You might recognize the name Allett, it got its reputation for producing the “World’s Thinnest Wallet!” Not only that, but you may notice that the even company name is derived from the word “wallet.”
We got our hands on the RFID Slim Original and took it out on several trips to see how it held up. The Slim Original is based on Allett’s celebrated design, retails for $50, and the version we used protects against electronic theft by incorporating an electronic signal blocker right into the fabric.
RFID Slim Original
Weight: 1.1 oz.
Dimensions: 3¾” x 5″ x ⅛”
Short of it: Stylish, thin, lightweight, durable, plus secret protection?
Definitely check the RFID Slim Original out!
The Slim Original is a big surprise in a small package. Making its trip from San Diego, when the wallet arrived I didn’t even know it. Inside just a small envelope, I tossed it aside with several pieces of junk mail. In an age where a micro-sd card is packaged in a box that will fit a basketball, it was pleasant to have this be my first impression.
The wallet itself is very stylish in addition to being utilitarian. It is produced with supple but durable nappa leather on the outside and rip-stop nylon on the inside. Both materials are water-resistant, and the nylon is so tough there’s even a blog on a wallet that’s seen some stuff… The colors of the Slim Original are a almost black grey on the outside and an attractive shiny vertical black and grey pattern on the inside that masks any seams and pockets. Measuring 3¾” x 5″, it’s about just as wide and twice as tall as a dollar bill, and just about the same thickness as two pennies stacked on top of each other! Besides a tasteful embossed Allett logo on the outside corner and a tag inside the money pocket, it is otherwise completely mute with sleek black thread stitching holding it all together.
As far as functionality, it’s very simple and convenient to use. The wallet folds in half with four pockets facing into the fold that hold up to 6 cards each, 24 cards in total. The money slot is where you would expect it along the topside seam, but it’s got a secret that I very much appreciate as a frequent traveler. There’s two pockets in one; a rapid access pocket where you can drop some small bills and change, and a secret compartment that can store large bills.
This secret pocket is important to point out because of the added security. When traveling to other countries, you never know if a place is going to take your card or if you’ll have access to an ATM (when they work…). So, it’s not uncommon to take out a large sum of money and carry around a couple of bigger bills. The problem is that your first instinct is to jam these bills into your wallet and flash them to everyone every time you pay, attracting pick-pockets and also handicapping your negotiation skills when you play the “I only have $X” card. So, I was very happy to have a super thin, barely noticeable secret compartment for my Jefferson.
Even more security is packed into this wallet with RFID protection. Radio Frequency IDentification is a feature built into many cards that you carry that stores your private information. It makes it convenient for you to pay and identify yourself, but it also opens you up to electronic theft because malicious devices can collect this information if they come close enough to your cards. Fear not, however, because Allett uses the same tech as the US Military, stiching a tightly weaved nickel and copper liner that blocks RFID signals even at close range. More good news is that this liner is corrosion and water resistant, meaning your pockets won’t take on any strange new colors and your info will stay safe.
As far as personal experience, this wallet was convenient and comfortable. Besides being thin, it is extremely pliable and bends when inside your pocket. In fact, you might find yourself tapping your pocket more often than not thinking there’s nothing inside. Using the wallet, I found no issues at all and was able to access my cards and money rapidly. I particularly like the inside fold facing card pockets that let me identify and pull my cards without any resistance. These pockets are actually designed to increase flexibility of the wallet and proved to be such a success, Allett went ahead and patented it.
The RFID Slim Original is a fantastic product. It is stylish, light weight, flexible, and offers security features like RFID protection and a secret pocket. If you’re traveling anywhere or looking to upgrade your wallet, definitely check Allett out.
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