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Not super-thin, won't hold international currency
on July 18, 2014
First, let me say that if you're looking for a solid, inexpensive wallet for US currency, this is a great choice!
I really wanted to like this wallet, especially given the price and the bad things I've read about Tyvek as a wallet material.
If you're looking for a super-thin wallet, the Flowfold made a couple design errors, in my opinion. While the binding (black tape) is reasonable way to finish the edges, its use for the interior of the wallet makes it significantly thicker where it matters -- the central section. See those two credit-card slots on the inside? They way they are cut, you end up with the seams overlapping when closed so you get a double-thickness of that taping right over your cards, the thickest part of the wallet. Throw in the Flowfold label right in the middle, and it gets even thicker. It's not a "thick" wallet, but with the materials, they could have done a lot better.
Filled with my stuff, it is only ~4 mm thinner (24 mm vs. 20 mm) than the Mywalit "Zip Purse ID Holder" that I've been borrowing since my dog ate my Olbrish wallet. For comparison, the same contents are 16 mm thick in a Picharpak Hybrid Wallet in VX / Cuben.
The kicker for me is that it is too short to handle UK currency. The bill compartment is only 75 mm deep. That means a £20 note sticks out 5mm and a £50 note, 10 mm. While a 20 euro note just barely fits, you'll need to carefully tuck it in there, as deep as you can go.
If you are looking for a super-thin wallet with today's materials, or need to carry non-US currency, you might be better served by looking for other options, such as those that use
* Cuben (that is not a misspelling)
* Hybrid Cuben
* Dyneema or Dyneema X