When I first came across the Smart Wallets in Lezyne’s catalog, I thought that they were a neat idea. Designed to be loaded with a phone, ID, and money, the Smart Wallet is a tool case (the Loaded version comes with tools similar to those shown) that is meant to slip into a rider’s jersey pocket. Ever since mine arrived, it’s been in use- though not exactly as Lezyne intended. Read on to find out why…
For $40, the Smart Wallet Loaded seems well constructed and comes with a RAP-6 multi-tool, a pair of nice compact composite tire levers, and a small patch kit. Save a chain tool, that should address most roadside issues (though a chain tool is something that’s hard to fudge). The transparent ID pocket will help first responders figure out just who you are and the small neoprene pocket can easily handle a card and few bills.
Though the Smart Wallet’s Ziploc-style PVC phone pocket is a great idea, even my small-ish smartphone takes a bit of coercion to fit. This could be addressed with a less-sticky material, but anyone with a fancier/bigger phone will be out of luck. That and the lack of a chain tool had me quickly returning to my small saddle bag (which can also handle CO2 cartridges and a spare tube) for general road use.
Where the Smart Wallet ultimately found a happy home was in my commuter bag. Most messenger bags don’t really take tool storage into account- and many commuters don’t want to leave anything on their bikes during the day. For commuter use, the SmartWallet really is ideal. A medical and contact information card easily sits in the waterproof pocket and most adjustments and repairs can be handled with the addition of a pump. If the RAP-6 was replaced with a tool incorporating a chain tool (Lezyne make several), the Smart Wallet Loaded would be a great commuter or urban companion. As it sits, it’s a good start and should be an easy sell alongside commuting-oriented bikes.