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Travel: Cheap ultra-slim safety wallet - Go 887 review

[DISCLAIMER: It should be pretty obvious, but I'll say it anyways. You are responsible for the safety of your wallet, not me.]

Something that should be useful for traveling creatives, although I actually got this for use as a daily wallet, as I really love thin wallets and good ones with pocket clips aren't easy to find.

Why a slim clip-on wallet?

I'm a big fan of perfecting my "EDC" (Every Day Carry, which just means the stuff you carry with you daily) and a part of that is having a comfortable and safe wallet.

I don't carry much, just a card or two, a mini-sized Waitrose card (free coffee when I go food shopping) a few cash notes and some plasters ("band-aids" for you Americans reading this). This allows me to comfortably use an ultra-compact wallet, which is barely larger than the size of a bank card.

For my daily use around my small English town, I would clip this onto the inside of my pocket, plus a paracord string going to my belt loop. This is more comfortable for me than having it loose in the pocket, and also makes it easy to reach, if I'm wearing gloves for example.
But if I'm traveling, I'd be carrying it clipped under my jeans, and of course I would still have the string attached to my belt loop.

The Go 887 travel wallet. I added a couple of strings, one for securing to my belt loop and another as a replacement to the metal zip pull-tab thing. And I removed the "Go" logo tag.

Pros:

  • If used properly, it should be way safer than the average wallet.
  • Easy to use and remove cards.  
  • Very comfy in pocket and very comfy clipped to the inside of my jeans. Either way I don't really feel the wallet there, which is exactly what I want.
  • Very flat, but can hold a lot if needed.
  • One of the thinnest (decent) budget wallets I have found. There are a few thinner ones on the internet which are often pretty expensive, up to about £50, which also look nicer, but I wouldn't pay that much for a wallet.
  • Can fit cash folded into three. I think you could fit about 30 notes folded in three into it, but the thinner you keep it the more comfortable it will be.
  • Nice pocket clip. Seems fairly strong without being too thick. It's covered in fabric, which is nice, but the fabric will likely wear away pretty quickly.
  • There is almost a second compartment, right where the pocket clip connects to the wallet, but it's pretty small and it doesn't close, so I wouldn't keep anything important there. I cut my Waitrose (free coffee) card a little smaller and it holds in that slot nicely. Of course I would never do that with a bank card. The little Leatherman Style PS (A finger-sized multi-tool) actually fits in that slot perfectly, but I'm not sure if that would put pressure on your bank cards.

Cons:

  • Only one compartment. At least two would be better, for example one for "daily use" and another to for things you want to keep a little more secure, maybe a few notes as "emergency money".
  • Pocket clip could be a little longer.

  • Not as compartmentalized as a normal wallet, so if you have lots of various things it might not be as easy to reach them.

  • Not very good looking, but fine. I guess it's good if you like the sporty neoprene look.

An example of my basic daily carry items, although this changes all the time. For example, in the evening I might also take a torch, etc. From left to right: Necklace with emergency house key, Leatherman Style PS and my old small wallet (self-made) with house key.

An example of my basic daily carry items, although this changes all the time. For example, in the evening I might also take a torch, etc.
From left to right: Necklace with emergency house key, Leatherman Style PS and my old small wallet (self-made) with house key.

Go 887 Travel Wallet Link:

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