ALL-ETT Billfold Wallet

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For many years I suffered with a “creeping boat” wallet, consistently growing in size from year to year. Not only can sitting on such a thick wallet be bad for your back, but it also leaves an unsightly bulge in your back pocket (not to mention stretching the pocket out, thereby increasing the chances of your wallet falling out). The All-Ett billfold, while not stylish, solves all of those problems. The wallet has two pockets — a deep one for receipts and a shallower one for bills – and a four-card slot system that holds a ton of cards without adding much bulk. Right now I keep about 20 cards (I’ve had up to 30), and it’s about a quarter inch thick, with a few bills/receipts.

With my old wallets, I used to keep out cards I didn’t use as frequently, but now I take them all with me. The wallet is made of a nylon that feels like a parachute, which helps keep its slim profile, dries quickly (unlike leather), and is breathable. I’ve had mine for about 2 years and it’s held up pretty well so far — no tears etc. The price is a little high, but comparable to most standard leather wallets I’ve seen.

It’s worth noting that some people have expressed concerns about cards falling out of the slots. It is true that the more cards you keep, the more secure the cards will be in each slot. But I’ve never had an issue with this. I find that if I open up the wallet and tip it sideways, the cards can come out, but I’ve never experienced this in real usage due to the fact I hold my wallet horizontally like you’d hold a normal wallet. If I tip it some while looking for bills, the cards still don’t fall out as the slots open towards the fold. It seems the only way to actually have them fall out is to open the wallet all the way up and then hold it vertically. Again, if you have several cards in each slot, this doesn’t happen, only when there are a few (I’ve tried it with two in a slot and they slipped out). That said, if I were to be storing only a very few number of cards, I’d store them in just two of the slots, ensuring a more snug fit. Nevertheless, this wallet is intended for those of use who like to carry more than a few.

-- Brian Houle  

ALL-ETT Billfold Wallet
$20

Available from Amazon

Manufactured by ALL-ETT Billfold