Every man we know feels strongly about his wallet. Some love them and look for an excuse to flaunt them ("Let me get the first round"), while others resent having a hole slowly worn through their jeans and the back pain that comes from perpetually sitting at an angle. The latter sort often don't buy new billfolds because they think that unwieldy hunks of leather are just a fact of life.
Not so much. Wallets should be the helpmate you visit every time you participate in a transaction. They're your wing man, your assistant, your intern. And there are a wide enough variety of styles that there is certainly one out there suited to you. Here are a dozen storage solutions that work, from basic billfolds and credit card wallets to all-in-one solutions that'll also hold your phone and protect you from RFID-wielding identity thieves. You just have to decide which solution will work for you.
Filson Oil Finish Tri-Fold Wallet
Best for: Taking on an adventure.
Made in the United States out of Filson's famous 22-ounce oil-finish tin cloth, this tri-fold is proof that some companies actually listen to their customers. According to Filson, a firefighter asked them to make something like this, so they did.
Good idea. Tin cloth is tough and thick. Impregnated with wax, it's water resistant and almost impossible to fray or tear. So it's an ideal material for something that's going to take years of wear and tear, like an adventure junkie's wallet.
In lieu of a waterfall, we held the Filson under a spigot, with real money and such inside. The results: Dry as a bone, like a duck's back, etc. And it's a cool design, reminiscent of an field jacket, with a little pocket flap that folds over and tucks into an exterior pocket. Inside, you've got a billfold, two pockets, and two card slots. [$44; filson.com]