Pocket Preps

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Contents - Story and Photos by Pa­trick Vuong

Wal­lets

Some of you might have read the head­line and said, “Wal­lets? Wal­lets aren’t sur­vival tools!” But if you emp­tied your pock­ets right now, there’s a good chance you’d pull out a wal­let among the con­tents. Why? Be­cause it’s an es­sen­tial piece of your ev­ery­day-carry load­out. And in a dis­as­ter — man-made or nat­u­ral — it can make a big dif­fer­ence.

Gonna hole up in­doors dur­ing an im­pend­ing bliz­zard? You’ll first have to pay for the ex­tra food, water, and backup heat sources that’ll help you get through it. Are you over­seas for the hol­i­days when a lo­cal gov­ern­ment coup erupts? Bet­ter have your charge card handy to buy that first plane ticket out of Dodge. Try­ing to re­turn home af­ter a po­lice block­ade has locked down your com­mu­nity? You’ll need your driver’s li­cense to show proof of res­i­dence.

If you stop to think about it, the cash, credit cards, and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in your wal­let can prob­a­bly get you out of more jams than you might re­al­ize.

That’s why in this edi­tion of Pocket Preps we take a look beyond your grand­daddy’s bi­fold wal­let. We found some mod­ern up­dates of clas­sic themes, while oth­ers are rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing the genre from the ground up. Read on to see if there’s one that can im­prove your EDC setup.

1 Black­thorn Leather

Rover II with Fisher Space Pen Side­car Pocket

MA­TE­RI­ALS

Leather, stain­less steel

DI­MEN­SIONS (APPROX.)

4 by 3.75 by 0.25 inches

WEIGHT (UN­LOADED)

2.2 ounces

MSRP

$69

URL

black­thorn­leather.com

2 Tray­vax

El­e­ment

MA­TE­RI­ALS

Leather, stain­less steel

DI­MEN­SIONS (APPROX.)

4.5 by 2.8 by 0.5 inches

WEIGHT (UN­LOADED)

5 ounces

MSRP

$65

URL

tray­vax.com

3 Zootil­ity x Rus­tico

Rus­tico Pock­etMon­key Wal­let

MA­TE­RI­ALS

Leather, merino wool (wal­let); stain­less steel (tools)

DI­MEN­SIONS (APPROX.)

4.25 by 2.625 by 0.125 inches

WEIGHT (UN­LOADED)

0.7 ounce

MSRP

$25, $49 with tools

URL

zootil­ity.com

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