There are lots of products invented for another type of customer that eventually get co-opted by travelers. (Swiss Army knives, Tevas, trail runners, wicking clothing, and bandanas for a start.) Here’s a new one that could join those ranks: banjees wrist wallets from Sprigs.
The primary market for these banjees is fit women who need to have their apartment key and Starbucks card with them when they go out for their morning jog or power walk. Subtract the apres-cafe and that’s my wife, so I’ve had her trying this item out as she pounds the pavement in the neighborhood.
The verdict is that this is a pretty cool item that solves a simple problem in style. When it’s hot out, you don’t want to be wearing extra clothing, so this banjee keeps the essentials on your body without you having to wear something with pockets. She likes how these are stylish and allow some personality to shine through: they come in solid reflective colors, reversible polyspandex, eco designs from organic cotton, and more.
For the traveler, the benefits are more defense-oriented: keep a stash of cash in a place where nobody is looking. Who tries to pickpocket your wrist? I’m a big fan of money pouches that go inside your pants, but you still need to keep some ready cash somewhere else for bus fares, food stalls, and market bargaining. (The quickest way to lose your bargaining leverage is to pop out a money belt and start thumbing through giant banknotes.)
Plus there are times you want to keep your valuables locked up in a room while you go out clubbing or hitting beach bars. With one of these on you can still wear your cute skirt and t-shirt but have some money or a credit card on hand—in something that just looks like a fashion statement.
If you’re the type that needs to record your every move at night and share it as well, don’t worry: there’s a phone banjee too.