Wallets

Wallets keep our cards, IDs, cash, and other paper documents organized and nearby. The wallet itself might not be as important as what’s inside it, but it serves a critical purpose to protect these essential assets from damage and loss.

Right off the bat, there's a number of problems with carrying a big, traditional wallet. Because they're so big, you're probably keeping it in your rear pocket, where it's more likely to fall out. Even if you're lucky enough to avoid that nightmare, by sitting on your wallet, you're risking a needless potential spine injury. It's best to carry your wallet in your front pocket if you can, for your spine and security's sake.

I know some of you just hate the feeling of too much stuff in your pockets (although if you're on this site, maybe your definition of too much stuff is different than others). This is where minimalist wallets come in. By design, they fit better in your pocket and can even be a little restrictive at times, encouraging you to be more considered in what you actually keep in them. Traditional wallets with a ton of card slots make it so easy to overstuff them with cards you'll probably never use while you're out.

Wallets made from leather tend to be thicker, especially if they layer pieces of leather to create individual card slots, as all that material adds up. Leather does stretch a tiny bit, but not much. As a result, your wallet takes up a fixed amount of space in your pocket. If you carry only a few cards, you might end up with “wasted” or unused space in your wallet. If you carry lots, you might (irreversibly) stretch your wallet out or find storing and retrieving tight-fitting cards to be a hassle.

If your top priority is having the slimmest, most compact wallet possible, look into elastic wallets.


15 Slim Card Sleeve Wallets

Your wallet doesn't have to be the bulkiest thing in your EDC. But somehow, it's all too easy to let yours get out of control. Most of us only need an ID, a few cards, and maybe a bill or two to get through the day anyway. So if the only reason you're carrying that bulky wallet is to stuff it with Taco Bell receipts dating back to last March, it's time to switch things up. To keep things real slim, try a card sleeve wallet. They're easy to carry (front pocket or back), quickly accessible, and super light weight. Luckily, you've got plenty of options to choose from when it comes to a good EDC wallet. In this guide, we're highlighting 15 of our favorite card sleeve wallets out there.

Hitch & Timber Leather Goods

When you load up your pockets day in and day out with the same key essentials, it's easy for things to get a little messy. Even the some of the most popular EDC items like Swiss knives and space pens don't always come with pocket clips to keep things neat. The last thing you want is your pockets resembling the infamous junk drawer you've got lurking somewhere in your house: everything scattered about, bouncing around, and hard to find. More and more EDCers use pocket organizers to keep their essentials protected and organized in one fell swoop. Hitch & Timber make several gear caddies, wallets, and other leather goods like these, all designed to make your EDC much more manageable.

Take the Pocket Runt and Pocket Runt 2.0 for example. They keep a pocket pen and up to two small knives, Swiss army-style multi-tools, or flashlights bundled together. And it gets the job done with a simple, no-frills design: It's a fold of leather sewn up into a pocket with a mil-spec elastic band on the side. Consolidating your essentials into a single sleeve like this makes your pockets feel less cluttered while adding an extra layer of protection to both the pen and knife.

The larger 2.0 version holds everything for the knife-light-write combo that most people don't leave the house without. An integrated brass grommet even lets you attach a lanyard pull cord for easy retrieval right when you need your tools.

And chances are if you're carrying smaller gear or traditional knives that pair well with a caddy, you'd appreciate the same convenience for your wallet and notebook, too. Unlike the other wallet and pen/notebook holders out there, the Trucker’s Hitch is actually pocket friendly. That's because it's designed to accommodate a more manageable 2.5” x 4.25” notebook instead of the more common 3.5” x 5” varieties.

Inside, there’s a loop made from mil spec nylon to hold a small pocket pen (like the Fisher Bullet Pen or Kaweco Liliput) and a few pockets to carry all your cards and cash. The other half of the Trucker's Hitch houses a small notebook that's perfect for quick notes and lists on the go. Overall, it's an ideal grab-and-go solution for those who like to keep a pen and notebook nearby.

These leather goods are all crafted in the USA from materials sourced in the USA too, like Horween leather and mil-spec elastic webbing. You can check out the rest of Hitch & Timber's line of EDC gear at the link below.

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Zenlet 2 Quick Access Wallet

Looking for a unique way to carry cash and cards? Sometimes, you'll have to think outside the box. Zenlet, on the other hand, have been doing the opposite with great success. They've improved their original Red Dot Design Award-winning wallet and are back on Kickstarter with the new Zenlet 2 Quick Access Wallet. Unlike your traditional leather bifold, this minimalist wallet combines a sleek aluminum unibody enclosure with handy access and security features for your EDC.

The overall design of the Zenlet 2 looks more like a smartphone than a wallet, but it can store cards, cash, and small essentials in its rainproof enclosure. Dirt and splashes aren't the only thing the Zenlet 2 seals out either, as its stylish aluminum construction also protects against RFID theft. For more flexibility, you’ll also get a special sensing compartment. It's a slot meant for one contactless card (like a commuter smart card or RFID access card).

Thanks to a clever tilting mechanism, sliding open the top of the wallet reveals the cards inside. Then by pushing down the lid, the cards cascade out for easy selection. And if you’re picturing a big bulky piece of metal, think again. The Zenlet 2 and all its mechanisms measure only 11mm thick. For even less bulk you can opt for the even thinner Zenlet Al wallet, while the Zenlet 2+ offers a second horizontal sliding compartment for greater carrying capacity.

The campaign has already blown past its goal on Kickstarter, but if you’re interesting in securing one of these elegantly designed wallets for yourself there are still some early bird specials available. Learn more about all three Zenlet wallets by clicking the link below.

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8 Weatherproof Wallets for Everyday Carry

Water can be your best friend on a hot day. But it won't be so kind to your favorite EDC wallet, even if it's made with the best leather around. While build materials are important for any item in your EDC, you should also keep carry conditions in mind. For example, you don’t want your wallet bleeding dye into your pants or peeling apart after getting caught in a rainstorm. One way to make sure your cards and bills stay nice and dry is to pick up a quality weatherproof wallet.

In this guide we’ll go over a few options that won’t leave you peeling apart soggy bills.

Arceo Wallet

If you've got your wallet, spare change, a set of keys, and a couple of small tools to carry, cramming them all into your pocket isn't the best look. Since pocket space can be hard to come by, you could clean up your pocket situation with the help of a few accessories. For starters, you could carry a key organizer, gear caddy, and cash stash. Or you could carry the Arceo Wallet from Ronin Energetics to do it all. It's a versatile, modular wallet with a few tricks up its sleeve to store your most essential EDC items all in one place.

While it may look like another minimalist plate wallet, it sets itself apart with features that are as impactful as they are discreet. A standout example of this is a secret stash compartment built right into the frame of the wallet itself. The bottom of the wallet opens via a magnetic latch. Inside, a spring-loaded mechanism keeps its contents securely in place. It's handy for stashing anything from coins, wads of cash, your favorite loose EDC gear, or up to 14 cards right inside your wallet and out of sight.

On the outer edge of the wallet, a magnetic quick-release attachment post replaces your keychain. It works like a key organizer, letting you swivel out a couple of keys or other small gear with lanyard holes for easy access and a silent carry. The whole post detaches from the frame of the wallet and snaps back in magnetically for added convenience.

Of course, the Arceo Wallet handles cards and cash easily thanks to its fuller frame. The front plates in its sandwich construction work like card or cash pockets with cut-out windows and a staggered layout to identify and retrieve your cards at a glance. It's built to be tough for its weight, CNC machined out of high performance composites like G10 and carbon fiber that'll most likely fit the rest of your gear's aesthetic. Customize one to your liking at the Kickstarter campaign below.

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Fire Gear Wallet

"Firefighter James Love’s Black Helmet makes wallets from decommissioned protective bunker gear. Each one is handmade, and offers three card and cash slots, as well as..." (via TheAwesomer)

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5 Slim Wallets for Every Style of EDC

Few things in your EDC are as personal as your wallet, making them the perfect way to set the tone of rest of your gear's style. Our friends at Huckberry have an eye for that kinda thing — just take a look the goods they carry. We've curated five of their most popular wallets that'll take your EDC to the next level both in performance and in style, no matter what yours might be.

Wingback Cash Wallet

Carrying too much cash on you? Now that's a good problem to have. Still, finding a convenient way to store all the change you get back isn't so easy, especially if you're using an ultra slim wallet. That's why the small design studio Wingback took their successful EDC wallet back to the drawing board to develop the Wingback Cash Wallet. It's a minimalist take on a high-capacity trifold design, tailored specifically to your loose bills and cards without the bulk.

Through careful patterning and the right hardware, Wingback trimmed away the bulk that multiplies with every fold of a trifold wallet. Instead, bills wrap around the wallet itself on the inside for a lower profile. A CNC machined brass or stainless steel button fastener keeps it all secure (up to 20 bills, in different currencies too) while adding subtle contrast to an otherwise understated design. Opening just the outer fold lets you pull out one bill at a time too, for a painless way to get your cash.

Despite its name, the Cash Wallet handles cards just as well. You can store up to five of them in the dedicated card pocket, then access them from the top. For easier at-a-glance retrieval, you can fan the cards out in a cascading fashion.

Like previous Wingback Wallets, the Cash Wallet is crafted from the same thick, full-grain Italian veg tan leather that only gets better with time. Finishing details like hand-stitching, beveled and burnished edges, and inscription and color options give the wallet a one-of-a-kind polish. You can pledge for the Cash Wallet at its fully funded Kickstarter below.

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Have You Carried the Saddleback Leather ID Wallet?

When shopping for EDC gear, it seems like you can't make two clicks without running into a minimalist wallet. They're everywhere these days, in every material and configuration and style, and color you can think of. But this wasn't always the case. Before the age of metal plates and elastic bands, there were few options for trimming down your back pocket brick of a wallet. And while slim wallets did exist, few got it as right as Saddleback's iconic ID Wallet.

Bellroy Designers Edition Wallets

"Bellroy’s wares are already a cut above most others’. And Bellroy Designers Edition Wallets are a further cut above those, altogether not unlike their XO Barneys NY collection of recent past. The collection revamps a part of Bellroy’s existing range, including the Note Sleeve and Travel Wallet, while adding new ones — like a minimal card holder and a zip wallet — to the mix. Each product couples rich European leather to refined techniques that minimize stitchwork and smooth corners and edges for a luxurious yet minimal look. Shown in the first image is the Travel wallet in black, which has room for a passport, a myriad of cards, cash, and..." (via GearHungry)

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Edwin Plus Wallet

More often than not, simpler is better. And a minimalist wallet is a great way to slim down and simplify your carry (let’s be honest, you’re going to use that extra pocket space for more gear). The Edwin Plus Wallet is a hybrid money clip / one piece multitool, named after the inventor of the classic black binder clip. It clips onto your cards with the simplicity and ease of use of a binder clip, cutting bulk to a minimum. But that's not all — carefully placed cutouts in its frame add  useful tools to your wallet situation.

Packed into its all-steel body, you’ll find a bottle opener, flat and phillips head drivers, and several hex wrenches to make quick fixes on the go. The design allows you to easily access both cards and cash, with a quick-access slot on the back of the wallet for your most used card. The Edwin’s silhouette is no larger than a standard credit card, so you’ll barely notice it’s there.

The Edwin wallet is available in several colors, from low key black, grey and khaki to bright turquoise and white. You can pick one up for yourself via the link below.

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The 10 Best EDC Wallets in 2017

Phone, keys, and last but not least, wallet. Okay, you're good to go. 

Your wallet's one of those things you pat down your pockets for in the morning because you simply do not want to leave it behind. 

You can already imagine the headache that would ensue without it: no way to buy a snack to thwart midday hangriness, not being able to get on the train as part of your morning commute (which is stressful enough as it is), and so on.

Given how essential your money, IDs, and other cards are to just getting through the day, it really pays to have the best wallet you can get to carry them all.

A good everyday carry wallet has uniquely functional features, reliable materials, and—above all else—a slim profile. In this guide, we're highlighting 10 of the best EDC wallets that fit the bill.

Fantom Quick Access Wallet

"It’s not the first ultra-slim wallet to expose the cards within, but the Fantom Quick Access Wallet does do so in a novel way. Pull its lever with your thumb and all contained cards fan out, so you can quickly grab the right one or scan your RFID entry card or transit pass without removing it from your wallet. Fantom comes in three sizes — 7, 10 and 13 — each which hold up to their namesake number of cards and..." (via GearHungry)

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Ekster 2.0 Slim Trackable Wallet

"Many sleek wallets leave you shuffling through a stack of disordered cards, trying to find the right one; their lack of individual pockets (and thus organization) is what makes them slim. The Ekster 2.0 has a better solution: a pinky-activated switch that quickly flicks up all six contained cards in an accessible stepped fashion to get you the right one, stat. Both the Parliament and Senate Ekster feature this mechanism plus a cash strap and..." (via GearHungry)

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Dango Dapper Wallet

With the number of minimalist wallets on the market, it's the details that make one stand out for everyday carry. A little sleeker, a better use of materials, a bit more rugged but still lightweight. With Dango's Dapper wallet, it's all of these things and more.

Let's get it out of the way: the Dapper looks a lot like its minimalist peers. But where it's similar in appearance, it's unique in its execution. The Dapper uses a single piece of 6061 anodized aluminum for its main compartment, bolstered with an aluminum backplate. CNC machining lets Dango take off as much material as needed to keep the weight down, and lets them add in details like a lanyard hole and much smoother edges. Genuine leather makes up the main compartment, and holds up to 12 cards with a combination of a durable silicone band and mil-spec hex screws.

This combination of smooth metal and top grain leather gives the Dapper strength while remaining a pleasure to touch, which matters a lot for an EDC item you take out and use dozens of times a day. And with its choice of materials and construction you won't have to worry about leather warping out of place or nylon bands losing their grip. Ease of carry every day is a given, too, with the Dapper weighing a little over 2 ounces and maintaining a low profile just over 0.3” thick with 6 cards in tow.

With a fresh take on the usual aesthetic, the Dango Dapper wallet maximizes its traits in a sea of minimum innovation. Pick one up in two colors from Amazon at the link below.

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Hazard 4 Wafer Slim Tri-fold Security Wallet

It's hard to find a good EDC wallet for carrying both cash and coins. All too often, you'll have to sacrifice being able to carry money to get a slim, pocket-friendly wallet. But not always—take the Hazard 4 Wafer wallet, for example. It's a slim, uncompromising tri-fold design with dedicated space for carrying cards, cash, and coins.

Bills slot into the main compartment, and you can stash coins in the zippered internal mesh area. It also has room for three to four cards, and it has an external ID slot as well. This handy feature lets you flash your credentials without having to open your wallet.

The wallet's unique inclusion of a carabiner attachment point lets you attach your wallet to a belt loop or webbing so that you don't lose it. For even more security, you can clip it onto any straps or webbing your bag might have, then stash the wallet inside.

Made out of 1000D ballistic nylon, the Wafer is a wallet you can take anywhere. Its security features help keep it with you always. This is the perfect wallet for those of us who carry cash, coins, and cards every day. Pick one up for yourself and give it a go. The Hazard 4 Wafer is available in coyote and black at the Amazon link below.

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