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Vanquest Vault and Cache RFID-Blocking Security Wallets

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Everyone needs a good wallet. Some people like the traditional bi-fold ones and others like something smaller that might fit in a front pocket. I used to have a wallet that fit in my back pocket.  Over time I had issues with the wallet just not fitting right in my back pocket and switched up to a smaller one that fit just right in my front pocket. I had an opportunity to review Vanquest products and I choose to go with a wallet this time.  I chose to review their Vault (MSRP $15.99) and Cache (MSRP $20.99) wallets in Wolf Gray (other colors available are Black, Coyote Tan and MultiCam Black).

The Vault is a small bi-fold wallet that fits just right in your front pocket measuring only 5.5″ x 4.25″ (open), 2.75″ x 4.25″ (closed).  Vanquest has updated the Vault in 2019 to be lighter in weight and now has uses a thinner RFID blocking fabric. The Vault has three pockets for you to use.  Opening the wallet up you see a clear plastic pocket that is just perfect for your drivers license or photo ID.  Me, I have the two challenge coins that I have kept with me for years and I put them there so I can see them every time I open up my wallet.  On the other side is a pretty large pocket that I am able to keep my ID’s, credit cards and other cards that I need to have on me.  In all I have 11 cards inside that pocket and the fit just fine.  The 1000-D Codura fabric holds the cards in tight and the wallet still has enough flexibility in it to select the right card that is sometimes in the middle of the pack. On the outside is a pocket that I find is just perfect to hold my cash in it.  It is a open pocket that you can also use for credit cards or whatever you need to access without having to open the bi-fold wallet for.  I really like the Vault wallet and I replaced old front pocket wallet with this one.

Now, for those that like a larger traditional looking bi-fold wallet, Vanquest has the Cache.  As with the Vault, Vanquest updated the Cache to now be lighter weight, a thinner RFID blocking fabric and in addition the Cache now has a spare key holder.  After you open up your Cache wallet you will see that there are 4 pockets to insert your cards and ID’s.  2 of them are clear plastic so you can view your ID or card easily.  The other 2 are covered to keep your items out of sight.  The Cache opens up like a traditional bill fold wallet for you to have a place to hold your cash or receipts your acquire during you daily routine.  The bill fold area is very generous and has the area to hold more cash then I usually carry. I was impressed not only with how easy it was to store my cards with easy use with the Cache, but how comfortable the wallet was in my back pocket.  Some wallets are really stiff and just do not fit well when sitting down.  The Cache feels great.  The Cache has the feasibility to conform to your backside when your sit and made carrying in my back pocket while sitting down for a long period of time effortless.

Both wallets are lined with a thin liner that blocks RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips that are in some credit cards and security cards.  I tried the one card that I have that is RFID and it did not register while I swiped/held it over the card reader at Whole Foods.  I take that as a win, the card was not read and kept its integrity safe.  I did take my Vault wallet on vacation and tried it with a RFID room key at the hotel I was staying at and it did not work.  From what I learned researching this, I found that some security keys have a stronger identification signal then others.  This would explain why the Vault did not work for met that time.

Vanquest uses 1000-D military grade Codura fabric in the construction of the Valult and Cache (500-D for the MulitCam Black ones).  The edges are double stitched for durability.  Each wallet also has been treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) to make the wallets water resistant. I held my Cache wallet under the faucet for a couple minutes and surprisingly no water soaked through to the bill fold area.  Same with the Vault, this time I used the outside pocket that I keep cash in.

If your shopping for a new wallet or looking to give an excellent wallet to someone for a gift for someone make Vanquest’s Vault or Cache wallet the one to give.  If you like a traditional one go with the Cache or if you like to keep your wallet to a minimum then the Vault is just for you.  I would suggest get one of each!  That way your covered for every extreme…….   The construction, water resistance, comfortable fit in your pocket, color choices and RFID protection alone are enough to make this the gift to give and the wallets to own!

VAULT

Specs & Features

  • Net Weight: 0.7 oz | 19.8 gram
  • 5″ x 4.25″ (open), 2.75″ x 4.25″ (closed)
  • RFID-blocking security feature prevents unauthorized access to personal data stored in RFID chips found in your credit cards, security cards, and passports
  • Ultra-thin 3-slot design that holds up to 15-18 cards, and a few folded cash bills.
  • Materials: 1,000-D Military-grade CORDURA® fabric with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating
  • Genuine MultiCam-Black ® Cordura by Crye Precision™
  • VANQUEST RFID-blocking composite fabric effective for High-Frequency 13.56 KHz RFID system
  • High-visibility, lightweight & moisture resistant 210-D Ripstop nylon interior lining

CACHE

Specs & Features

  • Net Weight: 1.2 oz | 34 grams
  • 8″ (H) x 5.4″ (W) open, 4″ (H) x 5.4″ (W) closed
  • RFID-blocking security feature prevents unauthorized access to personal data stored in RFID chips found in your credit cards, security cards, and passports
  • Ultra-thin 4-slot design that holds up to 20 cards
  • “Spare Key” holder for a spare key
  • Ripstop cash pocket for bills and receipts
  • Materials: 1,000-D Military-grade CORDURA® fabric with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating
  • Genuine MultiCam-Black ® Cordura by Crye Precision™
  • VANQUEST RFID-blocking composite fabric effective for High-Frequency 13.56 KHz RFID system
  • High-visibility, lightweight & moisture resistant 210-D Ripstop nylon interior lining

Point scale is for both of the Vanquest Vault and Cache walllets.

Cost:               5/5

Comfort:         5/5

Durability:      5/5

Functionality: 5/5

Weight:           5/5

Total:              25/25

Overall Rating:  Excellent.  Highly recommended.

The scale is defined as:

Poor/Unacceptable: Worse than expected, or desirable: of a low or inferior standard or quality.

Fair:  In conformity with reasonable expectations, but in comparison to competitors it may be deficient.

Average:  Common item; item neither lacks from or is superior than a competitors item.

Good:  The item is desirable and has qualities that excel in comparison to a competitors item.

Excellent:  Outstanding, possesses superior quality remarkably good.

Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so that I could test it and give my honest feedback.  I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review.  All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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Vanquest

Vault and Cache RFID-Blocking Security Wallets

By: David Holzinger

Photos by: Grace Holzinger

 

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