(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
Passport wallets, those seemingly simple accessories, can stir up a whirlwind of opinions. Some swear by them, while others remain indifferent or puzzled about their purpose. Regardless of where you stand in this debate, I’m here to provide you with an in-depth review of the Allett Wayfinder Passport Wallet, an accessory that may just change your perspective.
Allett Wayfinder Wallet: First Impressions
I started my journey with the Wayfinder passport holder, and it’s worth noting that I have the brown variant in hand. As an added bonus, it comes with some engaging promotional inserts, but let’s save those for later. Each Allett wallet is known for its unique features, and this one is no exception.
Upon sliding my passport into the designated slot, I was immediately impressed by how effortlessly it slipped in and out. Before we explore this wallet’s many features, it’s crucial to appreciate the craftsmanship. Reinforced stitching is thoughtfully placed in all the right areas, and the neatly stamped Allett logo is unobtrusive.
For travelers who relish meticulous organization, the Allett Wayfinder wallet has you covered. It boasts a quick-access card slot that comfortably holds one to two cards, ideal for your frequently used cards. But that’s not all; there’s another card slot available, complemented by a spacious pull strap capable of accommodating three to five cards. Retrieving your cards becomes a breeze with this pull strap. For those cards you use less frequently, there’s a separate slot.
But here’s the gem – an exterior pen slot. Trust me; this is a must-have for those pesky paper forms during your travels. A passport wallet without a pen feels incomplete. For a perfect pairing, Narwhal Co pens, available in silver or black, complement this wallet beautifully. More details on these pens can be found in the notes below.
Flipping the Allett Wayfinder wallet over reveals an exterior document slot, generously sized to accommodate not just boarding passes but other essentials as well. You can even fold cash once and tuck it in without any hassle. Inside, there’s a dedicated passport slot designed to fit all passport sizes, including a couple of international variations. We’ll explore the interior in more detail shortly.
Dimensions and Durability
The Allett Wayfinder wallet measures 5.4 by 4.2 by 0.5″ and weighs a mere 65 grams or 2.3 ounces. Now, let’s address some concerns. The manufacturer suggests that this wallet can hold up to seven cards, which it handles with ease. As a testament to its quality, it proudly bears the “Designed and Made in the United States” label, a hallmark of all Allett wallets. This is found in all their wallets including the Allett Leather Original wallet.
The Allett Wayfinder wallet is crafted from soft full-grain Veg-Tan leather, deliberately kept thin to prevent excessive bulkiness despite its myriad features. The inclusion of RFID protection lining is a thoughtful touch, though there is one notable concern: the pull strap lacks reinforcement at its connection point to the wallet material, potentially posing durability issues.
Design and Stitching
Another aspect worth mentioning is the larger card pull strap, which connects to the material without additional reinforcement, creating an unusual appearance. The quality of stitching also raised some eyebrows, with visible imperfections on both the front and back of the wallet.
One common drawback of passport wallets, in general, is their size, which makes them less pocket-friendly. While personal preferences may vary, those who prefer to keep their credit cards separate from their passport may find this wallet a tad inconvenient.
Despite these minor concerns, the Wayfinder passport wallet proves to be a highly functional travel companion, effectively addressing the needs of those who opt for it as their primary travel organizer. As previously emphasized, the inclusion of a pen is a game-changer, making those arduous paper forms a breeze to complete.
The debate surrounding the necessity of passport wallets continues, with some arguing that they’re merely a marketing ploy. What’s your take on this? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
In summary, the Allett Wayfinder Passport Wallet offers a mix of quality craftsmanship, practical features, and a touch of elegance. Here’s the final score breakdown:
- Quality: 2 (Slightly marred by construction concerns)
- Price: 3 (Competitive with most passport wallets)
- Features: 5 (Packed with everything you need)
- Usability: 4 (Highly functional for travel)
- Perception: 4 (Exudes an air of sophistication)
This results in a commendable overall score of 3.3 out of 5. The Allett Wayfinder Passport Wallet might just become your trusted travel companion, simplifying your journeys and keeping you organized along the way.
Built to fit into bifold or trifold wallets, purses of any size, pockets, planners, passport covers or anywhere else your imagination can take you. It truly is one of the most versatile pens of its size.