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Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Wallet on 03/14/2007 20:37:13 MDT Print View

OK, I know packing a wallet seems like an unnecessary extravagance, but on the AT, keeping ID, credit cards, insurance cards and cash organized is a big help. I'm hitting the trail next Tuesday, so I made a couple of 1/2 ounce wallets (experience is, they wear out before I can finish. I used these in 03 and 04). They are 4x6 ziploc bags from the Container store, cut off to 3.5 inches. Four of these are set like shingles on a single strip of duct tape with 3/8" duct tape strips over the cut edges. The tape is trimmed 1/4 inch beyond the edges. The zippers usually fail before anything else does. They are reasonably waterproof, and work better than those vinyl things they sell in backpacker stores -- which won't hold US currency comfortably and have only 2 pockets. I've tried BPL's zipper bags, but the zippers on those fail just as quickly in my experience.

Edited by vickrhines on 03/14/2007 20:38:03 MDT.

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Wallet on 03/14/2007 20:44:20 MDT Print View

Why not try the Watchful Eye Designs Aloksak. At 5"x 4" it's about the sixe you're looking for.
Not sure about the weight on them though.

Edited by awsorensen on 03/14/2007 20:48:42 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Wallet on 03/14/2007 21:19:49 MDT Print View

Vick:

Do you keep your wallet on your person? Maybe that's why it wears out quickly. What about putting your wallet in the top pocket of your backpack or something similar? (Sorry if that's what you are already doing.)

Finally, my experience with Aloksak is that the seals can wear out after a few uses -- so not much better than regular zip loc bags...

Edited by ben2world on 03/14/2007 21:21:58 MDT.

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
No to WD Aloksaks for wallets on 03/14/2007 23:32:59 MDT Print View

In my experience the single track zips on Aloksaks burst open when bent (for example, putting your wallet in one, then putting your wallet in your pocket). I discovered this the hard way and soaked my wallet with a properly sealed Aloksak.

Those single track zips were revolutionary long ago, but they have not updated their zip design, and dual track dual color Ziplock seals (especially the freezer bags) are far superior now- more flexible, durable, burst resistant, cheaper, etc. etc.

Just my experience.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Wallet on 03/15/2007 07:09:01 MDT Print View

I use a fishing license holder from Walmart...fishing section.

Andy Goodell
(geekguyandy) - F

Locale: New York State
Re: Wallet on 03/15/2007 08:28:00 MDT Print View

I made a "wallet" from a piece of plastic sheeting (thin stuff) folder over and taped with clear packing tape. It never fell apart since the plastic is fairly indestructable, and probably only 0.1oz heavier. It's the size of a credit card, and can hold 5-6 plus cash well.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Wallet on 03/15/2007 13:53:10 MDT Print View

Aaron,
Aloksack - that's what I was trying to remember. I tried that. They wear out too fast.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Wallet on 03/15/2007 13:56:46 MDT Print View

Ben,
What wears a ziploc wallet out is unzipping it. The pull on the plastic eventually causes separation- unless careless stuffing causes the side seams to separate. Although the Aloksacks have also failed along the side seams, they also usually fail at the zipper. I have had them fail as quickly as ZL regular freezer bags. I keep my wallet in the sanctum sanctorum unless I am on a resupply run into town, so it does not get daily wear.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Wallet on 03/15/2007 13:59:02 MDT Print View

Andy,
Yours sounds like the best long-term design - no zippers to worry about. I try to keep stuff really dry, so have to put replacements in my map drops now and then. But a simple arrangement as you describe would fit in a ZL and be lighter and more durable to boot. Hmmm....

Edited by vickrhines on 03/15/2007 14:01:03 MDT.

Gene .
(Tracker)

Locale: New England
Re: No to WD Aloksaks for wallets on 03/16/2007 13:29:19 MDT Print View

check out www.all-ett.com

I agree Brett, the newer Ziploc freezer bags are more everything! Now they have the 'expandable bottom' bags in quart sizes too.