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Outsmart Pickpockets with Banjees Wrist Wallets (& Giveaway!)

There’s countless ways to protect your valuables. In the past I’ve reviewed one way and today I want to introduce you to one of my favorites.   Banjees Wrist Wallets by Sprigs. What these are, are well-designed wrist wallets. They’re stylish enough to not appear like much more than an fashion accessory, but they’re built to be wallets which can store anything from credit cards, money, keys and a cellphone.

Avoiding Pickpockets with Banjees Wrist Wallets

 Unless I’m going someplace very cosmopolitan, I don’t like to attract attention to myself or belongings.

I’ve been a longtime fan of these wrist wallets.  The first country I used it in was India and Nepal and on that trip in 2008, where a pickpocket attempted to go into my backpack to get valuables.  Luckily, my wallet was on my wrist!  Ever since that trip, I always pack my wrist wallet with me. I especially love it for  haggling and markets because I want quick access to my change purse and money and a credit card. In fact, you’ve already seen it in a couple of my videos.

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banjees wrist wallets & giveaway

I like them a lot,  but unfortunately, you can’t find them in a lot of stores, so when I was in New York City, I went to my favorite sporting goods store, Paragon and bought their Classic version.  The only way to get more styles is to order them online. So I asked Banjees if they’d let me test drive some of their newer designs.

Keep watching and at the end I’ll tell you how you can win one off my site.

I’m reviewing three of their designs: the Classic Wrist Wallet, two Double Pockets Wrist Wallets and a Touch Phone Wrist Wallet.

Classic Banjees

The classic is my all-time favorite.  It’s simple, got a reversible design so you can wear them with two color styles.   They have one zippered pocket.   Aside from using them as a wallet and coin purse, I also discovered I can go swimming with them and this is perfect when you’re going to the beach and have no one to watch your belongings.  You can easily put your keys and some money  in it.

It holds money, some coins, keys and credit cards.

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Bangees Classic Wrist Wallets

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Wearing my Banjees while swimming

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2 Pocket Banjees

 The 2 Pocket Banjees are the next one that’s my favorite because it has two pockets– a zippered pocket and one with a secure front fold.  You can fit your iPhone in it and string earbuds to it.  This is ideal for gym workouts, but perfect for travel too.  While my Unlocked iPhone 5C fits snugly in it, I actually like carrying my phone in a wallet case, which is large, bulky and doesn’t fit in the wallet unless I remove it (hence, extra effort I don’t have patience for!). So I don’t really use my wrist wallets for carrying my mobile phone, though I love the option, especially for gym workouts, when I do use it for my phone.

Bangees Wrist Wallets

Bangees Double Pocket Wrist Wallets

The 2 Pocket Banjees style comes in two sizes– a 2 Pocket size and a Large 2 Pocket size that fits larger phones like the iPhone 6.  I don’t have the iPhone 6 but its only a little bigger than the standard double pocket one and it comes in this Melange design. I like this size because I feel like it gives me more room to store things.

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Banjees Wrist Wallets

Comparison between the Large 2 Pocket vs Classic

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Touch Mesh Banjees

Lastly, is the idea behind the Touch Mesh Banjees is that you can use your iPhone through your wrist wallet.  There’s only one pocket and it’s front is mesh, enabling you to see your phone. The one flaw in this is that when I took it jogging during direct daylight. In sunlight, I can’t even see my phone’s screen or any LCD screen, so for it to be covered by a mesh only ensures I can’t see it even more.  I filmed this video around noon so the sun was directly overhead.

However, when you’re indoors or when the sun is not direct or bright the Touch wrist wallet works perfectly .  You can navigate your phone and access apps through the mesh cloth.

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Banjees Touch Mesh Wrist Wallet

So I hope you enjoyed that review.  I’ll be holding a drawing and a lucky three people will get a Banjees of their choice, so click on the link in my description box for more details.  If you did, give me a thumbs up,,,,,subscribe to my channel.

Want to buy one? You can get them on Amazon here.
Official Sprigs website here.

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Banjees Wrist Wallets review giveaway

Banjees Wrist Wallets review giveaway

Contest Giveaway Details

ELIGIBILITY:

Open to U.S. residents only. (Sorry)

ENTRY DATES/TIMES:

The contest giveaway runs twelve days, from September 25th, 2015 to October 7, 2013 PST Hawaii.

PRIZE:

Three winners will have their choice of ** Sprigswear Banjees Wrist Wallet** from the _2015 Summer Collection_ . Color, size and style is your choice.

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25 Comments

  1. DJ says:

    Very neat! I would use it when running.

  2. MarRob says:

    I think these would be great for the beach. It’s always a risk leaving your stuff on land while your in the water.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Yes! That was a recent discovery I loved. Leaving our valuables on the beach is always a stressful notion.

  3. Monica says:

    I usually just use the method my grandma taught me…money in the bra lol. But things get awkward quick when it’s time to pay!

  4. CJ says:

    Actually, I’ve always just used had a small purse I can carry in front of me with inside zippers. I’ve seen things geared toward travelers but they usual seem cumbersome. But this is pretty genius and easy to use, not a hassle, and doesn’t attract attention, which is the main thing when it comes to security.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @CJ: I’ve tried a tiny purse wallet around my neck inside my clothes. It’s definitely a good working idea too!

  5. wahine014 says:

    Very creative idea! Need to think of something else besides a purse when traveling. Use a backpack, packed on me in reverse. Not always safe when walking down stairs, but helps keep other away from me. I have tried the body pockets, but have difficulty getting money or stuff out without looking awkward or needing to find a dressing room.
    Thanks for all the ideas!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      I do the reverse backpack thing too and still do. For me, it becomes problematic if I have to use a squat toilet. 😉

  6. Tramond Roper says:

    I use a safe.

  7. Kathryn says:

    What a great product! I am a huge fan of keeping everything compact and accessible especially when I’m traveling around Japan and using my IC card to get on trains. The ability to have everything right on your wrist! I can see why you are such a huge fan of this. I would love to give it a try!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Kat: What I used to do in Korea was get a cellphone notebook wallet, that stores credit cards and stuff. Korea was really awesome in that their card readers read them right through your wallet and purse.

  8. JC says:

    I would use the wrist wallet to store my credit card, id, and cash during my first solo travel abroad. ;D

  9. Tammy Horn says:

    I am almost always with my husband while we are out, and I always have him carry my ID, because I hate carrying a purse. I would use a Banjees wrist wallet to keep my ID and money so hubby doesn’t have to.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Tammy: This would be perfect for that! =) They could call it the hubby proof version.

  10. mindoe says:

    We love the pacsafe bag cage to lock up our valuables in our bag!

    The wrist wallets seem awesome! I would love to have one for money and cards when traveling. Much better than wearing a purse too! Also, they look awesome for running!

  11. Renee Hifumi says:

    I would use the wrist wallet for when I go for a walk or go to the beach. This looks so much more swaggier than my fanny pack. Yes, I still use a fanny pack!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Renee: I still think fanny packs less obvious than a purse and you can always pull your shirt, sweater over them to keep people from attempting to pickpocket you. Crew folks use them! =)

  12. Erin Ellis says:

    How awesome! I just stuff things in my pockets or lock them in my trunk.

  13. Oliver Casey says:

    Seems like a good idea considering how common pick pocketing, one time while I was on a packed bus in Mexico I felt someone’s hand in my back pocket but luckily I had nothing on me.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Yikes, that’s freaky @Oliver. Yes, I feel pickpockets have their standard targets. The wrist is seldom among them.

  14. Tuwana Vining says:

    I would use Banjees wrist wallet to keep my money and music with me at all times. I really hate carrying a purse so a wrist wallet seems very convenient.

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