The 10 Best Minimalists Wallets for EDC in 2017

The 10 Best Minimalists Wallets for EDC in 2017

Phone, keys, and last but not least, wallet. Okay, you're good to go. 

Your wallet's one of those things you pat down your pockets for in the morning because you simply do not want to leave it behind. 

You can already imagine the headache that would ensue without it: no way to buy a snack to thwart midday hangriness, not being able to get on the train as part of your morning commute (which is stressful enough as it is), and so on.

Given how essential your money, IDs, and other cards are to just getting through the day, it really pays to have the best wallet you can get to carry them all.

A good everyday carry wallet has uniquely functional features, reliable materials, and—above all else—a slim profile. In this guide, we're highlighting 10 of the best EDC wallets that fit the bill.

Why You Should Carry a Slim Wallet

Slimming down your wallet not only makes it easier to find important cards quicker, but it can also be better for your health. Conventional bulky wallets can cause pain when you sit on them for too long. A problem you can avoid with a slimmer wallet made for everyday carry instead of hoarding business cards. As an added bonus, a slimmer wallet also leaves more space in your pocket for more gear. It’s a win-win.

The Best Minimalist Wallets for Everyday Carry

Trayvax Element

Trayvax claims their Element wallet is the last wallet you’ll ever need and judging by its durable build materials, it just might be. It features a lightweight stainless steel frame with a bottle opener that’s wrapped in oil-tanned leather and held together with paracord binding. A snap-on clasp keeps your cards safe while an integrated money clip holds your cash. You’ll also be at ease knowing the Trayvax Element is RFID blocking, keeping up to ten cards safe from any ne’er-do-wells.

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Maxpedition Micro

The Maxpedition Micro is a minimal wallet that lets you store plenty. Flipping it open reveals two card slots where you can access your cards or folded bills and an ID window. The outside features a quick access slip pocket for your most used cards, but you can also use it to carry a few coins if you don’t like them jingling around in your pocket. It’s also secure enough that you can stash a spare key in case you lose yours.

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Bellroy Slim Sleeve

Bellroy is no stranger to minimal wallets, with almost a dozen wallet offerings to their name. Their Slim Sleeve bi-fold wallet is our favorite of the lot, as it can hold up to 12 cards and some cash while remaining super thin. You’ll get two quick access slots for your most used cards along with two extra pockets, one of which is perfect for once folded bills. The other pocket features a pull-out tab so you can access any rarely used cards. If you want a classy bifold that will give you the peace of mind that cash brings while keeping your pocket slim, this leather wallet should get the job done.

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If you’re looking for something simple, the BASICS Wallet might be for you. Its fabric construction means it’ll only get as thick as the number of cards you put in it (up to 15). A slick design gives you quick access to not one, but four of your most used cards by pulling on the tab. It also comes with a built-in pocket on one side for stashing coins, spare keys, or folded bills. For a capable wallet that won’t take up too much space the BASICS Wallet has you covered.achi

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Machine Era Ti5

There are plenty of minimal wallets on the market but the Machine Era Ti5 wallet is one of the most popular. It’s a piece of lightweight grade 5 titanium that’s been machined to perfectly fit a credit card, so you can easily slip it into your pocket without adding unnecessary bulk. It comes with an elastic band that keeps your cash and cards secure, while also putting a bottle opener in your pocket. When you’re not using the thumb slot to slide out your cards, you can use it to pop open a beverage.

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Saddleback Leather Medium Bifold

Saddleback Leather is known for their quality leather products. If all you need is a quality leather wallet, this bifold will age beautifully thanks to the full-grain leather used. It’s also durable enough for EDC thanks to the marine-grade threading that holds everything together. Inside you’ll get six curved slots for better grip when sliding out your cards and a large pocket for any bills. It comes in five different colors so whatever your flavor of leather is you’ll likely find it.

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RIDGE Wallet

If you browse through our submissions, you’ll see the Ridge Wallet more than a few times. It’s great at getting rid of bulk and unnecessary items because there’s no place to put them. You can hold 1-12 cards in its main compartment while keeping cash secured with either a built-in elastic strap or money clip. You know it’s built for everyday carry thanks to its metal construction and that your cards will be secure as it blocks RFID signals as well.


Herschel Supply Co. Charlie

Herschel Supply Co. makes some great EDC wallets, but the Charlie Wallet is well on its way to becoming a classic. Its tough fabric holds up to everyday wear and tear and its compact no-fold design lets you carry your cards without adding bulk. On each side, you’ll get two slip pockets for cards and IDs, while a pocket in the middle stores your cash. If you deal with a lot of coins, this is a wallet that can get the job done without breaking the bank.

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Recycled Firefighter Sergeant

You’ll find that many EDCers carry the Recycled Firefighter Segeant wallet. As the name implies this wallet is made of recycled vinyl tarp that a fire hose is made from, so you know it’s durable enough for EDC. Because the material is repurposed, each wallet comes with unique scuffs and marking so you’re getting a one-of-a-kind product. You can carry up to eight cards and the nylon strap fits cash you fold into thirds.

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Chums Surfshorts Wallet

Travel wallets make surprisingly good EDC wallets, and the Chums Surfshorts Wallet is proof. It has two zippered pockets on either side for keeping card, cash, and coins securely stowed away. It also has an ID window along with a built-in keyring so you can attach the wallet to a bag or, of course, hold your keys.

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Everyone has a favorite wallet, so what’s yours? Let us know in the comments what your favorite is. The more efficient, the better!

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The tyni wallet should be on there, best front pocket wallet ever. It holds tons of cash and is super thin. I always get compliments on how the cash is held. Teng & Co. made an awesome quality product.
I've had mine for 2 years and still going strong!
I have the trayvax element and put a chain on it. I love the rugged leather/metal/minimal look and it is tough as nails. Definitely worth the money.

The best part about these "top" lists isn't the EDC products in the article. It's the suggestions and links in the comments section that really stand out!!
Ain't that the truth!
No Hellbent Holster? They are an awesome American company that pump out awesome high quality wallets!
Thanks for the heads up, they do have some tight stuff.....
Hellbent Combat Wallet will be my next edc Wallet for sure! Newly patented and made in Texas, so you know it's good!
Check out my page, I love mine man!
Nice stuff there
For real, all these wallets suck compared to a hellbent
I won't lie, I love my Recycled Firefighter Sergeant but the Slimfold Micro RFID Softshell wallet caught my eye. If any of you have used it I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I have and love this wallet. I've had two of the original Slimfold Micro wallets, and just got the Softshell because the originals wear out after a year or two of normal use. The Softshell is not showing any of the signs of wear that the originals had. It's a different material and has held up perfectly so far. I don't expect to have to buy a new one any time soon, and highly recommend this choice.
That's awesome! Thank you for your reply. I love the look and design but I wasn't sure about it. Looks remarkably thin, especially when empty.
Currently it has 4 cards (driver's license, work ID, debit & credit card), 9 bills, and 1 personal check, and it's about 9mm thick.
Wow, that's pretty good.
Distilunion Wally Micro. Hands down one of the slimmest high quality front pockets wallets out there.
I've been carrying a Distill Union Wally for over a year and love it. I still use cash often enough that folding and unfolding it seems like a pain. The money clip on the Wally works well for me.
You know, the best minimal wallet, to me, is rubber band, specifically the rubber band that holds together bunches of broccoli. Whenever my wallet starts to wear out, I toss it and grab a new one from the junk drawer. It works great and costs next to nothing—plus it comes with some delicious broccoli. What's not to love?
My brother for awhile had me using a simple binder/clip that you would find in an office setting. Talk about minimal and strong.
This Minimalist Wallet is made from a single piece of aluminum. The elegant design excluded all unnecessary parts, but securely carries and protects your cards and IDs. The whole body has no screws, magnet, snaps, straps or rubber bands to break
The Mark Bifold should be on this list. The thinnest package that packs the most punch, it even has slots for sim cards and a pen! >
The Dango tactical wallet is hands down better then all of these, with or without the multi-tool. Do not know why this wallet is not listed, anyhow i got mine so no worries here :)
Nice choices among the comments.

I've been using the Big Skinny Metro Leather Bifold with great success for several years now. Still going strong. I prefer it over the others because I can easily flash my ID or Costco card from the two visible windows one-handed. The openings face each other so things can't slide out very easily when open and it's just 4mm thick when empty and closed!
I love kinzd wallet,Thin, Strong, and Comfortable minimalist wallet is perfect especially now that I do not have to carry every care (using Apple Pay) I keep with me license and other essentials and just enough cash, but there is none of the bulk of my old wallet. Recommend it
My favorite is the Dango Wallet. It's actually cured me of trying new wallets! I love the fact that unlike many others, one side is RFID, and the other side isn't. And it's durable, and that's not to mention the tool on the Tactical Wallet. Very much recommended.
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