Jan 24, 2010 at 7:13 am #1254451
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.Jan 24, 2010 at 8:07 am #1565771
Andrew WilsonBPL Member
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.Jan 24, 2010 at 8:35 am #1565781
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?Jan 24, 2010 at 9:43 am #1565795
Brian BarnesBPL Member
Simblissity makes some UL wallets… See below for some ideas:Jan 24, 2010 at 9:48 am #1565797
Art …BPL Member
just use a ziplock plastic sandwich baggie.Jan 24, 2010 at 10:06 am #1565801
Tyvek works well. Below is link for making one out of a tyvek fedex express envelope:Jan 24, 2010 at 10:18 am #1565804
Jim MacDiarmidBPL Member
I know this isn't MYOG, but I have this wallet. .49 oz empty. They also make all spinnaker ones that are even lighter.Jan 24, 2010 at 10:28 am #1565806
Bill FornshellBPL Member
@bfornshellLocale: Southern Texas
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).Jan 24, 2010 at 11:07 am #1565813
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
I use a rubber band for driver's license, debit card, medical insurance and a little cash.Jan 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm #1565829
Andrew WilsonBPL Member
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.Jan 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm #1565837
> 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.
CheersJan 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm #1565840
@sdwhiteyLocale: Smoky Mountains
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.Jan 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm #1565879
@pgfogelLocale: Western Slope, Colorado
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Chisco SurfJan 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm #1565922
George MatthewsBPL Member
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.Jan 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm #1565950
> Hmmm, maybe a new pack or shelter made from money.
Try Cuben fabric?
CheersJan 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm #1565954
Patrick CaulderBPL Member
Which would be pretty close to making it out of money.Jan 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm #1565965
Link .BPL Member
.Jan 24, 2010 at 10:24 pm #1566001
Jared DilgBPL Member
"I know this isn't MYOG, but I have this wallet. .49 oz empty. They also make all spinnaker ones that are even lighter."
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..Jan 25, 2010 at 12:32 am #1566010
@gauperaaLocale: NorwayJan 25, 2010 at 1:47 am #1566015
> I have this wallet. .49 oz empty.
An empty walker wallet … Sad :-)
CheersJan 25, 2010 at 2:21 am #1566017
Jang-Tian ShiehBPL Member
I usually use this to be my wallet since it's light, strong and waterproof. It weighs only about 3 gram, 0.1 oz. Besids, I might bring some other ones to store stuffs such as lighter, battery, cotton swabs etc..Jan 25, 2010 at 5:46 am #1566032
Tom CaldwellBPL Member
"Maybe make a wallet out of money."
How about some Zimbabwean currency? You could have a wallet that cost a billion, and it would probably be cleaner than an American bill.Jan 25, 2010 at 6:06 am #1566034
My duct tape wallet has lasted surprisingly long. I think that I've been using it for 2 or three years, but it is due for replacement. I think that when I get the chance, I'll make one out of silnylon scraps that I have using the pattern for the duct tape version.Jan 27, 2010 at 8:29 am #1566749
j emeryBPL Member
@nctbaldwinLocale: At the 'puter
I picked up a swimers wallet on promo at Wallgreens. Paper pad, golf pencil, and pockets for cash and cards for free. 78 grams wt.Jan 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm #1566950
Material: Tyvek (barrier material used to wrap houses with)
I can't take credit for this, as the other day I was searching for the same topic and came across this:
they make these out of tyvek, but would be simple enough to get hold of actual the material yourself and sew a wallet together with. seems to be a great solution to a durable and ultra-light wallet.
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