Mar 14, 2007 at 7:37 pm #1222376
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 4×6 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.Mar 14, 2007 at 7:44 pm #1382348
@awsorensenLocale: South of Forester Pass
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.Mar 14, 2007 at 8:19 pm #1382351
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
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…Mar 14, 2007 at 10:32 pm #1382368
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.Mar 15, 2007 at 6:09 am #1382389
I use a fishing license holder from Walmart…fishing section.Mar 15, 2007 at 7:28 am #1382395
@geekguyandyLocale: New York State
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.Mar 15, 2007 at 12:53 pm #1382435
Aloksack – that's what I was trying to remember. I tried that. They wear out too fast.Mar 15, 2007 at 12:56 pm #1382436
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.Mar 15, 2007 at 12:59 pm #1382437
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….Mar 16, 2007 at 12:29 pm #1382558
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