We have been teasing our latest giveaway for a while, on the blog, the podcast and even in our newsletter. The wait is over, here is my review and giveaway of a Quiver from Quiver Time.
I’ve been eyeing this deluxe card carrying case for some time. I’ve always been curious about them and after finding a good deal one day on Amazon for Tabletop Gaming Deals I almost ordered one. Then I had the brilliant thought to instead contact Quiver Time and see if they wanted to work together. After some back and forth I got them to agree not only to send me a Quiver to review, but also to let me give one away to one of you!
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I think the best way to show off The Quiver from Quiver Time is to actually show it to you. To this end, I did a live unboxing video last weekend. In this video, I start with the Amazon shipping box and share my thoughts as I unpack and open my shiny new card carrying case.
What you get:
My Quiver came in a rather large Amazon box that had the case sitting diagonally in the bottom of the box. The case itself was just in a large ziplock style bag with a choking hazard warning label and barcode on it. No box.
Each Quiver is 17.5 inches x 4.5 inches x 3.5 inches. They come in a variety of colours. I personally got a black one as that was what was in stock in Canada at the time. In addition to the case you get a shoulder strap, a wrist strap, four plastic dividers, five Velcro dividers, two corner pads and as a bonus 100 Quiver branded card Sleeves. There is also a small information packet that includes instructions on how to register for a 3-year warranty and how to contact Quiver Time and where to find them on social media.
All of the metal parts ship very well protected. There’s a plastic film over the top Quiver logo. The metal zipper pulls are covered by foam, etc. I like to see that Quiver Time takes this extra effort to make sure your Quiver shows up in good shape.
Opening up my Quiver I found the five Velcro dividers already evenly spaced on the card holding side. The lid actually has storage space as well. This has some elastic netting and looks like it would be perfect for keeping instruction booklets. It is very thin though so I don’t think you are putting much else up there. During the live unboxing, someone in the chat asked if you could store dice up there and I do not think that would be a good idea. There’s too good a chance you will damage some of the cards.
All of the extra bits were inside the Quiver and each was individually packaged. The plastic inserts were not only all together in a bag but each was individually bagged.
I have to admit I’m impressed. This is one solidly built impressive piece of gamer luggage.
The first thing I noted when opening up my new Quiver was how sturdy it was. This is a very solid case that is not going to get damaged easily. The included plastic dividers are thick, ridiculously thick, plastic. There is no way these are getting bent and I don’t even think you could snap one in half if you tried.
The Velcro dividers themselves also fairly thick, not as thick as the plastic ones but I don’t think they are going to buckle easily. You would have to try to damage them. The straps seem solid though I can’t see actually carrying around a full Quiver by the wrist strap. What really impressed me is the quality and thickness of the carabiner clips used to attach the straps to the quiver. I wouldn’t have been surprised by plastic and instead was impressed by rather thick metal.
I love the fact the Velcro dividers are so easy to remove and move around. I adjusted quite a few of them in the video. The one trick I did learn was that you shouldn’t try to move the dividers with cards in your Quiver. Due to the way the dividers wrap around to the sides, in order for the Velco to stick, it’s not easy to move them with cards in the way. My only real complaint here is that I probably could have used more Velcro dividers, but that would really depend on what games/cards you plan on storing in your Quiver. Plus you do get four plastic dividers as well, so there’s a grand total of nine dividers between the two types.
I already noted that the plastic dividers are really thick and durable but I did find one problem with them. When you use these plastic dividers along with sleeved cards they almost vanished.
The dividers aren’t quite tall enough to stick out past the card sleeves and you don’t see enough of them to read any sort of label. Now, this isn’t a problem with unsleeved cards, just sleeved ones. I’m also not sure what the best way to label these plastic dividers is, but that’s a me problem and not a Quiver Problem. You would need a very thin label maker.
Now I didn’t test this theory but the Quiver should hold 1350 unsleeved cards if you remove all of the dividers and the corner protectors. A note on those. Due to the fact that the very ends of the case are rounded, the people at Quiver Time give you these padded end caps that fill those gaps to make sure that any cards in the very ends don’t get bent. It’s attention to detail like this that has me impressed.
During the video, I managed to fit in my entire collection of sleeved Star Realms cards into the Quiver. That includes three core sets and the Gambit Expansion Pack and some promo cards. I then put in all my Agricola Occupation and Minor Improvement cards, unsleeved. Then Start Player and Tie Breaker from Bezier Games. I had one small pocket left at this point and in there I tossed the two meeple for Start Player and Tie Breaker.
At one point, I took my filled quiver and shook the thing up pretty good. Way more than would normally happen during a trip to the local game store or even in a luggage compartment. I opened up the Quiver after and everything had pretty much stayed in place. A couple cards shifted upwards a bit but nothing was damaged or at risk of being damaged. Note this was with some space still left in the case. It’s good to know the Velcro is strong enough to keep things in place.
Lastly, I have to note that the Quiver is rather striking looking. From the silver Quiver logo on the front to the shiny zipper pulls also featuring the logo, the Quiver looks and feels like a high end product. In the video, I noted that it may be leather. I tried to confirm on their website but I don’t think it’s real leather. It’s still really nice faux leather, and it is water resistant, which is great for when you need to transport your card games to the FLGS in the rain.
A Pointy Problem and Excellent Customer Service:
If you watched the unboxing video you saw my confusion over finding a rather pointy black plastic card divider that came with my Quiver.
I took some pictures of this and sent them over to Quiver Time who very quickly got back to me to let me know that it was indeed a Quality Control error. Unfortunately, I had received a miss cut plastic divider with my Quiver.
They were understandably embarrassed but did note that in all the years they have been selling Quivers that this is only the third time that a problem like this has been reported. It is in no way common.
Now Quiver Time could have sent me one new divider to replace my defective one. They didn’t do that. They could have sent me a pack of four dividers, like the package that came in my Quiver. They didn’t do that. Instead, they sent me an entirely new Quiver, free of charge. They didn’t have to do this. I didn’t ask for this. They volunteered to do this.
I am always very happy to see a company that is willing to own a mistake and do what it takes to fix the problem. I provided them with some more information and pictures and hopefully, they can use that to help root cause the problem and prevent it from happening again.
In addition, I received some follow up information today. Quiver Time has confirmed with Amazon that this is the end of this batch of Quivers and that the QC issue has been fixed with the next batch. Also that the card sleeves have been upgraded to better Apollo sleeves and any new Quivers going out should have these new upgraded sleeves.
The Quiver is a high end piece of gaming gear. It’s not cheap and it’s not for everyone.
Having now had the chance to check out not one, but two Quivers I have to say that I think it’s worth it. Especially so if you are really into card games and the tournament scene. If you are constantly bringing your cards with you to various tournaments and game stores there’s no flashier way to carry your collection.
Not only does the Quiver look good, it’s going to keep your cards sorted, in good shape and ready to play when you get to game night.
Want to see another cool piece of card game carrying gear that will fit inside a Quiver? Check out our Quiver Time CITADEL Deck Block Unboxing Video.
Oooh. Definitely entering this one. I always covet elegant storage and transport options for our gaming gear.
Thanks for the comment, Samantha,
What I want to know is what would you put in a Quiver if you won? Do you play Magic, Pokemon or some other CCG? Is there some other card game you are looking to transport around town?
I would see how many of my Sentinels of the Multiverse cards I could fit per case, then procure enough additional cases to house all expansions through Oblivaeon.
Because I was too cheap to get the massive SotM case in the Kickstarter.
Thanks for the comment Rob,
I like this idea. I currently have only a smattering of Sentinels Cards. The original and two expansions. Right now mine all fit in the original box but I can see running out of room quickly.
On the plastic inserts, what about labeling some cut-down sticky notes where the label can stick up above the sleeves?
On dice, what about removing one of the foam pieces and using a velcro divider to make a dice pocket in the end?
For those that like to carry play mats, maybe a future version will have sinchable side loops to carry them rolled up?
IIRC basic 100-card deck boxes will fit in this beast so I think for those card games with smaller cards and/or extra components I’ll use these. Could slap a larger, easier to read label on the sides of those, too. 🙂
Were I to have a Quiber I’d toss in the following: Dead Man’s Draw, Flip City, Port Royal, Project Dreamscape, Star Realms Frontiers, Castles of Burgundy The Card Game, THeif’s Market, and maybe Power Grid The Card Game.
Thanks for the comment Ryan,
You could easily leave one pocket for dice. That’s what I did for the meeple for Start Player and Tie Breaker. I do like the idea of having a place to put your playmat. I know card gamers really dig their playmats.
Based on what I see on the web, you are right a standard 100 card deck box will fit. I don’t actually own any of those so couldn’t try it out.
That’s a great selection of games to have in a Quiver. I think I may need to fit Dead Man’s Draw into mine. It’s a great one to have on hand during game nights at the FLGS.
If I win, will definitely be using it for Keyforge. Alternatively, I’ve got my Netrunner collection (may it rest in peace) that would fit – could make static decks out of the cardpool and have them just set like a board game for people to play.
Thanks for the comment Zach,
Is Keyforge the kind of game where you could fill a whole Quiver? I thought it was more of a buy one starter and only use that style of game. I have to admit I haven’t checked it out yet.
The case when fullis it weighty..
Did you find the weight on your back whole In use uncomfortable or irritating?
Thanks for the comment Joe,
AndSheGames said it was no worse than carrying a purse. Not at all awkward. Though both of us agree, don’t bother with the wrist strap, it’s far too much weight to put on one wrist.
Nice looking case! It would be great for all my travel card games. Machi koro, star realms, a select group of sentinels, ect. We go camping a lot and this would be perfect. Thanks for the review!
Thanks for the comment Tom,
Sentinels is a good call. You could leave one pocket open for all the counters and such. You may need some extra dividers though. I’ve got my Star Realms in mine, works a charm.
I’m hoping to develop a small collection of “Magic: The Gathering” cards, and frequently transport various small card-centric tabletop games. Most of the time, I end up using spare Amazon boxes and bubble wrap. I keep eyeing this on Amazon, but cannot justify the price (even on its current sale). This would be a fantastic improvement and exactly what I need for many situations!
Thanks for the comment S. Darkwell,
I’ve seen a couple of the local Magic Players show up with these at local events. I think, like you, the majority of Magic Players would rather spend that amount of money on cards, instead of ways to carry them.
I’d probably try to fit my smaller games in here like 12 Days, One Deck Dungeon, and No Thanks.
Thanks for the comment Steve,
That’s what I’m thinking of doing with mine. Fit as many full games as I can into one and toss it in my van. That way I can break it out wherever I am. Bored at a wedding… just a second let me run to my car. Lame Xmas party… I’ve got just the thing.
I’ve just started playing Keyforge so all my decks and tokens could go in the Quiver, but why limit it to just cards? I could put some of my paints and miniatures inside and take them to my painting classes.
Thanks for the comment Duran,
Huh. Paints and minis eh? I can see it. The thing is the Quiver is designed specifically for cards. There are lots of carrying cases designed specifically for miniatures though. Battle Foam comes to mind immediately but I know there are more. I know I own some Reaper Clamshell cases that are great for both paint pots and minis. I can’t help but think there are better options than a Quiver for the miniature painter. Now of course, if you won a Quiver and were more into minis than cards, this makes perfect sense.
I just bought one of these on Amazon yesterday. I’m looking forward to putting my Keyforge decks in it. I would love to have more than one, though, as I love LCGs, and I could use a convenient way to transport Arkham Horror LCG and Android: Netrunner.
Thanks for the comment Chris,
Since you bought one of these and entered, the awesome people at Quiver have offered to, instead of shipping a second quiver, refund you for the one you already purchased. That’s your choice though, if you really want two, I totally get that 😀
MTG cards. Have ~a dozen decks.
Thanks for the comment R,
What’s nice is that if you have each of those decks in individual deck boxes, the Quiver can accommodate them.
I’m thinking I’d put the Arkham Horror LCG in a quiver. Possibly Keyforge if/when I buy in.
It has been awhile since you did this review, but ever since you have done it I have wanted to pick up a quiver. Boxing Day I ordered one and picked up today. (Dec. 28, 2020) Thank you again and I love my new quiver.
That’s awesome to hear Kevin!
I was very impressed by the Quiver, especially when I actually used it to bring a number of games to a con.
Glad you are digging them too!
Thanks for the comment,
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