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.


Pioneer 3PN Wallets

For many people, the humble wallet is an afterthought. Pick your size, choice of material, and carrying capacity, and off you go. But for the material wizards at Pioneer, a wallet can be as robust and cutting-edge as the rest of your modern EDC. They’re known best for taking simple card carriers and billfolds to the next level with advanced construction and fabrics, continuing the trend with their latest collection. Sporting a bold new material both in color and performance, their new 3PN (3-ply nylon) wallets offer a state-of-the-art solution for your everyday cash and card carrying needs.

If you’ve owned a Pioneer wallet before, you may be familiar with the high-tech 10XD fabric used in most of their wallets. It has fibers 10 times stronger than steel by weight, totally waterproof, highly abrasion resistant, and uniquely grippy thanks to its densely woven nylon ripstop exterior. But as good as 10XD is, it has its limitations—ones that the new material in their stable, 3PN, aims to solve. 3PN is an ultra-dense 3-ply nylon ripstop that comes in a beautiful matte finish and offers a more tactile handfeel. And beauty is a key word here—it allows for new colors to be used for your wallet, so you’re no longer limited to the simple black and onyx prior models came with. No matter which Pioneer wallet you choose, from the simple and efficient Molecule cardholder to the spacious Division billfold, you have 3PN options in slate and evergreen colorways to best match your EDC aesthetic.

3PN also performs as well as it looks. It’s even stronger than the previous 10XD fabric while somehow being even thinner, putting most leather wallets’ girths (even while empty) to shame. And even better than DWR or waterproofing solutions, the material simply does not absorb water, which means near-perfect resistance in everyday weather, a guarantee of protection for rugged activities, or insurance for those unfortunate times when you forget your wallet in your clothes when doing the laundry. And not that it needed it, but the advanced construction on all Pioneer wallets such as lamination of the material and seams get less wear and tear due to the minimization of water damage, too.

When you’re ready for the ultimate upgrade for your wallet, check out Pioneer’s 3PN collection at the link below.

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Trending: Bellroy Micro Sleeve

For this week's trending Wallet Wednesday, here's a minimalist cardholder that finds the right balance of size, ease of use, and comfort. When it first released in 2014, so many minimalist wallets would take that angle to the extreme -- stripping things down to uncomfortable metal frames or accommodating only a few cards in a way that could feel borderline too snug because of how slim the wallet was. The Bellroy Micro Sleeve shows excellent restraint, keeping a small footprint while still having enough room to retrieve your cards from a slanted front pocket and its roomier main compartment. The main compartment can even take once-folded bills so you don't have to do your cash origami to get everything inside. Lastly, it's made from quality leather like so many of Bellroy's wallets, giving it a good blend of durability and a luxurious, comfortable feel in hand. It's a no-frills wallet that looks good with a design that just works -- especially for those of you who prefer keeping some cash on them. Grab one for your EDC at the link below.

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Trending: Trayvax Ascent Wallet

This week's Wallet Wednesday mention goes to the Trayvax Ascent, a built-to-last minimalist wallet that's made in the USA from a mix of quality materials. Its stainless steel plate frame gives structure and strength to the wallet, while jimping along the edges ensure a firm grip. Top-grain, oil-tanned leather that's bolted to the frame and stitched by hand make up the rest of the wallet. There's a cut-out window on the front of the wallet for at-a-glance identification of your cards that doubles as a thumb slot to push and slide everything out with ease. The combination of steel and quality leather offer the best of both materials' worlds: durability plus a comfortable, luxe handfeel that gets better as it's broken in. You can fit a card or two in its quick-access slot, while its main compartment can stash three to four cards or folded cash. A nylon pull tab makes accessing cards in the main compartment that much easier. Finally, an attachment point in the steel frame allows for tether or lanyard options for a more secure carry. And like the rest of Trayvax's lineup of carry goods, the Ascent is backed by a 65-year heirloom warranty. Check it out in all its color combinations at the link below.

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Dango Coin Capsule

Until we move to a completely cashless society, we’re unfortunately stuck with cold, hard, currency. Coins especially can be a pain due to their weight and irregular sizes. Carrying them in the pocket is bad enough thanks to the jangle and damage they could cause to other items carried with them, but pulling them out to pay is just as bad as you try and hunt-and-peck your way through a handful. There have been attempts to solve this problem with tools like a coin dispenser, but for Dango, it’s worth taking to the next level. Their new Coin Capsule is an overbuilt coin system that’s designed to do one thing and do it well: make managing coins simple and efficient. It’s a great way to stack, store, and spend your coins while integrating with the rest of your EDC.

The Coin Capsule’s design houses the five unique coin sizes of American currency between two slabs of machined 6061 aerospace-grade aluminum. The “lid” twists into the main body, and comes with three slits that line up with the coin compartments and make them easier to pinch out an exact number when you’re ready to cash out. There’s space for up to $5.44 in change: 16 quarters, 10 dimes, 7 nickels and 9 pennies. The simple design wastes no space and makes the most of its space, compared to all that change loose in your pockets.

Carrying the Coin Capsule is just as simple. You have an option to either clip it to your pants or bag by way of a stainless steel clip, or integrate with the rest of your gear by way of a tether loop hole. And speaking of integrating, you have a choice of satin silver or anodized jet black colorways for the Capsule, letting you match it perfectly with the rest of your EDC.

With its unique and specific design, the made in the USA Dango Coin Capsule addresses a unique American problem with the fit and finish you’ve come to expect from the brand. Change it up by checking it out at Dango’s site at the link below.

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Trending: Recycled Firefighter Leather Sergeant Wallet

For Wallet Wednesday, this update to a crowd favorite slim wallet is climbing the ranks of our Trending Gear data. Recycled Firefighter made a name for themselves by upcycling de-commissioned firehose as the main material in their durable line of wallets. One of their most popular models, the Sergeant Wallet, now comes in a leather option too. This time around, it's handmade in the USA of full-grain leather repurposed from U.S. Combat Boots. The result is a new take on a tried-and-true classic in a familiar slim silhouette, made even better with a more premium feel.

The Sergeant's design stays true to form as well, with a simple, single pocket to accommodate 4-8 cards. The angled front allows for easy pinch-and-pull access to your cards, while a mil-spec elastic band on the reverse stores folded bills and overflow. It's all sewn together with high-strength nylon binding for added durability. This wallet's built to last, and Recycled Firefighter backs it with a lifetime warranty to boot. Check it out at the link below.

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Dango P02 Pioneer Travel Wallet

There’s no denying that traveling is a unique experience. You get to see the world, experience a wealth of food and culture, and even put some of your EDC to good use. But travel comes with its unique challenges, too, especially when it comes to what you keep in your pockets. When you’re managing boarding passes, foreign currency, and travel passes on top of everything else you’re carrying, sometimes a little help goes a long way. Dango’s new P02 Pioneer travel wallet is just the ticket, with its jet set-ready features and the fit and finish Dango is known for. And with some extra functionality that makes it convenient and useful to EDC, the P02 is worth a spot on your next itinerary.

As expected from a robust travel wallet, the P02 isn’t lacking for storage. From currency to cards, passports to keys, and even space for a phone, you’ll have all your travel essentials easily accessible, all with ample RFID protection. There’s a special slot along the wallet’s spine for Dango’s own optional pen, and thanks to a through-hole design you can grab it while the wallet is both open and closed. Speaking of closing, the clasp that holds the P02 closed is actually a compact multi-tool with 5 functions, including a chisel, bottle opener, 1/4“ hex socket, and 2 drivers, so even if you’re not able to travel with your full EDC, you still have tools at your disposal. Rounding out the wallet is an external water-resistant pocket that’s a good spot for small items like loose change or often-used transport cards.

Since the P02 is built for travel, it comes with Dango’s premium DTEX material, a rugged, flexible, and weather-resistant non-leather synthetic textile. The wallet also gives you a few options for carry; you can slip it on its own into a pocket or bag, or carry it like a sling with its included nylon webbing strap. Either way, at 6.6“ x 4.33” the P02 remains as compact as possible for ease of transit, bigger than your usual wallet but smaller than most travel folios.

Whether off on a business trip or exploring the world on your next adventure, the Dango P02 wallet is the travel wallet that can go the extra mile. Pick one up from Dango at the link below.

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Elephant N3D Wallet

"Elephant Wallet’s sleek and modern card holder is milled from a block of aluminum. Its front is solid and blocks RFID scanning, while its rear provides easy access to up to nine cards, which stow under a colorful fabric strap. Available with your choice of..." (via The Awesomer)

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Distil Union Ferris System

At the end of the day, EDC is about adapting your gear to your needs. But sometimes, that translates to bringing more than you need, costing you both space in your pocket and time to reorganize if something isn’t working out. So with plenty of experience organizing and optimizing your pocket essentials, Distil Union have created a modular system to be the easiest way you build your carry every day. Thanks to a clever design, sleek aesthetics, and a healthy helping of magnets, the Ferris System makes your EDC out the door prep a breeze.

The Ferris System is designed to turn your two most-used essentials—your keychain and your wallet—into an adaptible system that lets you refit your carry as simple as possible. It consists of three core modules: the KeyLoop, KeyFolio, and the ModWallet, each designed around magnetic components that let you freely interchange, mix, and match modules as you need. Do you need a specific set of keys along with a compact multi-tool every day? Simply tap the KeyLoop onto each module to pick them up and stack them, ready to go. Need to add a drawer key or keychain flashlight to the pile? Just open up the KeyLoop and let the magnets do the work. No more fumbling around with split rings or carabiners.

The KeyFolio and ModWallet open up the options for how you carry your keys and other essentials while still being interchangable and complementary with each other. If you need more keys than usual or want to carry a locator, the KeyFolio neatly and quietly stores two stacks of modules (some of which you may have wanted to move off the KeyLoop). The ModWallet takes care of cash and card duty with special modules designed specifically for its two-across magnets, but each of those attachment points are still compatible with the rest of the Ferris modules. This means you can create your own hybrid EDC by stacking the cash, cards, and essential key or tool modules all within the same ModWallet.

As with the rest of Distil Union’s products, the Ferris System core products are wrapped in premium leather, while each of the modules come with neodymium magnets and TPU-backed nylon for durability and abrasion resistance. All those magnets means additional carry options as well, since both the Ferris components and modules can attach and be attached to any metallic surface. This is also where the optional ModStation comes into play, which is a “home base” for the Ferris System as well as the rest of the essentials you need as you’re on your way out the door. Grab and stack what you need when you’re heading out, and stick and store when you’re home for the day.

The Distil Union Ferris System opens up limitless possibilities for how you carry your essentials, making it fun and painless to build exactly what you need, when you need it. There’s still time to catch the Kickstarter campaign at the link below, already funded and well underway.

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Is the Machine Era Wallet Worth It in 2019?

It feels like it was only yesterday when we saw an explosion of new slim wallets for EDC popping up on crowdfunding sites. Many of those projects proved successful and their resulting products have since become staples in plenty of EDCers' pockets. One of the earliest and first of its kind was Machine Era's slim aluminum wallet. Despite its seemingly barebones appearance, it stood out with its utilitarian design language, intuitive operation, and durable build quality. It's been through several revisions since its debut back in 2013, culminating in the Ti5 Wallet we have now. With so much competition in the slim wallet market these days, it begs the question: is the Machine Era Ti5 Wallet worth it today?

Dango M2 Maverick Wallet

When it comes to EDC, durability never goes out of style. Case in point: Dango's newest M2 Maverick wallet. It improves upon the bombproof, CNC-machined aluminum chassis from their flagship vertical wallet with a hand-polished, nickel-plated finish. It not only adds luxe looks and a premium feel, but it also makes this functional pocket bling even tougher thanks to the nickel plating's high hardness. If you're looking to dress up your carry, slim down your pockets, and make a statement all in one go, the Dango M2 is built for the task.

To keep things fast and light, the M2 Maverick sports a single pocket design with three leather variations to choose from: Jet Black, Whiskey Brown, and Raw Leather. The single pocket features an elongated thumb slot in its top grain leather section to more easily slide out your cards. The pocket holds around 4 of your most frequently used cards, while an RFID-blocking cavity on the reverse side ups the total capacity to 10 cards. A sturdy silicone strap holds it all together and keeps cash and overflow in its place. For such a slim wallet, you're not sacrificing much capacity to keep bulk to a minimum.

The standout feature of the M2 lies right at the surface: a premium nickel-plated coating that's polished by hand to a mirror finish. It adds a cool, slick contrast to the leather section's organic feel, all while upping the durability with its enhanced hardness. And while the M2 easily slips into a pocket, it offers many more carry options thanks to four loop holes at the corners of its aluminum chassis. You can use them as attachment points for straps, lanyards, keychains, and tethers depending on where, how, and with what you choose to carry it. For a truly maxed-out setup, you can pair the M2 with Dango's MT04 card-sized multi-tool as a sleek way to cover your bases. Be sure to check out all three variants of Dango's high-end, made-in-USA flagship wallet at the link below.

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Vanquest Vault Gen-3 Wallet

If you're tired of lugging around a bulky wallet that's falling apart at the seams, it might be time for an upgrade. Vanquest's Vault wallet, now in its third generation, can stand up to daily use and abuse without weighing you down or costing an arm and a leg. It's all thanks to its slim bifold design and tried-and-true tactical materials. Its reliably durable design isn't too big in your pockets, either, letting your wallet's contents down to what matters most. 

The secret to the Vanquest Vault's tough makeup is its judicious use of 1000 denier Cordura nylon fabric. This is the same ultra-durable material you find on the best tactical gear, and it's made to stand up to just about anything your day can throw at you. There's even a DWR coating applied to the fabric for added weather resistance, as well as protection from the occasional spills and splashes at the bar. But while it's built tough for frequent use, it's still a slim bifold wallet that's not too bulky for your everyday carry. The interior compartment allows for up to 15 standard-sized payment cards to fit, but if you pare down to the essentials you can also carry folded bills with it as well. There's also a clear compartment for your most-used ID or driver's license cards. And because the Vanquest Vault is built with RFID shielding throughout, your personal information contained on the cards you carry everyday remains safe within.

At just 0.7 ounces of weight in total, the Vanquest Vault is actually even lighter than most of the wallets you've tried before and found lacking. And unlike those wallets, the Vanquest Vault is built ready for action. The third generation Vault is available in both low-profile black and a tactical grey colorway. Pick the one that suits your style and check out more details for the Vanquest Vault now at the link belolow.

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Our Favorite New Gear from Nite Ize

Many companies who make EDC gear tend to stick to just one or two categories, like focusing on knives and tools or flashlights. Nite Ize, on the other hand, takes a much broader approach. They've got a wide range of innovative, useful gear, with solutions for everything ranging from tidying your keychain to walking your dog at night, and everything in between. You may recognize the brand from their ubiquitous S-Biners popping up in EDCers' keychains, but they've heavily expanded their lineup of EDC essentials to offer so much more. We're highlighting our favorites here that would make a great addition to any carry, especially if you want to make the switch to a lightweight setup that's ready for your summer adventures.

No matter what your setup looks like or what your use cases might be, chances are you'll find some utility in Nite Ize gear. You can check out our favorites and see more of what Nite Ize has to offer at the link below.

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Deal Alert: Save 10% on Aluminum Ridge Wallets

If you're just starting out in the EDC world, picking a new wallet is your logical first step. Being able to graduate from the bulky traditional leather bifold your grandmother gifted you can be a liberating experience. It also lets you finally make some choices about what you actually want to carry. You only need the essentials, and picking a slim minimalist front pocket wallet like the ever-popular and award-winning aluminum Ridge Wallet is a strong start. With its good looks, quick access, and low profile, you'll wonder why you didn't make the switch sooner rather than later.

The Ridge Wallet is nothing like a traditional bifold, with a design that strips away excess for something elegantly simple. At its core, the Ridge is comprised of two lightweight yet durable aerospace grade 6061-T6 aluminum plates. Bound by expandable elastic bands and further reinforced with stainless steel screws, the Ridge has enough room for up to 12 of your most essential cards. Its clever metal construction not only keeps it light at just 2 ounces, but it also makes it naturally resistant against RFID skimming, keeping your personal information safe. And if you need to carry cash, there's dedicated space for folded bills using your choice of either a cash strap or money clip.

The more you pare down to the essentials, the better the Ridge Wallet works. Once you've stripped away the loyalty cards, gift cards, and months-old receipts from the wallet, you can fan out its contents from the side with a simple push of your index finger. This quick-access feature lets you pick the exact card you need at a moments notice. And when you're done, simply push the cards back in and slip the wallet into your front pocket where it's both more safe and more comfortable to carry.

The Ridge Wallet has been the go-to choice for many an EDCer ever since the original father-son Ridge team introduced their innovative wallet as part of a Kickstarter in 2013. Even if you're a seasoned everyday carry veteran, it's worth checking out the Ridge Wallet if you haven't already. Ridge is so confident that their wallet is built tough enough for your daily use that they stand behind it with a lifetime guarantee. And aside from the flagship aluminum treatment of the Ridge, it's also available in premium titanium and sharp-looking carbon fiber as well. Plus you can save 10% on your Ridge Wallet purchase by using code EDCMAY on their web store for a limited time. Check out more about what makes the Ridge Wallet special, and pick one up today at the link below.

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Dango M007 Limited Edition Wallet

You don't have to be a secret agent to carry stylish gear with hidden functionality. With the right design and materials, even your wallet can both make a statement and save the day. Dango already engineers their line of wallets to deliver that no-compromise functionality with the durability to match, but their new M007 Limited Edition does it with a striking aesthetic that looks right at home as part of Bond's daily arsenal. Based on their recent vertical M1 wallet silhouette, Dango's M007 is a luxe way to carry cash, cards, ID, and a one-piece multi-tool to round out a classy carry.

Based on Dango's latest and greatest design, the M007 is dressed to kill with a high-contrast mix of durable materials: its machined aluminum chassis features a chem-etched gold anodization, while its hand polished nickel backplate shines up to a mirror finish. It wouldn't be a Dango wallet if there was no substance behind the style, though, which is why the aluminum frame features a vertical orientation and four attachment points for multiple retention and carry options. Combined with the nickel backplate, it forms an RFID-secure card cavity for up to 6 cards.

On the reverse side, a low-profile, top-grain black leather card slot pocket stashes around 2-4 cards, bringing the wallet's total capacity to 8-10 cards. Its elongated thumb slot allows for easy push-to-slide retrieval, making it an ideal location for your most frequently used cards and RFID-enabled credentials. For loose bills, overflow cards, and everything else, a black silicone strap holds it all down.

The M007 wouldn't be mission-ready without a few tricks up its sleeve, which is why it comes equipped with Dango's MT04 one piece multi-tool. Lifting the nickel backplate reveals this high carbon steel emergency tool, packed with over 10 functions. It balances day-to-day tools like a pry tip and bottle opener with emergency functions, including an escape hook, serrated and sharpened edges, and even an oxygen tank wrench.

Whether you're looking to make a statement with your wallet, add a touch of class to your carry, or just want to channel your inner Bond for your next mission, the USA-made M007 wallet might fit the bill. Grab this limited release before it's gone from Dango at the link below.

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Ridge Wallet Carbon Fiber

When it comes to the discussion of landmark minimalist wallets, Ridge have made a name for themselves by getting it right the first time, then continuing to drive their wallet closer towards ultimate versatility. Since their successful Kickstarter launch in 2013, Ridge Wallets have found their way into over a quarter million EDCers' pockets thanks to a simple but highly efficient plate and elastic band system. Over the years Ridge have riffed with the best materials to best match their users' needs, including carbon fiber, which makes a strong case for EDC with its striking visual appeal and barely-there weight. Whether you're after its light weight and exceptional strength or looking to upgrade your wallet to one of the best in the business, now is the perfect time to pick up a Carbon Fiber Ridge Wallet and save 10% as an Everyday Carry reader.

The Ridge Wallet's minimalist, EDC-friendly design sets it apart from the rest of the pack, even before accounting for its use of premium materials. A combination of plates and elastic bands holds up to 12 cards in a compact profile barely larger than the cards themselves. Thanks to the carbon fiber plates that make up the core of this latest model, the whole package weighs a mere 1.2 ounces in your pocket, making it one of the lightest, yet most durable wallets you can carry. The panels also provide an added RFID-blocking benefit, helping keep your personal information safe from fraudsters skimming for data. The Ridge Wallet's restrained design also encourages you to carry fewer, but more important things, ensuring non-essential items stay clear of your pockets.

Ridge also gives 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 construction of the Ridge makes it far more durable to stand the test of time. And its longevity is backed by a lifetime warranty, giving it an heirloom's longevity that your old, beat-up wallet never could.

The Ridge Wallet Carbon fiber is a streamlined essential designed to last a lifetime, made even better with the use of EDC favorite carbon fiber. Pick one up for yourself or as a gift and save 10% with promo code EDCAPRIL from Ridge at the link below.

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Trayvax Armored Summit Wallet

As the weather gets nicer, one way to start your spring cleaning is by taking a good look at your EDC. While your wallet might be one of the most important essentials in your kit, it's often the hardest to keep tidy. You can amass an impressive collection of loyalty cards and receipts which do nothing but add heft to your pockets in no time. If you’ve tried to slim down your wallet at all in the last few years, you’ve likely come across a minimalist wallet from Trayvax. While they're well-known for their rugged, overbuilt wallets, the Armored Summit comes as a more minimalist EDC option with RFID protection to boot.

This RFID-shielded update takes the tried and true design of the Summit and improves on it in a few key ways. For one, you’ll get a new designed skeleton frame that remains thin and light without sacrificing the toughness that the wallet is known for. The heat-resistant plate has also been given a melonite finish and textured grooves that allow for handling. As a testament to Trayvax's quality materials and craftsmanship, everything on the wallet is sourced and assembled in the USA.

Of course, you still get all the little things that made the wallet a great pick-up in the first place. Mil-spec nylon webbing and a cash clip let you still carry a few folded bills if you need it, and the tough metal frame also doubles as a bottle opener for kicking back and relaxing at the end of the day. Having a slim wallet doesn’t mean you have to leave important cards behind either. You can carry up to 8 essentials cards with ease and there’s also convenient ID window along the bottom as well. Best of all, the “armor” in the Armored Summit Wallet is RFID certified so you’ll have peace of mind whether you’re at home or abroad knowing that your information is safe.

As well-made as they are, some minimal wallets can cost as much as the cash they hold. Luckily, you can pick up an Armored Summit for around $30 via the link below.

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