I admit it, I still carry my cellphone in a holster on my belt. I know, I know, in terms of fashion that’s now like wearing a fanny pack. And doing it overseas brands me an American faster than wearing a hawaiian shirt, shorts and a sports logo baseball cap.
I’m supposed to carry the phone either in a manbag or in my front pocket. But I’m always concerned about putting it in my pocket because it might get scratched or damaged by my keys or coins.
Luckily, the people at Waterfield Designs have come up with a neat solution. It’s called the
Finn Wallet and it’s available in two sizes. Each wallet consists of a main compartment area and two open internal side pockets.
The smaller of the two, Size 25, measures 4.5″ x 2.8 ” and weighs 1.4 oz. The manufacturer claims it can hold up to 20 credit cards and cash. I was able to get my third generation Ipod Touch in it without it’s protective case.
The larger of the two, Size 27, is made to hold an Iphone 5 plus about 15 credit cards and cash. My iphone has a protective case around it and it fit just fine. This wallet measures 5.1″ x 2.9″ and weighs 1.7 oz.
I put the Size 27 to the test the way I would use it when traveling. Since I keep most of my money and credit cards in a moneybelt, I only packed the wallet with a few cards, a few U.S bills and my Iphone 5. (see photo on the left.) It did a great job. It laid flat in my front pocket and didn’t cause any extra noticeable bulge. Larger currencies will fit in both wallets but will need to be folded a couple of times.
Both wallets are made of full grain cowhide with a deer tan finish. (That’s just the name, no deer were harmed in making these wallets.) They also have self locking YKK zippers. Both wallets are available in a variety of colors.
I put mine to the test the way I would use it when traveling. Since I keep most of my money and credit cards in a moneybelt, I only packed the wallet with a few cards, a few bills and my iphone. It did a great job. It laid flat in my front pocket and didn’t cause any extra noticeable bulge. The quality and workmanship is excellent and I expect this wallet to last a long time.
The Finn Wallets cost $29 each and are made in the USA (San Francisco to be exact.) They are available directly from the manufacturer.
I like the wallet and I’m going to use it. Even if you don’t have an Iphone 5 but are looking for a quality front pocket wallet, the size 25 may be a good option for you. And while it’s technically designed for men, I can definitely see this as a product some women might like to use when they just want to carry the bare minimums.
All photos except the top one and the one I show how my wallet was packed are courtesy of Waterfield Designs.
Disclaimer: Waterfield Designs provided the Finn Wallets for review.