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In decades of carrying a wallet, I’ve never lost one. But I’ve never found one I liked, either. Some look great at a big cost in functionality, and some are functional but don’t have the look I want. Sometimes it seems like it’s too much to ask for a well made wallet that doesn’t make me look like a biker or hipster. I don’t want to look like anything.
This review sample was either purchased from GoingGear or Amazon. Honestly, I don’t remember which for this wallet, and both are great sellers. Maxpedition seems to be one of the brands that Amazon is kind of hit and miss with.
This is a rugged, bi-fold wallet made of the same ballistic nylon that Maxpedition uses for most of their other products. The wallet is secured by a large strip of velcro, and features a beefy zippered coin pocket on the outside, and lots of little cubbies and another zippered pocket on the inside.
Official Specs (From Amazon)
It’s got this huge zippered coin purse on the outside. I like that the zipper looks really sturdy, but it’s a bit much, and I’ll probably cut off the zipper pull and replace it with a small piece of paracord or something. Opening the wallet up, boy is the Velcro loud! I mean having everyone around you stop and look at you loud. There does not appear to be any danger that the wallet will accidentally come open. None. I thought it would be a deal breaker, but I’m used to it now, and it’s nice knowing that everything stays put in my wallet.
Getting past the Velcro, the first thing I noticed was a little pocket with another beefy looking zipper. The pocket is nice for some small tech items, such as an SD card or thumb drive. Really nice, but definitely another candidate for a paracord zipper pull.
Thoughts of the annoying Velcro quickly vanished as I saw that this is well laid out for a wallet. I keep my Rat Wallet attached to my electronics bag. It has some EDC and tech knick knacks in it, but I couldn’t tell you exactly what it’s supposed to be. This C.M.C. wallet doesn’t have an identity problem–it’s a wallet.
Build Quality / Finish
For not being made in the USA, you would never know it. I’m not sure anything currently made in the USA can even rival most of Maxpedition’s products. Whatever they are doing, they are clearly doing right. The ballistic nylon coupled with the double stitching and over-sized zippers make this thing ridiculously rugged.
After a few months, mine started fraying the Velcro in a couple small places. I would probably consider it normal wear and tear, but this model has enough extra Velcro material for about 4 wallets, so I doubt it’s anything that will ever give me concern. After I took the photo below, I cleaned up the frayed parts with a pair of scissors and it looks much better now.
Other than that, the build quality is excellent, and the fit and finish is good overall. I doubt anyone will decide to love or hate it based on the build quality or finish, unless they get a bad one. By now I have a few of their products, and they are all built like tanks.
The outside coin pocket is pretty good sized. There’s lots of room for change, but beware: putting change in this pocket quickly makes the wallet bulky. The pocket even expands a bit, which also makes it look at first glance like a defect in the way the zipper lines up.
Inside Zippered Pocket
Divided Bill Fold
This is a neat feature, and keeps two sets of bills separate from each other. And for the times I just have one set of bills, the back pocket keeps it snug, as shown in the photo below. It makes it very hard for your money to accidentally come out. The photo below also shows the extent of my riches.
This is a well designed and executed wallet. It’s a tad bulky for me, but I’m not parting with it, since it’s so close to being my ideal wallet. The loud velcro is sometimes disconcerting to nearby random people when I open it, but the flip side is that I have no worries that the wallet will accidentally come open. It routinely gets shoved into backpacks, luggage, jackets, etc., and it’s great knowing my money and credit cards are always safe.
For EDC use I currently have no plans to replace this wallet, though I will probably get one of their smaller wallets for situations where I need to travel light and only need my ID and a few bucks, say at a hotel bar. But for day to day use, the CMC is mostly a pleasure to carry. Sometimes if I want it to be a little less bulky, then I’ll take the change out. And sometimes when I travel I will bulk it out with extra change for the parking meters, extra cash, memory cards, etc. At that point it’s usually in a backpack or duffel bag.
Whatever I have in it at the time, this wallet is never far from me. If they made a slightly less bulky version with slightly less Velcro, I think it would probably be the best EDC wallet in existence. It sill might be. I think I will try the Urban model next, for those times by the lake, where there’s no parking meters. From the product photos, it looks like it goes easy on the Velcro, so we’ll see…