Researching skinny wallets was kinda fun – there are several options available. I considered 4 options:
1. the JimiX | $16 | 4.3″ x 2.7″ x .6″. This was the most technically interesting option. Plus, I could yell out Kick me in the Jimi ad nauseum.
2. the Slimmy | $32 | 3.8″ x 2.9″ x .3″. The most expensive but elegant option.
3. the All-Ett European | $15 | 3.75″ x 3″ x 1/32″. The cheapest, fugliest option with the worst name. All wtf?
4. the Fossil Front Pocket Wallet | $25 | 4″ x 3″ x ?”. The leather looked old-school and thicker – not slimmy. Just there for comparison with something more traditional.
Besides shrinking the wallet and freeing my butt, I had two other practical considerations, both relating to the move to Costa Rica. It had to fit comfortably in a front pocket since CR is chock full of pickpockets and it had to fit Costa Rican currency. Turns out the currency is almost identical to US currency in size, so that part was easy. Some other wallets not on my list were knocked off because they were too large to fit in a front pocket.
I decided on the All-Ett (wtf) European, because I’m cheap and don’t give a crap about the style of a friggin’ wallet. I also picked up a smaller card case from them for another $5. They charged $2.05 in shipping, which mostly paid for the plastic packaging sleeve since the wallet shockingly arrived in a regular envelope. The wallet & card case are made of thin, rip-stop nylon. Think pragmatism over style, by a HUGE margin.
Following are some pictures of both with a ruler (hard to read, but hey – I tried). Note that the Wtf European is empty til the end.
This pic has my old, now empty wallet in the background, the Wtf European filled with all necessary items and the pile of unnecessary crap.
Here’s the new skinny wallet with all the unnecessary crap next to it. It was a little tight to close due to some of the cards that I can’t get rid of yet, like 2 cards needed for entry to work. That’s why I got the card case (and also to carry business cards). The wallet thinned out a lot when I just took the cards and stuck them in the card case – which is nice since a lot of times, I need either cash or a card but not both.
The card case is empty here, but here’s a list of the contents of my fat wallet replacements:
In the All-Ett European: cash.
In the card case: 2 credit cards, subway card, 2 proximity/ID cards for work, driver’s license, 2 health insurance cards and 1 triple AAA card. Oh – and one … receipt.