Yet another drawback of having slacked off all those months with my fitness program is that all of my pants are tighter. When a man’s pants are too tight, a fat wallet becomes a significant problem. I don’t, of course, mean “fat wallet” in the good sense; that hasn’t been a problem ever since I took a job in academia.
A short while back, a few blogs mentioned the Jimi “wallet.” I was suckered in and bought one, but I tossed the thing in a drawer soon after I got it. It would have cost too much and been too much of a bother to return. The thing was not much thinner than the leather wallet I hoped to replace. It was five-eighths of an inch narrower, but it is hard, inflexible plastic. It was not at all comfortable in my front pocket, and held considerably less stuff. Screw that.
My next attempt was the duct tape wallet. 3M’s do-it yourself guide intrigued me, but I did not feel like investing the time.
This wallet is, in fact, thin. It should also be nice and flexible once I break it in. Plus, it is one sharp-looking wallet.
However, I would be remiss if I did not point out one huge glaring drawback. The thing is about a half-inch TOO WIDE (4.25 inches long x 3.75 inches wide). Otherwise, the dimensions are perfect. Unfortunately, they seemed to have designed the wallet to be optimized for that goofy toilet-paper-sized money that Europeans use. Normal-sized money (the non-ass-wiping variety) gets lost down inside. Also, the wideness makes it slightly uncomfortable in my front pocket, with a noticeable outline.
I opted for the 100-percent duct tape version, rather than the duct tape and faux leather interior hybrid version. The specifications for the hybrid one list it as being a quarter-inch narrower. In hindsight, I would have gotten that one.
Again, I hope once I break it in, and the wallet becomes more pliable, the width becomes less of an issue; I do love how this wallet looks.