Aluminum Ridge Wallet – Minimalist EDC Wallet (3 Month Review)

Venturing into the world of minimalistic Every Day Carry (EDC) wallets meant sailing into uncharted waters for me. Luckily, I think I may have found hidden treasure in the sea of wallets that exist in the world today. Enter, The Aluminum Ridge Wallet.

This aluminum wallet is something I have been rocking in my EDC for the last 3 months in an attempt to give you an idea on what this wallet is like to lug around daily. Since this was also my first Aluminum minimalist style wallet, I wanted to do a little comparison on what this style of wallet provides over a standard bi-fold or tri-fold wallet.

Do you really need a wallet this big?

Let’s take a look at the size of this wallet

I am using the Sharpie Pen in the images as a scale.

No BS, here is the break down the of the + / – before we continue

Pros: 👍

  1. No more back pain while driving or removing your wallet before you take off.
  2. Small and easy to slip into a pocket
  3. Looks way better than a standard wallet
  4. RFID Blocking technology
  5. Can hold several plastic cards

Cons: 👎

  1. Scratches up the finish somewhat easily
  2. Can’t hold as much stuff
  3. Not made to hold a lot of cash
  4. Doesn’t tote Around concealed carry or fishing license style cards very well (flimsy cards)
  5. If you have several cards it can be a little difficult to fan them out and pick the right one
  6. Expensive.

Let’s take a closer look at the wear and tear on this thing over the last 3 months:
A little scratched up, but that is to be expected.

As you can see in the images, this thing took a beating, however the structural integrity of the aluminum remained unharmed. It did receive numerous blemishes on the surface, but really all of it was cosmetic wear.

The cash strap was a point of concern initially, but it turned out to hold up nicely over time. To be fair, I don’t use cash very often. However, I always had some on hand, held by the cash strap, in case of an emergency.

Aluminum Wallet Vs. The Ol’ Bi-Fold / Tri-Fold Wallet

Like most things, this is going to come down to personal preference. For me, this wallet will remain in my EDC for the foreseeable future.

The way I see it, there are a couple types of people:

The Guy Who MUST Carry It All – POOR Candidate.

Carries everything and the kitchen sink in his wallet. Spare Keys. Photos. Fishing licenses. Condoms. You name it, he has it. This guy also uses almost exclusively cash for every purchase, and often complains of back problems when he forgets to remove his wallet before putting on his seatbelt. 😕

The Guy Who Carries Nothing – GREAT Candidate

Carries only one credit card on his person and his drivers license. That is all.

If you happen to find yourself not fitting into one of those categories, then you will have to pick which one you find yourself more closely resembling. For me, I thought I needed to carry a bunch of stuff in my wallet, then one night I sat down and tore my wallet apart and realized I was carrying around a bunch of stuff that I probably didn’t need to carry and it probably wasn’t worth luging all of it around.

I decided to take the Ridge Wallet for a test run and I won’t be looking back anytime soon. You will have to make the decision for yourself on if an aluminum wallet like this is going to be right for you.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this is a solid choice for a wallet if you are looking for a wallet option that is minimal, clean looking and gets the job done. This wallet has drawn a few sets of eyes and even sparked a couple conversations based on it’s style and appearance.

It looks good, and it has performed well for me in my EDC. After running this wallet for the last few months, I am a believer in the “less is more” methodology when it comes to wallets and I will be continuing to run this wallet for the next several months unless something new comes along.

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