This was exactly what I was looking for. A slim wallet that could carry my check card, drivers license and some cash. I used to wear my old wallets in the back right pocket, but this one stays in the front left with my phone. I like the hidden pocket for my insurance card.
Front Pocket ID Wallet
- Front Pocket ID Wallet in Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin
- Fits unnoticed in your front pocket
- 2 card slots hold 5 cards each with one cash slot
- 1 ID window with no plastic to get cloudy or crack
- 1 business card space behind ID window area
- Holds up to 12 cards when you break it in
- Makes scanning your metro or access card a breeze
- Pigskin reinforced for durability
- Useable space expands as ID Wallet breaks in
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Holds up to 12 cards, 5 in two slots
- Exterior: 4” W x 2 ¾” H
- Cash slot: 3 ¾” W x 2 ½” H x ¾” D (cash sticks up just enough to grab)
- Weight: 0.1 pounds
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Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see someting as it really is.
This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the masks life has given them.
I was living in Morelia, Michoacán teaching English back in 1999 when I decided to go by myself to the Dia de los Muertos festival in Patcuaro, about 30 minutes away.
So there I am at this festival, standing on the corner deciding which way to go when I see this friendly looking white guy with a big huge smile on his face. I took a few steps over to him, stuck my hand out and said, “Hi, I’m Dave.” He responded, “Hey, I’m Jimmy.” To make a long story longer, we really hit it off and became great friends. We even ended up hitchhiking all over Mexico together.
You see, you don’t need money, or even a wallet, to travel around, make lifelong friends and have real good times. You just need to decide to go and then go. But if you are going to own one, you may as well get one of these. It’s my personal favorite and doesn’t take up too much space, but it doesn’t work so well with British Pound notes.
I bought this from Dave's Deals. So glad I did. I left on a business trip a few days later and I had never been happier. I had my corporate cards, ID, and cash easily accessible.
Funny, TSA was not thrilled with me trying to get my drivers license out of the ID window section. Let it stretch before you try to jam 2 or 3 in there. I held up the line well past anyones patience point, even my own. Side note.....Sadly my iPhone 5 sleeve I was using on my Moto X got lost at the TSA checkpoint. I just got the thing. My heart broke, it worked and looked awesome.
I read a review below that knocks the wallet for the way it holds cash. They're trying to fit JPY in the wallet designed for USD. I don't think I need to explain any more on why that's a fail from the start. It works fine for USD. I've packed single bills and a wad of about 15 singles. If you get an old crinkly single and try to jam it in there it's an interesting process. I was looking for ways to make this fail and I came up short, only if I created a ridiculous situation could I imagine this wallet failing.
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 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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I have been using the ID front pocket wallets for over a year now and love them! I have one in black and one in tobacco color that gets switch back and forth depending on the mood I'm in at the time.
In the I.D. Slot goes my drivers license, LTC and my medical insurance card. On the other side, my credit card and AAA card. In the second slot my two ATM cards. In the cash slot I have have had up to $300 in twenties when going on a trip so I know it fits. Although I don't normally carry that much.
I am going to purchase another one in dark coffee brown to match the back pack that my lovely wife gave me for Christmas last year.
These wallets are awesome! Try one today you won't be disappointed !
I have a love/hate relationship with this wallet. I purchased this in dark coffee brown for the regular price of $33 last month(Sept 2013)
-The height needs to be 1 more cm. The height of bills in Japan are a bit more than those in the U.S.(where I'm from). It's annoying that my bills stick out a bit from the middle cash pocket. The product details say "cash sticks up just enough to grab" as if this is a good feature. Well, if I wanted my cash to stick up a bit, I wouldn't insert them so deep into the pocket! If I have U.S. bills, only two or three bills if inserted would be flush. But once you have more than five U.S. bills, they start popping out of the wallet. Annoying indeed.
-Inside the middle cash pocket about 1cm before the bottom, there is thick quality threading that is used to sew the pig skin into the wallet. When I put cash into this slot, the bills usually get caught on this thick threading, especially if my wallet is full and especially if it's one or two bills only. This is annoying because it prevents the bills from sliding into the bottom of the pocket completely. If I have a wad of about five folded bills, they don't get caught.
-One the side with two card slots, there's a design flaw. When I insert my card completely into the top slot and try to take it out, the top edge of the card gets caught on the thick quality threading. This would probably happen on the slot of the other side as well but I don't use this pocket nearly as much. I typically try to take the card out with my one thumb by sliding it up and out but the threading prevents me from doing this. Rather than jab my index finger behind my card and pulling it out between my thumb(with the wallet full, this would be difficult), I have to always be conscious not to fully insert the card. This way, the top of the card lies flush with the wallet and the threading doesn't get in the way and catch anything.
-Awesome leather quality
-Great leather smell
-Small and unnoticeable in your pocket
-Lined with pig skin in some places to last for a very long time
Conclusion: I would only buy this to use as a wallet for gym cards, train passes, etc. It does a lousy job at holding cash. The quality threading does get in the way.
Purchased this wallet in tobacco brown about five months ago. Others have pointed out that the cash slot can be difficult, but I personally don't usually carry more than $10-15 in cash, so it was the perfect solution for me. It holds my ID plus five other cards, although much more could fit if needed. The leather has taken on indigo tones from my jeans which I think looks very good. If you keep this wallet in your back pocket and keep a credit card in the front slot, the numbers may begin to press through (not legible, but noticeable). Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase and have recommended Saddleback to several others who have asked me about it.
I bought this when is was $45 which was almost half a year ago and still looks amazing. the longer you have it the more rustic it looks. you cant lose.
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.
I like everything about this wallet (price, size, slimness, quality) except for one thing - it's really hard to get your cash in it with a single fold, and double folding makes things a bit thick and hard to work with. It's not that it's not tall enough for the cash, it's that unless you have a huge roll of very crisp bills, they don't have the strength to go all the way down into the cash compartment (you can test this by double folding them, and they go all the way down just fine). Maybe once it's broken it it'll be better? It'd be more of an issue if I use cash more.
Also, other reviews mention the looseness of some of the ID pocket - if you don't keep the wallet very stuffed and keep only one thing in that pocket, that could be an issue. I keep two IDs in that pocket (driver's license and university ID) and it's perfect - I like being able to slide them out with one hand.
This is the best $33 I've spent! I carry six cards and a few bills in this beauty. It's small enough to be completely concealed in dress pants but large enough to hold all I need to carry eventhough it will hold 12 cards easily after it breaks in. I really enjoy the fact that it's unique and made of 100% full grain leather! Gone are the days of me carrying wallets that are made of cheap leather that's lined with fabric that are more expensive than SBL's ID wallet! The best part about it is it will look so much prettier and healthier in a few months while still being tougher than my Seattle Seahawks defense! :).
If you're on the fence about pulling the trigger I say you should stop reading and start buying. Dave and his family have built an incredible business and their customer service is equalled to nobody! My experience has been that leather owners are accepted in a wonderful family! I'll be in San Antonio later this month and it would be awesome to meet Dave. One day maybe. I purchased the new Tobacco color and could not have been happier when it arrived in my mailbox a few days after placing my order with Meridith! She was great at answering all my questions! I now see a large classic briefcase in tobacco in my near future! I hope SBL continues their great quality merchandise and stays true to who they are.......which is PHENOMINAL! Keep doing what your doing!!! I'm a customer for life!