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Wallets?

devicesdevices Registered User
edited August 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I figured that many of you gents are of the discerning type when it comes to purchasing items, so I was curious as to what I should look for as far as a nice, durable bi-fold wallet. Having a bi-fold is a fairly important detail, because for whatever reason I hate having a lot of bulky stuff in my pockets, so tri-folds bug the hell out of me. Also, I'm looking for something a bit more durable than fancy, as it will be taking a moderate amount of abuse.

Thanks in advance!

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  • TexiKenTexiKen it's a one way street, whichever way I go Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Bosca makes a nice wallet. Pretty expensive but last. The one I currently have I got in 2003, and has survived a trip to Europe, sitting in my backpocket in the humid Houston heat, and two instances of falling into water. Still looks good, the only thing needed to be replaced was the plastic card holder insert.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I've been using a Big Skinny for the past two years and it's falling apart. I love how thin it is, but they just aren't made well enough.
    Have you considered a metal cigratte case style wallet?

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  • ShizumaruShizumaru Registered User
    edited July 2008
    I highly recommend Ghurka wallets.. Very well made, very soft leather. I've had mine for like 6 years now, and its still going strong.. I may switch to a money clip, and if I do it will be a ghurka as well... Great wallets though, and not bad for like $175-$200.

  • StudioAudienceStudioAudience Registered User
    edited July 2008
    I got one of these for a present last christmas and have grown quite fond of it:

    http://www.gizmag.com/go/7503/

    It's like a rubbery type thing and appears to be pretty damn durable. I haven't had any issues w/ it. It might be a tad thicker than normal bi-folds though.

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  • meekermeeker Registered User
    edited July 2008
    I keep my wallet in my front right pocket, so size really is important to me. I have had this for about 4 years and I will never have another wallet again.


    http://www.coach.com/content/product.aspx?product_no=10208&category_id=53

    Mine is not embossed, just black leather.

  • KrisKris Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    You guys pay a lot for wallets! D: I've been looking for a new one recently, and haven't been looking at anything over $40...

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  • humblehumble Registered User
    edited July 2008
    i have a Volcom wallet thats all fabric. the outside is kind of like tweed material.

    its pretty big and has a lot of room, and its very comfy to keep in the back of my jeans. with my old one i usually got bothered sitting on it, but this one i dont notice.

  • tardcoretardcore Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I have a Croft and Barrow leather wallet that I received as a gift and it is glorious. I think it was from Kohls for under $40.00.

  • unilateralunilateral Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I know you asked for wallet suggestions, but I would feel bad if I didn't suggest the Slim Clip.

    And before you dismiss it, I thought I would never stop using a wallet, but my mom bought me one for my college graduation and pressured me until I started using it, and I love it now. I keep it in my front pocket, which keeps me from having to check my back pocket every time I get up (I still did for awhile, but I got over it).

    Its basically just a money clip with a backing that can hold cards. I never had any pictures in my wallet since high school anyway, so the loss of pictures was no big deal.

  • SaarSaar Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I recently switched from a wallet to a money clip. I thought I'd be at a loss not having everything a wallet could hold but after two weeks, I realized how much useless junk I was carrying around. Now I just have my license, ATM/debit card, one credit card an cash. I don't think I'll ever go back.

  • FantasmaFantasma Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    A wallet that can last many years is normally made of original leather, and hand-made. Make sure it fits in your back pocket easily and has compartments for your ID, CC and cash.

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  • RainfallRainfall Subcommander Argon CityRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I actually use a metal cigarette/cigar case that I bought to use as a wallet since my old one was falling apart. It can't fit much change, but it handles bills and my cards just fine, and looks really nice.

  • DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Best slimline wallet I ever had was the card holder insert (like meeker's Coach number) I pulled from the billfold I was using. I was clubbing a lot at the time so I wanted minimal shit in my pockets. It's enough to hold 4 cards and some cash (you can shove more cards in if you like). After I wore it out I went wallet-less, since besides keys and phone, all I was carrying was 4 or 5 platic cards, proof of insurance and cash.

  • RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    1) Get a money clip and keep all your cash in that. Only keep cards and ID in your wallet. Your back will thank you in 30 years.

    2) I have a Fabio Corti that I bought in Nordstrom for about $50. Just find one you like that isn't too expensive. Wallets aren't really made to hold up much after a year (they will, they'll just be beat to shit).

  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Wilson's Leather had some pretty good stuff. 'Course they're prepetually going out of business, so may be hard to find.

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  • FafnerMorellFafnerMorell Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Check out All-ett - they make incrediably thin wallets out of spinnaker cloth. I've got a bunch of various cards, currency from a couple of different countries (I travel internationally for business, and it's handy to always have at least some cash on hand) - and it carries it all and at probably 1/3 the thickness of a regular wallet. It's like a Tardis.

    http://www.all-ett.com/products.asp

  • embrikembrik Registered User
    edited July 2008
    Okay, for the geek in you - RFID Blocking bi-fold wallet. I actually have one of these, and it's a bit larger than I tend to like, but it's well designed, and it really does block RFID cards from being read.

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  • MeizMeiz Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I bought my wallet back in 1997 at Zellers.

    It cost me 11 dollars.

    At first, the thing would cause cards to snap due to pressure from my bum bending them while I was sitting down. There was also black marring on most of the cards. After breaking it in however, I don't see why I'd get another one as I'm still using it to this day.

    I guess if you were to force the break in period, it might be the most dependable wallet you've ever owned.

  • DaenrisDaenris Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I've been using one from Fossil for awhile. Decent, has all the space I need, looks nice, and was like $30-35 I think.

    It's similar to this one: http://www.amazon.com/Fossil-Wallet-Midway-Color-Brown/dp/B0010VMC8G/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&m=A37C5GNWBK4E8Z&s=jewelry&qid=1215525139&sr=1-25
    but not shown in their list of current wallets.

    But it's got a separate pull out thing to hold your ID and a couple cards, so if you don't need to take your whole wallet you just slide that out and go.

  • Monolithic_DomeMonolithic_Dome Registered User
    edited July 2008
    Fantasma wrote: »
    A wallet that can last many years is normally made of original leather, and hand-made. Make sure it fits in your back pocket easily and has compartments for your ID, CC and cash.

    Best wallet I ever had was purchased at the local Renaissance festival. It'd be a pretty big hassle if all you wanted was a wallet, but if you tend to go to that sort of thing anyway, pick one up there.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Check out All-ett - they make incrediably thin wallets out of spinnaker cloth. I've got a bunch of various cards, currency from a couple of different countries (I travel internationally for business, and it's handy to always have at least some cash on hand) - and it carries it all and at probably 1/3 the thickness of a regular wallet. It's like a Tardis.

    http://www.all-ett.com/products.asp

    How long will they last?
    The original wallet lasted in the owners pocket for over 5 years. With normal wear they will last for 2 to 3 years.

    That is the part that worries me.

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  • LaPuzzaLaPuzza Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I've got a Tumi one that I like. There are a lot of little things I appreciate, like slanted credit card slots and the trademark red line on the flap in the bill holder portion. Its just a little easier to use, and its slim enough that I don't constantly feel the need to take it out of my pocket, as I do with everything else I carry on me.

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  • ProtoProto Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    db clay makes some nice wallets
    http://ww2.dbclay.com/

    the colour on the corners of mine are wearing away already though (2 months).

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  • Sunday_AssassinSunday_Assassin Registered User
    edited July 2008
    I currently use a wallet made out of duct tape.

    Ducti, I think the brand name is. Stylish, durable, easily cleanable, and it even came with some extra tape to make repairs on the fly.

  • TaGuelleTaGuelle Registered User
    edited July 2008
    May I ask a question? Why do people put their wallets in one of the back pockets? I always put mine in the front and I can't imagine why someone would put it in the back. It seems sitting on it would be a pain.

  • devicesdevices Registered User
    edited July 2008
    Thanks for all the suggestions! These all look awesome :D

    Also: TaGuelle, I am the same way, I keep all my stuff in the front... mainly because I'm paranoid, but also because I can't stand sitting on a wallet, no matter how thin it is.

  • FafnerMorellFafnerMorell Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Check out All-ett - they make incrediably thin wallets out of spinnaker cloth. I've got a bunch of various cards, currency from a couple of different countries (I travel internationally for business, and it's handy to always have at least some cash on hand) - and it carries it all and at probably 1/3 the thickness of a regular wallet. It's like a Tardis.

    http://www.all-ett.com/products.asp

    How long will they last?
    The original wallet lasted in the owners pocket for over 5 years. With normal wear they will last for 2 to 3 years.

    That is the part that worries me.
    I've had mine for a couple years (probably 4-5) and it's still in very good shape, even with pretty much constant use.

  • embrikembrik Registered User
    edited July 2008
    TaGuelle wrote: »
    May I ask a question? Why do people put their wallets in one of the back pockets? I always put mine in the front and I can't imagine why someone would put it in the back. It seems sitting on it would be a pain.

    It definitely can be a pain, and it results in them wearing out faster (not to mention, wearing out pants too).
    Ever since traveling to Europe and being constantly told to watch for pickpockets, I've kept mine in the front.

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  • mtsmts Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    5 inches seems rather long to me in terms of wallet. my current wallet is only 4" x 3"

    the original all-ett is nearly 4 x 5

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  • TexiKenTexiKen it's a one way street, whichever way I go Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    TaGuelle wrote: »
    May I ask a question? Why do people put their wallets in one of the back pockets? I always put mine in the front and I can't imagine why someone would put it in the back. It seems sitting on it would be a pain.

    I put my wallet in my back pocket when I wear slacks/jeans for work, but put it on the side on my cargo shorts on weekends and such. It's just a matter of where the pockets are.

    As long as your wallet isn't Costanza big it doesn't really affect you.

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  • FafnerMorellFafnerMorell Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mts wrote: »
    5 inches seems rather long to me in terms of wallet. my current wallet is only 4" x 3"

    the original all-ett is nearly 4 x 5

    Yeah, it is a little longer/wider so it can have two sets of credit cards/etc per side. But it's very thin.
    If you need a wallet that can carry a lot, but won't bulk up your pocket, it's great.

  • KrisKris Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    unilateral wrote: »
    I know you asked for wallet suggestions, but I would feel bad if I didn't suggest the Slim Clip.

    And before you dismiss it, I thought I would never stop using a wallet, but my mom bought me one for my college graduation and pressured me until I started using it, and I love it now. I keep it in my front pocket, which keeps me from having to check my back pocket every time I get up (I still did for awhile, but I got over it).

    Its basically just a money clip with a backing that can hold cards. I never had any pictures in my wallet since high school anyway, so the loss of pictures was no big deal.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for something like this, but not a "As Seen On TV" product? :P

    I've been looking for a new wallet, but the idea of a small money clip that I can keep in my front pocket, instead of sitting on something all day, is starting to appeal to me. The only thing is a lot of the ones I've seen online only have room for like, 2 cards, and I need room for like 4 or 5 (yes, I need to carry around those specific cards).

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  • unilateralunilateral Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Kris wrote: »
    unilateral wrote: »
    I know you asked for wallet suggestions, but I would feel bad if I didn't suggest the Slim Clip.

    And before you dismiss it, I thought I would never stop using a wallet, but my mom bought me one for my college graduation and pressured me until I started using it, and I love it now. I keep it in my front pocket, which keeps me from having to check my back pocket every time I get up (I still did for awhile, but I got over it).

    Its basically just a money clip with a backing that can hold cards. I never had any pictures in my wallet since high school anyway, so the loss of pictures was no big deal.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for something like this, but not a "As Seen On TV" product? :P

    I've been looking for a new wallet, but the idea of a small money clip that I can keep in my front pocket, instead of sitting on something all day, is starting to appeal to me. The only thing is a lot of the ones I've seen online only have room for like, 2 cards, and I need room for like 4 or 5 (yes, I need to carry around those specific cards).

    I can't tell if you are against ordering something, or having it be "As seen on TV." If its, the former then they sell them at Walgreens, if its the latter, I can't help.

    But mine holds at least 5 cards comfortably. Right now, its holding my license, a debit card, an (expired) library card, an old blockbuster and my casino slots club card. I also frequently have my student ID in there as well, with no problem.

  • KrisKris Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    unilateral wrote: »
    Kris wrote: »
    unilateral wrote: »
    I know you asked for wallet suggestions, but I would feel bad if I didn't suggest the Slim Clip.

    And before you dismiss it, I thought I would never stop using a wallet, but my mom bought me one for my college graduation and pressured me until I started using it, and I love it now. I keep it in my front pocket, which keeps me from having to check my back pocket every time I get up (I still did for awhile, but I got over it).

    Its basically just a money clip with a backing that can hold cards. I never had any pictures in my wallet since high school anyway, so the loss of pictures was no big deal.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for something like this, but not a "As Seen On TV" product? :P

    I've been looking for a new wallet, but the idea of a small money clip that I can keep in my front pocket, instead of sitting on something all day, is starting to appeal to me. The only thing is a lot of the ones I've seen online only have room for like, 2 cards, and I need room for like 4 or 5 (yes, I need to carry around those specific cards).

    I can't tell if you are against ordering something, or having it be "As seen on TV." If its, the former then they sell them at Walgreens, if its the latter, I can't help.

    But mine holds at least 5 cards comfortably. Right now, its holding my license, a debit card, an (expired) library card, an old blockbuster and my casino slots club card. I also frequently have my student ID in there as well, with no problem.

    It's mainly the latter, as my parents always ragged on TV-sold items (shite quality, break quick, etc.). I guess I have a bit of a bias. But I do suppose that anecdotal evidence is better than none. How long have you had yours, and is it holding up well for its age? I have no qualms with ordering something online, I'm just a bit cautious to buy something "from TV" (especially when the commericals are as corny as the one they display on the site. You have to admit that it's bad :P ).

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  • Auntie ShibbyAuntie Shibby Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2008
    My wallet has lasted me three years and is still in pretty good condition, and still smells like leather. I don't know where you live, but if you can get to Mexico I'm sure you can can a great hand made leather wallet for a great price.

    Mine is a tri-fold, has two pockets, and tons of slots for cards along with an insert for pictures that I don't use. I got it for four dollars(Had to haggle the guy down from ten, but thats Mexico), and it's still in great shape.

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  • HewnHewn Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    You guys must put your wallets through some major abuse. I've had the same leather bi-fold wallet for almost 10 years, and I don't think it cost me more than $20. Still looks fine.

    As for cool wallets, I had a friend that always had a good conversation piece with this badboy:
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    It is slot loaded for your cards, then there's a money clip on the back. Available from Skymall, of all places.

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  • BarrakkethBarrakketh Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Daenris wrote: »
    I've been using one from Fossil for awhile. Decent, has all the space I need, looks nice, and was like $30-35 I think.

    It's similar to this one: http://www.amazon.com/Fossil-Wallet-Midway-Color-Brown/dp/B0010VMC8G/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&m=A37C5GNWBK4E8Z&s=jewelry&qid=1215525139&sr=1-25
    but not shown in their list of current wallets.

    But it's got a separate pull out thing to hold your ID and a couple cards, so if you don't need to take your whole wallet you just slide that out and go.

    I'll keep looking through Fossil's wallets, but this one seems similar to what you described. The description says it has "10 credit card slides and a removable ID card case" so they may still offer one like you have.

  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I have an old Black Flys wallet that I've been using since ~1994. I do not know if they have branched out in the wallet market at all since then. The one I have is almost certainly not what you want. It is a tri-fold and also attaches to a chain (not that you can't just disconnect the chain... no one can tell when it's in your pocket). They may have others, though, and it's damned high quality.

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  • unilateralunilateral Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Kris wrote: »
    It's mainly the latter, as my parents always ragged on TV-sold items (shite quality, break quick, etc.). I guess I have a bit of a bias. But I do suppose that anecdotal evidence is better than none. How long have you had yours, and is it holding up well for its age? I have no qualms with ordering something online, I'm just a bit cautious to buy something "from TV" (especially when the commericals are as corny as the one they display on the site. You have to admit that it's bad :P ).

    Well, admittedely, I've only had mine for a few months now, however my dad has been using his for a year I believe. I really don't see anything going wrong with it, since its just a single heavy piece of metal.

  • ScrivenerScrivener Registered User
    edited July 2008
    I've had one of these for a few years now. It really makes you think twice about what you keep in your wallet. It also looks as new as when I first purchased it (I got the special edition with the red lining).

    Slimmy!

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