A few months ago, Myles at Washington’s Common Fibers reached out and asked if I’d be interested in trying one of their carbon fiber wallets. Sure, I replied, remaining as sceptical of the material when it came to accessories as I am of it as a bike frame constituent.
I have prided myself on designing and making my own wallet out of leather and, being a luddite (or ‘beardo’, as Zak from Skunkworks Bikes so eloquently refers to me as), mine still has a coin pouch which, when full, results in a lopsided seating position.
Zak is far more experienced with carbon fiber bikes and might have been a better candidate for testing this wallet. After building up numerous ultra-high end bikes with ultra-expensive and ultra-light carbon fiber parts, I’m pretty sure even he would’ve been impressed with Common Fibers’ wallet.
I tested the Max Classic, the beefier of two wallet sizes offered by Common Fibers. It features six credit card slots, two hidden pockets, and a billfold pocket. No coins allowed. But this must be the slimmest wallet I have personally encountered.
It’s so thin, even when each pocket is filled with a card, that I would leave the house or office, get halfway down the street and, in a panic, pat my my pocket to make sure I had brought it with me. It sure didn’t feel like I did.
For the carbon geeks or weight weenies: Common Fibers use “US sourced authentic carbon fiber” in all of their products, which in turn utilises “RF shielding materials that reduce the risk of credit card scanning”. Impressive.
The wallets have a durable PV rip-stop interior, which is just as sleek as the exterior, and a patented CF-Lex™ Hinge which allows for a single sheet of carbon to be used. Oh, and they’re also handmade in the USA.
The Common Fibers wallets will definitely appeal to riders who truly appreciate the quality of carbon fiber bikes. After all, you can tell a lot about a person by their wallet — or purse — and their bike, for that matter. Head to the Common Fibers website for more information.