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.


MSTRMND Apex 3.0 Wallet

A good wallet is an essential part of any carry, but even the best-made wallets can turn into a bulky burden. A good wallet should help you avoid avoid bulk without sacrificing capacity, last you a long time, and protect your cards from damage or thieves. The Apex Wallet 3.0 by MSTRMND aims to be that wallet. The previous Apex Wallet was a huge crowdfunding success, and thanks to a few clever design tweaks and material upgrades the new version seems to be better in all the right ways.

At first glance, you’ll notice that the boxy design of the previous model has been updated with smooth, rounded corners throughout. This means that not only is the ergonomic design easier to handle, but it’s also more comfortable to carry. Plus, a benefit of having rounded corners is that it makes for a smooth retrieval as there are no sharp corners to get caught on anything in your pocket.

The new type-II military-grade anodized aluminum construction also benefits you in more ways than one. Not only does the RFID-shielding frame protect your personal information from people looking to steal it, but at only 1.5 ounces it likely weighs less than the cards you’ll put in it. Speaking of which, the Apex 3.0 can hold up to 7 cards and a few bills but thanks to the quality elastic band you can always add a few more if you need to. Combine the lightweight build with the fact that it’s only ⅓ inch thick, and you get a minimal wallet that can survive almost anything you throw at it.

Everyone carries differently, which is why the Apex 3.0 comes in both horizontal or vertical orientations and silver or black color options so you can pick whichever one best fits your style. Whichever one you choose will come with a quick-access thumb slot that makes getting to your cards in a pinch just one swipe away. If you’re usually wary of crowdfunding campaigns, this one has already been completely funded so there’s no guesswork involved here. Make sure to hit the link below and get one for yourself before all the perk options are gone.

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Magpul DAKA Bifold Wallet

For most people, a fat wallet is a great thing to have. But as EDCers, we want our wallets slim by design, not because they're empty. While many minimalist wallets trim down the bulk by limiting how much cash you can carry, Magpul's newest DAKA Bifold wallet doesn't compromise capacity for pocket friendliness. Thanks to its high-performance technical fabrics and innovative construction methods, it carries your IDs, cards, and cash in a familiar silhouette that's much slimmer than the rest.

As the newest member of the DAKA family, the Bifold wallet features the same reinforced polymer materials as the rest of Magpul's popular soft goods. The DAKA fabric boasts a slip-resistant tactile texture and excellent water resistance for that go-anywhere durability. The material itself is thin and light, but RF-welded seams reduce bulk further while adding durability and water resistance. The combination of materials and no-stitch construction allows for a truly low-profile wallet without added thickness from unnecessary material overlapping and stitched seams.

The wallet opens to reveal a single pocket on each side of the interior with an additional slit cut out to form 4 dedicated card slots. The cascaded placement of slots allows for easy visual ID, while the side-loading orientation keeps cards from falling out. Best of all, a full-length dedicated billfold section accommodates shorter currency without needing to fold your change to fit it into such a slim wallet. Last but not least, rounded corners keep it comfortable to carry and easy to slip into your pocket. With its slim silhouette and 4.215" x 3.05" dimensions when closed, it minimizes printing so nobody can see where you're keeping your wallet.

For a slim and durable wallet that can conveniently carry cash, check out the DAKA Bifold at the link below.

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Dango Blue Line Tactical Wallets

Blue is the calm, soothing color of the sky, a color that invokes stability and trust. It's the perfect color for a wallet you rely on every day, and especially apt for Dango's long line of popular EDC wallets. Cementing that reliability is their new Blue Line series, which takes their most popular models and gives them the toughest coating available. Not only does it increase their durability even more, but it also gives the wallets fresh new looks while keeping their utility-driven design.

The key to Dango's new hue is Cerakote coating. It's a ceramic-based finish that gives exceptional protection to applied surfaces, and it's particularly helpful for gear that gets a lot of wear and tear (like your wallet) thanks to its scratch- and abrasion-resisting properties. Leading the Blue Line are two of Dango's latest and greatest models, the T01 Tactical and their newer M1 Maverick.

The T01 uses Dango's DTEX fabric, a non-leather, highly durable, and water-resistant material, available in one- or two-pocket configurations. Whichever DTEX pocket option you choose, it's paired with a CNC'd aluminum chassis for structure and RFID-shielding. The metal components are then finished with Cerakote coating. Rounding out the T01's tactical utility is the included MT02 multi-tool, which packs 14 different functions into the size of a credit card.

Dango's newer M1 offers a vertically-oriented CNC-machined aluminum chassis, toughened up with a layer of Cerakote. The chassis features loop holes at each of the four corners to serve as attachment points for keys, tethers, or lanyards to wear as a badge holder. An internal metal RFID blocking card cavity holds up to 6 cards, held in place by a silicone cash strap. The Blue Line M1 also comes in DTEX in either single-pocket or bifold configurations: the single pocket holds up to 8-10 cards total, while the bifold section adds 3 more card pockets to accommodate 14-16 cards total.

Whether you're after a fresh colorway for your wallet or need the extra resistance for hard use, Dango and Cerakote literally have your wallet covered. Check out the entire Blue Line at Dango's site at the link below.

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Aviator Wallet Titan One Rugged Edition

Looks trump functionality all too often when it comes to the design of minimalist EDC wallets. Those designs tend to assume you can give up cash and coins completely, and that you can manage to pare down the number of cards in your wallet to a spartan few. But if you can't live without those things, you might start to think a bulky bifold is your only option. Thankfully, that isn't the case with the new Titan One Rugged Edition from Aviator Wallet. It's a slim and lightweight all-in-one solution for your cards, cash, and coins. And with its premium pure titanium construction, it carries light, feels good in hand, and looks great with the rest of your EDC.

At the core of the Titan One Rugged Edition is its premium grade 1 titanium alloy plate construction. Grade 1 titanium alloy is composed of 99.9% titanium, a higher ratio than that found in most EDC titanium wares. Beyond the purity, the use of grade 1 titanium in particular lends the finished product immense corrosion resistance, strength, and durability. It's precision-made in Germany, and the wallet itself also benefits from natural anti-magnetic properties and RFID-blocking capabilities. That means it can help keep your payment and identification info safe from fraudsters and scammers fishing for your data.
With the wallet's unique adjustable inner elastic band and stainless steel bolt design built into the frame, you can dictate just how many cards the wallet can fit. That band holds everything together, and at its maximum, the Titan One can carry up to 20 cards. You can reach each one easily by sliding them up through the cut out window in the front plate and fanning them out to pick the card you need. This design also works well with the optional coin compartment, available in gorgeous aluminum or lightweight carbon fiber. The compartment lets you slot in coins and SD cards for quick and easy access. It easily accommodates cash as well with a carbon fiber cash clip built into the elastic band.

It's rare to see a minimalist wallet with functional options for cash and coin carriers built into the design itself, not just as an afterthought. And with its stunning looks, the Titan One Rugged Edition proves that you can have both aesthetics and functionality without compromise. And if you wish, you can also have the Titan One in carbon fiber and aluminum construction as well. You can pick one up that suits your style from Aviator Wallet at the link below.
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Decadent Minimalist DM1 Wallet

There's no shortage of wallets out there that are slim enough to be called “minimalist,” but few designs put in the extra effort to be minimal in their construction, too. Once you throw elastic bands, screws, stitching, or even spring-loaded levers into the mix, there's a chance any of those components can fail. The Decadent Minimalist DM1 is an example of simplicity at its finest. It's CNC-machined from a single piece of metal to carry your essential cards in a slim, lightweight package without screws, straps, and other moving parts that can jam or break. And with a new money clip accessory, it's got you covered if you carry cash, too.

Ridge Wallet Titanium Collection

What makes a minimalist wallet good for everyday carry? It takes more than a stylish design, that's for sure. While looking good in hand is a big plus, it shouldn't sacrifice functionality and ease of use to do so. That's why the Ridge Wallet earned its spot as one of the most popular wallets on the EDC scene. It has a compelling mix of high-capacity minimalist style, rock-solid premium construction, and a uniquely versatile design that's only found its way into more people's pockets since its successful Kickstarter launch in 2013. So whether you're meaning to replace your bulky bifold with something slimmer or you're on the hunt for a bombproof wallet upgrade, a titanium Ridge Wallet should fit the bill.

The Ridge Wallet's unique EDC-friendly design sets it apart from the rest of the pack. It uses a combination of elastic bands and titanium plates to hold up to 12 payment and identification cards in a compact profile. The titanium plates that make up the core of the wallet keep the whole package lightweight at just 2.5 ounces in your pockets. The panels also provide an added RFID-blocking benefit, helping keep your personal information safe from fraudsters skimming for data. The wallet's designed to give you a few options when it comes to carrying paper currency and other daily essentials, too. You can choose between an elastic cash strap or a traditional money clip made from spring steel. With either configuration, you can keep a few twice-folded bills handy on the exterior of the wallet, or use it for RFID-enabled cards, and so on. And unlike some minimalist wallets out there, the metal construction of the Ridge makes it far more durable to stand the test of time. And its longevity is backed by a lifetime warranty.

While you can't go wrong with black, Ridge offers two other titanium color ways: a cool gunmetal grey and an extra-special electroplated version that's burnt by hand for a one-of-a-kind pop of color. And just in time for the holidays, you can save on a Ridge Wallet whether for yourself or as a gift by using code EDC10 at checkout when you buy from Ridge at the link below.

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Dango M1 Maverick Collection

When tasked with securing your most valuable essentials, an EDC wallet faces the pressure to be durable, organized, hard to lose, and easy to use, all at once. Dango's new flagship wallet, the M1 Maverick, performs this difficult balancing act as one of their best wallets yet. It improves upon the bomb-proof aluminum chassis of their foundational T01 and D01 wallets while adopting a vertical orientation as on their recent S1 wallet for easier access and handling. The different feature-packed configurations in the new M1 line-up offer solutions for any EDCer, from the refined minimalist to the tactical prepper.

At the core of the M1 is a new, vertically-oriented CNC-machined aluminum chassis. This time around, it features loop holes at each of the four corners to serve as attachment points for keys, tethers, or lanyards to wear as a badge holder. An internal metal RFID blocking card cavity holds up to 6 cards, held in place by a silicone cash strap.
You can configure both the material choice and the number of pockets on the exterior wrap to complete the wallet. For a more classic look and familiar feel in hand, you can opt for Dango's top grain leather section. 

These leather exteriors come in both single pocket and bifold configurations: the single pocket holds up to 8-10 cards total, while the bifold section adds 3 more card pockets to accommodate 14-16 cards total. The single pocket is the more minimal of the two, with an elongated thumb cutout to easily slide cards out. The bifold flips out clamshell style for quick access to the internal pockets, which have angles and cutouts for easy retrieval as well. The bifold portion also adds a small loop section for storing a small house key or similarly sized object.

For those of you looking for a more feature-packed wallet, Dango developed a Spec Ops version of the M1 range as well. It's built around the same chassis, but it's coated with a durable Cerakote finish you'd find on some firearms and tactical gear. Instead of leather, it sports Dango's newly developed DTEX material: a rugged, flexible and weather-resistant non-leather synthetic textile. Materials aside, the M1 Spec Ops versions come equipped with Dango's new MT04 tool. It's specially designed for emergency situations, complete with functions like a seat belt cutter, oxygen wrench, serrated and sharpened edges, and more. The bifold variant of the Spec Ops M1 includes yet another tool, the MT01. This compact tool adds an additional 5 functions, including flat and Philips head drivers, and slots into the external loop of the bifold section as an additional security measure to keep the wallet closed.

Each configuration of the M1 wallet features Dango's usual attention to detail in their designs, with cutouts, angles, and touchpoints to make using the wallet and retrieving your cards easier. Be sure to check out the collection in full detail at the link below to get a closer look at all the wallets' specs and features. 

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QuietCarry MARQ Multi-functional Moneyclip

Most minimalist wallets these days get as slim as they are by sacrificing a convenient way to carry cash. However it's usually a matter of when, not if, you'll need to deal with loose bills. You could carry a money clip separately, but it'll be dead weight in your pocket for whenever you aren't carrying cash. The QuietCarry MARQ, on the other hand, brings tons of extra functionality to the table with its folding tool “blade” built right in. Whether you use it as a money clip or a multi-tool, it'll cover your bases without wasting precious pocket space.

The overall shape of the MARQ was inspired by a vintage money clip, but it features modern materials and plenty of hidden functionality concealed within its discreet design. Slim handles and a wide-set clip made from machined titanium make up the frame of the money clip. It can accommodate once or twice-folded bills depending on how many you're carrying or how slim you want it to fit in your pocket. At just 2” long, 0.2” thick, and just over an ounce in weight, it adds virtually no extra bulk to the pocket.

The “blade” on the MARQ sets it apart from most money clips, featuring 10 total functions including a box opener, rope cutter, bottle opener, and pry bar to cover your bases. It's made of a hardy Bohler N690co steel to be tough enough for daily tasks. The UK-friendly blade swivels out via a thumb hole and locks into the frame, while jimping along the spine provides extra grip to maneuver such a compact tool.

The MARQ comes in black and silver colorways to fit right into most EDC setups. It makes for an excellent companion to your wallet and main blade, but can pull double duty as an all-in-one wallet and tool for your minimalist EDCers. As a stretch goal, QuietCarry are looking to offer a dog-tag style blade variant of the MARQ too. You can secure a MARQ for yourself at QuietCarry's fully funded Kickstarter campaign linked below.

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Dango D01 Bifold Slate Grey Edition

If you’re tired of your bulky bifold wallet, there are plenty of thin cardholders you can get to slim down your pockets. The problem is they usually require you to leave a few cards at home or give up carrying cash all together. That’s where Dango's best-selling D01 Dapper Bifold comes in. It stays thin, light, and strong thanks to its aluminum frame while offering tons of storage with its bifold section made of genuine leather. And now available in a cool Slate Grey Special Edition color, the D01 Bifold carries everything you need and looks good doing it.

Holding the Dango D01 Bifold together is the CNC-machined aluminum frame that weighs in at only around 2 ounces. It’s light enough that it won’t weigh you down but tough enough that it doubles as a bottle opener so you can enjoy a cold one after a long day. The entire aluminum chassis is then wrapped in leather, giving you 3 pockets that can hold up to 4 cards per pocket for a total of 12 cards. The bifold pocket section is made from an exclusive Raw Hide leather with contrast red stitching that's only available on this special edition colorway. You’ll also get a quick access pocket on the outside for your most used cards or ID, and then two more pockets along the inside for cards that you don’t use often but still don’t want to be without.

If you tend to carry cash the Dango D01 Bifold has you covered there too. It comes with a textured silicone band for strapping folded bills down until you need them. As it is, the D01 Bifold is a thin, minimal wallet for people who want to slim down their pockets but can't deal with a thin cardholder. But if you can spare a bit of pocket space and weight for a ton of added utility, it's also compatible with Dango's card-sized multi-tools like the MT02 and brand new MT03. The MT02 adds 14 other tools to your EDC including a box cutter, flathead, and can opener just to name a few, while the MT03 covers bases with specialized functions like a comb, camping fork, and money clip.

The Slate Grey special edition D01 Bifold has all the features you look for in a wallet and then some, and now has a slick minimal grey look to it too. Plus, it's handcrafted in the USA and built to last. If you or someone you know suffers from a bulky wallet, click the link below and check out the Dango D01 Bifold.

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Dango S1 Stealth Wallet and MT03 Multi-tool

From bombproof EDC wallets to feature-packed multi-tools, Dango has your pocket essentials on lock. While many of their products lean towards the ultra-durable, tactical end of the spectrum, their latest releases come as some of their most minimalist designs yet. The all-new S1 Stealth wallet sports a slim cardholder silhouette, while the MT03 multi-tool crams over 15 functions into a credit-card sized form factor. They're specially designed to be carried together, resulting in a modular, multi-functional front pocket EDC that doesn't compromise on durability and features.

The S1 Stealth wallet is an extremely slim yet rugged option thanks to its use of DTEX material. Developed by Dango, it's a non-leather, highly durable, and water-resistant fabric that's a high-tech alternative to using leather. The S1 comes with 4 pockets that can hold up to 6 cards, and also includes a single key pocket on one side for emergencies. A D-ring on a nylon loop also expands the S1's utility and EDC potential, letting you attach a keychain or tether it to your gear as needed.

While limiting the number of cards carried is ideal for the S1 to maintain its small footprint, sometimes you need a bit more space for a few extra bills. This is where Dango's new MT03 multi-tool comes in. At it's core it's a modular money clip, able to change the orientation of its clip from vertical to horizontal, or removed completely to serve as a portable spork. Its base is no simple slab of stainless steel, either. The MT03's card component features over 15 functions, including a comb, drivers, bottle opener, phone stand, and more, all while designed to slip into the S1 and other Dango wallets seamlessly. With the addition of the money clip on the MT03, you can use it standalone as a money clip or as a slim tool clipped to your pocket.

Whether bolstering the utility of your current Dango wallet with the new MT03 multi-tool or slimming down your essentials with the S1 Stealth, Dango is always in pursuit of the perfect wallet for your EDC. Check out the new products over on Dango's site at the link below.

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Trayvax OG 2.0 Wallet

Good things take time. In Trayvax's case, they spent five years perfecting their newest wallet, the OG 2.0. Not one to rest on their laurels, Trayvax took on the ambitious task of improving upon their original wallet design, which was already wildly popular with the EDC community. The 2.0 keeps everything that made the original so great in an all-new design with improved materials and features that make it an even better option for your daily wallet.

The OG 2.0 comes as a fresh but familiar upgrade to the original, starting with Trayvax's signature stainless steel backplate at the core of the design. It's packed with features you'd expect from a one-piece multi-tool, starting with a handy pry bar tip on one corner and a lanyard attachment point on another. On the backside, the OG 2.0 features an all-new money clip that doubles as a pocket clip for when you're not carrying cash. Besides the added functionality of a TSA-compliant bottle opener, the metal clip is more resistant to wear, easier to use, and quieter than the velcro on the original. This time around, you have to option of beefing up the 2.0 with a lightweight but durable and grippy G10 face. The backplate and face are bound together along the edges by paracord, making a “frame” to display your ID, badge, or other credentials easily. The main card compartment between the plates accommodates up to 15 cards, which you can access by undoing the security clasp and sliding them out.
Like the rest of Trayvax's gear, the OG 2.0 is proudly made in the USA and backed by a 65 year warranty. It's available in four colors and in a few different bundles with other Trayvax gear at fairly affordable Kickstarter pricing. Be sure to secure your own at the fully funded campaign linked below.
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BOND Travel Wallet

Traveling is one of life's greatest blessings as well as one of its most troublesome curses. As a leisure activity you get to experience the world and see its wonders, but for something tedious like a regular commute for work it takes up a lot of time and disrupts your everyday routines. But for either activity, as EDCers, it helps to be prepared. With boarding passes, hotel vouchers, and all manner of sizes of cards, cash, and coins, a travel wallet is the key to staying organized. BOND specialize in keeping things in order. From robust quality to thoughtful organization as well as a touch of security, their new Travel Wallet fits the bill(s) of the frequent flyer.

The Travel Wallet's exterior comes in a black nylon exterior that's both water- and abrasion-resistant, able to rough it up along with you while staying light. To make better use of the exterior space, BOND have stitched in EDC-friendly slots onto the wallet's front cover, sized perfectly to fit travel essentials like a pen or light. BOND's signature orange paracord pull tab then gives easy purchase to its full-length zipper and grants access to the wallet's interior.

On the inside, the Travel Wallet manages your most important travel essentials. Along the left side you have a pocket for your passport and slots for your travel cards, in a RFID-blocking fabric to protect you from skimming. There's also a mesh pocket that sits on top of the passport and card slots which comes in handy for coins or loose tickets and receipts. Front and center on the right side is an included A6 notebook, which comes with fountain pen-friendly Tomoe River 68 gsm paper. Pull out your pen from the front of the wallet and always be ready to jot down important notes for your trip.

Whether you're jetsetting to see the world or on your way to an important meeting on the other side of the globe, keeping your essentials organized and secure is the most important step both on and off the ground. Pick up BOND's Travel Wallet from Amazon at the link below.

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ShopWorn Discounted Luxury Watches, Pens and Gear

Sometimes the ideal piece of kit for your EDC might be something you can't find in stores anymore. In that case you might have to resort to hunting your grail from resellers on third-party markets, but getting authentic quality gear at the price you want can be a serious hassle when going that route. ShopWorn makes it easier to find high-end gear at a bargain to take the guesswork out of your shopping experience. They curate 100% authentic, like-new gear in one place and specialize in stocking only the best unsold luxury watches, pens, and accessories sourced from reputable brands and authorized retail stores.

It can be hard to tell what's real, what's fake, what's broken, and what actually works when you're searching for a good deal, whether it's online or at pawn shops and yard sales. ShopWorn does in-house quality assurance to make sure the gear you're buying is both real and in like-new working condition before they put things up for sale. That way all you have to do is browse and check out the items you want, without hassle. Unlike with pre-owned used goods, whose quality depends on whether their previous owner took care of their gear before selling it to you, ShopWorn's products tend to be display pieces or unsold inventory from authorized retailers. ShopWorn purchases the remaining inventory at a discounted rate and then passes those savings on to you through their online shop.

If you've been pining for a luxury watch or a high-end pen to add to your collection but were put off by high retail price tags or the risk of dealing with counterfeits, you might find a deal on the gear you want at ShopWorn. For example, you could get a Swiss-made, PVD-coated stainless steel pilot watch from Alpina for 50% off. There's also the Luminox Atacama Field Chrono as a more tactical Swiss-made option with a blacked out case 100M water resistance and lume throughout for 59% under retail. As for their pens, the S.T. Dupont “Line D” Arabesque Rollerball is a standout with its luxe, made-in-France silver palladium plated brass construction at 39% off.

See the rest of ShopWorn's premium watches, pens, and accessories for your EDC at the link below.

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Gerber Barbill Wallet

EDC is all about having what you need when you need it, but unless you think hard about your carry, chances are you end up with more in your pockets than you’d like. That’s especially true when it comes to your wallet. Every card slot and compartment is another chance to carry more than you need, when in reality you can get away with much less. Gerber's new Barbill minimalist wallet aims to be aims to be both slim and practical with its multifunctional plate-and-band design, and its low price point means you'll have more cash left to carry.

Most slim wallets aren’t cheap, but Gerber knows a thing or two about making quality gear for less than the competition. The Barbill wallet features a stainless steel frame that’s lightweight enough for EDC at 1.7 ounces, yet durable enough to crack open a bottle after a long day with its built-in cap lifter. If you’re one of those people that opens your wallet to find a handful of receipts staring back at you, you won’t have that problem here. This wallet has a max capacity of 7 cards, which is enough to carry what you need without over-stuffing it. There’s also an elastic band for bills so you can still visit your favorite cash-only spot for lunch.

Whether you’re looking to slim down or toughen up your wallet carry, the Gerber Barbill gets the job done. If you want to consolidate your cards and cash (and one of your dozen bottle openers) into something more pocketable without breaking the bank, this might be the wallet for you. You can grab one from Amazon at the link below.

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Ekster 3.0: The World's Slimmest Smart Wallet

Tech companies have tried to replace the wallet with your smartphone, but they haven’t succeeded just yet. There just isn’t a practical replacement for one of the most essential items in your EDC. That’s why instead of replacing your wallet with tech, Ekster combines the two. They already have the world's best-selling smart wallet after a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign last year, and now they’re back with the new and improved Ekster 3.0 range of wallets on Kickstarter.

Technology aside, the Ekster 3.0 Parliament Wallet is still a well-made wallet that can hold up to 12 cards and cash across its main sleeve and leather bi-fold section. It’s wrapped in premium leather, has RFID protection, and measures only 0.4” thick. Why keep your bulky, beat-up bifold when you can get something that looks better and weighs less? Accessing your cards is also easier than before thanks to an improved trigger on the bottom that fans out your cards at the top for easy picking.  For those of you who want an even slimmer wallet, there's the Senate Cardholder. It's similar to the trigger-equipped card section of the Parliament, but pared down to accommodate up to 10 cards and measure 0.3” thick. Ekster offers an even slimmer option this campaign with the debut of the Kickstarter exclusive Secretary Cardholder. It's a 0.15" thick traditional cardholder form factor designed to accommodate up to 6 cards, cash, and coins with single-side RFID protection and easy contactless payment.

Ekster has partnered with tracker-company Chipolo to make one of the slimmest item trackers you can get, complete with their own patented solar panel charging tech. It doesn't require direct sunlight to recharge and holds a charge for two months. At 0.09” thick you’ll barely feel the tracker, but you'll be glad it's there if you ever need it. As the first-ever voice-activated smart wallet, you’ll be able to find your lost or stolen wallet anywhere in the world with nothing more than your voice. It's compatible with both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so asking the voice assistant to locate your phone will set the tracker ringer off and show its last location on a map. If your wallet is still nowhere to be found, Chipolo's worldwide lost & found network spans across the globe to help you find your wallet even when it’s out of Bluetooth range. When any user is within range of your lost item, you receive a GPS update of its location.

Whether you’re looking to slim down your wallet or want to upgrade to something a little more modern, the Ekster 3.0 seems like a great option. Due to the success of their last campaign, the company is offering three new colors to choose from available only to Kickstarter backers. As Ekster is the only smart wallet to have made it past the crowdfunding stage (you might've even seen them at Macy's or online at Huckberry), you can back with confidence. Secure yours at the link below before the campaign ends on November 17th.

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Dango Custom DTEX Wallets

Thanks to an extensive catalog covering all your card-carrying needs, Dango wallets have become a staple in many EDCer's pockets. But sometimes you need a piece of gear exactly matching your specifications—or the rest of your carry—while still preferring familiar styles and features. Dango already lets you build custom wallets, but now they offer an even more high-tech option with their newly developed DTEX material. It's a non-leather, highly durable, and water-resistant material that you can use to make the perfect rugged EDC wallet.

The customization process starts with Dango's CNC-machined aluminum chassis as the centerpiece of the wallet, adding structure and rigidity without much weight. From there you can take your pick of the two DTEX pockets, either a single pocket sleeve for a sleeker profile or a 3-pocket bifold to hold more of your essentials. The DTEX material itself is textured and flexible, molding itself to your use similar to leather.

Bringing everything together are the wallet's band and bolts. The former comes in 7 colorways, making it either the most versatile component of the wallet's look, or a way to make the whole thing pop when choosing one of the vibrant colors. The band secures the bifold flap while giving the wallet a better grip, as well as an extra place to slot in some essentials like folded cash. Finally, the hex wallet screws are what locks the entire wallet down. The #1-72 x 1/8 steel bolts come in either black and silver, and a provided hex wrench gives you the option to change up the look of the rest of the wallet's pieces or replace them if needed.

It's hard to find the perfect wallet, but with the ability to build one from the ground up with innovative materials and construction, Dango's customized bifolds come pretty darn close. Start building your own on Dango's site at the link below.

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