Review: TGT 2.0 Wallets

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Keep it simple. Keep it tight. For designer Jack Sutter and his Brooklyn-based company, TGT (pronounced “tight”), that’s the motto. It’s important to keep that in mind to understand their line of wallets, from form to function. They remain the most successful Kickstarter-funded wallets to date, giving rise to plenty of competing minimalist wallets vying to ride the waves they’ve made. In this review, I look at the wallets from a carry-centric perspective to see if they’re as successful in an EDC as they were on Kickstarter.

Specs

  • 2.25 in. x 2.75 in.

  • 8.0 g empty weight

  • Premium Italian lambskin leather pocket

  • Elastic canvas sleeve

  • Handmade in the USA

Design, Fit & Finish

Keep it simple. That, it does. At first glance, their best-selling Americana 2.0 Wallet looks like little more than a small, streamlined piece of canvas with a leather pocket in front. But after stuffing some cash and a few cards into it, you’ll find it’s quite a clever, minimalist design. As you might expect from a minimalist wallet, every non-functional fraction of an inch is shaved from its dimensions, unnecessary bulk is cut down, and what’s left is simultaneously barebones and attractive. Aside from extensive organization, you don’t feel like you’re “losing” much from a design this minimal. It’s simple but not sloppy in execution. Instead, it strikes a great balance of premium and casual, I think in part due to the tasteful color ways and quality materials used throughout. The canvas backing is soft but not flimsy. The Italian lambskin leather pocket? Butter.

Performance & Operation

Quality canvas backing leaves cards partially exposed, but also easy to access with a push or a tug.

Keep it tight. It delivers on that too. You slide cards into the elastic canvas, which has enough give to accommodate a higher number of cards, but can also snap back to fit snugly around just a few. The texture of the canvas was another big win for the wallet, as it’s grippy enough for your fingers but smooth enough for cards to slide out only when you want them to, unlike minimalist wallets that fight you with tight, death-grip rubber bands for retention. Since there’s no “bottom” to the wallet, cards can be pushed out using your thumb or pulled up from the top. Either way, I found myself sliding the whole stack out just to grab a card anyway, since there’s no real individual card organization.

Tri-folding will turn a few bills thick quick, making stowing cash not so tight.

If you like to carry some cash, you can do that by folding a note in half, then in half again, and stuffing the tri-folded cash in the lambskin pocket. It definitely keeps it tight — maybe too tight for me, personally. On several occasions at the register, if I’m given more than a few bills in change, I reluctantly stuff the notes into my front pocket and sort it out later.

This is where the TGT Wallet encourages minimalism on you. The wallet’s tight and simple design unfortunately makes stowing small bills not trivial. It’s a tradeoff in ease of use that you might find in a traditional bifold for its extremely small footprint. I’d recommend keeping larger bills or emergency cash in there only. The extra slant pocket on their Deluxe models offers another layer of organization, but I feel it’s better suited for small essentials like a key, coin, or (micro)SD card.

Carry Options

Buttery goodness on their "Prado" deluxe wallet after weeks of daily carry.

This wallet is small. Rivaling a money clip, even. The buttery lambskin front, not-too-grippy canvas back and overall thin profile make it a comfortable front pocket carry. Better yet, it’ll play nice with the rest of your gear, so you can go on ahead and slide your phone behind it without worry of scratches. If I had any complaints about pocketing this thing, is that it might be too small, to the point where I'm digging way deep into my pocket only to inadvertently slide out my cards from the top of the wallet, rather than pulling the whole thing out as intended.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Impressively compact. Simple. Tight.

  • Quality materials (read: butter)

  • Comfortable in hand and in pocket

  • Attractive designs and colors

Cons:

  • Tri-folding bills into the cash pocket is a chore

  • Lackluster features and organization

Wrapping Up

Keep it simple. Keep it tight. It’s worth repeating because it so accurately describes this wallet, in both its triumphs and in its faults. It’s a minimalist wallet for people who still want familiar textures, like leather and canvas instead of aluminum and carbon fiber. Given its premium materials and construction, I'd say it's priced fairly, and there are enough color options to find something to match your style. Ultimately, it’s not perfect, especially when faced with even a modest wad of cash. However, it does so many things right by not straying far from simplicity. I can definitely see why TGT has so many fans. 

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Disclosure: TGT graciously provided these wallet samples for the purpose of this review at no charge. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of the wallets!  This post also uses affiliate links, which helps keep this site running.

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In my daily uses of my wallet I tend to be more and more "cashless", for good or bad.
I recently started carrying a Flow Fold mini which is in the same thinking as "just cards and a few bills" size.
I have to say I can't see myself going back to carrying "The Costanza" ever again.
I am often stuck in line behind young dudes with these "wallets" as they pull out and unfold a wad of cash and then refold the cash and cram it back in. Maybe its a function of my age or generation, but I prefer an old-school billfold in a nicely tanned, durable leather. If you don't try to carry everything in the world, they are plenty thin for a half-dozen CCs, business cards and a respectable amount of cash. These gimmicky things just don't seem terribly efficient for actual use.
Hi Allan, as a young dude who's used his fair share of minimalist wallets (for review purposes) I definitely keep the post-purchase period at the register in mind when assessing the efficiency of a wallet in use. I mentioned in the review that sometimes I just cram my change in my pocket so I'm not holding up the line. I'm not sure I would go so far as to say these are gimmicky. They play their strength of carrying cards and cash in a non-bulky way. Again, it's a tradeoff between the organization, durability and ease of use in a traditional leather bifold versus the much more minimalist, ultralight experience of wallets like this. Where the TGT shines (keeping it simple and tight, disappearing into the pocket), leather bifolds can't really keep up. However, for the next wallet review, I'll look into modern wallets that take on more traditional features (thick leather, simple bifold layout, etc). Thanks for the comment!
I took an informal survey among my young male colleagues this morning and learned that only two of them had any cash on his person. They operate solely on cards. I was really surprised. Also, only a couple had a knife in their pockets. Weird.
I'm a big fan of Saddleback Leather's medium bifold (in case you're looking for one to review). It's an awesome wallet. But I'll admit that, though function is my primary concern for deciding what I carry, style and looks absolutely play into it as well.
Thanks for the rec, I'll see what I can do!
Bought the Night a few weeks ago as the first part of my new EDC. my wallet went from almost 2" thick, to less than 1/2". Incredible wallet so far. The elastic has loosened up, so I will see if the elastic gets to loose to hold cards anymore. But overall, fantastic purchase.
Meant Nightcall Deluxe, sorry.
Is there any shops available here in the Philippines for the TGT? Or anyone else is a seller for these babies?
I picked this wallet up a month or so ago & I love it. Simple, minimal, perfect!
My wallet cost $1.25. I bought a roll of duct tape from a dollar store and made my own. That wallet is 3 years old. Next one I'll use Gorilla tape and it should last a lifetime.
I've relied on the CONSOLIWALLET from Wintercheck Factory for years now, it's my go-to. http://wintercheckfactory.com/shop/13-consoliwallet

I don't like the two sided opening for the cards, I see this as lost cards once the elastic loosens up. I'm biased towards the Allet (http://www.all-ett.com). I've owned two of these, the first last 6 years, I've been on my second for 4 years now. Love them.
TGT is cool but I'd rather minimize even further to the minWallet. minwallet.com. 4.21 grams - 1.7 millimeters thick and only $15 for made in the USA durability.
Way to promote, Nate!

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