The use of a front pocket wallet, in my opinion, is the only way to go. After a mild — but drawn-out — obsession, I eventually settled on Whipping Post’s Picker’s Wallet as one of my all-time favorites. I love Whipping Post’s eye towards quality and minimalism.
In an interesting turn of events, Whipping Post released a new and similar model to the Picker’s Wallet, meaning it only made sense to check it out and see how it compares.
To recap quickly, the Picker’s Wallet is compact, not unnecessarily bulky, and has three slots for cards, cash, and an ID. I love its open window ID slot, allowing you to flash the ID instead of having to dig it out. Plus, it has a slot to hold a guitar pick. It’s nearly perfect.
If The Picker’s Wallet is so great, then why this new Small Wallet? Apparently non-musicians didn’t want a wallet with a pick holder, according to Whipping Post’s founder Ryan Barr. He told me a minimalist version for non-guitar playing folks was highly requested.
The Small Wallet is $38 — a few dollars more than The Picker’s Wallet — but I’m told this is due to an increase in material costs and could impact all Whipping Post products in the future.
Out of the box, the Small Wallet is an attractive minimalist wallet. It has two card slots: one for cash and one for an ID. The ID card slot opens from the top which keeps your ID a little more secure than sliding in from the side.
When new, the leather is definitely tight and not forgiving like my old Picker’s Wallet. However, it does stretch over time. Filling it for the first time, it felt packed with two cards, one cash bill, and my ID. With the additional card I needed to add, it was a struggle.
After a few weeks carrying the Small Wallet, I can report it lives up to Whipping Post’s moto: uncommonly durable goods. If you’re looking for a minimalist front pocket wallet, this is one of the first to consider.
As good as it is, however, there are a few considerations. First, because of its design with the ID and cash slots being open from the top, it can be difficult to get cash to fit in entirely, even when cash is folded over. It’s also more on the minimalist side, with one less card slot than the Picker’s Wallet.
The Small Wallet isn’t the only new addition to The Whipping Post’s leather products. Whipping Post also announced the Zip Wallet. Since I figured it’d be hard to judge its usefulness beyond basic assumptions, I purchased one for my wife and she let me know her thoughts on it. (Any opinions mentioned are coming from her, even if not explicitly stated.)
The Zip Wallet includes space for six credit card slots, a cash compartment, and room for a 4-inch or 4.7-inch phone. It also features a detachable wrist strap.
Over the last month, it was primarily used as a secondary wallet, multiple times a week, and in different circumstances. The Zip Wallet works great when you’re not carrying a purse, yet still need some essentials, like a place to carry a phone. However, if the Zip Wallet had a place to carry spare change, the Zip Wallet could have been part of my wife’s daily carry.
With those caveats, it functions perfectly and is incredibly attractive in tan leather. Seeing as how a phone is just as essential — if not more essential — than anything in a wallet nowadays, it only makes sense to combine everything in a sleek package.
Both the Small Wallet and the Zip Wallet squarely hit their marks. While there are a few items to nitpick about, Whipping Post’s product lineup is simple and geared to hit those looking for long lasting, quality leather gear.