Wallets I’ve used were rarely an issue. My first wallet was a leather Fossil L-fold that lasted for three years; the clear ID window began to peel. The wallet following that was a generic bi-fold I kept for a year, but it was too small to carry all the cards I needed. It’s my “travel” wallet for now. Last year, I bought a POS Carhartt front pocket wallet thinking it was going to be another good wallet. Boy, was I wrong. It didn’t even last a year!
Original Special Operations Equipment, Duluth, CB’s Leather Works, Tumi, Flowfold and Saddleback Leather Co. were among the suggestions when I inquired about a new one several weeks ago. I picked the Flowfold; Matt from Jerking the Trigger kindly provided me the suggestion.
Initially, it was difficult to accept the Flowfold. I’m accustomed to the smooth feel of leather, and the residual smell of the tanning process. As it ages, the animal hide breaks down, forming unique wrinkles that give the fold its’ character. Leather does have its’ quirks, and not all wallet manufactures are skilled at the process. The wallets that appear to be worthwhile are too think, or too expensive. The Flowfold is not charming, but it’s priced right and appears well-made.
Weighing only 16 grams, Flowfolds are made out of scrap racing sailcloth composed of Carbon Fiber, Kevlar, Pentex or Polyester matrixes sandwiched between Mylar films, which are constructed in Maine, USA.
I’m a conservationist at heart, not the hippie, save-the-world, vegan that some folks identify with, but their products are made out of reclaimed scrap materials and vegan friendly. That’s not what convinced me to give this guy a try; it’s the fact that they’re designed and manufactured in the USA. We’re missing a lot of that.
The wallets are made out of durable, lightweight and weather resistant material; it’s also thin – no joke.
Their current wallet line up includes this billfold, a card sleeve and a tri-fold. Flowfold is attempting to get iPad sleeves started. I believe if you contact them, they may consider a custom project. Who knows, they might even sew in some RFID material.
It’s a simple wallet with two transparent pockets, two hidden pockets and a cash pocket.
Matt seems to like his very much.
I like it so far and appears to “break” in nicely. Maybe in a year, you won’t see a post about how much I dislike their wallets. I still bought a Saddleback Leather Co. wallet to see how much I really miss the leather. It’s made to last 100 years, but their bi-fold empty is as thick as the Flowfold full. Bugger.