I’d burned through another leather wallet again. The edges were worn, and the credit and ID cards within had established deep wear patterns in the leather. The stitching was coming loose, and it looked super shabby when I pulled it out in public. It was also thick, and despite periodically culling my wallet of crap I didn’t need I was still sitting on a bump.
I decided to revisit my 10 year-old self and try a synthetic wallet. I read reviews about the thinness and durability of the “All-Ett” wallets and figured I’d give it a try.
The billfold All-Ett wallet has a little plastic window for an ID card. The original All-Ett didn’t, and I get asked for ID with enough frequency I wanted the window.
The left side of the wallet has two pockets for credit cards. The right side has one pocket for cards and the ID window. The billfold part of the wallet is divided in half by a thin nylon wall.
I’d have to say the wallet is “average-sized.” I’ve had smaller wallets with only one section for cards, which were oriented vertically instead of horizontally. Of course, I’ve had larger wallets. I think my Dad still carries a tri-fold, which is roughly the size of a softball.
Aside from that and the position of the cards, the construction and materials of the All-Etts are all the same. The wallets are made out of a lightweight, ripstop nylon that feels cheap and thin. The material itself has proven itself over time, but the stitching has not (more on that later).
Fully loaded, my wallet is just over a half inch thick (0.52″ according to my digital calipers).
Here’s what I keep in my wallet:
- 9 credit card-sized objects
- 2 concealed carry licenses
- 1 driver’s license
- 1 zoo membership card
Aside from the material’s hand, the biggest complaint I have about the All-Ett is that the threads are starting to fray and come loose:
I guess I could cut them, but I’m a touch afraid of doing so. Also, if you’re the kind of gent to buy a nylon wallet you probably can’t be assed to trim loose threads.
After living with the All-Ett for over a year, I’d say it’s an okay container for all of your crap. I’d like it a lot more if the threads held together better and the wallet was about $10 instead of $20. There’s a certain mystique about the All-Ett and its thinness, and while I certainly feel that the wallet is thinner than say a leather or ballistic nylon wallet I don’t think it’s worth paying $20 for it.
Did I mention it was ugly?
Not recommended, and still looking