The 10 Best Chain Wallets

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in April of 2020. Every so often fashion and practicality coincide, and chain wallets, with their security benefits and connection with rebellious subcultures, are a good example of this. Popularized by biker gangs in the ‘50s, the punk movement in the ‘70s, and then adopted by the grunge and skater scenes from the ‘90s to the 2000s, this is one accessory that continues to transcend genres to the present day. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. CTM Crazy Horse

2. Harley-Davidson B&S Biker

3. Pacsafe RFIDsafe Z100

Editor's Notes

May 12, 2020:

Losing your wallet is both inconvenient and frustrating, and a chain wallet that is attached to your person adds an element of security to prevent this from happening. They are also widely seen as fashion accessories and have remained so ever since they first found prevalence during the bikers’ heyday of the 1950s.

The wallets in this ranking are mostly made of leather, but there is variance in the quality, and in this case, they are categorized as either “genuine leather” or “top grain leather”. Most wallets, including the Harley-Davidson B&S Biker, and the Harley-Davidson Skull Biker, are made of genuine leather, which is slightly lower in quality as it is created from several bonded layers that are then colored to give a uniform appearance.

Top grain leather, on the other hand, is created by splitting full-grain leather and processing it to remove impurities. This is the leather used in the F&L Classic Vintage Biker and the F&L Classic Trifold Cowhide, which is slightly more robust than its genuine leather counterpart. Both materials are well-suited to wallet manufacture, and a buyer’s decision largely comes down to the type of finish they favor and the style they prefer.

Another consideration is whether you wish to purchase a wallet with RFID blocking protection. This is a relatively new innovation that prevents radio-frequency identification technology from stealing the data associated with your credit cards. These wallets include the Utreers Minimalist RFID, Pacsafe RFIDsafe Z100, and the CTM Crazy Horse, all of which protect you from credit card fraudsters and help keep your financial security intact.

4. F&L Classic Vintage Biker

5. Harley-Davidson Skull Biker

6. F&L Classic Trifold Cowhide

7. Levi's Men's Sleek and Slim

8. Utreers Minimalist RFID

9. Dickies Men's Trifold

10. Contacts Men's Bifold

Christopher Thomas
Last updated by Christopher Thomas

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