For the hardcore EDC crowd, the average, garden-variety leather or fabric wallet just might not cut it. Too flimsy, too prone to getting soaked out there in the elements. A more beefed-up alternative, though, has hit the market, ready to take everything Mother Nature—not to mention human butter-fingers—can throw at it. We’re talking about the Pelican G5 Personal Utility RF Field Wallet, which looks more like a weatherproof military hinge compass than a billfold.
Made of a tough shell of solid, aircraft-grade aluminum that the manufacturer claims will thwart the form of electronic thievery known as RFID skimming, the Pelican G5 Personal Utility RF Field Wallet closes tight thanks to its gasket O-ring seal, snap-latch, and stainless-steel hinge pins. A rubber strap on the outside secures quick-access belongings, while inside the wallet’s elastomeric strap and mesh organizer keep credit/debit cards, greenbacks, keys, and other belongings snug and orderly. Not only does the Pelican Field Wallet hold up well when dropped, smashed, or otherwise roughly handled, it is impressively waterproof: Its IP67 rating reflects a submersion test at a meter’s depth for a half-hour. Pelican backs this slim-but-super-sturdy EDC essential with a lifetime guarantee.
For another newly-released EDC product, check out Pioneer’s Global Pouch.