Minimalism may be the newest trend in home decor, but the style has influenced our lives in many other ways too, including fashion. Men’s wallets, in particular, have recently had a complete overhaul to allow for the most minimal everyday carry possible.
It only makes sense that men want to streamline what’s in their pockets. In the digital age, there’s little need to carry dozens of cards and tons of pocket change. We bet that if you sit and think about what you actually need on any given day of the week, two to three cards and a bit of cash would suffice.
Back in 2013, The Ridge was founded on this principle. The father and son owners knew men and women didn’t need to carry “everything to be prepared for anything.” So, they invented a simple wallet that carries just as much as you need. Today, The Ridge Wallets are some of the most popular minimalist wallets on the market. Let’s take a look at why.
The number one selling point for The Ridge Wallets are their streamlined, minimalist design. The wallets can hold one to 12 cards between the magnetic metal plates and elastic bands. On the exterior, you can add either a money clip or money strap for carrying your bills, too. Together, these elements take up no more than one centimeter of width in your pocket.
While some might complain that The Ridge Wallets can’t carry as much as the traditional bi-fold, the very point of the wallet is to carry less. By purchasing this minimalist wallet, you’ll minimize the things you feel are necessary to take with you in your pocket on a daily basis.
The materials that go into The Ridge wallets are fairly simple but incredibly durable. The original wallets were made with sheets of plastic held together by an elastic band. As the company made improvements, the plastic was replaced by titanium, aluminum and carbon fiber, some of the most lightweight yet durable metals available for consumer use.
Using hard metals has several advantages. First, they likely won’t break, even after decades of use. Second, they won’t change shape or loosen up, which is frequently an issue with leather wallets over time
The only bit of the construction that is likely to change with extended use is the elastic band, but The Ridge has anticipated this issue by selling replacement bands through their website. These can be easily installed at home thanks to the modular construction of the wallets.
Probably the best feature beyond the durable materials and slimline design of The Ridge Wallets is their ability to block radio frequency identification (RFID). This is the process in which hackers can steal your credit card information through the radio signals transmitted by your cards for contactless transactions. The Ridge Wallets block these radio frequencies so that hackers cannot access them. This is a huge benefit for anyone who worries about having their identities stolen.
Every version of The Ridge Wallet allows for a certain amount of customization. When ordering, you’ll be able to choose between a money clip, a money strap or both. Furthermore, the wallets come with a screwdriver designed to fit the screws in the wallet. That way, if you want to change the configuration of your wallet at any point, you can do so. Plus, The Ridge sells replacement parts and accessories through their website, so adding a clip or strap at a later point isn’t an issue. The ability to customize your minimalist wallet to your liking is one of the reasons why The Ridge Wallet is an incredibly popular everyday carry option right now.
Because The Ridge Wallets are made using military-grade materials in a rugged design, the company offers a lifetime warranty. This covers any manufacturing defect, but likely won’t cover anything that is caused through usage of the wallet. However, the existence of a lifetime warranty means The Ridge stands by its products and manufacturing, which is always good to know.
1. Carbon Fiber 3K Wallet
Although the carbon fiber version is the most expensive of The Ridge Wallets, we love the 3K carbon fiber weave and the matte finish. The Ridge only makes carbon fiber wallets in versions of black, but for a minimalist wallet that is usually tucked away, this isn’t a problem. And, at only 1.6 ounces, this is the lightest of all The Ridge Wallets. For comparison, the aluminum wallet weighs two ounces, while the titanium version weighs 2.5 ounces.
Carbon Fiber 3K Wallet
2. Aluminum — Matte Olive Wallet
If carbon fiber isn’t your thing they’ve also got aluminum options available, including this matte olive color that’s sleek but offers a bit more color than your classic black or grey. The aluminum wallets offer all the same RFID-blocking properties as the other Ridge wallets and master the balance of using minimal materials but still having a spot for everything you need.
Aluminum Matte Olive Wallet
3. Aluminum Tiki Wallet
If you don’t want a plain wallet and prefer something with a little personality, go with The Ridge Aluminum Wallet. This version comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, like this one in Tiki. Just don’t dilly dally if you find one you like. The patterns typically sell out quickly. On another note, the patterned wallets usually look better with the money clip than with the money belt as more of the pattern shows with the former.
Aluminum Tiki Wallet
4. Titanium Burnt Wallet
The Ridge Wallet Titanium is one of the more popular options for men purchasing minimalist wallets. That’s because titanium has a reputation for being one of the strongest materials for its weight. In this wallet, you’ll get just under 2.5 ounces of grade 5 titanium in the sides of the wallet, which are no thicker than the average credit card. This version of The Ridge Wallet is available in four different colors, from black to cobalt, but we’re partial to the slightly iridescent “burnt” option.
Titanium Burnt Wallet
5. Add a Cash Strap Plate to Your Ridge Wallet
As mentioned above, you will have the choice between a money strap plate and a money clip when ordering your Ridge Wallet. But, if you feel you’ve ordered the wrong one or you actually want to have both, fear not. You can always change your mind at any time thanks to the fact that The Ridge sells these accessories fairly cheaply. In fact, the replacement cash strap plate costs just nine dollars, and the money clip isn’t far behind. Plus, they’re both super easy to install. Replacement screws and elastic are also available on The Ridge website.
Replacement Cash Strap Plate
6. The Card Case
BEST WALLET ALTERNATIVE
Although not technically a wallet, The Card Case by The Ridge combines a protective iPhone case with a card wallet. Made from full-grain leather, this phone case provides all the protection your phone needs and boasts two slanted card slots on the back. This design makes retrieving your cards quick and easy. While The Card Case may not replace your Ridge wallet, it is ideal for times when you don’t want to carry both a phone and a wallet, like big nights out on the town or when you’re just popping out to the shops.