As I mentioned in my Boconi reviewÂ I have a wallet that I picked up from a Kickstarter project earlier this year that is truly part of my every day carry. Â Rather than just tease you about what that wallet might be, I thought it was time to give it a proper review. Â Letâ€™s have a look at the Allegory Goods Slim Kit Wallet.
I found in interesting that – though I discovered this wallet (and the brand) via a Kickstarter project, theyâ€™re actually a local-to-me sort of shop, calling Chicago home. Â And while their project on Kickstarter had quite a variety of customization options (with stitching and linings) I kept things pretty vanilla. Â Well, as vanilla as you could call a wallet that actually had ten different choices for the pockets you could have built in. Â There were also some other styles of wallets (for a total of three) you could go for, but rather than try to explain those, Iâ€™ll just point you to their product pagesÂ for those explanations.
All those options (oh, and letâ€™s not forget leather color, which are whiskey, chocolate, or black) are definitely why theÂ Allegory Goods Slim Kit Wallet carries that â€œkitâ€ name, at least in my book. Â Though these are stock wallets, of a sort, youâ€™re basically building up a kit that the experts over at Allegory are then assembling for you. Â For my own wallet, Â I of course went with the slim, and then opted for the money clip plus card slot on one side, and the shielded pocket on the other side. Â Combined with the large center pocket, this means I can easily carry everything I may need.
Even fully loaded (and with the RFID shielding), you can see that theÂ Allegory Goods Slim Kit Wallet does not have a lot of bulk to it. Â This is due, in large part, to the leather that is used. Â Rather than using a thinned out cowhide, Allegory instead uses full-grain kangaroo leather, which has some great strength, even at only 1mm thick (makes me wonder about having a watch strap made from it, I have to say). Â The thinness keeps the bulk down in your pocket, while allowing to conform to what youâ€™re carrying. Â Load out the pockets how you want, and itâ€™s accommodating.
In my day to day carry, Iâ€™ve found theÂ Allegory Goods Slim Kit Wallet to be just about perfect for me. Â I might wish that the money clip was a bit thinner, but these hinged sorts make that a bit tricky. Â That said, I have had no problem at all carrying this, along with my phone, in the same front pocket, and getting the wallet out is a cinch. Â For my more commonly used cards, those are in the outside pockets, and the stuff I need less frequently, thatâ€™s popped into the center section.
TheÂ Allegory Goods Slim Kit Wallet is the third front-pocket specific wallet Iâ€™ve picked up over the past few years, and it has indeed become my favorite. Â I intend to be carrying this one for a good long time, as the wallet itself carries a lifetime warranty. Â That is something I got to test the other month as well. Â I noticed some of the stitching had pulled out on the lining between the center and outer pocket. Â This didnâ€™t compromise the integrity of the leather, but it did make it more difficult to pull the cards out. Â I contacted customer service with a photo, and they got a replacement wallet (same as my original order) into their build queue (and no, they did not know I was going to be reviewing the wallet before this took place).
I had originally figured Iâ€™d need to send the wallet in to be repaired, but the full replacement quite works as well (and allows me to get you some of these before-and-after photos that you see here). Â AT $60, theÂ Allegory Goods Slim Kit Wallet is of course more expensive than whatever you might find at your local department store. Â Itâ€™s well worth it, though, as the quality is much higher, and you can get a wallet made thatâ€™s specific for how (and what) you carry. Â There are a lot of custom wallet options out there, and I have not tested them all, but I can confidently say that I would recommend Allegory Goods if youâ€™re in the market for a new card and cash carrier. Â allegorygoods.com
- Brand & Model: Â Allegory Goods Slim Kit Wallet
- Price: $60
- Who we think it might be for: You want as little bulk as possible in your front pocket, but you still need to carry more than just a few cards, and some cash
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen?: Well, yeah – I did and I would.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: A slimmer money clip would be cool
- What spoke to me the most about this wallet: First and foremost, it was the amount of customization with the pocket selections
- 4.4 inches (112 mm) tall
- 3.375 inches (86 mm) wide
- 2-4 mm thick
- Center pocket can hold up to the equivalent of a stack of roughly 40 business cards!
- Currency compatibility – center pocket requires bills to be folded twice.Â All Cash Pockets will hold any currency.