Filofax Chili Cuban review

I just recently got a new Filofax Cuban in my favorite color. I bought it because it’s on sale 70% off at my local department store, Isetan here in Bangkok. If it weren’t on sale, I didn’t think I could afford it. My dream planner, Gillio will be a little far fetch once again. *sob sob*

Anyway, The Cuban is always on my wishlist but I can never find on ebay or FF websites. Luckily, I found this chili planner just where I live with a huge sale too. yay!

The regular price was 9500 B (about US $300), which is pretty steep and ridiculously expensive for a planner. With a 70% off, the price went down to 2370 B (about $80). It’s still expensive but the good thing is I don’t have to wait for it in the mail nor need to pay extra for custom taxes (30% of its price) .

This is how my Cuban looks… It’s not a brand new model. I think it comes out awhile already.

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It has a snap closure. The strap has some creases before I bought it. Maybe a lot of people were interested in this binder, they tried to have a sneak peak inside now and then.I could understand that. It’s no biggie.  This was the last one on display.

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Inside the strap. It’s quite long so I don’t have any problems closing the binder when overstuffed it with many inserts, stickers and papers. Unlike the original that has a pretty short strap that I can’t close my binder without stretching the straps or cause a crease in the back leather.

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Inside the front cover reveals the Filofax Cuban and pockets. The pockets are too small to fit any of my credit cards. I can’t put any of my cards in there!. Please hear me out Filofax! please enlarge your pockets and pen loops (if you even hear/read)

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The Cuban was embossed nicely inside the front pocket. I love to just look at for no reasons.

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The back pocket has a full zip compartment with a mesh (semi-see through). I don’t know what to use this deep full pocket for.

Maybe some other time later, I will find out.

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The back side of the binder

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The inside rings I don’t have any problems with misalignment for this one.

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I use the fabric sheet to protect the rings rubbing against the inside leather and keep the rings from leaving their marks on the innards

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There is just one pen loop. It’s super small even for my slim Frixion pen is too tight for this pen loop.

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I always use Franklin Covey in all my planners. This one does fit well. The strap doesn’t crush with the monthly tabs that stick pretty far out in most Filofax planners.

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With a good load of inserts, this Cuban can still hold my bits and bobs. I can’t love her enough.

I don’t have a name for her yet. I may just call her “Chili” for now. Off I go play with my Chilli. Ciao!

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I’m pretty happy with my purchase.

VERDICTS

– The only gripe is that it has a thick cardboard and a foam patch inside the cover which makes it bulky and thick to carry in my purse.
– The quality of the binder is pretty well made.
– I love the contrast stitching.
– This binder is well made overall.
– I hope it has a bigger side pen loop. Two pen loops would even better

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2 thoughts on “Filofax Chili Cuban review

  1. That color is amazing, just gorgeous. I wondered if the Cuban cover was padded, thank you for your review and for including a photo of it holding the FC tabs.

    • It does have a thick cardboard and soft pad inside. The cover is quite thick compared to other FF binders. But it can hold so much without looking thicker than it originally is.

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