The VIATOR GEAR Story:
“Viator” is Latin for traveler. VIATOR GEAR™! The company was founded on one premise, to offer a collection innovative travel accessories.
The VIATOR GEAR RFID ARMOR™ wallet was the brain child of two pro race car drivers, Nolan Wilson and Toby Grahovec, who travel the country on a weekly basis. This inspired them to become passionate about creating RIFD blocking products that protect their own personal information, as well as that of our customers.
We have been working relentlessly for the last 2 years on creating the ultimate RFID wallet. Since we travel extensively, protecting our secure information from identity theft has become a personal and professional passion. However, we were disappointed with the RFID travel products available on the market. They lacked in style, durability and functionality. As expert travelers, we wanted to create a minimalist and sophisticated wallet for our lifestyle on the go.
Our first goal was to find the most efficient yet thinnest RFID material available. This was because we wanted the lightest product that still had enough room to hold all of our cash, credit cards, hotel room keys, and travel membership cards. After finally obtaining a material that met our standards, we took on the challenging task of searching for a manufacturer based in the USA who would create our product, as it was important to us to help create jobs in our country. If it has a VIATOR GEAR™ tag, rest assured it is MADE IN THE USA. It is important to us to help keep jobs in the homeland. We were fortunate to find a manufacturer that also hires individuals with physical disabilities. We partnered with this manufacturer and are proud to have its employees, whom live with visual impairments, craft our RFID wallets.
Your support is essential in allowing us to take our prototype RFID products to the final stages of development. By doing so, you will also be supporting U.S. manufacturing and providing jobs to our fellow citizens living with physical disabilities.
Thank you for reading our story. We look forward to sharing our line of RFID products with you.
The VIATOR GEAR Team (Toby & Nolan)
What is RFID - Radio Frequency Identification?
Everyday that we leave our home we can be robbed of our credit/debit card and personal information without even knowing it. It’s the 21st century form of pickpocketing. Most of our credit, debit, I.D. cards and passports are now equipped with small microchips inside of them. These chips are constantly emitting a signal that contains YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION! The name for these microchips is RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), and they are the most popular and fastest growing form of cards used by banking institutions worldwide. With a small handheld device, thieves can easily capture your information anywhere from within a relatively close range.
The solution is simple: Stop the signal from escaping your billfold.
Check out this video of Adam Savage from Mythbusters explaining why Mythbusters is not allowed to do a show about how vulnerable RFID Credit cards are to hack:
How did we develop our VIATOR GEAR RFID ARMOR™ technology?
Through years of research and U.S./European military technology, VIATOR GEAR™ has created the ultimate RFID BLOCKING wallet. Our unique billfold contains a highly advanced fabric inside of it to PREVENT the signal of these cards from ever leaving your wallet. This European certified fabric is called VIATOR GEAR RFID ARMOR™. It is an Italian made fabric used by the United States/European Militaries and U.S. Presidential office to protect their communication signals. It is the ultimate barrier to prevent the interception of your personal and financial information by criminals.
Why should I purchase this wallet over other RFID blocking products on the market?
Our material is used by the U.S./European Militaries and by the President of the United States for protection of their communications and signals. RFID ARMOR is currently used in key U.S. military equipment, fighter jets and communication tents. When traveling abroad or for top secret communications, the President of the United States and Staff use a tent comprised of RFID ARMOR to keep conversations and signals confidential.
The New York Times just released an article demonstrating how the President of The United States uses the technology available in our wallets!
In addition to supporting US manufacturing jobs, your donation will directly help employ people with disabilities, as our products are made by individuals with visual impairments.
What is the advantage of purchasing this wallet through Kickstarter?
By supporting our Kickstarter project, you will receive our products at deep discount. Once our VIATOR GEAR RFID ARMOR™ Wallet Series are manufactured, the rip-stop wallets will retail for $60.
What do I need to know about this wallet?
Proudly handcrafted in the United States of America, these refined wallets are comprised of Italian made fabric, a complex blend of Rip Stop Nylon and Super Bondcote materials. Unlike many other wallet manufacturers who use cardboard or paper "filler" inside their wallets for support, VIATOR GEAR uses a high tenacity nylon. This high strength sheet of tightly woven fibers provides a strong and well balanced frame, yet allowing a razor thin design. Our high strength components are double and triple stitched for strength. The VIATOR GEAR RFID ARMOR™ Wallet contains 6 horizontal pockets and 2 vertical pockets for organization. Offered in 6 unique color combinations, we are sure that we have created an ARMOR wallet that will speak to your personality and taste.
Wallet drop test:
Check out CEO Nolan Wilson performing the VIATOR GEAR RFID Armor wallet drop test from a roof top.
Risks and challenges
We are fortunate enough to only have the obstacle of possible manufacturing time line delays due to a "first run" production. However, the possibility that this will happen is quite small. In event there is a delay, we will notify all whom have made a contribution order and ship the product immediately upon receipt. The VIATOR GEAR™ Team has protocols in place for mass production and expedited shipping upon completion of our quality control team. In other words, this hot little wallet will be in your hands in no time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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