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Ultralight wallet options
« on: July 18, 2014, 05:07:22 PM »
I recently slimmed down my already small wallet by A LOT in getting one of these. I was surprised at how many options are out there. Figured it might be nice to have a thread on them.

  • Butterfly Wallet - trifold made of ripstop nylon, 3 pockets & cash slot, .2 oz, $12.45 TIP: If buying from a different retailer make sure you get the improved version.
  • Go Fast And Light wallet, sport - bifold made of soft tech nylon. 2 pockets, .2 oz, $13.98
  • Go Fast And Light Wallet, ID - bifold made of soft tech nylon, 1 cash pocket, 3 card pockets plus 1 ID window, .4oz $13.98
  • Mighty Wallet - bifold made of Dupoint Tyvek (same stuff used for airmail). 2 cash pockets, 4 card pockets, .6 oz, $15. TIP: While a wallet that looks like apiece of notebook paper or envelope may seem novel, people have reported losing these easily or someone else accidentally trashing it. Beware!
  • Dynomighty "Men's" wallet - bifold made of Dupoint Tyvek, 1 cash pocket & 6 credit card pockets, .5 oz, $25
  • Allett wallets - The high end, these are made of PET or leather or soft tech nylon, and some come with RFID blocking. Tends to run slightly heavier than the others, though still lighter than traditional wallets. Too many options to list, price ranges ~$20-$50
There may be more out there, these are just the ones I've stumbled upon. I only have experience with the Butterfly wallet so I can't vouch for the rest of these.

All ultralight wallets except the Allett tend to be slippery and the design relies on stacking more than one card in the card slots to help keep them from falling out. The Go Fast and Light wallet is the only one I know of that has an ID window, if that's important to you.

My Butterfly Wallet has one pocket that's nicely tight and two others of varying looseness. Since I'm not obsessed with weight and perfection I'll probably just baste a stitch or two to correct the tightness if to becomes a problem. For now, adding folded bills helps enough not to bother yet and I'll see how I go.

Anyone else with recommendations or feedback, feel free to chime in. :)
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Re: Ultralight wallet options
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 10:23:20 AM »
I've really like my Big Skinny wallet...not super fancy, just light and super thin.  I have had it for just over a year and it has help up well and been nice to carry.
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Re: Ultralight wallet options
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014, 10:36:13 AM »
It is funny to hear Allett called heavy ;)  When I switched to ultralight they were all there was.

I have gone through several--I get about a year out of an ultralight before they wear out.  A little less than leather. 

I moved back up to the other end of the durability scale to a Blue Force Gear--it is not lightweight, but it is just as thin.  It is very close to an Allett passport wallet in size, but made of nearly indestructable material.  You also have your choice of color, as long as it is multicam.  The extra structure makes it carry thinner than the Allet, if that makes sense. 

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Re: Ultralight wallet options
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2016, 10:03:06 PM »
I've gone walletless. I got fed up with the regular ones - most of the mass and weight was wallet, not contents. If I put much in it, it was a fat mess. I looked at the minimal ones. Either they didn't hold enough or they added too much bulk, not to mention price.

I just use a 1/4 inch wide rubber band to hold together some cards. Debit/ATM, couple credit cards, driver's license, Costco and grocery store card, medicare and insurance card, doctor's business card, ham license.

I have a Fresnel lens tucked in there and some cash. Bills folded in half, bigger stuff inside with dollar bills showing. The cash is the width of a card, just a touch taller.

All in all it's 7 pieces of ID, 6 ways to buy things or get cash, and a fire starter in a package the size of a credit card and 3/8 inch thick. Tucks in a back pocket but small enough not to show.

I keep the odd ball, rarely used loyalty and discount cards in a conventional wallet in the vehicle. If stolen, they don't get the crook much they can use. Half price pizza, Mondays, at a local watering hole.
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Re: Ultralight wallet options
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2016, 04:23:06 PM »
I have been using a Black Dream Fibonacci case for a while now and love it.

http://www.amazon.com/Dreem-Fibonacci-Detachable-Premium-Kickstands/dp/B00S8W7KUK

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Re: Ultralight wallet options
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2016, 06:27:01 PM »
I'm still running an Allentt RFID blocking wallet. The only complaint is the two money slots. I kept my $20 in one slot and smaller bills in another. It makes for a pain when trying to buy things at more than $20 lol

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Re: Ultralight wallet options
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2016, 09:58:31 AM »
You can also make your own tyvek wallet. I know a few folks that do this with free fedex envelopes.
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Tyvek-Wallet-using-9x12-envelope/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Express-Mail-Envelope-tyvek-Wallet/

There are lots of different designs now, too.
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Re: Ultralight wallet options
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2017, 12:29:51 PM »
This is a kind of minimalist wallet that I carry. Great for cards, ID and some folded cash. Less bulky than having a money clip as well http://www.walletgear.com/thin-weekend-wallet.html

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Re: Ultralight wallet options
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 08:43:18 AM »
Another part of my life is OMGLeatherworks.  I make a few models of slim wallets. Not all are posted but please take a look.  I like the Crossbones the best and carry that model most of the time.  It's a slim bifold design, rounded on the outer corners for front pocket carry.  It has 4 card slots which will each hold multiple cards or can be used for bills.  However, it's the X-pattern retainer that I find really useful.
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