The Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘ is now officially receiving my “Top Pick” gear award!
Update, October 2017: I have now passed the 1,500 days of use mark! I have updated the article/title to reflect this!
I recently passed the
1300 1,500 day mark of using the Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘, and while I tend to think that any piece of gear that can survive 1200+ days of use should pretty much instantly qualify for a top pick piece of gear, I still reserve this award of mine for those items that make it this far and I expect to keep going strong and lasting a lot longer.
I initially posted an article on the wallet zip pouch after using it for 800+ days, back in June of 2015. Now, after another 500+ days of using it, I felt it was time to both post an update and give my ‘Top Pick‘ award to the Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘.
I cannot lie. I get sooooo tired of hearing people make comments about how DCF ‘is not durable‘. I will grant them that in a few, very few, applications, DCF (the fabric these pouches are made from) is not durable enough for the given use/application, but a generalized/blanket statement just shows ignorance and probably (usually) contempt towards it.
Honestly I did not expect to get the
1300+ days 1500+ days (4+ years) of use / survivability from the Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘ that I have gotten, but blimey if it has not survived and is showing no signs of giving up anytime soon.
Take a look at the pictures back in my 800+ days article, and compare them to the below photographs, for a great insight into just how durable DCF can be.
We are talking about a product that is used pretty much every single day. Going in and out of pockets. Thrown around. Dropped. Shoved. Pulled. Plastic credit cards shoved into it. I mean, no joke, I have never babied this thing. Not once.
The current price for the Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘ is $9.95
I pulled up my email receipt from when I bought mine, it cost me $9.95
Yep, same price. Zpacks has not increased the price on this product in the almost four years since they introduced it.
What Zpacks has changed is the size of the Wallet Zip Pouch.
Mine is 5.5″ wide x 2.5″ tall (14 cm x 6.3 cm)
Currently it is 4.25″ wide by 3″ tall (10.8 cm x 7.6 cm)
My guess is that Zpacks wanted to make it shorter, more along the size of what most plastic credit cards are.
I like having the extra width as it makes getting small stuff (like coins, tiny pens, etc) out of the pouch without having to dump out everything. Last year I was hiking with somebody and they had the smaller version with them, so I got to see it, and I played around with it for a brief moment, and it just felt like it was a bit too small. Could have just been because of my 3.5+ years of having the larger size pouch.
Here are some pictures of the pouch, showing both the outside and inside. Compare these to my pictures from 500+ days to see a great example of how well DCF can hold up to day after day after year after year of continual usage.
A very brief video I took:
Where To Buy:
The Wallet Zip Pouch can be purchased directly from their website at:
It is not often that I give a product my “Top Pick“, having only done it a few times over the years, and now that I have a fancy new logo I guess this is the first product that will have my new ‘Top Pick‘ logo it associated with it!
Like I said back in my original review of the Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘, there is not a whole lot to say about a wallet pouch, so forgive the lack of really hardcore substance in this article. More than anything this is an update status, within my “long term use reviews“, which is mostly what I am known for these days. I usually do them at the 1200 day mark, so I am ~100+ days late on getting this update out, but I figured I would go ahead and do it now, instead of waiting for the next mark, at 1500+ days, as I really do not see any reason that it will not be around in another 200’ish days. I suppose I/we will have to wait and see if it reaches the status of surviving until the 2,000 day mark.
Thanks for reading,
I am a member of #TeamZpacks, and while nobody is exactly sure what that means, I did purchase this product.