The Thinnest Wallet – And Why You Need This in Your Pocket

By Eugene Kim

Updated October 21, 2021 @ 01:01PM

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Let’s get this out of the way: We all want a fat wallet. We want a wallet that is fat with $100 bills and maybe a few pieces of solid gold bullion.

But when it comes to the wallet itself – the material, the shape, the size – thin is in.

One of the reasons we created some of the thinnest wallets available today was because thick, bulky wallets cause more problems than they solve. They hold the same amount of cash and the same number of cards, but they take up a lot of space, create fashion faux-pas, and are overall a heavy eyesore that few people enjoy carrying around.

Allett wallet vs Bulky wallet

Thinnest Wallet Materials: Nylon and Nappa Leather

At Allett, we’ve been crafting affordable designer wallets for decades. The NY Times called our wallets “impossibly thin,” in their positive review of our products over 10 years ago, and the designs that we’ve created have only gotten thinner and better. Trust us when we tell you that we understand what is required to make the thinnest wallets available today.

But there’s more than one type of thin wallet, and this is where your personal preferences come in. We use two types of high-quality materials in our thin wallets:

  • Nappa Leather – Leather wallets are desirable, but they’re also traditionally very thick. That is because they’re made with “Genuine Leather,” which sounds great, but it’s actually a heavy material that also doesn’t breathe well. Nappa leather (also known as “Napa leather”) uses leather that is taken from only the top layer of hide. It’s just as strong, but extremely thin compared to genuine leather. It’s also breathable, which makes it cooler in the pocket. Because these wallets are so thin, they can bend and move with you without damaging the leather.
  • Ripstop Nylon – You’re probably familiar with nylon wallets. These have always been some of the thinnest wallets available from many different manufacturers, including us at Allett. But thin nylon wallets have, in the past, been fragile. There’s no point in a thin wallet if it’s going to rip. That is why we use a very complexly engineered nylon called “ripstop” nylon. Ripstop nylon has interwoven reinforcement threads that keeps the wallet from ripping or damage. In addition, our ripstop nylon is weatherproof and bluesign®-certified, so it’s manufactured with the environment in mind. Our thinnest nylon wallets can last for decades.

If you want to learn more, check out all the details on our Leather and Nylon wallets to understand the benefits of using these materials as well as all of the features that you carry when using Allett’s thin wallets.

Thin Wallets: Better for Your Back and Your Front

Many people love the look and feel of thin wallets. But thin wallets are not just a fashion accessory. They have actual, tangible benefits for those that carry them. For example:

  • Reducing Back Pain – Technically, it is not recommended that you put your wallet in your back pocket. But let’s be honest – many of us do it. And if you do, the thicker the wallet, the more you’re putting your pelvis and spine out of alignment. It’s so common that it has an actual name: “fat wallet syndrome,” also called “wallet neuritis.” Thinner wallets means less misalignment, which means less back pain.
  • Happy to See You – In the front pocket, thick wallets are not much better. Women’s pant pockets are often made too small to even fit a big wallet, while a large wallet in a man’s pocket creates awkward bulk. Thin wallets are practically invisible, making it possible to easily carry a wallet in any pocket or take photos without an embarrassing misunderstanding.
  • “HERE IS MY MONEY” – When traveling, a fat wallet is basically an invitation to pick-pocketers. The thinner the wallets, the easier they are to keep with you in a discreet place and be less likely to be a target for thieves.
Girl with Allet Wallet in Back Pocket

In addition, wallets today are often fitted with features like RFID security, or space for more and more credit cards or passports. Those items tend to increase the thickness of the wallet. If your wallet is already large, it only adds to the girth and the discomfort of carrying that wallet around. If the wallet is thin, placing extra items inside of the wallet will still be comfortable.

Overall, thin wallets are better for your health, better for your comfort, and better looking. It’s easy to see why they’re so desirable. But if you’re going to make the upgrade, make sure you’re getting the right fit for your lifestyle.

For example, Allett Wallets are designed for people on-the-go who need to carry everything they need in a thin package. So you’ll find features like RFID-blocking technology, space for a micro pen, capacity for everything you need on you, and high-quality, durable materials that last. Make the leap. You’ll be glad you did.

Check out our collection of Leather and Nylon thin wallets, now in new colors and styles.

Allet Wallets by Camping Gear

Products mentioned in this article

Coin Wallet 2.0

4-24 cards, bills, receipts, coins, micro pen


Hybrid Card Wallet

3-10 cards, folded bills, micro pen


ID Wallet

4-12 cards, bills, micro pen


ID Wallet

4-12 cards, bills, micro pen


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