For more than a few years I have carried a Saddleback Leather ID wallet. A very slim wallet ideal for slipping into a shirt or interior blazer pocket.
I like this wallet because it is very thin. That fact keeps me from jamming it full of receipts and notes.
A drawback to the Saddleback Leather ID wallet though is that the only way to put bills “into it” is to fold them in half or in three and slide them into the centre of the wallet. This was acceptable in the old days when our cash was made from paper made of rags. Now, the term, putting it on plastic has a new meaning. Canadian cash is now made of plastic. Plastic that does not fold very well.
So I decided to go back to the classic bi-fold wallet so that my plastic money would more easily fit into my wallet. After doing extensive research and considering many wallet maker’s products I decided on the Whipping Post Arizona Arena Bi-Fold wallet (non-pickers edition for me.)
I do prefer a thin wallet and I have always carried my wallet in the back pocket of my trousers. I just can’t stand sitting on a thick lump of a wallet so thin was the only way I could go.
I emailed Whipping Post late one afternoon about getting a picture of one of their wallets to show how thick the wallet is and surprisingly to me, later that same evening I received a reply with a number of pictures of the wallet from “Ryan”.
He also told me that if I was looking for an ultra-thin wallet that his wallet was probably not what I was looking for. I liked the truthful nature of his reply. And, seeing as the wallet is just a little more than a half inch thick when empty, I made the plunge and using PayPal, I laid out the $37 and purchased it. (Yes! this wallet only costs $37!!)
I later found out that Ryan is the owner of Whipping Post.
Even when loaded with sixteen plastic cards and a small bundle of bills, the Arizona Arena Bi-Fold is still less than 3/4’s of an inch thick.
The inside of the wallet is nicely organized with two card slots on each side that fit two cards in each slot so, do the math, that is four cards per side. There is also a pocket behind the slots where you can slip in the cards you need to carry but rarely ever use.
The cash compartment in the back is generously proportioned and easily fits my plastic cash.
As for the quality of the leather work, it is virtually perfect. The leather is cut with laser-like precision and the stitching is perfectly spaced in an unwaveringly straight line.
The only thing that catches my eye is in the centre of the wallet where the stitching is doubled up. I realize it is more than likely stitched like this so as to add strength, but it does tend to pull my eye to that spot. If you look at the picture above you will probably notice that as well, now that I have pointed that spot out to you.
The bottom line? I love it. For $37 you can’t go wrong. Although I only received the wallet today, my first impressions are very positive. I have not yet carried it out of the house so that may change my ideas but I really doubt it. The fact is that I no longer carry any wallet in the back pocket of my trousers. I typically leave my wallet in my briefcase or in my shirt pocket.
A couple other points about the wallet; they are made of 100% full grain leather and they are lined with pigskin. They look like they will last forever. As far as warranty on the Whipping Post products, there is nothing on the website that says anything about a warranty. There is a thing saying that if you have a problem with one of their products to ship it back to them, in brand new condition, within 30 days of receiving it and they will send you a refund.
I will update through the comments section this blog post after carrying the Arizona Arena Bi-Fold wallet for a few days.
Disclosure; I bought and paid for the Arizona Arena Bi-Fold wallet with money that should have been used for groceries for my family. Whipping Post provided me with no financial or other form of incentive to write this review. As always, in all my blog posts, I maintain editorial control.