Recommended for those wanting a minimalist wallet / ultra-thin travel wallet that’s also a conversation starter
We review the Dynomighty ultra-thin Tyvek “In-Flight” wallet (Updated 03/06/2015, first reviewed April 04, 2013.)
Company/Manufacturer: Dynomighty – Offers a wide array of high-quality Tyvek wallets, iPad sleeves, checkbook covers, bags and more
Product(s): Tyvek ultrathin travel wallet – “InFlight” (reviewed here)
Cost: $15 from Dynomighty, and $8.95 and up from Amazon.com
Availability: Originally purchased at REI, also available at retail outlets and online
Our Travel Gear rating: **** (Four stars out of five) Recommended
This particular ultrathin travel wallet was carried daily in a back pocket since April, 2013 (almost two years). It received many compliments from retailers, flight attendants, and baristas along the way. Since we are in the travel industry, it is a good conversation starter, and since it is a very slim wallet, I can carry it daily in a back pocket. After two years, it wore out (see pics below), so I bought a brand-new one for this update. (No remuneration or products were given or received by the author of this review.)
The “mighty wallet” is ultraslim as mentioned above. This is important whether sitting for hours at a desk or sitting on the Trans-Siberian Railway. It’s also made of Tyvek, a tough plastic-type fiber used by the U.S. Postal Service for shipping envelopes, for hazmat suits, and for weatherproofing home construction. While it can be cut easily, it is almost tear-proof. It also allows water vapor to pass through it, but liquids cannot.
I like it’s durability, weather/waterproof protection, and outside side slash pockets for quick access to business cards – One side to put other people’s cards, and one side to store mine for fast access. The only downside (below), is its look – Not very nondescript for business so we are also telling you about Slimfold, so you have a choice.
One warning: The side pockets hold cards firmly enough, however if the wallet is open (no tension on the cards) when paying for something, and the wallet is turned up on end, items can (and will) fall out of the side pockets. I have had this happen on occasion, while at a register or clerk’s desk, and it is inconvenient/embarrassing.
A nice feature on this wallet is its expandability – It enlarges or shrinks depending on what you put in it (Try THAT with most leather wallets!). This is a nice feature if you need additional business cards for a short time, since it can accommodate that need (at a conference, for example) and when done, it shrinks back to its original, diminutive size. If you are someone who has to carry 20-30 cards, it can handle that too. Personally, I’d rather carry a planner in addition to accommodate those additional cards.
For daily carry with 9 bank, credit and store cards, 7 bills (cash), and 5 business cards, my wallet measures 3/8″ of an inch (10mm) thick. Your mileage may vary.
Here are some pics of the wear and tear after two years daily carry. You can see the Tyvek fibers starting to fray, and the color/graphics are beginning to wear off. You can also see my new fully-loaded wallet above. The Dynomighty is only .0128″ or 1/8″ thick (4mm.) empty, and 4″ x 3.25″ (113mm x 83mm). The airline safety card graphics are printed on almost every visible surface (missing on some inner pockets – if you look inside them). The wallet is unique in that it has no seams or stitching visible to the user. At the same time, the folds/flaps never seem to come loose or come apart.
A downside to the Dynomighty wallets is that they may appear “childish,” or like a “handmade wallet,” when carried by business professionals. This alone may exclude some from carrying it – which is a shame. (Obviously business professionals are not a market segment Dynomighty is focused on from a visit to their website. ) So here is a Slimfold version. And a Youtube review of their Slimfold 1.0 and 2.0 Softshell.
We hope to review their Softshell soon as well, and give you a 6-month or year update as well.
Business and travel professionals are the ones that rely on ultra-thin wallets the most, and are willing to pay 10X more for the convenience and size of a Dynomighty equivalent like the Slimfold, or other minimalist wallets by Aniste, Bellroy, TriHold, JacHenri, BigSkinny, Elephant wallet, etc.
I think the only leather wallets I’d ever carry may be the Ainste fold wallet (pictured below by Steve Montelli) or the Most Rad Executive. I recently started carrying and using a recycled Tyvek Red Rope wallet (seen here) manufactured by the poor overseas and sold by Feed My Starving Children. They also sell ticket wallets that we have bought by the hundreds as gifts for clients. However these “square” format wallets aren’t particularly comfortable in my hip pocket.
The only other drawback to the Dynomighty is that they have no RFID protection (Slimfold now does!). And that is critical for travelers/overseas travel through airports worldwide. (Aluminum foil can be added the outside currency slot of the Dynomighty to “foil” thieves when necessary – Not elegant, but it’ll work in a pinch.)
Looking for other options for business or travel? Here are some reviewer sites:
even Mens Journal
Dynomighty also makes a passport cover (see video below) ($20.00) and an iPad sleeve ($9.99 on sale) in case you want everything to color-coordinate. You can also buy “blanks” and make up your own custom designs.
UPDATE: The Dynomighty wallet endured almost 2 years of continuous carry, sweat, work in the yard, miles and miles of travel, jeans, slacks, humidity and even river rafting without too much wear and tear for a tyvek, $15.00 investment. One year is probably a more typical life expectancy.