The Best Zip Around Wallets for Men
Zip Wallets are a fantastic choice for your next wallet as they add something extra that most men’s wallets don’t offer. A zip or zipper. If you take a look at the equivalent of a wallet for women – the humble purse – you’d be hard to find one that doesn’t have a zip. In fact, in most men’s wallets, you’ll find it’s the exact opposite. It seems to be almost accepted that men are supposed to keep any loose change inside their pockets without a dedicated way to store it. But I pose the question, why? Coins are a complete pain to carry and having a dedicated zip slot to store them seems like a very logical thing to me.
The main issue I’ve had with Zip Wallets over the years comes down to the way they’re designed and the way they’re integrated into a wallet. A lot of the time the Zip feature becomes the dominant feature of the wallet and other features – like storing your notes and cards – are overlooked and often shoved aside in an attempt to make way for the elusive Zipper.
I’ve reviewed many wallets over the years and not many zip wallets make my top 10. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean a good Zip wallet doesn’t exist. In this article, I’m going to give my honest opinion on my top picks for the ultimate Zipper wallet. Why they’re good and how they work well alongside other must-have features of the wallet I think you should consider.
Should I Buy a Zip Wallet?
I’m going to pose a few questions as to why I think you should carry a zip wallet and the best people a zip wallet is suited for. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, then you should consider one of the 5 following wallets as your next (plus some bonus ones).
I live in a cash-heavy country so I tend to carry a lot of notes and therefore have a lot of change and coins.
I carry more than just cash and cards in my wallet. I like to carry keys, and maybe a USB where a large slot for these items would be useful.
I don’t necessarily carry coins with me that often but it’s nice to have the option to do so if I do find myself with a lot of shrapnel.
If you’re not keen on a zipper then you can consider a wallet that uses other means for storing your coins. Many wallets have designed ingenious ways to combat the disadvantages of a zipper while still allowing you to store your coins and other physical items with ease. We’ve also considered a few additional wallets for you to consider as an alternative to a zipper.
Vaultskin Notting Hill Wallet
The Vaultskin Notting Hill Wallet is my first recommendation on this list. The wallet is beautifully made from top-grain Italian leather and has done a great job of keeping the wallet size to a minimum. The wallet is entirely encased within its zipper design with the advent of quick access slots on the front for your most-used cards. The innovative pull-up strap gives you nice functionality and easy access to said cards with little hassle.
Once opened with the zip the wallet gives you a place to fit up to 10 cards along with space for cash, coins, and even a key hook. The wallets look is also very elegant and uniform in design and along with its variety of colors (Black, Brown, and Cognac – a sort of orange), I’m sure you’ll find something to suit your individual preferences.
Coming in at a price tag of (RRP: £54.99) the Vaultskin Notting Hill Wallet is a good contender. I really enjoyed the way every feature is encased within the zip design and it made me feel confident and secure that I won’t lose anything no matter what I store in the wallet. For more information on the Vaultskin please visit their website using the link below.
Orchill Hemlock Wallet
What I love about the Orchill Hemlock is it does its best to stay as small as possible while providing ample functionality including a zip. With this wallet, the zip lies across the top of the wallet and has ample space for coins and other items you might want to store. Located on each side of the wallet are 4 separate card slots which can store a Max of 2 cards each (Max of 8). I really wouldn’t recommend this though as the wallet can feel overly bulky and crammed.
The build quality of the wallet is satisfactory but the range of colors the wallet is available in is a nice touch. Having used this wallet for 2 weeks the wallet really does hold it’s own and I’d recommend this for people who want a zipper but also want a more compact slim wallet.
The wallet comes in at $44.99. This is one of the lower-priced wallets on this list and I think that’s what makes it appealing to me. It does its job well while also being a solid design with decent functionality. For more information on this wallet please visit the Orchill website by clicking below.
Nodus Compact Wallet
Nodus is probably one of my favorite wallet brands and for good reason. They are a great combination of attractive design and innovation when it comes to the unique features many of the wallets have. The Nodus compact is their zipper wallet and it follows this design mantra well. High quality and functional is the way I’d sum up this wallet.
The wallet excels in its functionality. On the outside, you have one quick access card slot for your most-used cards while inside is where the magic happens. With a max capacity of 17 cards and an Expandable internal coin pocket, the Nodus excels at being a jack of all trades. It also offers a dedicated note sleeve with a rather handy key slot. The only downside to this wallet is its size. It’s by no means the slimmest wallet coming in at 68mm tall x 102mm wide (2.7in tall x 4in wide). This means that it can feel bulky in the pocket which isn’t for everyone (especially if you’re wearing tight clothes).
Coming in at £59.99 the Nodus Compact Wallet is another top choice if you’re looking for a Zipper. Priced to reflect it’s great quality and design the Nodus is fantastic for someone looking for an allrounder wallet. For more information on the Nodus please visit their website directly by clicking below.
Bellroy Zip Wallet
Bellroy is actually a brand which a huge variety of Zip wallets. But I’m going to talk about what I think is the best of the bunch – Aptly named The Bellroy Zip. Out of all the wallets mentioned so far, the Bellroy Zip is probably must favorite aesthetically. Made from premium hides tanned under gold-rated Leather Working Group environmental protocols the look and feel of the Bellroy is something you’d really need to try yourself and it just defines with a premium product should be like. It also comes in a variety of colors which is always a plus including Blue, Black, Tan, Orange & Green.
The Bellroy’s functionality is also on point. With a full wrap-around Zipper all features are encased inside the wallet. This has positives and negatives. As previously mentioned it helps keep the design nice and sleek, but it would have been nice to have a quick access slot on the outside for my most used card. Inside, the wallet has been beautifully thought out with a large note slot running along the inside top, a coin pouch on the right, and your card sleeves on the left.
Coming in at a price tag of over $109.00 the Bellroy Zip isn’t for everyone. You’re guaranteed quality with Bellroy that’s for sure, but the price tag is steep so if you’re unsure if a Zip wallet is for you then I’d say away from this wallet (for the meantime). For more information on the Bellroy Zip Wallet visit their website by clicking below.
Capsule Accomplice Wallet
Probably one of my favorite zipper wallets on the market to date. They combine innovative design, with a slim profile and a great range of functionality the Accomplice wallet, by Capsule, is a jack of all trades at a decent price tag of $90.00.
It has x card slots and a dedicated area for cash that work very well together and provide easy access when on the move. The zip slot is very roomy and provides great storage and security for a range of coins. I found it could hold anywhere between 10-20 coins depending on their size and dimensions.
Finally, the wallet is also handcrafted to perfection. Made from Fine Grain Leather the wallet is probably the best quality and this list and provides a premium look and feel at a great price tag. The wallet is available in a small yet beautiful range of colors including blue, green, and even yellow. The durability of the zipper is also top quality being a beveled YKK Zipper an industry standard for quality. We’ve actually had a full review of the Accomplice Wallet that you can view here. Otherwise, check out their official website by clicking the link below.
The Undivided Wallet
With a distinctive look and an affordable price tag, the Undivided Wallet is one of my favorite wallets on this list. The shape of the wallet, its almost creepy logo, and its patterned interior all make this Zipper wallet stand out from a crowed and that’s something I love about it. Along with this, the Undivided wallet does a great job of providing additional functionality on the outside of the wallet with the addition of a card slot.
The inside of the wallet doesn’t provide any segmentation but the space is so small that it doesn’t and compact (because of its minimalist size) that everything is naturally organized. As I mentioned previously the distinctive patternation of this wallet makes it unique in design and that’s increased by its range of lovely color options (orange, deep brown, camo). Overall, I think the Undivided wallet is a great budget option on this list coming in at only $35.00. For more information on this zipper wallet check out their official website using the link below.
Status Anxiety Otis Wallet
The great thing about the Otis wallet by Status Anxiety is the way the wallet retains a very popular bi-fold style design but also incorporates the Zipper functionality in a seamless and innovative way. With many of the features, you’d expect from a wallet of this design the Otis Wallet has a great capacity of up to 6 cards, a full-size note slot, and the zip coin compartment that is roomy and durable.
The wallet itself is a fantastic size also coming in at just 103 x 75 x 9mm. This isn’t the smallest but is a great size for people who still want to retain great functionality without getting into the larger sized wallets. The Otis Wallet is also made from some of the best quality leathers I’ve reviewed in a while being a soft full-grain Italian leather. This leather is available in an attractive range of colors including black, dark brown, tan, and camel (light brown).
At a price tag of $69.95, the wallet is well priced for a wallet of such quality and design. I think this wallet is best for people looking for the classic wallet experience but also want a place to store their coins with the inclusion of the zipper compartment. For more information on the Otis Wallet by Status Anxiety find out more with the link below.
Roik Zip Coin Wallet
One of the most unusual wallets on this list. The Roik Zip Coin Wallet resembles a classic bi-fold in design and shape. The biggest difference isn’t the inclusion of a zipper but the location of the zip on the wallet. Unlike most bi-fold zipper wallets, where the zippers located inside the wallet (see Status Anxiety wallet for this), Roik does things a bit differently with the zip being on the side of the wallet.
The Roil Zip Coin Wallet is also very small coming in at just 9.4 x 7.6 x 1.4 cm. The range of functionality the Roik provides is by far one of the most extensive considering this size. With space for up to 9 credit/debit cards, quick access slots, and even RFID Functionality. The zip compartment itself is really roomy and can store a great array of coins and other small items like keys. Finally, the Roik wallet comes in a beautiful range of distinct colors for you to choose from. Whether you want it in standard colors like black, or brown or want to stand out from a crowd with a red, pink, or green wallet to options are there.
At a price tag of $60.00, the Roik Wallet is a mid-tier priced wallet. Is this good value? I personally think so. The wallet offers all the functionality you’ll ever need in a wallet and the positioning of the Zip for optimum and easy use compared to others on this list. For more information on the Roik Zip Coin wallet check out their official website by clicking the link below.
Harber London Zip Wallet
Harber London is a brand I’ve raved about in the past. They offer a huge variety of beautifully crafted wallet while intertwining a range of unique features and functionality in every one of their wallets. The Harber London Zip Wallet is no different from this and combines a smaller more minimalist size (coming in at 10 x 7 cm) and a zipper mechanism to create a fantastic minimalist wallet that can effectively carry coins and other small items. But keep in mind, this wallet is for minimalists as its capacity for credit/debit cards, with only 2 card slots on each side of the wallet for a capacity of 1 – 4. Additional cards can be stored inside the zipper if you so wish.
The build quality of the Harber London Wallet is also worth mentioning. Being made from full-grain vegetable-tanned leather, the wallet has a premium look and feel which is further enhanced by its perfect stitching and range of deep rich colors its available in (tan, brown, black). At a price tag of $65.00, this zip wallet from Harber London is another mid-tier priced wallet but worth every penny. For more information check out their official website using the link below.
Garzini Magic Coin Wallet
Garzini has always been on my radar for innovation in wallet design. They get this name from their so-called ‘Versaflex system’. This allows you to reach your notes or cards faster and is simple to use. It’s kind of hard to explain how it works so this video is best to show you.
This specific version also comes with a coin pouch. With no zip, the coins are secured with a simple button that works well but keeps any sort of zipper away from the design. I like it a lot and its a great alternative to store coins – or other small items – without any hassle. The wallet has a fantastic capacity for cards and is made from a really nice soft touch napper leather that is durable and feels great in the hand.
The Garzini wallet is respectably priced at around $55.00 which isn’t bad for what you get. The wallet is innovative for sure and does a good job of creating a zip wallet without the zipper. For more information on this wallet be sure to check out their website by clicking the link below.
The A-Slim Iro Wallet
The latest and newest offering from A-Slim. The ‘Iro’ wallet is an interesting hybrid wallet that can only be described as a mish-mash of a variety of wallet types crammed into one. Although this may seem a little weird the wallet does still retain a nice cleanish look and a smaller size especially compared to other zip wallets on the market.
This is caused by the wallet’s unique use of color with the only optionable available known as ‘spectrum’ because the wallet is multi-colored using 5 different colored types of leather. That being said this is one of the most functional wallets on this list. With a capacity for over 10 cards, with 5 card slots and 2 slip compartments on the inside, the A-Slim Iro is both secure and a joy to use. The wallet also has RFID Blocking capabilities as standard which means you can have peace of mind that you won’t be subject to contactless card fraud.
At only $35.00 the Iro Wallet by A-Slim is a fantastic and affordable leather wallet with all the features you’ll need. The color might be a little off-putting to some, but it just provides some unique charm that many people love in their everyday carry. For more information on the Iro Wallet check out their official website using the link below.
KKMC Micro Belgravia
If you’re looking for the slimmest possible wallet yet want to retain the option to store your coins then you should definitely consider the KKMC Belgravia. This slim metal wallet is not only a pretty face but also offers unique functionality. It offers an inwards section where you can store basically anything flat in profile. Things like coins and keys are perfect for this as they effortlessly lie within the body of the wallet secured but your own credit or debit cards.
I actually have a full review of the KKMC Micro Belgravia so be sure to check that out. Coming in at $55.00 RRP the wallet is currently half price ($27.50) so be sure to capitalize on this great offer if you think this wallet might be for you. For more information on this highly usual wallet check out their official website using the link below.
The Classic Velcro Wallet
I couldn’t not mention the classic Velcro Wallet. I’m sure you’re all familiar with this type of wallet as, like most of you, this was the first wallet I ever used when I was a kid. For those who don’t know the classic velcro wallet, as the name suggests, is a wallet that is usually a bi-fold that is secured shut with velcro and usually includes features such as a zipper, ID Slot, and full-length note slot. The wallets are also usually made from a plastic-like material or canvas.
I actually have an entire article regarding our favorite Velcro wallets so please check that out for the best examples. Velcro Wallets are usually very affordable ranging from as little as $5.00 all the way up to $35.00. I’ve actually never seen a Velcro Wallet cost more than this (but I bet they exist). Velcro wallets are a pretty niche item but I highly recommend them as an alternative wallet for more extreme outdoor activities, or sport, as they usually have great security and provide water resistance and can be washed easily.
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