Review of the New and Improved Butterfly Wallet
Thought I'd share a quick update on one of my all time favorite pieces of ultralight urban gear, the Butterfly Wallet. Several months ago I shared my thoughts on the original Butterfly Wallet that I had been using for some time and many of you liked what you saw. A lot of you bought one, or more.
A few of you mentioned that the wallet didn't hold credit cards tightly enough, especially in the middle pocket, and that you had trouble with credit cards falling or sliding out accidentally. While the card pockets are definitely not snug, I'd never experienced that particular issue, but it was valid feedback.
Mark Winstein, the owner and designer of the Butterfly Wallet listened to the feedback he got from all of you as well as from other sites and gear reviews and took it to heart, determined to make some changes and improvements to his product.
New and Improved Version The latest version of the Butterfly Wallet brings you all the same advantages as the original, lightweight (less than 0.2 oz), simple design, and durability but now comes with has a narrower middle credit card pocket. In fact all three credit card pockets are now the same width, 2.25 inches to be exact, and hold your cards more tightly than the original - no more slippage!
The change necessary to make this improvement was actually quite simple. Mark increased the width between the two vertical lines of stitching that delineate the three credit card pockets. Hover over the photo above to see exactly where.
You can see it a little more clearly in the photo below where I have my original Butterfly Wallet placed directly behind the newer version. It's only a minor tweak to the design, but it's made a big difference on function and user satisfaction - based on the comments I've read on Mark's website and Facebook page.
So there you have it. My favorite UL urban wallet just got even better. These make great little Christmas stocking stuffer presents too!
Do you own one of the original Butterfly Wallets or maybe one of the new ones? What do you think of it?
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Disclosure: Butterfly Wallet Co. provided Brian's Backpacking Blog with an updated version of the wallet for the purpose of this update.