Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch’, 6+ Years of Daily Use!


Greetings Adventurers!

The Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘ is now officially receiving my “Top Pick” gear award!

Update, June 2019: I have now passed the 6 years of use mark. I have updated the article/title to reflect this!

Update, January 2018: I have now passed the 2,000 days of use mark! I have updated the article/title to reflect this!

Update, October 2017: I have now passed the 1,500 days of use mark! I have updated the article/title to reflect this!

I initially posted an article on the wallet zip pouch after using it for 800+ days, back in June of 2015. I have since given my ‘Top Pick‘ award to the Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘.


I cannot lie. I get sooooo tired of hearing people make comments about how Cuben Fiber ‘is not durable‘. I will grant them that in a few, very few, applications, Cuben Fiber (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) 2000+ days (5+ 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:

In Closing:

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. (update: 2000+ days and it is still looking the same as it did when I took the pictures on this past, 1200+ days ago!)

Thanks for reading,

+John Abela

I am a member of #TeamZpacks, and while nobody is exactly sure what that means, I did purchase this product. This article may contain affiliate/associate referral tags.

4 thoughts on “Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch’, 6+ Years of Daily Use!

  1. I haven’t been using this material anywhere near as long, but i agree it seems very tough / durable – any idea what situations produced the bad reputation?

    1. I haven’t had my Zpacks pouch as long as John has, but mine also shows no signs of wear.

      I think the bad reputation of DCF in some circles has to be considered in the light of the fact that there are several different thicknesses of DCF used by Zpacks and other manufacturers.

      These pouches are made from 2.92 oz/sq yd DCF which is the same thickness as Zpacks use for their backpacks. They make their bear bags from 1.43 oz/sq yd DCF, the floors of their tents and their dry bags from 1.0 oz/sq yd DCF, and the tent canopies from either 0.51, 0.67 or 0.74 oz/sq yd fabric. Stuff sacks are made from the thinner 0.51 oz/sq yd fabric too.

      Looking at a couple of other manufacturers, Mountain Laurel Designs use 3.5 oz/sq yd DCF for their backpacks, while Hyperlite Mountain Gear use both 3.5 oz/sq yd and 5.0 oz/sq yd depending on whether you buy the white or black version of their packs.

      Some of the criticisms I have found online relate to the thinner Zpacks tent canopies being punctured by twigs or even by heavy hailstones. I have also seen some accounts of the stuff sacks wearing out over time as well. This suggests to me that the 0.51 oz fabric is a little fragile and needs careful looking after. There are also some accounts of the floors of tents being punctured by thorns, but this is probably no more or less likely than any other material I would imagine. Even 40D nylon can get punctured by a large desert thorn on occasion.

      With the heavy duty DCF used in the Zpacks backpacks and pouches, the main criticism seems to be from packs wearing out over time due to abrasion. I imagine this would be more noticeable on the backpacks than the pouches as the pouches are inside something else most of the time.

      I think I would be happy to have a backpack made from the same thickness of DCF as the pouch I already have (or a thicker version), but I would probably make a bit of an effort to avoid dragging it on the ground or scraping it against rocks. I note that Zpacks cover their backpacks with an extra layer of 50D polyester, and Mountain Laurel Designs put Dyneema-reinforced Nylon (DyneemaX) at points that are most likely to rub against things. This is probably to help address any abrasion issue.

      As far as the Zpacks tents are concerned, I would probably go with the thickest 0.74 oz fabric option if I suspected I was going to be using it in more extreme conditions. The thickest option is only $15 more and 51g heavier than the thinnest one so it seems like a good trade-off for extra peace of mind. IF weight is your primary concern then get the thinner one but be prepared to look after it more carefully and to have a need to repair it on occasion.

  2. I have several of these pouches; wallet, point and shoot camera, and Kindle sized. What can you say about a pouch? They’re durable and they do the job . . . excellent product

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