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All-Ett Billfolds
The World's Thinnest Sports Wallet
Initial Report 29th April 2010
Field Report 27th July 2010

Long-Term Report 21st September 2010
By Mark McLauchlin

 
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Wallet with Australian $50 and personal cards.


Reviewer Information

Name: Mark McLauchlin
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Height: 1.76 m (5 9)
Weight: 80 kg (176 lb)
Email: mark at swanvalleyit.com.au
City: Perth, Western Australia

Backpacking Background

I have been hiking since 2006 with most of my hiking consisting of day walks averaging 16 - 22 km (10 - 14 mi) and short overnight trips where possible. Most of my hiking is along the Bibbulmun Track and Coastal Plains Trail. I consider myself to be a light hiker with an average pack weight of 6 kg (13 lb), which I am working to reduce. I generally sleep in my tarp tent or huts that are often scattered along the various hiking trails.


Product Information

Manufacturer: All-Ett Billfold
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Website: www.thinnestwallet.com
MSRP: $14.95 USD
Listed Weight: 2.83 g (0.1 oz)
Measured Weight: 2.83 g (0.1 oz)
Listed Dimensions Closed: 7.94 cm x 9.53 cm (3 1/8 x 3 )
Measured Dimensions Closed: 7.90 cm x 9.50 cm (3 1/8 x 3 )
Listed Thickness: 0.80 mm (1/32")
Measured Thickness: Unable to determine where the manufacture is measuring however the double layer section looks to be 0.80 mm (1/32")
Material Tested: Spinnaker Cloth
Materials Available: Leather, Eco-Thin Recycled.
Colour Tested: Black
Colours Available: Charcoal Grey, Green, Red, Purple and Blue


Product Description

The Worlds Thinnest Wallet by All-Ett Billfold is an Ultra-Lightweight sports wallet constructed from ripstop nylon (Spinnaker cloth). The wallet was designed for hikers, cyclists and runners originally to help people avoid sciatic nerve damage which can be caused by sitting on larger or bulkier wallets. The wallet is washable and will never crack and no animal products were used in it's construction.

The wallet has two card pockets which hold up-to 5 cards each, for a total of 10. One large cash pocket that appears to be of suitable size to hold multiple currencies. The image above shows an Australian $50 comfortably occupying the pocket.

A note from the manufacturer on the material;
"The material used is called Spinnaker Cloth, it is also known as Rip-Stop Nylon. Although it's as thin as paper, it's incredibly strong (hence the name, rip-stop nylon). It is a very breathable material and therefore, it does not make you sweat. Spinnaker cloth is water resistant which keeps the contents dry. IT is a washable material. The Spinnaker Cloth Wallet is Eco-Friendly because it is 100% recyclable and no animal byproducts were used in the manufacturing of this product. The expected lifetime of this wallet is between 3 to 5 years, but often lasts much longer. The Spinnaker Cloth material is extremely efficient and will allow you to wear a wallet comfortably like never before!"

The construction of the wallet appears to be very simple, yet effective. A single piece of Spinnaker cloth is folded and sewn. The assembly looks to be of a high standard and there are no defects in the wallet supplied.

I am sure this wallet will serve me well both on and off the trail and I look forward to testing over the next few months.
 

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Paper thin wallet

 

Thank you to All-Ett Billfold and BackpackGearTest.org for the privilege of testing The Worlds Thinnest Sports Wallet
 


Field Report
27th July 2010
 

The first hike during this phase of the report which I took The Worlds Thinnest Sports Wallet was on a geocaching trip. The temperature at 8am was 6 C (42.8 F). I spent the entire day hiking up and down hills and bushwhacking through some tough terrain and covered about 15 km's (9.3 miles). The wallet was stored in my pack during this and all following hikes.

Next I took the wallet with me for work to Karratha which is further north of the state. The temperatures there are vastly different to Perth. The few days I was there it averaged 27 C (81 F). I went for a hike to the top of a look-out which has some great views, unfortunately I didn't have my camera. The terrain in Karratha is very harsh and there is little shade. Total hiking distance was 16 km's (9.9 miles). Travelling with the wallet I found to be very beneficial. The fact that it is so light, compact and doesn't really hold a lot means that I was forced to reduce the amount of junk I carry in a wallet. I also do not generally like to travel with my wallet in any form or luggage, choosing to keep it on me instead. I figure that worst case if my luggage goes missing then I still have cash and identification. With The Worlds Thinnest Sports Wallet I was able to keep it in my pocket and not have it cause any discomfort, which was great.

For my last hike I found myself in a town in the south of the state called Collie, primarily a logging and coal town. The Bibbulmun track also passes through this town. I walked from Perin Lookout back into town, which was about 18 km's (11.2 miles). Temperatures were really cold, I would estimate between 10 - 13 C (50 - 55 F).

Additional to the above hiking the wallet has been used daily as a replacement to my more traditional leather one. The change has been great, quite liberating actually. On the odd occasion I have found myself double checking to ensure I have not left it behind as it is so light I hardly notice I am carrying it. The wallet shows no signs at all of wear and tear or degradation in quality. I have put it through the washing machine on several occasions, always inside of a pocket or washing bag designed to protect delicates. I am very impressed with the wallet and will continue to use it both on and off trail.


This concludes my Field report.

 


Long-Term Report
21st September 2010
 

During the Long-Term Report phase The World's Thinnest Sports Wallet has continued its use as my daily wallet. The wallet has also been off trail on a number of occasions mainly on day walks in the local national parks. The contents have remained the same, namely cash and a few credit cards.

Taking a wallet hiking with me is not something I used to do before this test series as the wallet I was using at the time was simply too heavy and did not conform to my light weight hiking style. My thoughts are that I will go back to not taking a wallet out on the trail with me as I really see no point. I will  however continue to use it off trail as it has provided me with many benefits.

I am recently recovering from surgery and have found on occasion that if my sitting posture is not correct this can affect me. With a traditional wallet there is often an increase in pressure on the lower back due to its bulk, with The World's Thinnest Sports Wallet this is not the case. The lack of bulk has made a difference.

The wallet shows no signs of deterioration or damage from continued use, which is a great sign that it was built to last and from quality materials. It has been put through the washing machine on several occasions and I have not encountered any issues.

There is not too much to say about the wallet as it remains functional and simply does its job - storing money and cards. This is something I would recommend to anyone looking for a simple means to carry the basics.

Thank you to All-Ett Billfold and BackpackGearTest.org for the privilege of testing The World's Thinnest Sports Wallet

This concludes my Long-Term Report and the test series for The World's Thinnest Sports Wallet.


 

 

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