Choosing a leather travel wallet over other materials is can often be a wise decision. Leather wallets come in a huge range of qualities, styles and more importantly, price points.
The traditional ideal of carrying your money and cards in a leather wallet is still one that remains today. Leather tends to age well, is virtually rip proof and generally protects well against moisture. It’s also an added level of comfort and style.
What do I sacrifice when I purchase a leather travel wallet
Compared to the popular standard ripstop nylon that you see with most travel wallets, leather can be very bulky. Suddenly your paper thin, nylon passport protector turns into a heavy, bloated hindrance in your pocket! Add a layer of RFID protective material and you have quite a large accessory to cart around.
Leather can also mark quite easily and that “new” look that your leather travel wallet had a year ago has turned into something else entirely. Some would see this as a plus – I am personally in this camp. For those who like their travel wallets to look brand new forever may be less forgiving.
Is every leather travel wallet born equal?
Definitely not! While some leather travel wallets focus on rustic style, simplicity and strength, others are made specifically for travel and are among the best travel wallets on the market. The Mr Lentz Passport Leather Wallet being one of the former, and the incredibly popular Bellroy Leather Travel Wallet representing the practical travel focused segment of the market.
Is every leather travel wallet going to cost an arm and a leg?
No! In fact, there are plenty of incredibly cost effective options to choose from. They still offer many of the same protective and comfort focused properties of the more expensive options too. Where they make up for in low price, they often fail in longevity. Certain leathers are treated differently and short cuts are taken during production. This can lead to poor stitching, strange smells and early deterioration of the travel wallet.
Check out some of the best examples of these below: