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.

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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Walter Wallet

In a crowded market of minimalist wallets, too many designs try to stand out with gimmicks, bells, and whistles. But most of the time, all you really want is a wallet that's simple and efficient. If you take one look at the Walter Wallet, it may not look the flashiest. That's because all its functionality—from quick card retrieval to cascading organization—hides discreetly in its sleek, minimalist design.

Its patented “stack and slide” system is what lets the Walter Wallet get so slim without sacrificing functionality. Instead of using bulky extra material to make dedicated card slots and internal pockets, the wallet organizes up to 7 of your cards into a cascading stack for easy retrieval. You can fan out your cards this way either by pushing the entire deck of cards with your thumb through the bottom thumb slot, or give the wallet a quick flick of the wrist, and let gravity do the rest. No levers, magnets, or ribbon tabs here. And by keeping your most frequently used card at the top of the deck, you can also use the thumb slot to slide out that single card for quick access. On the back side of the wallet, you'll find another slot for stashing twice folded bills.

This updated Walter Wallet also comes with customer feedback-driven improvements, like increased durability thanks to its slightly thicker build and screwed back construction. It's still made with fully recyclable plastic in 6 colors, making it a worthwhile non-leather wallet option. The Walter Wallet also comes in a raw aluminum version for even more lightweight durability and added RFID protection as well.

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Pelican Sport Wallet

Let's face it: even if your wallet's made from the hide of the finest cattle or from the rarest exotic metal on the planet, it doesn't mean a thing if your cards and cash aren't protected. Rain, dust, dropping your wallet into a puddle of mud—the horrible possibilities are endless. If you often find yourself in situations where your essentials could take a beating, then what you need is a wallet that can beat right back, like Pelican's incredibly rugged Sport Wallet.

Yes, Pelican—the same brand that makes the indestructible padded cases and flashlights you're familiar with. The Sport Wallet is designed to be rigid, crushproof, and at just 0.85” thin, EDC-friendly. That's good news for your currency and smaller essentials that need the extra protection like a first aid kit or extra SD cards. You can organize it all using the wallet's pair of mesh pockets, securing your belongings while still making them easy to retrieve.

Like most Pelican cases, the Sport Wallet latches shut and secures with an IP 54 rating, meaning its contents are safe from sweat or spray. No need to move all your stuff to a dry bag or leave anything at home when you're out and about. And while the Sport Wallet can slip into your pockets, an included lanyard gives you additional options for everyday carry.

Don't wait for close encounters of the damaging kind when it comes to your wallet and its contents. Pick up Pelican's Sport Wallet from the Amazon link below.

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Crabby Wallet V2

We've seen a lot of crowdfunded minimalist wallets come and go. If they're funded, they usually enjoy one production run and then they're gone. Not so with the Crabby Wallet. It's been in such high demand that production is still going strong. That's because it's also useful for carrying your other main essentials (like your phone and keys), making it an ultra-versatile and convenient minimalist wallet.

Made entirely out of elastic cloth, the Crabby Wallet is simple, secure, and light. In its main storage area you can carry up to ten cards as well as some folded cash. The elastic band that holds everything together also allows you to expand the wallet to include your phone. You can also carry your keys with it if you opt to attach the removable lobster claw keychain.

Pick out the accent color you like for the elastic band to add your own flair to your wallet carry. It's available for sale at the link below.

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8 EDC Wallets Made from Unique Materials

Move over, leather. While it's the classic material of choice for an everyday carry wallet, that doesn't always mean it's the best. And because a wallet can be so simple just by its design, what it's made of plays a huge role in how effective it is for EDC. In this guide, we're highlighting 8 minimalist wallets cut from a different cloth. They're made using the go-to materials in other demanding applications—from firefighting to military body armor—so you know they're up to the task of carrying your cards and cash.

Slim Wallets Cut from a Different Cloth

Bellroy Notebook Cover

Ever find that your pocket notebook gets torn to shreds before you can even fill it up? It happens more than it should, but the solution is pretty simple. Consider slipping your notebook into a leather cover, like this one from Bellroy. In addition to protecting a passport or pocket notebook, the cover also features card slots to replace your wallet for an even slimmer pocket carry.

The Notebook Cover is as slim as they come, yet full of thoughtful storage slots. In addition to your preferred 3.5” x 5.5” notebook, the Bellroy Notebook Cover has room for your daily essentials. Two card slots can hold 4-6 of your most-used cards or some folded up cash, allowing you to leave your wallet at home. There's even a place for a pocket pen to clip into the spine where the cover naturally folds. It's actually really easy to open and close, thanks to hidden magnets that snap the cover in place. The magnetic closure system won't wear out over time either, unlike snaps and elastic bands you'd find on other covers.

Instead of a standalone notebook cover, consider this all-in-one replacement from Bellroy. Your pockets will thank you. Grab one on Amazon at the link below, or check it out in five color options of top-grain leather at Bellroy's site.

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Distil Union Wally Agent

Simpler is better, especially when it comes to your wallet (and what's inside). A good minimalist wallet helps you pare down what you carry to just the essentials. But a great one does it seamlessly, while being even easier to use in the process. Distil Union's EDC wallets accomplish this through their easy access pull-tabs, which fan out your cards instantly. Their latest wallet, the Wally Agent, offers that same functionality in a higher capacity, travel-friendly bifold design.

The Wally Agent isn't Distil Union's first bifold, but it's their most refined yet. Compared to their original Wally Bifold, the Agent adds much-welcomed internal slots for up to 4 frequently used cards. Its dedicated cash compartment accommodates flat bills and various currencies, so you won't have to switch wallets when traveling. Lastly, it improves upon its signature pull-tab design by orienting your cards vertically to minimize the the wallet's footprint. It also routes the cards towards the middle of the wallet, ensuring a more secure carry. But the best part of the original Wally hasn't changed—you can still get instant, organized access to up to 8 of your cards with a simple pull of the ribbon on both sides of the wallet.

The Wally Agent is crafted slim from premium, full-grain leather to fit your front pocket. You can enlist the Agent for your everyday carry in your choice of three colors at the link below.

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Grovemade Compact Bifold Wallet

"The Grovemade Compact Bifold Wallet doesn’t have the word compact in its name for nothing. This slim wallet foregoes the flat storage of cash, instead requiring you to fold bills in half before inserting behind the card slots. As a result though it boasts a profile 30% smaller than traditional wallets by hugging the more closely hugging the contours of the cards stored inside. Each is also made from start to finish in Oregon of vegetable-tanned leather by Grovemade and Yonezawa Leather for the sewing, and..." (via GearHungry)

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Cardamon Wallet

"It’s significantly thinner than leather, not to mention more durable. The Cardamon Wallet is a particularly solid option if you can’t stand Tyvek wallets despite thinness being a priority. Each one is made of a single sheet of aeronautical grade thermo-plastic urethane composite called MeridianShell that’s thermo-formed and welded into shape, foregoing the need for visible stitches. Despite it’s minimalistic design the Cardamon fits up to eight cards — four per side — as well as full-sized banknotes, making it front-pocket useable without compromising on your carry..." (via GearHungry)

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Nodus Compact Wallet

While they're perfectly designed for slipping into your front pocket, the thing with cardholders is they can often be too restricting. You can slip four, maybe six cards into it, and that's that. But what about the rest of your cards, and cash, or even a spare key? Nodus's Compact Wallet has you covered — it crams the capacity of a billfold (and then some) into a super slim profile worthy of your front pocket.

The Compact packs one of the best features for any EDC wallet—quick access—but doesn't stop at just one or two frequently used cards. Its outer pull tab lets you cascade out up to 8 cards for nimble access and easy organization with full RFID blocking protection. On the other side, you'll find two more quick-access slots for your go-to cards at the register. With the right card configuration, you'll have both privacy and contactless entry/payment options all in the same wallet.

A central pocket accommodates everything else, from cash to business cards. And in that main compartment, there's a smaller slot for a spare key to use as either a backup option or for a minimalist carry.

The Compact Wallet (along with Nodus's other offerings, the Hifold Wallet and Compact 4 Card Wallet) comes in new leathers for the season. Nodus uses full-grain, veg-tan Italian leather that's been sustainably and ethically sourced.

Best of all, Nodus is offering 25% off the wallets and the option to donate that 25% to disaster relief charity ShelterBox if you choose to pay full price. Check out the Compact Wallet and more Nodus wallets at their shop below.

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Rugged Material Front Pocket Wallet

For most of you, there's no better place to carry your wallet than in your front pocket. It's more secure and better for your back. But we all know pocket space is hard to come by. That's why Rugged Material optimized their most minimal wallet specifically for the front pocket. Their Front Pocket Wallet now comes complete with RFID protection, high capacity, and premium leather, all in a slim profile.

The Front Pocket Wallet manages to both up its card capacity and trim down bulk at the same time thanks to its clever offset cardslot layout. Instead of having cards, cash, and layers of leather stacked directly on top of each other, this design has cutaway slots (reducing the amount of leather used) on opposite ends (letting cards fit better and pack down more efficiently). This all works together to let the wallet compress down at a slight angle, leaving enough space for folded bills in its central pocket. At just 0.1875” thin when empty, it can still accommodate up to 10 cards and 10 bills in all.

Your cards are RFID-protected on both sides of the wallet as well, thanks to the CRYPTALLOY shielding foil used on this new version of the Front Pocket Wallet. And true to their name, Rugged Material uses high quality Horween Chromexcel leather for longevity, luxurious handfeel, and a rewarding patina over time.

The wallet's made in the USA (from leathers out of Chicago), finished with silver branding, and backed with a lifetime guarantee. If you've been meaning to make the switch to a front pocket wallet, don't sit this one out. You can grab Rugged Material's newest wallet in Brown, Black, or Burgundy Chromexcel leather for your everyday carry at the link below.

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Deuce Wallet

Cash shouldn't have to be a deal breaker when choosing a minimalist wallet. Sure, lots of designs claim to accommodate cash. But in real world use they often fall short, leaving you fumbling your change when you're in a rush at the register. The new Deuce wallet, now on Kickstarter, bucks the trend with a unique design that combines the cash storage of a billfold with the minimalism of a cardholder.

Unlike other wallets where carrying cash is an afterthought, the Deuce Wallet features designated cash flaps to conveniently carry bills. Your cards fit both in the wallet itself and in its removable minimalist card holder. For days when you don't carry cash, you can keep things simple by separating the billfold portion and leaving it at home. Not to say the billfold section is too bulky to EDC, though. By reducing the number of leather folds in its design, the Deuce remains slim and light. It does all this while keeping your information safe with its built-in RFID protection.

Whether you're carrying cards, cash, or both, your wallet doesn't have to be a compromise with the Deuce. Get one for your EDC on Kickstarter at the link below in your choice of color and leather options.

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