Everyday Carry

The Drop: Pioneer Matter Baby Ballistic Bifold Wallet

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: Pioneer Matter Baby Ballistic Bifold Wallet

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

Many people need cash in their everyday carry, and it's not optional. If you're one of those people, finding the right wallet to carry cash and cards together without the bulk of a traditional bifold wallet can be tricky. While there are a lot of minimalist card holders out there, the correct answer for you is to choose a bifold with quality materials and construction that set it apart from a bulky leather back pocket wallet. An example of this is the new Pioneer Matter Baby Ballistic. This slim and convenient bifold wallet features a unique technical fabric construction that makes it more durable and lightweight than a traditional wallet made of cowhide leather.

The Pioneer Matter Baby Ballistic wallet gets its name from the unique fabric they've woven to make this slim front pocket bifold. It's a ballistic nylon fabric with a finer weave that makes it smoother to the touch and thinner than you'd find in tactical applications of that fabric style. This masterfully constructed material is precision stitched to help make the Matter carry up to 12 payment and identification cards and folded bills. Of course, you will get the best results if you can pare down to the essentials. But carrying cash with the Matter is an inherent design note, not an afterthought.

At 6.45” wide when fully opened, this wallet is much smaller than the standard bulky leather wallet, making it far more EDC-friendly. And unlike your dad's tired old leather wallet, the Matter won't stain or warp if you accidentally spill a beer on it the next time you're at a restaurant. That's because the technical Baby Ballistic fabric shrugs off that kind of water exposure. You can even put this wallet through the wash to clean it if you want to. No one has to know you forgot to check your pants pocket before doing the laundry.

What we like: The durable and water-resistant material used to make the slim Pioneer Matter Baby Ballistic sets it apart from a traditional leather bifold. It's one of the most slim EDC bifold wallets you can choose, and it deserves your attention.

What to watch out for: Unlike some of the other editions of the Pioneer Matter bifold, the Baby Ballistic is only available in black. And if you're looking for a compact EDC wallet that lets you carry bills without folding them in half first, check out Pioneer's Altitude line instead.

Final verdict: If you're looking for a dedicated cash carrier, the Pioneer Matter Baby Ballistic is one of the best on the market. It eliminates the bulk and fragility of the big back-breaking wallets your parents used to carry.

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Jonathan Tayag

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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