View Full Version : What kind/brand of wallet do you all travel with?

07-21-2017, 10:33 AM
Hi folks,

I noticed tom bihn doesn't make any type of wallet.... but its a pretty common accessory (for travel and not for travel).

Just wondering from a bunch of folks that clearly have the same design ideals as I do (since we are all TB fans) what type of wallet ya'll like to use?

I noticed Red Oxx has one (Rigger Wallet - Nylon Velcro Tri-fold in 12 colors by Red Oxx Mfg. (http://www.redoxx.com/rigger-wallet/91025/product)) any other good suggestions in the TB type vein of design, quality, and functionality?


07-21-2017, 10:38 AM
Actually, TOM BIHN makes a very cool Clear Organizer Wallet (https://www.tombihn.com/collections/accessories/products/clear-organizer-wallet) -- it's like a mini clear organizer pouch, with two ultrasuede dividers.

TOM BIHN also makes a Passport Pouch (https://www.tombihn.com/collections/accessories/products/rfid-passport-pouch), which will nicely accommodate your passport and travel documents.

07-21-2017, 10:47 AM
The passport pouch is nice, but I dont really think of the clear organizer wallet as a wallet - maybe that's just me.

Anyone with any suggestions/recommendations on more standard bifold or trifold wallets?

07-21-2017, 11:22 AM
I use a Chums Surfshorts Wallet. I have for years. It's small, light, holds a ton and sits in my front pocket without a bulge.


07-21-2017, 11:37 AM
Hi @vaterp,

The discussion about wallets comes up from time to time -- most recently in the Wallet Recommendation thread, if you'd like to give it a read through:



07-21-2017, 11:43 AM
I prefer a double clear organizer pouch, because it's just the size of dollar bills and I can clip inside a SK. It's large but nice and flat.
I don't like the dividers in the COW. They're too soft and floppy, and bills don't fit in it.

07-21-2017, 11:47 AM
I prefer a double clear organizer pouch, because it's just the size of dollar bills and I can clip inside a SK. It's large but nice and flat.
I don't like the dividers in the COW. They're too soft and floppy, and bills don't fit in it.

Oooh, I like this idea. The small OP fits a dollar bill?

07-21-2017, 11:53 AM
Yes, the Small double OP fits dollar bills flat. I'm sure the Small single OP does, too, but I like having two compartments.
I'm put my drivers license and one credit card in there back to back, so the magnetic strips cancel each other out, but the face of the DL shows.

I keep all my other cards, extra credit cards (back to back) and insurance cards in a separate mini OP, tethered inside another bag.

07-21-2017, 12:01 PM
Oooh, I like this idea. The small OP fits a dollar bill?


A small double organizer pouch can also fit other currencies, and you can carry it on your wrist with a handle loop, if you choose. Someone on Ravelry wanted a minimalist wallet solution for her mother for a trip to Japan, and that was the configuration we came up with, along with the option to clip another small pouch of her choice to the same handle loop.

However, the original poster asked for "more standard bifold or trifold wallets", so I pointed to the other thread, which has many alternate suggestions that fit this description


07-21-2017, 12:46 PM
thanks for the pointer!

07-21-2017, 01:14 PM
I started using the Clear Organizer Wallet for travel a few years ago--like that it clips to a handbag. Soon after, I ditched my regular checkbook wallet, stopped carrying the checkbook, and started using a COW full-time. I like the soft dividers to keep ID separate from credit card and cash. I don't carry much change. Also stopped carrying the extra loyalty cards I didn't need.

Amy G
07-21-2017, 02:57 PM
I use a Flowfold bifold wallet and really like it. They have several variations available.

07-21-2017, 03:25 PM
I travel with a Bellroy High Rise and a Belllroy card holder.

Would prefer to just use the card holder but there are times and I have been places where cash is necessary and the High Rise fits anything out there.

07-21-2017, 04:49 PM
I have an All-ett that I like, and I sewed an O-ring onto it so I can clip it into things. However, lately I've been using the TB Clear Organizer Wallet instead. It fits everything except store punch cards, so I just put those into a Pocket Pouch. (I think all together it probably takes up a little more room than the All-ett did, but I really wanted to use my Forest organizer wallet. :-) )

07-21-2017, 05:37 PM
Hi All,

There really have been tons of older threads about wallets in the past, and many of them have pictures. For example, some pictures of the Allett wallets can be found at the end of the Thin, organized wallet --recommendations? (https://forums.tombihn.com/packing-lists-and-travel-tips/11303-thin-organized-wallet-recommendations-2.html) thread

They also showed up in the Wallets (https://forums.tombihn.com/not-about-bags/9471-wallets-2.html) thread where there was discussion and pictures of the Bellroy wallets.

The Durable men's wallet for carrying coins and a lot of cards? (https://forums.tombihn.com/not-about-bags/10414-durable-mens-wallet-carrying-coins-lot-cards-post113068.html) thread discusses MyWalit, the Finn wallets from sfbags, Big Skinny wallets, and polycarbonate selections. And there are probably more links inside those threads. You can also probably find examples of some wallets in various pack up post pictures. I know that I can locate one for a Mighty wallet that way in looking for @jess's post in the What's in my Side Effect? thread.



07-21-2017, 06:50 PM
I try to keep my home and travel wallets minimal, so I usually just the same COW I use as my everyday wallet at home. If I need something a bit bigger on travel, then a double organizer pouch is a good fit for me. I love that they both clip to O-rings for security.

If I need something smaller to just stick in a jeans pocket rather than a bag, I have a cork single fold wallet that fits a couple of cards and a few (folded) bills. This replaced the mini wallet I carried for years that was the plastic case that came with my Tube pass way back in 1999 (much-loved and much-duct-taped, it finally gave up the ghost). I honestly don't remember where I found the cork one, but my backup is a Tyvek wallet from Dynomighty with Mr. Sparkle on it. :)

I always carry a Q-kit for coins when I am abroad, because some how I seem to collect many more of them than when I'm at home.

07-21-2017, 07:50 PM
I've got a lovely wallet from Chester Mox (https://www.chestermox.com/wallets/101-ilcea-museum-saffron-leather-vertical-dogleg-wallet.html) which has served me well and aged beautifully. I definitely paid less than the link that is provided but the company has also grown in popularity recently. Leather is very high quality and well made.

07-22-2017, 12:26 AM
I am a big fan of the Bellroy wallets. I have a Slim Sleeve as my daily wallet and its only gotten better with age. I recently picked up their Passport wallet for my travels. It's much bigger than I'm used to, but its nice to have my passport, cash, and cards all in one. The quality of the Bellroy products is really on par with Tom Bihn. You pay a higher price up front, but its a product that will last a lifetime.

07-22-2017, 12:11 PM
For about 4 years I have daily carried the SlimFold wallet. Minimalist design, thin, light, clear license holder, space for 6 cards +/-, RFID proctection, full length cash pocket, made in US by small company. It still is in great shape after years of use. I was attracted to the design as it achieved everything I wanted without the bulky feel of most other wallets for front or back pocket carry. Downside is the wallet is so thin you don't always feel it in your pocket, also an upside I guess. The wallet started as a Kickstarter and I bought mine shortly after these wallets went into production. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.

08-13-2017, 08:54 AM
I have the Tom Bihn clear organizer wallet in my Side Kick/Synapse 25 for things like insurance cards and various junk that took up too much space in my wallet, but I still needed occasionally.

In my pocket I have a Saddleback Leather Medium Bifold Wallet in Dark Coffee Brown. Best wallet I've ever owned.

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Jeff A
08-24-2017, 11:12 AM
Saddleback Leather wallets are awesome!

08-24-2017, 02:16 PM
Red Oxx Rigger. I had one for about 8 years and the zipper pull fell off. Red Oxx sent me a new one - typical unmatched Red Oxx quality and warranty.

08-26-2017, 06:24 AM
WaterField Designs' Finn Wallet is pretty great.


Used one in their now-discontinued 'flash nylon' for a few years: liked it enough that when it came time for a replacement, I bought another (in black Ballistic Nylon this time).

08-27-2017, 02:21 PM
Bellroy are the best I've used.


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08-27-2017, 02:29 PM
I use the Bellroy all conditions phone pocket plus, it's fantastic for holding a phone, cash and cards.

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Go Navy
08-27-2017, 05:08 PM
For a men's wallet, I want thin, thin, thin. I'm currently looking for something new, too. Currently I have a nice bifold leather wallet that I've used for years and I don't carry much in it....four cards and cash. I have a Bihn Organizer Pouch clipped with a Bihn strap inside my CoPilot with health insurance cards in it or whatever else I need with me, that I don't need immediately at hand.

I carry the old wallet in a hip pocket, the "traditional" location, where it is somewhat exposed to thievery, so I'm thinking about changing that old habit to something thin to carry in a front pocket. As to my iPhone, I don't want to have to fish it out of some zipper closure thingy. It rides in a Seido plastic belt clip, but before going through airport security I unclip the whole thing and throw it in the CoPilot.

08-27-2017, 05:27 PM
I just switched to a Bellroy leather card sleeve wallet. Great for carrying in a front pocket. I also bought a cheap money clip for cash. The Bellroy is comfortable and holds a license, credit card and 5/6 more cards.

I'm a convert to the front pocket after being really disappointed by Allett wallets. I had carried them for a decade. When my second wore out, I bought a new one with a zipper pocket and then a plain one. They both wore holes in my work pants. Ruined hundreds of dollars in pants, and I decided to carry less and carry in my front pocket.

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08-27-2017, 06:42 PM
For a long time I used TB's open pocket pouch (https://www.tombihn.com/collections/accessories/products/pocket-pouch?variant=16455320711) (key strapped to a carabiner on my belt loop) so I could pull things out without removing the wallet at all. But at some point I bought a Granite Gear hiker's wallet (https://www.amazon.com/Granite-Gear-Style-Hiker-Wallet/dp/B00BU8PLAA) for ultralight BPing trips, and now I found I haven't really moved out of it. The zip is a little less convenient than the open top, but it really is super light and pretty easy to live with. Now that I'm typing this though, I'm feeling like a switch back is due. :)

08-30-2017, 12:00 PM
I use a TB double pouch organizer. Cash in the bigger pocket and ID and credit cards in the see through smaller pocket. LOVE it.

08-30-2017, 05:55 PM
I use a Bellroy Micro Sleeve. It comfortably holds everything I usually carry (some cash, 3 to 4 cards). Build quality is excellent too.

08-30-2017, 06:27 PM
I have an Ainste Evan Mini. Holds my license, 4 additional cards (I think up to 7 or something like that), and folded bills. But for the last year the wallet has barely left my pockets as I use Apple Pay for everything.

Go Navy
08-30-2017, 07:25 PM
I use a Bellroy Micro Sleeve. It comfortably holds everything I usually carry (some cash, 3 to 4 cards). Build quality is excellent too.

Thanks...I have short listed that one. Looks interesting.