Have you ever been on a search for something, and when you finally found it was so darn excited you did the happy dance all by yourself?
Since my first digital camera (which I think was wood burning) I have been looking for "just the right" storage device to hold my memory cards and would be embarrassed to tell you how many different card holders I have tried and how much money I have spent in the process (for fear my wife might find out).
About 10 days ago I got a package from the kind folks at Hakuba USA who sent me one of their digital media storage devices and it was love at first site. That love grew even deeper when I started using it.
There are about 10 products waiting for review on this blog but I was so enamored with this memory card wallet that I bumped it to the front of the line.
To test it I have 1) kept it in my back pocket for the entire day (and "tiny" has never been my nick-name), 2) dropped it down a flight of stairs several times, 3) thrown it across the driveway, and 4) dropped it about 10 feet onto concrete surface (all on purpose of course) and it survived my "testing" beautifully.
Not once did the case even pop open.
Of the card cases I have use in the past, they all have had the hinge or clasp (sometimes both) that were separate components attached to the case and after extended use (certainly not abuse) they would either fail or miss-align and I would end up keeping the case closed with a rubber band. Pretty fancy shmancy for a big wig photographer.
The outer case from Hakuba is one solid/contagious piece with a simple but very effective design and made from an extremely rugged material.
But wait, there's more, you can get them at places like Adorama for just under $12. That is a small price to pay for such outstanding protection.
Most photographers I know want the best protection they can get for their media cards and this "armored wallet" is it.