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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2008
I used this product during a trip to India. The belt provided is too long. I had to have the excess belt rolled up and this made it rather uncomfortable. The bigger issue however is that there is a plastic liner but it is not sealed so this is not an ideal product for hot days - many of which I encountered in India. Having the belt so close to your body means that sweat will get on the product. I thought the plastic liner would protect the money and passport copies I had place in it but was surprised to find that since the liner is not sealed (ie, zip lock or some other enclosure) excessive sweat will get inside the liner. After a few days of finding soaked money and copies, I stopped using the product.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2007
Within a few weeks of use, my credit cards had started wearing holes in the flimsy fabric. A few weeks later, the sharp edges of crisp bills had begun doing the same in the money pouch. And the cheap clip unfastens too easily, so sometimes you feel something crawling down your leg--it's your passport and cash, about to fall into the street. Not recommended.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2007
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: NaturalVerified Purchase
The great thing about this money belt is that it is designed to hold a passport in addition to credit cards and cash. The problem is, being made of silk, it wears very easily with frequent use. I would suggest finding an item designed like this but made of a more durable fabric.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2009
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: Black
We love Rick Steves books. The best investment for traveling. We thought his travel products would be just as great... We bought two money belts, one for each my husband and myself. The elastic is long which allows you to cut it to fit. My husband cut his to fit his 34" waist. The buckle/ clasp broke the first time he wore it! Because I had options for carrying my belongings, he replaced the broken buckle with the buckle from the unused second belt. It broke as well! He ended up rigging the thing up with a lanyard from his convention name badge. This make-shift solution held up for the remainder of our three week trip. On the positive side, the silk was comfortable and the compartments were perfect for travel documents and money. Just replace the buckle and it is a pretty good product!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2011
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I'm clearly not going to be a money belt guy. The silk was nice, but in order to make this water/sweat proof they needed to add a layer of nylon behind it. That layer of plastic makes a nice sweaty spot (and I'm not really a sweaty person, either.)

In addition, it never seems to stay in one place. It's always hiking up or shifting around to the side. I've tried behind the back, under the belly, on the side, etc. and it never quite seems to be happy with where it is.

I think I'll stick with my slightly less secure, but significantly more comfortable Eagle Creek Travel Gear Neck Pouch instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2010
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This product broke on me the first day I had it.

I was trying to tighten the belt and then "pop" one of the plastic latches broke. I glued it back using super glue and it held for one of my trips in its entirety (a 2 week trip) and then held for like 3 days out of my second two week trips before the glue gave up.

The belt is nicely made with multiple pockets and a plastic "case" inside of the back pocket. I had wondered what the point of it was until I realized later how much you wind up sweating while wearing it. Yes, if you're traveling in a hot area and you wear the belt then the money belt will get significantly damp. The plastic allows you to keep your money or papers completely dry. The belt itself dries out very quickly once you take it off.

The belt isn't "wear it and forget about it" since, of course, you can feel it while you wear it but it's more comfortable that one would think. The first few minutes of wearing it feels troublesome but as the day goes on, you get used to it pretty handily. Besides it is a very safe to keep money and your passport when traveling. It's definitely nice having the knowledge that your passport and cash and whatnot are safe from pickpockets.

In the end, I would recommend it (as a 4*) if there wasn't the worry about one of the plastic latches breaking. But since it DID break and break very easily and early upon my ownership, I really have to dock it at least 2*s. The piece that broke was a VERY thin piece of plastic and quite easy to break. But just so you know another friend of mine bought one and his was fine. Perhaps I'm not as careful as he is, but look at the plastic catches (where the elastic threads thru) and you'll see what I mean by it being thin and kind of fragile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2010
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: NaturalVerified Purchase
The product was basically what I wanted - an under the clothes money belt and secure place for cash and a passport. The product has several pockets, presumably for cash and a passport and other important documents. However, the pockets are too small for a passport. So, it really only has one usable pocket. The size of my US passport has not changed in the past 20 years, so obviously the design of the product is flawed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2010
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I purchased this item and used it just last week for my trip to Europe. It lasted only three days before the zippers failed. We used Rick Steves' books and audio guides and loved those but this money belt was not built to last. I found that as long as you don't wear baggy pants or shorts, you can get away with keeping your valuables in your front pockets without any problems. If you think you still need a money belt you should try something a little more durable (and probably more expensive).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2009
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
This is pretty much a piece of junk. I just returned from a 10 day vacation, and it is already falling apart. The plastic moisture barrier is just placed inside, not stitched-in, so it just gets in the way when getting into and out of the wallet. The zipper handles are so small that manipulating them efficiently is difficult and frustrating. I would definitely NOT purchase this item had I been able to test it before the purchase. Rick Steves has dropped the ball on this one.
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on May 31, 2013
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: NaturalVerified Purchase
It has a weak snap clip that would be easy to pop free, even by accident. Instructions suggest wearing it over undies and under the belt. This means undoing your belt in public and digging in your pants when you want cash or a credit card, then trying to stuff it back without folding. And with a passport, I couldn't sit down without it binding between belt and thigh.
I went back to my neck lanyard passport/money pouch, worn under my shirt.
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