I made absolutely certain that in the shipping information section of the billing process I wrote under "Shipping Requests" that I wanted to receive my new chestnut Saddleback wallet with a picture of Indiana Jones riding a horse in it. I was quite disappointed when it arrived sans the picture.
It's a great wallet though if a bit small at first. I know it'll stretch a bit to fit everything a little more comfortable so for that I give it the whole shebang... 5 tin stars.
Next time I'll take it easy on the shipping department though and simply request that my items be delivered by a midget wearing a top hat.
This was my first experience w/ Saddleback. The Photo ID Wallet is exactly what I wanted for a front pocket wallet. I was so sure that this was going to be perfect that I bought two ... one as a future gift. I was not disappointed. There was an error in the initial shipment; Saddleback Customer Service handled it promptly to my total satisfaction. I will be a return customer!!!
I bought one of these in natural on sale probably 7-8 years ago.
It has patina'ed to a gorgeous medium brown, and has suited my minimalist carry lifestyle to a T.
This is what it holds for me - my id, my atm card, my costco card, 4 business, and about 15 bills in the $$ slot.
Basically, if you like to have plenty of small bills at your disposal or have the need to carry a variety of credit cards this is probably not for you. OTOH, I'm not sure why anyone would need more.
20 years ago my chiropractor told me to switch to a front pocket wallet. That started the search as they were hard to find and usually poorly made. If I could get 3 years out of one before it broke down, I was lucky. When my Saddleback wallet arrived, I knew the search was over. I didn't need a 100 warranty to tell me that this was the best wallet I will ever buy.
Thank you Dave and team for your extraordinary craftsmanship!
This is my current daily carry wallet. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect given the description in the video. It's light, but sturdy, and beautiful.
I keep 5 cards, plus my driver's licence and a thin insurance card in it right now, and it's snug. I imagine I could put a lot more in it, and the leather would stretch to accommodate them. Heck, it had to stretch a bit to accommodate what I have in it right now, but it did so beautifully.
I slip it into my back pocket, but I imagine that other people would be comfortable throwing it into a bag (or purse if you're so inclined), put into a front pocket, a shirt pocket...really anything.
All in all, I'm impressed with it, and you probably will be, too.
I was in need of a new wallet. I have always traditionally been a bifold back wallet kind of guy. I had been starting to put the wallet in my front pocket when sitting down because it was hurting my back. Well luckily I ended up reading the reviews of this wallet and was finally persuaded.
Well, after three weeks of use I can proudly say this is the best wallet I have ever owned. I love the fact that there is no plastic or anything in front of the drivers license. Very Classy. The wallet has stretched out and I currently hold 8 cards plus some cash (plus drivers license) comfortably.
I highly recommend this product.
This wallet is the best wallet I ever had. I keep 7 cards in it. Also some cash. I have put over 20 bills in it and it does its job very well. I have had it for about 6 months and it breaks in very nicely. Very durable also have a cdl license and I keep my medical card right behind the id pocket folded neatly. I have mine in carbon black nice color and it is true it does smell great.
I have 2 ID wallets, one in my beloved retired carbon black and another in chestnut. No complaints about the design. It's especially great for people like me who flash their student ID on a daily basis to get discounts and it saves me the trouble of yanking my photocopying card out from my wallet all the time. Plus I can shove my dry cleaning receipts into the money slot (I use this wallet alongside my medium bifold).
The downside is that when I compare my chestnut with my old carbon black, the carbon black-- clearly of a more recent vintage-- uses MUCH thinner leather on the ID window. I have noticed that the leather used shortly before the old black and tobacco were phased out is thinner. I've attached a photo so that yalls know what I mean.
I don't doubt that thinner ID window leather is still "fit for purpose", but don't we all like thick leather? :(
This wallet is great, simple, and beautiful. It is a huge downsize from my previous wallet, which has been so great. It fits so discretely in my pocket, but fits everything I need. And it takes almost no time to remove it from my pocket and pull out cash or a card. But obviously the best part is that it will last such a long time. I love buying a saddleback product and knowing that I won't have to buy a replacement. But I've definitely gifted plenty of saddleback items, that's for sure.
This is more than a wallet, it's a lifestyle choice. I find that the problem with many wallets today is that they have too much space, so three months later you find you're sitting on a six inch literal pain in the ass slab of receipts and loyalty cards for lazer printing shops that inexplicably went out of business in the late 80's. So, if you want to carry around all of that trash I say go get yourself a purse, I'll keep my brilliant beautiful man's slim leather wallet of destiny thanks.
Just got it in chestnut colour - the colour's better live! I expected it to be more reddish, which I didn't like, but I had to put up with the fact as there weren't any other available. The brownish is just right for my taste. Our banknotes are slightly smaller than the USD, so my money doesn't stick a lot, another great thing about the wallet. Now I'll be waiting for it to break in a little- I think only the ID window's stiffer than it needs to be, the rest are alright. I've got a total of 4 cards and cash. Love the engraved doggy picture. I also had a dog with which I had to part because of some problems and I miss her now... I'm glad I'll kind of.. carry Dave's dog's soul with me and it will remind me of my own doggy, too.
I don't know why people are crazy about the smell, though, it smells like rubber to me, lol. Don't care.
I've always been a bi-fold, back-pocket wallet kind of guy. The idea of a front pocket wallet was unthinkable. However, the last couple of bi-fold wallets I'd owned continued to snap credit cards, so I started looking around for higher quality wallets about a year ago... Which is how I stumbled upon Saddleback Leather Company. My first inclination was to go with the medium bi-fold -- I had known no other kind of wallet, so why change? But something about the slim, minimalist approach of the I.D wallet beckoned to me. It appreared small, light, and looked to cut down on the bulk common with any folding wallet, yet sported enough slots and pockets for what I carry. I wrestled for a long time with what to do, but in the end chose to risk getting the I.D. wallet. From the moment I unpackaged it, I knew I'd never want another wallet and after carrying it for over 6 months I know that I'd never use another wallet. It is the best wallet I've ever owned. Seriously. That's not hyperbole -- it's simply the truth.
Now, I'm kind of like a SBL I.D. wallet evangelist -- I'm constantly showing mine to family, friends, coworkers, and sometimes total strangers who ask about my wallet (usually in a check-out line), sharing how I'll never own another wallet. Granted, I was no George Costanza in my bi-fold days; I've always had an affinity for minimalism. But if you're looking to own a well-made, slim-design, functional wallet, this is the best. You will never want to buy another wallet. It is the best money you'll every spend on a wallet -- worth every dime! So if you're in the market for a wallet or know someone who is, this is the one.
I'd been a diehard "Costanza wallet" fan for years. I lived out of my leather bifolds/trifolds, even as they got bigger and bigger, became more uncomfortable to sit on and wore out the back packets of several suit trousers.
Then I began to notice that frequently when my kids demanded cash (as kids do these days) I didn't have any. Not that I was broke, but I just didn't have any in my wallet. It was still full of receipts and cards but... I realised that society is now on the verge of becoming cashless.
So when I ordered some SBL gear I threw in one of these ID wallets without really expecting that I could make the transition. But to my surprise and gratitude, it took me about 15 minutes of sorting through cards (and transferring surplus items to my SBL Big Wallet) to make the change.
One thing - old style Queensland driver's licences do not fit in the ID window. It's no big deal, I put my licence in the cash compartment together with a few Aussie twenties, and I expect that when I eventually have to upgrade to one of the new credit-card style licences that I will move it back to the ID slot. Or maybe not. Everything seems fine now. This is a great wallet and, I suspect, much better for the health of my lower back than my old back pocket bifold.
this is the greatest wallet ever crafted.
I have been using a front pocket wallet for many years and have tried them from several deferent manufacturers. I just received my wallet from Saddleback Leather Company and it is by far the highest quality and best construction of any I have seen. A great product and simply better than the rest.
My wallet just arrived. I have fallen in love with it already. It's exactly how it was described, it smells and feels great. Everything is a bit stiff right now, but I'm sure it will soften with age, and I look forward to using it for the rest of my life.
I ordered the ID wallet and Ipad case and even before I opened the box I could literally smell the genuine leather...love it! Now back to the ID wallet. It is wonderful from what I can tell at the moment. It is still extremely stiff but will loosen up I am sure. I am having a hard time with my drivers license sliding out but again, I am sure it will stretch. I love this wallet!
Bought 3 in tobacco from Dave's Deals. Love the color. I am a teacher and this came in very useful on a recent field-trip. Fits perfectly in my front pocket. I put a chain through the id loop and wear around my neck with my work id. The other is going to be a stocking stuffer for my son at Christmas.
I own three Saddleback products, and should have known better than to doubt. I was one of the companies biggest critics on Social Media after it decided to switch to "storied and scarred" leather without relaying a downward price adjustment to its consumers. I liked the idea of providing my own scars and stories, and thought that an already-marked up facade would detract from my enjoyment of the product. Well, last week I washed my wallet, and it came time to find a suitable replacement. With some apprehension, I found myself back on the Saddleback website. I ordered the pocket ID wallet in tobacco, and sent a follow up email requesting "an unscarred piece if possible, and otherwise the most awesome scarring you can find." Well, the wallet arrived after some USPS confusion (to which the Saddleback team reps were, as always, extremely attentive), and...it's beautiful. There's a quarter inch slash across the front, and I surprised myself by how amenable to it I was. It has a story, to be sure, but also adds another, sort of rugged and carefree dimension that is just perfect for a product in Tobacco. I might still hesitate to order a bag or other larger item with the "storied" scarring, but for a wallet I couldn't be happier. As it stands, my bag in Chestnut (which, as I understand it, still uses un-"blemished" leather) gets the job done, and my scarred Tobacco wallet does the same. As to the wallet, itself - the stitching, as usual, is sturdy and even, and the leather smells like...Saddleback. I fit 10 cards into the wallet from the get-go - the money pocket, as mentioned in other reviews, is a little tight, and there is some slight bending to some of the outer cards during this breaking-in period (nothing that looks to be permanent). On the whole - it's exactly what i wanted, and it's sure to last a heck of a lot longer than the wallet I am replacing. I am an absolute Saddleback convert. I look for things to criticize - and to be sure there will always be a few - but this is a company that has earned my trust and I company that I regret questioning. I've been disciplined with my spending, but it's hard to pick up one Saddleback product and not start scouting out the next. I believe, and you should too.
Just received this today, and it's in tobacco! Love love love the color! It's a warm mix of honeys and browns, and it's great for use in my new clutch (also received that today)! Money, MRT (train) card, nets card, ID...all organized into this compact little number. It'll fit easily in jeans as well.
This wallet is fantastic for right kind of person. For a front pocket wallet person like me, it was a great call.
Like most saddleback products, the leather takes some time to break in. Though this is intiially annoying with the card and especially the money sections of the wallet, break-in makes them easier to use over time.
I find mine excellent for accomodating about 10 or so cards at a time (plus license in the front), and a FEW bills.
Build quality is excellent. A year in and I can tell that this wallet is not going to quit where many previous wallets already had by this point in their lives.
Size is fantastic. You can drop this in your pocket and almost forget it's there alongside your other essentials.
As I noted above, you can only really feasibly keep a few bills in this wallet. The wallet space for bills is tight. Beyond a couple and you may find bills sticking slightly out the top. A few more than that and it's just going to be a mess. If you're someone that carries a lot of bills around this may not be the wallet for you.
I would also note that if you face a credit card's numbers outward in the bottom slot, the wallet will eventually show the numbers grooved in a bit there. I would recommend turning in the bottom outer card so the numbers face inward if this small cosmetic issue bothers you.
When I have need for cash I use Saddleback's Small Bifold instead (a fair bit bigger but still fits in a man's front pocket without much difficulty, holds about the same amount of cards but can much more easily hold cash). However, I try to carry little cash whenever necessary because I enjoy the ID wallet's card-carrying capacity and small size so much.
If you understand and can work with its cash limitations, this wallet's size , build quality, and price point or unbeatable and I would highly recommend it!
Bought the Tobacco from Dave's Deals. Seems in perfect condition to me. Its really tight now for cards/ID's . Sure leather will stretch and the problem will be solved. The middle opens and is the perfect spot for cash. I bought this to use in the clutch purse for trips to the mall, concerts, etc. I also ordered the small notepad at the same time in Tobacco and they are completely different colors. Luckily I don't care if they match.
This is perfect for anyone. I used to carry a large bi-fold with cards, cash, ID's, receipts, business cards, stuff that I didn't know was there and I certainly would never need or use again. I didn't most of that. I needed something that is small, could carry my identification, a debit card, and a little cash. This easily accomplishes this. It is perfect for college. I would easily pay double.
This is my third SB i.d. wallet in four years. I have been trying to go minimalist for years but couldn't quite manage to convert.
Converting to a front pocket wallet took a accident that fractured my tailbone. Because of the accident I switched from right hip pocket bi-fold carry to left hip pocket and developed sciatica.
I received this as a birthday present from my wife and couldn't be happier.
We live in the digital age of smartphones, tablets, etc. and everything can be stored on those devices.
I got the new tobacco color and it looks fabulous! The leather appears to be a lot thicker around the i.d. window slot. I confirmed this when I compared it to my daughters three year old SB i.d. wallet. My daughter loves her wallet by the way.
The wallet is super stiff especially around the i.d. slot and is difficult to remove my drivers license, but I know it will loosen up in time.
I plan to give a few of these as presents in the near future.
I've had mine for 4 or 5 years now. Perfect front pocket wallet. I find when I have a lot of bills, I have to line them up to get them to fold neatly, but otherwise it's no problem for me. I still admire it and enjoy its craftsmanship and patina.