This water-resistant wallet by Allet weighs less than half an ounce. Pam LeBlanc photo

I spend a lot of time getting splashed with water in my line of work, and it turns out that I need a water-resistant wallet in my life.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my leather kitty wallet so much that when I had it stolen while I was in New Orleans 12 years ago, I immediately ordered a replacement. Then, when the zipper on the replacement broke, I ordered a third – used, from eBay, because the company had quit making them.

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But sometimes, a heavy, fat, leather wallet won’t work for me. I’m heading to the Grand Canyon soon for a 15-day trip down the Colorado River in an oar boat. I’m going to get wet, along with all my belongings.

My Allet is perfect for watery adventures. Pam LeBlanc photo

Normally I wouldn’t even take my wallet on the river (what would I use it for, exactly?). But I’m hiking down to Phantom Ranch to grab a seat on a passing raft, and I’m going to need a credit card and ID when I get off in a different location. (Logistics are complicated!)

Allet makes a good water-resistant wallet

Lucky for me, a company called Allett – think “wallet” without the “w” – sent me a durable, water-resistant ripstop nylon wallet to test. I’ll stuff it in the bottom of a dry bag, and if all goes well, I’ll pull it out at the end of the trip, contents intact.

The wallet, a lovely shade of dark red, holds up to 24 cards, plus cash. It measures 3 5/8 by 5 inches and weighs a hair over half an ounce. It sells for $44 at

I’ve already tested it out. Stuffed with my driver’s license, a credit card and a little bit of cash, it’s about as thick as a flour tortilla. It’s big enough to hold a plane ticket, too, which will come in handy since I won’t be carrying a purse on the plane. My only complaint? It’s a little big to fit in my jeans pocket comfortably.

I’ve been using this wallet or one just like it) for more than a decade. Pam LeBlanc photo

My Allet won’t take the place of my kitty wallet, but it’ll come in handy on assignments – most of them! – that involve dirt, mud and water.








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