When summer comes around I hate carrying my leather wallet around in my pocket. Not because I have to shell out three bucks for a tasteless overpriced cone of vanilla swirl from every Mister Softee ice cream truck I encounter with my son, but because in the sweltering heat it chafes my thigh and my thigh chafes it. So for many years I have switched during the summer months to canvas wallets that have worked well to protect my oh-so-delicate skin, but not much to protect its contents from the inevitable condensation that occurs on hot days. Until a few months ago when I ran into an old acquaintance and we decided to grab coffee (just like in the movies) to catch up. We went to pay and I noticed he was about to use his subway map as currency. I remembered that he was always a bit weird in school, but this was definitely out there. Luckily, he pulled a couple of bills out of the map that turned out to be a wallet – a Mighty Wallet to be exact.
I had noticed them before, but since it was within reach I asked and he showed me. The wallet felt like paper that has been shellacked with something akin to wax after it is buffed (I know, I know, that doesn’t help much, but that’s what it feels like). It has two top slots for currency and two internal spaces for cards (it can take quite a few I have found out). The current version has been around since 2008 and the variations are staggering (and very cool) and the concept is actually quite simple. The wallet is made from Tyvek which as the Dynomighty Design website explains is the same material used to make express mail envelopes. This makes the wallet “tear-resistant, water-resistant, expandable and recyclable… [these] wallets resist tearing because of thousands of interlocking plastic fibers spun in random patterns, giving them incredible strength.” The wallet is actually stitch less and is made like origami using one sheet of Tyvek.
So after my first encounter with the Mighty Wallet, off I went to get one for myself (I settled on the classic Airmail version). What I have grown to love about this wallet is how light it is and how water resistant it is even when walking around all day with it in your pocket under the baking sun.
I have had a chance to put it through several months of testing and I am happy to report that it is holding up extremely well and breaks in very nicely (in the video below you will see right after the water experiment a shot of what the wallet looks like after a year of daily usage). Even my son has tested its endurance by snatching it from me several time and stomping on it, attempting to tear it to smithereens and yes throwing into the bathtub full of water to see it “float like a leaf.” Although not all of the contents have not always survived his vicious attacks I can attest to the fact that the Mighty Wallet did indeed float (I was able to get to it fairly quickly) and is in fact water resistant.
The price and the free shipping are just an added bonus. It is built to last and is a great wallet to put in rotation so that you give that more expensive leather wallet you got last Christmas the summer off.