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.


Ridge Wallet Titanium

Your EDC should help you stay ready for anything, but that’s hard to do if you've got a bulky wallet taking up valuable pocket space. That’s why so many are turning to slimmer cardholder wallets to make room for other useful gear, but even those aren't always as convenient as they claim to be. Thankfully there’s the Titanium Ridge Wallet which has a build tough enough for EDC while offering some extra security for your cards. All in a body as thin as a few credit cards.

Like all great cardholder wallets the Ridge Wallet is super thin measuring in at only 6mm. To get this slim, materials and construction are key. Two pieces of thin titanium—sought after by EDCers for its impressive strength to weight ratio and unique handfeel—are held together by T5 stainless steel screws and elastic bands. This modular plate construction makes it easy to expand should you need to carry more than a few cards (it can hold up to 12 at max capacity).

A finger notch along makes it easy to push out the cards inside, giving you easy access to the one you want without forcing you to take them all out of the wallet. Besides being tough enough to run over with a car, the wallet also comes with two aluminum RFID-blocking plates built in to protect your cards against wireless theft.

Of course the purpose of a good wallet is to hold currency, not only plastic cards. Which is why the Ridge Wallet also comes with two ways to carry cash. One is an elastic cash strap that not only maintains the thin profile of the wallet, but also has rubber gripping along the inside to prevent your cash from slipping out. If that’s not your style you can always opt for the money clip variation that keeps your hard-earned cash pinned securely against the wallet until you need it.

Whether you’re looking to slim down your wallet so you can carry more stuff or want an upgrade that protects you from modern ne'er-do-wells, the Ridge Wallet has you covered. This version's lightweight titanium construction that EDCers love is just the cherry on top. Make sure to click the link below to add this wallet to your pocket.

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Dango P01 Pioneer Wallet

Dango have impressed us before with their unique and high-quality takes on the everyday wallet. They pair their eye for minimalist and functional design with top-shelf materials to bring you wallets that are impressive to both look at and use. With their third crowdfunded wallet the P01 Pioneer, they've set their sights on consolidating your EDC essentials in one package, keeping your cards, cash, and most importantly, your ideas within reach.

Like all of their wallets, Dango starts with the materials. For the Pioneer's wallet section, they've sourced Italian vegetable-tanned leather that's cut, sewn, and assembled in a factory part of the SFMade Organization out of the Bay Area. It's got RFID-blocking material laminated into the leather, and with the included silicone band and room for up to 20 cards, gives you flexibility with how to carry your essentials. This includes compatibility with a compact 24-page notebook as well as their separate MT02 one-piece multi-tool.

The P01's custom pen is CNC-machined out of 6061 aluminum to keep it light and compact, with an anodized finish for extra durability. It takes a Schmidt's 4889M pressurized ink refill, but is also compatible with Fisher Space Pen refills which should please plenty of EDCers. The pen's tail end also comes slotted with a paracord lanyard, giving it easy retrieval and compatibility with other split rings or keychains.

Dango's P01 is certainly out to live up to its name, blazing a trail towards gear that's a cut above the rest while down to business with improving your carry. They've just launched the project on Kickstarer, so be sure to check it out at the link below.

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The Best Coin Wallets for EDC

A minimal card wallet can do wonders for slimming down your pockets, but optimizing your carry doesn’t have to mean going smaller. Most card carrying wallets have a spot for stashing a bill or two, but what if you live in a country where coins are a major form of currency?

Some countries in Europe for example are way ahead of the U.S when it comes to contactless payments, but you’ll still find yourself with a pocketful of euros by the end of the day.

Whether you live in one of these countries or are just planning to visit one, a wallet with a dedicated spot for coins can go a long way. You’re going to need your cards no matter what, but if you want to avoid a pocket of jingling coins, get you a wallet that can do both.

Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet

It might be tempting to strive for minimalism as a goal in and of itself, but the reality is every EDCer has a different idea of the bare minimum. So when picking out a minimalist wallet, you might appreciate a more balanced approach that doesn't feel too barebones. Magpul's most recent addition to their excellent lineup of EDC wallets keeps things slim but adds a bit more space and functionality than their other offerings. The DAKA Everyday Wallet not only handles your essential cards, but it also accommodates folded cash and makes flashing your credentials a breeze.

As part of the DAKA lineup, the Everyday Wallet features the same reinforced technical polymer fabric you've come to expect from Magpul. The material itself boasts both a water-resistant exterior and anti-slip texture to carry through rain or shine, while RF welded seams cut down on bulk without sacrificing durability.

Measuring in at 4.2” x 2.84”, the wallet is 10% larger than the earlier DAKA Essentials Wallet. With that extra bit of clearance, Magpul added a center compartment for once-folded bills and an ID pocket with a rugged, frosted window on the exterior. They're welcome additions for those of you who encounter cash more often or need to show ID frequently. Two card slots hold anywhere between additional 3-7 cards, giving you ample capacity in a relatively compact form factor.

For an EDC wallet that's still slim but gives you a little more room to work with, the DAKA Everyday makes for a solid option. Grab one in your choice of black, flat dark earth, OD green, or stealth gray from Magpul at the link below.

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Ridge Wallet CF

When it comes to EDC gear, we’re always looking for the perfect balance between durability, functionality, and weight. This is especially true about your wallet which is probably one of the most important items in any carry. But even slim wallets can sometimes be too heavy if they’re durable, or too flimsy if they’re light. But why should you have to choose? The Ridge Wallet CF is a simple solution to bulky pockets that solves these issues in one fell swoop. It has just the right amount of functionality and a lightweight yet durable carbon fiber build that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on your pockets.

There’s a reason plenty of racing bikes are made from carbon fiber: it’s strong, lightweight, and easy to work with which makes it the kind of versatile material that’s perfect for EDC. The Ridge Wallet CF is composed of two slim plates of carbon fiber that can hold up to 12 cards sandwiched between them. Then there’s the elastic bands that connect them. These bands expand depending on the number of cards you carry, keeping everything firmly in place whether you’re carrying one card or twelve. Throw in some RFID blocking for good measure and you get a wallet that’s both adaptable and secure in a package that weighs only 1.6 ounces.

To get to a card just push them all out via the finger slot for easy pickings, and when you’re done just slide them all right back into place. As great as cards are it’s always a good idea to have a bit of cash in your pockets. That’s why the Ridge comes with either a built-in money clip or cash strap along the back so you can easily carry a few folded bills just in case.

Between the lightweight carbon fiber build and the slim design the Ridge Wallet CF makes a pretty strong case for minimal card-carrying wallets. If you’ve been trying to slim down your carry and like what the carbon fiber Ridge has to offer, make sure to snag one via the link below.

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Discommon Thermoformed Card Wallet

Quick reminder: minimal doesn't necessarily mean simple. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of clever design and innovative technology to distill all the utility we want out of our gear into something sleeker and more compact. Discommon's Thermoformed Card Wallet is an excellent example of this. Despite its impressively small footprint and understated aesthetic, it's actually the result of advanced, highly unconventional construction methods.

Even for a card case, the Discommon Card Wallet is strikingly thin and compact. It's barely wider than a credit card itself, which is all the more impressive considering it's made of leather, a relatively bulky material. Part of that is due to the leather itself: a thin and supple Italian pebbled calfskin. But it's the innovative stitchless construction of the wallet that really achieves that ultra-slim profile. The leather is laminated to a grey tweed interior, giving you the luxurious handfeel of leather with much less bulk.

Despite its thinness, the wallet accommodates up to 8 cards, or a 4 cards on one side and some twice-folded cash on the other. Unsurprisingly, the card pockets themselves have their own unique, functional twist to them too. They're thermoformed to a pre-set shape, molding to your cards and giving structure to the wallet without any break-in necessary. As a trade-off for this level of slimness and wear-resistance, you have less at-a-glance organization and quick access to the rest of your cards. But you do get easy access to your top-most cards thanks to the pocket design. It features an angular cutout shape for more surface area to slide cards out, less bulky material overall, and quick visual identification of your cards without exposing your card numbers. The pockets are also sized to fit your cards like a glove, leaving the absolute minimum clearance for the wallet's “spine” to fold. The thinner spine combined with the low-profile leather make the wallet easy to open and fold over completely when going to access your cards.

Subtle design choices round out the wallet for excellent handling and a minimalist experience. Rounded corners make it comfortable to hold and easy to slip into your pocket, while perforations on one side of the wallet work as a visual cue so you know which side is which when going to open the wallet. It's a small consideration that's especially convenient on a symmetric bifold design like this with no logos or branding on the outside. If you're after a slim wallet with a premium feel and the performance to match, check out the Discommon Wallet at the link below.

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Nodus Compact Coin Wallet

"A handsome alternative to open minimal wallets, Nodus‘ Italian leather wallet has an RFID-shielded zipper pocket that holds cards and cash, along with a coin pocket, a spare key pocket, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Flipside 4 Wallet

While we talk a lot about wallets here on the site, sometimes we overlook an important aspect in the pursuit of keeping things light and minimal. That is, actually protecting your cards and cash. Sure, a minimalist wallet keeps your pockets light, but that won't mean much if you get drenched in the rain or get exposed to rough conditions in your line of work. If you need several layers of protection to keep your essentials safe while still compact enough for EDC, the Flipside 4 has the rugged features that put the “wall” in “wallet.”

One look at the Flipside 4 and it's immediately apparent that it isn't trying to be slim as possible. The crush-resistant design and structuring gives you extra tough protection to ensure nothing inside the wallet takes the slightest dent. High-strength polycarbonate and aluminum give it a scratch-resistant texture on top of its durability and light weight, while also integrating RFID protection. A push of its front locking button flips it open, giving you access to its internal card and cash slots. The Flipside 4 can hold up to 7 cards across its 3 slots, with space for up to 10 bills in its cash compartment. Smooth edges and light weight (3 ounces while empty) let the Flipside 4 slip easily into your pockets, while also being compatible with other Flipside attachments for added functionality and expansion.

When you need maximum protection for your crucial currency, the Flipside 4's got things on lock. Pick one up in your choice of color from the Amazon link below.

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Giveaway: Win a Black Aluminum Ridge Wallet!

Update: Congratulations to Kevin D., winner of this week's giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for more chances to win a Ridge Wallet in future giveaways.

If you haven't made the switch to a minimalist wallet yet, now's the perfect time. Our friends at Ridge are hooking it up with their Black Aluminum Ridge Wallet in this week's giveaway! Aluminum is a great choice of material on an EDC wallet for a lot of the same reasons it's used on the rest of your tools: it's lightweight, durable, waterproof, easy to slip in and out of your pocket, and even blocks RFID skimmers to boot. The Ridge Wallet combines sturdy anodized aluminum plates for structure with replaceable elastic tracks for expandability into a sleek package. One lucky winner will receive a blacked out Ridge Wallet with their choice of cash strap or money clip, brought to you by our sponsor, Ridge.

Pioneer Ion Wallet

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These days, minimalist wallets are a dime a dozen. And even the best wallets you can carry are still made of leather, a material that's been around for ages. While leather breaks in nicely and has a timeless quality to it, it can inevitably wear out and weigh you down. It's possible the next frontier of wallets doesn't use leather at all, and Pioneer is blazing the way. As part of their 10X series, the Ion Wallet combines futuristic materials and high-tech manufacturing processes to push the envelope of this EDC staple.

Ridge Wallet

A great way to optimize your EDC and trim excess from your pockets usually begins with a hard look at your wallet. You might be used to a wallet that lets you carry it all, including hanging on to old receipts and unnecessary items. But really, your wallet should carry only the essentials. A slimmer, more compact wallet like the Ridge Wallet not only keeps your carry lighter, but it also helps keep it that way thanks to its minimalist design.

The Ridge Wallet is a lesson in minimalism. Two pieces of slim metal bound together with tough elastic bands means that it not only looks sleek, but it’s also durable enough to withstand everyday wear and tear. You can carry up to 12 cards with ease and its metal plates also provide RFID protection for added security. A perfectly placed finger notch lets you fan out the cards inside for quick access to the one you need, then when the transaction is complete just slide it back in place and you’re good to go.

Thin, card-focused wallets are great for keeping your pockets slim, but cash is still king. For all you cash carriers, the Ridge also comes with a built-in money clip (or cash strap depending on your preference) perfect for stashing a few folded bills. It'll come in handy when you inevitably hit up your favorite cash-only spot.

Whether you’re tired of lugging around a bulky bi-fold or looking for a secure and durable wallet, the Ridge Wallet has you covered. It comes in multiple colors and materials including aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium. Chances are you’ll be able to find the one that fits your carry perfectly. To free up some valuable pocket space without sacrificing the essentials click the link below to pick one up for yourself.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.