Best Minimalist Wallet: Our Top List For 2017

Gone are the days of the George Costanza wallet; an overfilled mess with every single receipt, business card, and coupon you’ve ever been given and decided to keep “just in case”. As if you’re ever going to claim that free Save The Tiger poster. People have moved on from the bi-fold wallet and learned to store just the essentials in a minimalist design you hardly even feel in your pocket.

It should come as no surprise that the minimalist wallet trend has taken off, big time. After all, it appears that we are moving closer and closer to becoming a cashless society, with more than a third of American and Europeans saying they would be happy to just rely on electronic forms of payments if possible.

Without all that cash taking up most of the space, what’s the point in carrying a big, empty bifold? The best minimalist wallet will still hold all your essential items, without the bulk, so making the switch from hefty bifold wallet to slim should be no problem.

Our list of minimalist wallet reviews looks at some of the top slim wallets on the market, from those that will keep your cards safe from digital thieves to those that will hold your all-important tools. Do you agree with our pick for the best minimalist wallet of 2017?

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1. Dango Tactical Wallet

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Editor’s Choice

Highly functional, ideal for the outdoor enthusiast

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2. Trayvax Element Wallet

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Runner Up

Rugged slim wallet, perfect for your outdoor adventures

3. Hammer Anvil RFID Block Leather Front Pocket Wallet

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Budget Choice

Simple yet effective EDC for those on a budget

1. Dango Tactical Wallet

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With so many wallets claiming to be the best minimalist wallet around, it can be a little difficult to make your product stand out. Dango brings something new to the market with an impressive looking wallet and a great concept.

The Dango Tactical Wallet has an intricately thought out design, which includes a removable multi-tool, so you’re ready for any adventure or situation. This highly versatile RFID wallet has over 14 functions, including para cord tensioner, saw, knife, and smartphone stand. It’s the ideal tool to take with you on your next trek.

It’s a minimalist wallet Amazon users have rated highly thanks to its “excellent craftsmanship,” “quality material,” and “aggressive style”; all in all, an “awesome, awesome, awesome product.” The minimalist wallet reviews don’t lie; it’s an impressive slim wallet.

It is worth noting that a few users have criticized the sharp edges. However, new items have been sent out to those who have complained, so it’s worth contacting customer service with any issues as replacements appear to be fine.

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"Impressive looking wallet with a multitude of features, this is the kind of wallet you want with you on your next outdoor adventure!"
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We love that you can readily remove the multi-tool feature, so you can check it when traveling the world, or simply leave it at home. This top grain leather wallet is an ideal choice for the outdoor enthusiast that’s looking for a highly functional, yet slim, wallet.

Editor’s Choice

For us, this has got the be the best minimalist wallet on the list. It’s got the looks, the impressive craftsmanship, and several tools to boot.

It may be on the pricey side, but when you consider the quality of the materials and the amount of attention and detail that went into it, we think it’s a fair price to pay.

 

2. Trayvax Element Wallet

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Trayvax focuses on delivering quality gear that is built to last, and they sure got it right with their Element wallet. Think of it as the luxury version of the classic Trayvax wallet, with the oil-tanned leather adding to its rugged good looks. 

For the avid outdoorsman, this stylish slim wallet offers some much-needed durability. The leather not only helps keep things classic, but it also means you can trust that the wallet will last. Rather than opt for traditional stitching, they’ve kept things in place with some heavy-duty para cord. 

Durability is essential, considering the price tag on this wallet. It’s one of the dearer slim leather wallets on the list, but you are paying for quality materials and the fact that they handcraft it in the USA.

Besides durability, the great thing about this leather is that you can customize the fit, so the wallet holds the number of cards you need. Be sure to carefully read the guidelines and soak it as instructed if you want it to stretch properly.

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A rugged slim, minimalist wallet made with durable materials, this wallet will withstand just about anything you throw at it. Take it with you on your outdoor adventures when need to pack light, without worrying about what state it will end up in.

3. Recycled Firefighter Front Pocket Sergeant Wallet

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Recycled Firefighter offers some pretty innovative products, all made using repurposed materials that not only look good but are also highly durable. These unique wallets are packed with character, and their durable nature means you can easily take one with you on a hike or other outdoor adventure, without having to worry about it getting ruined.

The Sergeant Wallet has been specifically designed to be placed in your front pocket, which not only makes it more comfortable to wear and easy to retrieve, but it also means it’s safer from pickpockets.

We love the fact that they make these from recycled materials, which means that every wallet is unique and offers an interesting back story. Of course, it also means that you can’t guarantee a design and whether your piece will feature writing, so this may not appeal to everyone.

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A simple, slim wallet that is durable enough for EDC, plus perfect for front pocket use. The innovative materials make it an understandable hit, particularly due to the durability factor and reasonable price. 

4. Machine Era Slim Wallet | Stainless Steel

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Machine Era Co. has given one of their most popular wallets a complete upgrade with their latest offering, the Ti5 Wallet. The stylish wallet is both stronger and lighter than its predecessor, with some ingenious added features. We take a closer look at their sell-out stainless-steel version, but they also have other styles including a Titanium version.

This ultra-durable and extra light variety of one of the best slim wallets available on the market is not just comfortable to carry, with its thoughtfully designed rounded edges, but it is also RFID-blocking, corrosion proof, holds up to 7 cards and even has a bottle opener built into the design.

The brushed metal finish not only looks great but also means you get a better grip, so you don’t feel as if it will slide out of your hand when you take it out of your pocket. We love the clean lines and the fact that the elastic band has been effortlessly incorporated to give it a modern feel.

The high-quality elastic band has been built to last, but you get a spare band included with your Amazon order and replacements are available on their website should you need one, which means you don’t have to worry about forking out for a whole new wallet should that part wear down.

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All in all, we’d say this slim wallet is worth the money considering the durable materials and added features. It’s the ultimate utilitarian wallet for the traveling, minimalist man. 

5. RFID Dash Slim Wallet 4.0

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When Dash brought their 4.0 Wallet to Kickstarter, the aim was to bring you a slim wallet that was lighter than ever, giving you faster and easier access to your cards and cash thanks to the handy quickdraw design. With an ultra-slim profile to avoid the bulging pocket look, this low-cost wallet would have 3 compartments to keep you organized; credit card holder compartments and cash pocket.

The many positive reviews seem to indicate that they managed to deliver, with an outstanding minimalist wallet that even offers RFID protection to boot. The ultra-thin wallet is one of Dash’s best sellers, made using Saffiano leather canvas for added durability.

We love the fact that they offer both a horizontal and vertical option for this wallet. Choosing between the two will probably come down to whether you are more likely to use the swipe system with your cards or make contactless payments. With the horizontal design, you can use the quickdraw feature to remove just enough of the card to swipe it, and with the vertical design you can use it to push the card out quickly and expose the embedded chip on your card for smooth payment.

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This wallet is great if you’re looking for a low-cost minimalist wallet that is super lightweight and offers RFID block.

6. Billetus MAXX Wallet Kit

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The Billetus MAXX Wallet re-invents the traditional money clip using the same high tech materials used in the race car industry. Carbon fiber is not just stronger than its metal counterparts; it’s also lighter. This makes it the ideal material for a minimalist wallet that you will hardly even feel in your pocket.

The MAXX Clip offers an innovative, fashionable, and practical way to store your cash, with tapered edges, so you don’t have to worry about any sharp or uncomfortable corners.

As you can see from the wallets on this list, wallet makers love including a bottle opener into the design. This one comes in the form of a carbon fiber credit card-sized card, doubles up as a ruler, and has been given the name Cardus Openus. You can even buy it separately, and the fact that it’s the size of a credit card means it fits into any wallet.

The MAXX Clip features the traditional design, but if you’re looking for a more stand out look, Billetus also do a Mericus version inspired by the American flag and an Ominous money clip in the shape of a skull.

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"We love that the designers chose to incorporate such a unique material that not only makes the product more interesting, but also more durable than your average minimalist wallet."
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It’s one of the pricier items on the list, but when you consider the fact that it’s made with carbon fibre, we feel the price is justified. The innovative material adds a unique element not present in your average money clip, ideal if you’re looking for a lightweight, but durable, slim wallet.

7. HuMn Mini Polycarbonate Wallet

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Here’s another minimalist wallet Kickstarter helped bring to the market. The HuMn wallet mini is a cleverly designed, fully customizable wallet that offers minimalists that added bit of flexibility for when they want to take things down to just the basics.

The wallet is essentially two plates and a shock strap; think of it as a luxury money clip. You just place your cards in between the two plates by using the thumb tab to open it up like a book, and you can put any additional cash and cards under the strap on the exterior of the plates.

If you’re only looking to carry a few credit cards with you, you can strip it down to just the single plate and shock strap. While the mini version is designed to hold up to 6 cards in the interior section, you can upgrade it to hold an additional 4 to 5 cards with an expansion plate if necessary.

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"If you're looking for a truly minimalist design, look no further than the HuMn Mini - it doesn't get much slimmer than this"
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The truly minimalist design means it may not suit everyone as an everyday carry. However, it does make it ideal for those occasions when you just want to carry the essentials, like if you are traveling or going to an event.

8. Hammer Anvil RFID Block Leather Front Pocket Wallet

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If you’re looking for a great value minimalist wallet with RFID protection, look no further than Hammer Anvil’s leather front pocket wallet. Just because you’re not paying huge amounts for it, doesn’t mean you’re going to end up with a cheapo wallet.

Made with genuine leather, this wallet offers a premium feel, so it’s stylish enough to be used as a professional business card case as an alternative to a minimalist wallet. The center slot is a great addition, holding plenty of bills without adding too much bulk to the wallet.

The trademarked Anti-Breach technology will be a welcome feature for some; with contactless payment fraud on the rise in many countries, it’s an easy way to protect yourself from cyber criminals. The slim wallet comes in three different colors, with an additional three colors offered in crosshatch, so you get a bit of variety.

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The Hammer Anvil wallet is the perfect everyday carry for those of you who are on a bit of a budget. With its classic feel, easy access to cards, and RFID protection, it’s everything you need from a slim pocket wallet.

9. Hitch and Timber EDC Card Caddy

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Hitch and Timber’s EDC card caddy stands out from the other slim wallets on the list thanks to its handsome leather design and ability to hold your essential EDC items in a single, conveniently portable location.

It’s the ultimate man wallet, with space to hold up to six cards, a small pocket knife and an EDC pen. Each minimal wallet is made to order with 4oz American tanned Horween leather, and is cut, stitched, and burnished by hand.

The leather design is certainly visually appealing, and the front pockets mean you can carry your everyday carry items with you where they are easily accessible. It’s a unique product that has been designed with practicality in mind. 

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This striking handcrafted leather wallet is the ideal place to store all your EDC pieces, without having to sacrifice on style.

10. Travelambo Front Pocket Minimalist Wallet

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If you’re looking for a minimalist wallet that offers sophisticated simplicity in its design, then look no further than the Travelambo’s minimalist wallet. This ultra slim wallet has been designed for front pocket use and is an excellent choice if you’re currently on a bit of a budget.

The RFID block technology has been approved with independent lab tests, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that it will protect your identity and cards. The simplistic design means it is suitable for any occasion, making it the perfect EDC item to add to your collection.

Available in over 25 different colors, you will have no problem finding the slim wallet that perfectly complements your style, whether you are looking for something bright and cheerful or something a little more classic. Choose from crosshatch leather, Napa leather, or vegetable-tanned leather.

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If you’re the type that carries around the bare minimum, then this slim wallet is all you really need to store your few essential assets.

11. Card Buddy Deluxe: Stick-On Wallet for iPhone & Android Smartphones

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The Card Buddy Deluxe started out as a Kickstarter project that took your average rubber stick-on wallet for your phone and turned it into something that resembled a typical wallet. Not only is it incredibly convenient, but it also looks stylish.

If you hate carrying too many things in your pocket, then combining your phone and wallet may just be the perfect solution. This low-cost wallet brings together the two things most men are guaranteed to carry around in their pockets; it doesn’t get any more minimalist than this.

It fits onto almost any phone or case, whether you sport an iPhone or Android smartphone. With a 3M self-adhesive backing, you simply stick it on to your phone or case, and you’re ready to go. 

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Not a minimalist wallet as you know it, but for those of you who like to carry around your essentials all in one place, this is the one for you. Stylish and incredibly practical, this low-cost option is perfect for the ultimate minimalist on a budget.