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Backslider Wallets are super thin,small enough for a front pocket to fit the stylish and active lifestyles with optional RFID blocking.
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What is a Backslider?

Compact Design
Compact Design

A Backslider is a sleek super thin rugged wallet that is designed around the idea that wallets should fit better in our pockets and the things that go in them. 

IT HAS AN OPTION TO HAVE RFID BLOCKING BUILT IN TO PROTECT YOUR CREDIT CARDS FROM SKIMMING. 

Why are wallets so much larger and thicker than the items they carry? When designing the Backslider I wanted to remove all that wasn't essential. The pockets for the credit cards should be nearly the size of a credit card and the cash sleeve should be as small as possible but large enough to easily store your dollar bills. Everything else is eliminated.

How thin are these Backsliders?  

Backslider Dimensions Empty = 3 ⅞” x 3” x ⅛”

Backslider Euro Dimensions Empty = 3 ⅞” x 3 ⅛” x ⅛”

Yes it's that thin!
Yes it's that thin!
8 Cards 6 Bills
8 Cards 6 Bills

Searching for that wallet that you are going to carry your credit cards and money in is sometimes a challenge. It needs to be functional and comfortable in whichever pocket you choose. I carry my Backslider in my front pocket. For years I had a big 'ol back pocket wallet that left me sore and lopsided. I wouldn't even touch a tri-fold!  Man, that's is a brick from the start. I received a thin wallet as a gift. It was made from kite Nylon. It was forward thinking and a step in the right direction but it was very flimsy. Often times I would pull it out and cards would fall out.  It was limp in my hands, it had no integrity.

Media Mentions

http://www.rssnews.co/news/backslider-the-super-slim-antisurveillance-rfid-blocking-wallet

http://www.photographicnews.com/?news=backslider-the-super-slim-anti-surveillance-rfid-blocking-wallet

http://www.unfinishedman.com/backslider-super-slim-anti-surveillance-rfid-blocking-wallet/

http://www.encorepub.com/welcome/live-local-live-small-145/

https://twitter.com/tranquilotravel/status/398909790694277120

http://coolpile.com/tag/rfid/

http://www.nfcip.org/news/rfid-%E2%80%93-old-school-technology%E2%80%A6new-school-applications-900lbs

http://coolpile.com/gear-magazine/backslider-gear-minimalistic-wallet/

http://thetattooedtype.blogspot.com/2012/02/review-giveaway-swartbacksliders.html

http://gentlemint.com/tack/189395/

http://fancy.com/things/482843500862250233/Backslider-Gear-Minimalistic-Wallet

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swart-Amplifier-Co/119181031432476

Comments from folks who've tried Backsliders

Great wallet. Very nice wallet. Excellent wallet! Nice well made wallet! Awesome wallet! Definitely asked where I got it frequently Very cool wallet. Sweet wallet.  É Muito Legal! É demais! I love it.      Best of the sail cloth wallets. exceptional build quality, Telling everyone about it. Constant compliments. Excellent. Awesome. Loved the wallet! Beautiful and awesome. Unique and quality wallet.  BEST WALLET EVER. This is the best wallet ever. While I bought for thinness, have many compliments. super awesome.   Neat minimalist wallet. Thing weighs nearly nothing.  COOL WALLET!!! AWESOME WALLET!!! Handmade awesomeness  Cool wallet! Love IT! Excellent workmanship and slim low profile design. Perfetto. Buona qualità. LOVE IT! Just as the description says: minimalist. My daily wallet now. In 2 days I've already had 5 compliments. Have received many compliments on this wallet, it's perfectly slim and very durable. BUYING THIS WAS THE BEST INVESTMENT AND BUYING EXPERIENCE I HAVE HAD ONLINE!! I FULLY RECOMMEND!! 

The Backslider improves your health. 

 My family Chiropractor endorsed the Backslider: Alan, I support your BackSlider wallets. There is nothing worse for a man's spine than to be sitting on a fat wallet all day. The postural imbalance it causes in the lumbo-pelvic spine is unwarranted and leads to pain and possible degeneration. Your wallets are slender and hardly noticeable. Kudos for designing a more ergonomically responsible wallet and as a bonus, I love the re-purposed materials you use, especially the sailcloth. 

Sincerely, Dr. Rick Essman, Chiropractor 

 GREAT VEGAN WALLET ALTERNATIVE, GOOD FOR STYLE, EVERYDAY SPORT, IN THE OFFICE OR IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.

Origins of a Backslider

Early Material included Tape, Staples, dog food bags.
Early Material included Tape, Staples, dog food bags.

Early versions of the backslider included using material like tape, staples, chicken feed bags, rice bags. I made paper models with different card orientations. All resulted in probably 10 iteration until I came across the high tech Kevlar sail clothe I now use.

I brought one of my early model wallets to Nicaragua. I had used sail tape to hold it together.  In the heat of Managua it literally melted at the seams, it fell apart.  It’s funny looking back at the experience. Using the Backslider in Europe brought out another aspect to consider. British Pounds and the Euros are wider than our US currency. Considering the dimensions of Euros and British Pounds I decided to change the axis that the wallet was folded on.  This creates a slightly shorter wallet when open but deep enough to accommodate Euros bills up to 100 Euros in size.

Folding templates and my wife Christmas present I never let her use (sewing machine)
Folding templates and my wife Christmas present I never let her use (sewing machine)

Each new wallet was tested and critiqued by yours truly. I finally arrived at a process of cutting materials, folding the materials in several steps almost like origami then finally sewing them. Refining the card orientation and number of card pockets brought me to the simplest current version. Two card slots and one cash sleeve.

Master Backslider at the Machine
Master Backslider at the Machine

Finally, the first two backsliders not sewn by me. Counter samples from my North Carolina manufacturer and a basic retail mockup of packaging.

First two counter samples of Backsliders!
First two counter samples of Backsliders!

Who should Use a Backslider

Everyone, OK, those of you who appreciate a thin simple wallet or want to move in that direction but don't want to give up the convenience of a full length cash sleeve.  Backsliders are designed knowing the size of the items that go into them.  Backsliders and Backslider Euros will easily accommodate 10 credit cards.   Backsliders are thinner and the smallest option on the market, thinner than most options with RFID blocking as an option to protect your contact-less credit cards.

Many thanks to Dave at OnThreeVideo for their assistance with the Kickstarter Videos

I want to thank Wm. Fridrich from Fridrich Designs for permission to use, "Stealth" and other amazing photos of the Backslider wallet on this page.

Finally, many thanks to all my friends and family for their love and support and for appearing in the B-roll video "second video" and thanks to Folks Cafe for their support during the filming of our video. 

Your support is for:

I will be using funds from supporters for buying materials in bulk, placing a minimum order at our manufacturer here in North Carolina.  Shipping materials.

Risks and challenges

Working with the materials supplier, product manufacturer, and finally processing shipments to all of our backers. Coordinating each step to ensure smooth transitions till final delivery to our backers.

Prior to making wallets I owned and managed a couple of coffee shops, coordinated green coffee shipments, fresh roasted coffee whole sale distributions as well as kept on top of all retail operations while working as a bilingual social worker.

I look forward to making this dream come true and sharing my wallet designs with you.

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    A Sincere Thank you written by Stella (my 5 years old daughter) on the back of an individually numbered original Backslider business card typeset and printed in Nicaragua.

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    One (1) Backslider Card Holder with RFID Blocking IN BLACK,YELLOW OR WHITE, stash the cash on one side and cards on the other. Just like the wallet even smaller.

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    One (1) RFID Blocking Black, Yellow, or White Backslider Wallet designed for US currency or One (1) RFID Blocking Black, Yellow, or White Backslider Euro designed for Euros and British Pounds.

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    A Backslider Premium Pack: Backslider Original in each of the three colors with or without RFID Blocking. Your choice of US Currency or Euro Style. Oh and a two week customized tour of Nicaragua to your interest, coffee farms tours, cloud forest hiking, cigar manufacture tours, colonial city tour, volcano hiking, beaches, canopy tours. You name it and it will happen. Airfare included from USA.

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