegassprky and SAKplumber like this.
  9. keyport
    • Sponsor - Manufacturer

    keyport Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    138
    Hi Stonerman33,
    Sounds like you may need multiple Keyports, connect them together with a Micro Lock and you have Slide nunchucks. :)
    Cheers,
    Aimee
     
    Kilted1, vegassprky and SAKplumber like this.
  10. keyport
    • Sponsor - Manufacturer

    keyport Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    138
    Hi Nick,

    Yes, we ship orders internationally. You would have to send in a set of your keys, as we stock US and Canadian keys at this time. We can convert your keys right into Blades in just a couple days and send them back to you ready to use in the Slide. We send Keyports all over the world to over 60 countries!

    You can check out the international order page here: http://mykeyport.com/international

    Cheers,
    Aimee
     
    vegassprky, SAKplumber and Nick4305 like this.
  11. Nick4305
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Nick4305 EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    Messages:
    5,446
    Likes Received:
    92,773
    I'll surely do it, and thanks for your reply, Aimee !
    Nick
     
    vegassprky likes this.
  12. keyport
    • Sponsor - Manufacturer

    keyport Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    138
    Hey Guys,

    Check out my personal Green on Black limited run 2.0 Slide in action! :) If you look closely you can see Nic, our Slide builder and custom printer photo bombing me!

    Cheers All! Keyportphotobomb.JPG
    Aimee
     
  13. keyport
    • Sponsor - Manufacturer

    keyport Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    138
    You're very welcome!
    Cheers,
    Aimee
     
    Nick4305 likes this.
  14. keyport
    • Sponsor - Manufacturer

    keyport Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    138
    Hi Atilano,

    Check out some great product images here: http://mykeyport.com/product


    Cheers,
    Aimee
     
    vegassprky and Nick4305 like this.
  15. Stonerman33
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Stonerman33 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2012
    Messages:
    2,185
    Likes Received:
    3,052
    As tempting as a keyport nun-chuck may sound, my other keys are either too oddly shaped or rarely used such that a second keyport wouldn't be worth it, to me anyway.


    Sent from my iPhone 5s using Tapatalk
     
  16. JonSidneyB
    • Administrator

    JonSidneyB Uber Prepared
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2006
    Messages:
    21,161
    Likes Received:
    12,085
    There are some Keyport banners on the forum. We get no credit if they are not used.
     
  17. BarksAtCats
    • In Omnia Paratus

    BarksAtCats Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2013
    Messages:
    372
    Likes Received:
    871

    I'm digging that green on black Slide 2.0! :smile_coffee:
     
    keyport likes this.
  18. keyport
    • Sponsor - Manufacturer

    keyport Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    138
    Hey Guys,

    My bad guys, I did not use the right link for the Keyport Store. :eek:

    Please be sure to always use this link when visiting the site. KEYPORT STORE- EDC

    Cheers,
    Aimee
     
  19. keyport
    • Sponsor - Manufacturer

    keyport Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    138
    Hi Jon,

    Yes, I am so sorry, this is the link- KEYPORT - EDC

    Cheers,
    Aimee
     
  20. r-ice
    • In Omnia Paratus

    r-ice Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Messages:
    1,179
    Likes Received:
    446
    Dunno if this is a first world problem lol I only have 1 key. Hopefully I have a WiFi door lock soon

    Sent from my XT1058 using Tapatalk