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Warren Maslowski
(CQBer) - F

Locale: Southeast
Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 08:13:09 MST Print View

I'm looking into making a light weight wallet, so here's the question what is the most durable YET light weight material for this project. And cost really isn't that big of an issue at the moment.

Andrew Wilson
(andreww) - MLife

Locale: Vosges
Silnylon works. on 01/24/2010 09:07:14 MST Print View

Wallets are made of leather for a reason: it's very durable. A good leather wallet can last for decades of daily abuse.

For occasional use hiking, or traveling, however, I've made a silnylon wallet and am quite happy. It's almost waterproof, weighs next to nothing, and helps me keep organized when I commute to other countries (something I do weekly). Making it myself allowed me to custom size it for exactly what I need, which was determined by the size of my passport. It's not the most durable, but the slickness actually helps it out quite a bit. I don't expect it to last forever, but it only took about an hour to make.

If it's only for hiking, well, anything will do. A rubber band around your cards and cash is about as light as it gets.

Warren Maslowski
(CQBer) - F

Locale: Southeast
RE: Wallet on 01/24/2010 09:35:12 MST Print View

Andrew, I was thinking of something like silnylon.

I don't need something thats going to last forever, I just need something to carry my bills, drivers license, and maybe a credit card or two, that's kind of waterproof. Where do you get your supply from?

Brian Barnes
(brianjbarnes)

Locale: Midwest
RE: Wallets on 01/24/2010 10:43:53 MST Print View

Simblissity makes some UL wallets... See below for some ideas:

http://www.simblissity.net/litefold_productpage.htm

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 10:48:43 MST Print View

just use a ziplock plastic sandwich baggie.

Edited by asandh on 02/25/2010 12:58:46 MST.

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 11:06:35 MST Print View

Tyvek works well. Below is link for making one out of a tyvek fedex express envelope:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Tyvek-FedEx-Wallet-with-Change-Pocket/

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 11:18:51 MST Print View

I know this isn't MYOG, but I have this wallet. .49 oz empty. They also make all spinnaker ones that are even lighter.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 11:28:01 MST Print View

Duct Tape:


Duct Tape Wallet


OR Cuben Scrap


If you do a really good job Ryan may re-design it to weigh 2 pounds and add it to his growing line of Super Heavy Gear (SHG).

Edited by bfornshell on 01/24/2010 11:31:52 MST.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Lightest wallet? on 01/24/2010 12:07:44 MST Print View

I use a rubber band for driver's license, debit card, medical insurance and a little cash.

Andrew Wilson
(andreww) - MLife

Locale: Vosges
Scraps, forget waterproof on 01/24/2010 13:35:18 MST Print View

I made mine of scraps from a tarp project.

It's water resistant, and doesn't sog-up with body sweat when I wear it in a money belt. But forget about waterproofing it, there are to many seems in too small a place. Plus putting sealer on it would be like putting grip strips on a slide.

Forget waterproofing if its for backpacking; all currency is made of very high-quality, basically water resistant paper. It may absorb some water, but otherwise it will remain perfectly fine. If you insist, a sandwich bag (or if you're obsessive, and alosak) will work just fine.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: RE: Wallet on 01/24/2010 13:52:58 MST Print View

> my bills, drivers license, and maybe a credit card or two, that's kind of waterproof.

AFAIK bills, credit cards and drivers licences are all made of plastic these days. You don't need 'waterproof'. A simple silnylon bag slightly larger than the CC is enough. That's what I use, anyhow.

Cheers

Scott White
(sdwhitey) - F

Locale: Smoky Mountains
RE: Wallet on 01/24/2010 13:59:20 MST Print View

I have the same as Roger, a simple silnylon sleeve just thick enough to hold a license, bank/credit cards, and a couple of bills. It shows no signs of wear after two years of daily use.

Peter Fogel
(pgfogel) - F

Locale: Western Slope, Colorado
Small Wallet on 01/24/2010 16:37:46 MST Print View

Chisco Wallets

Chisco Floating Marsupial
Chisco Surf

Edited by pgfogel on 01/24/2010 16:42:25 MST.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 18:16:22 MST Print View

Has anyone ever sewn currency bills together?

Maybe make a wallet out of money.

Just a thought.

Could actually be worth more as a wallet.

Hmmm, maybe a new pack or shelter made from money.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 20:02:11 MST Print View

> Hmmm, maybe a new pack or shelter made from money.

Try Cuben fabric?

Cheers

Patrick Caulder
(pcaulder) - MLife

Locale: SouthEast
Re: Re: Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 20:07:43 MST Print View

Which would be pretty close to making it out of money.

Edited by pcaulder on 01/24/2010 20:08:16 MST.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 20:51:23 MST Print View

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Edited by annapurna on 05/02/2010 07:49:04 MDT.

Jared Dilg
(Village) - MLife

Locale: Texas
Re: Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/24/2010 23:24:51 MST Print View

"I know this isn't MYOG, but I have this wallet. .49 oz empty. They also make all spinnaker ones that are even lighter."
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I've had that exact wallet for less than a year and all the corners have worn through from daily use. Well at least I now have a template to make some replacements..

Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F - M

Locale: Norway
Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/25/2010 01:32:58 MST Print View

Here's a couple of patterns:

http://www.andersj.se/planbok1.htm
http://www.andersj.se/planboken3.htm

Both in swedish, so you need to use Google translate or the like.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: Best material to make a wallet on 01/25/2010 02:47:54 MST Print View

> I have this wallet. .49 oz empty.

An empty walker wallet ... Sad :-)

Cheers