The Best Waterproof Wallets for EDC in 2020

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The Best Waterproof Wallets for EDC in 2020

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Water can be your best friend on a hot day. But it won't be so kind to your favorite EDC wallet, even if it's made with the best leather around. While build materials are important for any item in your EDC, you should also keep carry conditions in mind. For example, you don’t want your wallet bleeding dye into your pants or peeling apart after getting caught in a rainstorm. One way to make sure your credit cards and bills stay nice and dry is to pick up a quality waterproof wallet.

In this guide we’ll go over a few options that won’t leave you peeling apart soggy bills.

What to Look For in a Weatherproof Wallet

  • Materials: When it comes the best waterproof wallets, you want to avoid materials like canvas or leather that soak up water and get damaged. Instead, look for technical synthetic fabrics and anti-corrosive metals to protect from moisture.

  • Protective design: EDC wallets usually prioritize easy access and slimness over everything. For a more weather resistant front pocket wallet, look for features like watertight zip closures, sealed seams, and clasps to keep water out.

  • Ease of use: At the end of the day, you want your essentials to be safe but also easily accessible. Make sure the wallet you pick can accommodate your essentials and hits a balance of access and security you're comfortable with.

Wayfinder Daybreaker Billfold Waterproof Wallet

Wayfinder Daybreaker Billfold Waterproof Wallet

Purchase
Key Features
Billfold section
Waterproof materials
RF-welded construction
Specifications
Material
TPU-coated poly
Capacity
Up to 16 cards
Size
3.46 “ x 4.45” x 0.28“
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Price
$$$
The Wayfinder Daybreaker Billfold performs well in all conditions, made from a waterproof, hydrophobic, stretch- and grime-resistant TPU-coated polyester material. The fabric itself is laser cut to precise tolerances then RF welded together, resulting in stitch-free seams to better seal out water. For a high-capacity, modern take on the traditional billfold design that won’t take up much space in your pocket, check out the Daybreaker Billfold.
Magpul DAKA Bifold Waterproof Wallet

Magpul DAKA Bifold Waterproof Wallet

Purchase
Key Features
Billfold section
Water-resistant
RF-welded construction
Specifications
Material
Reinforced polymer
Capacity
4-12+ cards
Size
6mm thick
Reviews


Price
$$
The Magpul DAKA Bifold is a great example of the brand's expertise of high performance materials. The reinforced polymer used in the DAKA line is water-resistant and tactile to remain grippy even when wet. It also features RF-welded construction, resulting in impenetrable seals compared to traditional stitched seams.
Pioneer Matter Bifold Waterproof Wallet

Pioneer Matter Bifold Waterproof Wallet

Purchase
Key Features
Slim bifold design
Interior cash pockets
Waterproof materials
Specifications
Material
10XD
Capacity
4-12+ cards
Size
6mm thick
Reviews


Price
$$$
While natural materials like leather and canvas have their place in EDC, the future of performance gear looks like the cutting edge materials found in the Pioneer Matter Bifold. Its 10XD fabric uses ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, resulting in fibers that are 10 times stronger than steel by weight. Not only is it light and durable, but it's also waterproof. Combine that with a clever pocket layout and you have a high capacity bifold that you can carry anywhere without the bulk.
Slimfold Micro Waterproof Wallet

Slimfold Micro Waterproof Wallet

Purchase
Key Features
Billfold section
Made in USA
RFID-blocking
Specifications
Material
Performance softshell
Capacity
Up to 8 cards
Size
4.0mm thick
Reviews


Price
$$$
Bi-folds are highly functional ways to carry cash and cards, but by using a different kind of material, the Slimfold Micro Softshell Wallet is a new breed of wallet unlike the leather ones you might be used to. It’s made of a 0.5 mm thick synthetic tech fabric that’s stain, scratch, and water resistant. Inside is a cash pocket for carrying bills flat and four interior card sleeves that can comfortably hold up to 8 cards.
Flowfold Waterproof Card Holder

Flowfold Waterproof Card Holder

Purchase
Key Features
Cardholder design
Water-resistant
Made in USA
Specifications
Material
Recycled sailcloth
Capacity
6-8 cards
Size
4.2" x 2.75" x 0.06"
Reviews


Price
$
Stronger than steel, yet light enough to float. That's the kind of strength to weight ratio you'll get from the DiamondFiber used on Flowfold wallets. DiamondFiber's origins as a high-performance sailcloth make it an excellent choice for a minimalist wallet that's strong, slim, light, and able to take on some water.
Countycomm Matrix Waterproof Card Holder

Countycomm Matrix Waterproof Card Holder

Purchase
Key Features
Cardholder design
Double-stitched nylon piping
Dual pockets
Specifications
Material
Dyneema Matrix Sailcloth
Capacity
Up to 12 cards
Size
4" x 2.8" x 0.3"
Reviews


Price
$
CountyComm has earned their reputation in the EDC crowd for their excellent value gear. Their limited edition Matrix Card Holder wallet uses a durable material used in sailcloth with a unique woven "matrix" appearance that keeps weight down and lets you quickly identify your wallet's contents. Best of all, it's affordably priced at right under $6.
Pelican Micro Sport Waterproof Wallet

Pelican Micro Sport Waterproof Wallet

Purchase
Key Features
IP54-rated seal
Crushproof
Lanyard attachment point
Specifications
Material
Plastic & mesh
Capacity
Up to 10 cards
Size
5.55" x 3.27" x 0.85"
Reviews


Price
$$
Warm weather means trips to the beach, ocean, or even a water park or two. The Pelican Micro Sport Wallet was made with water activities in mind, featuring an a crush-resistant case and a IP54 rated seal to keep the internal compartment safe from liquids. Two mesh pockets hold your cards, cash, and keys in a casing that’s still only 12 mm thick.
NiteIze Runoff Waterproof Pocket

NiteIze Runoff Waterproof Pocket

Purchase
Key Features
IP67 Waterproof
Zipper pouch design
Lanyard attachment point
Specifications
Materials
TPU & TRU Zip
Capacity
Cards, cash + other items
Size
3.7" x 4.7"
Reviews


Price
$$
If you need a fully waterproof storage solution for your outdoor adventures, look no further than the NiteIze Runoff Waterproof Wallet. Its zipper design lets you pack whatever small essentials you might need along with your cards and cash, like your smartphone, GPS watch, etc. Its TPU construction combined with a water-sealing TRU Zip zipper result in an IP67 waterproof rating, ensuring it'll keep your essentials dry.

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Nice list. I would also recommend the Big Skinny line of wallets. They are ultra slim, made of a weather-resistant nylon material, and very durable. They retail for around $20-30 dollars. I have been using my Big Skinny Compact Sports Bi-fold every single day for almost 3 years without rip, tear, or defect.

Another weatherproof wallet I thought worth a mention is the Dynomighty-- another Tyvek wallet very much like the Slimfold
Wholeheartedly agree on the Big Skinny. Had that thing for years and still takes it like a champ.
Just ordered Countycomm Matrix Waterproof Card Holder, should be here next week. I currently use Dango D01 Dapper and love it.

Question: The low profile keys on the splash image, where can I get keys like that or a tutorial on how to make them?
That's a Nite Ize carabiner. A link from a bike chain. Looks like they trimmed down the sides on a tradition key with an angle grinder, etc.. Looks like pure DIY to me. Hope that helps so you don't try looking for something that looks like that off the shelf.
Nailed it! That's my stuff in the pic... I cut the keys down with a pair of dykes (I have mechanic hands still) and finished them up on a 1x42 belt sander. Only takes a couple of minutes. I haven't carried a full-sized key in years. If you look at my submissions you'll see a lot of different options. These days I'm carrying a cut down key in 1/2 a Leatherman Micra.
Nothing good :( And 6 out of 8 are actually not waterproof at all! The $3 China-made aluminum clamshell is still better functionally, except its build quality which lasts for less than a year.
I own the chums wallet and love it. Great lightweight minimalist wallet.
Recycled firefighter. And made in USA
The Chums wallet has amazing storage capabilities and still stays smaller than you'd imagine. For about $10 why wouldn't you try it?
Man was this a nice article! I need a new edc type wallet and I would like something water resistant (proof) in nature or as a 2nd wallet for my trips to Cali. That chums wallet looks pretty sweet and I like Pelican gear too. Thanks!
Magpul slim wallet is amazing. Had it for the past few months and I love it. Totally disappears in your pocket. Only thing its lacking is its ability to store any cash. You gotta be a little creative if you keep any notes with you.
I've been carrying the Slimfold Micro for the last few months. Awesome wallet but without a zipper or even a closure I'm not sure that I would call it weatherproof. Granted the material that it's made out of is waterproof, but it's design is like a standard wallet.
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