Wallets

The 10 Best Elastic Minimalist Wallets for Everyday Carry

When it comes to your wallet, slim is in. But paring down what you keep in it to the absolute minimum can be a bit of a stretch for a lot of you. Maybe in searching for the slimmest wallet you can get, you've found that most options just aren't flexible enough to handle the ever changing amount of cards and change your wallet encounters. That's where an elastic wallet comes in: it's slim by design but has some give, making it one of the most versatile options for EDC. In this guide, you'll learn whether this kind of wallet is right for you, and discover 10 excellent elastic wallets to get you started.

Maxpedition LPW (Low Profile Wallet)

With something as simple as a minimalist wallet, it's hard to improve on a design without adding too many bells and whistles. Leave it to Maxpedition to take their crowd-favorite Micro Wallet and make it even better. The new LPW (Low Profile Wallet) improves upon its predecessor's already solid design with upgrades to the materials and pocket configuration. All that attention to the smallest details makes a significant impact, resulting in a thinner, more durable, and more usable everyday front pocket wallet.

To get the LPW slimmer and lighter, it's constructed with three different weights of ballistic nylon. The main exterior uses a 500D nylon with a hexagon-shaped pattern designed to stop any rips and holes from getting bigger. The interior uses a lighter, more pliable 420D plain weave nylon. Lastly, the outer edges of the wallet are reinforced with heavy duty 1000D nylon. You get all the water- and abrasion resistance you'd expect from nylon, while a treatment of Teflon keeps grime and oils away.

The LPW's standout feature (and most convenient one) is its enlarged ID window. It's sized to clearly display your credentials without fabric obscuring any part of the card, making flashing your ID easier than ever. On the other side, there's two slots that fit 3-4 cards each. Behind that, you can stash half-folded cash or any other loose essentials in an enlarged slip pocket. Its placement on the inside of the wallet (compared to the Micro Wallet's exterior slot) makes it a safer bet for securing the important stuff.

As part of Maxpedition's Advance Gear Research line, it's only fitting that the wallet gets a low-profile makeover. Gone are the contrast stitches and not-so-subtle branding from the Micro Wallet. Instead, everything from the embroidered outer logo to the bar tack reinforcements and double-stitching is tonal. The LPW comes in neutral tones to match the rest of your tactical gear, like black, khaki, and grey, which you can grab at the link below.

View on Amazon

Urban EDC Supply Organizer Hybrid

Whether you’re just starting out or you've been carrying for years, one thing still holds true: organizing your gear can be a challenge. There’s only so much you can carry in your pockets, and even with an EDC bag, you'll still have to dig through it for that one tool. When it comes to organization, a gear caddy is a good option. But what if your EDC is constantly changing? Urban EDC Supply has the answer with their latest caddy, the Organizer Hybrid. Its versatile pocket layout keeps your gear consolidated, whether it's your travel essentials, pen and paper, everyday tools, cards and cash, and more.

The new Urban Organizer Hybrid is the third the line of Urban Organizers and combines the functionality of the original with the minimalist design of the Mini wallet to give you the best of both worlds. On the front are two slots so you can put your EDC knife in one and your favorite pen in the other. Or swap one of them out for a flashlight, or even just carry a pen and a few credit cards. The choice is yours.

The slot on the back is perfect for an EDC pocket notebook, but it can also hold your passport when traveling just as easily. You also don’t have to worry about whether or not it can survive the daily grind thanks to its Horween leather construction, waxed edges, and saddle-stitching done by hand.

The Organizer Hybrid should age nicely with your gear, becoming as much a part of your EDC as the tools it carries. If you’ve been looking for a way to stay organized (or just like quality gear), the Organizer Hybrid is a great way to go. You can pre-order an Organizer Hybrid in your favorite leather at the link below..

Check It Out

This is a sponsored post presented by  Urban EDC Supply.

IPPINKA MKC Wallet

Your wallet and keys are two of the most useful items in your EDC, so why not kill two birds with one stone and combine the two? That’s what the design company IPPINKA hopes to accomplish with their new Kickstarter project, the MKC Wallet. It's half minimalist wallet and half key organizer so you can ditch your loud, jingling keychain and your bulky wallet in one fell swoop.

The MKC Wallet was made with two main purposes in mind: organization and accessibility for your MKC (that's money, keys, and cards). As a wallet it gets the job done with two separate slots so you can keep your most used cards and even some cash neatly stashed inside. Meanwhile keys and keyfobs fit comfortably in the deep key pocket. The pivoting posts on either side are secured with adjustable bolts so you can fine tune how tightly your keys stay in place.

Though it aims to do two things at once, the MKC Wallet is fairly minimal. With a clever design and a quality full-grain leather build, you can have more of your essentials with you while carrying less. You can also configure the wallet to include a leather flap with button clasp on the back side to keep everything extra secure. Lastly, additional options include a bottle opener or USB flash drive that’ll sit next to your keys for even more functionality.

There are plenty of ways to carry cash and keys, but there aren't as many options to combine the two. Learn more about the MKC Wallet and how to back one for your EDC at the Kickstarter link below.

Check It Out

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.

Check It Out

This is a sponsored post presented by Hitch & Timber.

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.

Check It Out

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.

Check It Out

This is a sponsored post presented by Ronin Energetics.

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)

Read More

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.

Check It Out

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)

Read More

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.

Buy on Amazon

The 10 Best Minimalists Wallets for EDC 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.