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The Ridge Wallet started out on Kickstarter in 2013 and has only gained traction since. Today, the wallet comes in different material options and styles to fit most tastes.
Here is our review of the design, features, and usability of the Ridge Wallet.
Its small profile makes it ideal for minimalists and the quality materials mean it will last a lifetime. The Ridge Wallet also has RFID-blocking material to protect from chip reader theft. This added security helps offset some of the cost.
Ridge Wallet Design
The Ridge Wallet has a simple design that tends to appeal most with minimalists. However, a simple design doesn’t mean sacrificing on quality materials.
Let’s take a look at the material and features of the wallet.
What’s the Ridge Wallet made from?
The Ridge Wallet is made of one of three materials. Choose an option depending on personal preference:
- Aluminum (shown in the image below)
- Carbon fiber
It consists of two plates screwed together and bound by black elastic bands. The metal plates come in colors including:
- Rose gold
And there are a variety of other colors and designs that can be found at different price points. These are the additional designs and colors offered in aluminum finish:
- Desert tan
- OD Green
- Raw (no color)
The Ridge Wallet may be small, but it packs in a number of features that make it stand out from other smart wallets.
- RFID blocking: One of the main features of the wallet is that it can block wireless access to chip-enabled debit and credit cards.
- Extremely durable: The Ridge Wallet is made to be long long lasting and expandable. According to Ridge, the wallet can hold up to 12 cards at one time.
- Easy to use: The round cutout on the side allows one-finger access to push the cards out, then they fan to make it easy to choose a card.
- Easy to replace parts: All the parts are made to be taken apart and replaced as needed. Replacement straps can be purchased from Ridge.
- Choose cash carrying option: You can choose either a cash strap or a money clip for the exterior of the Ridge Wallet. Both are available for purchase separately, but one comes included with the wallet. If your needs change, you can easily swap out between the two.
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How big is the Ridge Wallet?
The Ridge Wallet is minimalist in both use and size. The wallet is less than a 1/4″ in depth, which helps to ensure that cards are held securely in place.
Here are the dimensions of the wallet:
- Length: 86 mm (3.39 in)
- Height: 54 mm (2.13 in)
- Depth: 6 mm (0.24 in)
- Weight: 2 oz
Keep in mind the weight will increase with how many cards are added. The weight filled with 12 cards and 7 bills is about 4.3 oz.
Anyone who typically carries their wallet in their back pocket might notice some back pain on that side. If there isn’t another reason, perhaps it’s the wallet thickness causing it.
If so, choosing a slimmer wallet like the Ridge Wallet might be worth it. In our day-to-day test we liked how slim and compact the Ridge was. It was easy to toss in the same pocket as my keys and not really feel it at all.
Using the Ridge Wallet
The Ridge Wallet comes fully assembled and ready to go. It’s much slimmer and lightweight compared to the average leather wallet.
Simply place up to 12 debit and/or credit cards into the wallet. The elastic strap will expand with each card added, keeping it secure even when a card is removed for use.
To switch out the cash strap for a money clip, remove the screws holding the strap on. Then, replace the strap with the money clip and put the screws back in.
According to the FAQs on the manufacturer’s website, you could choose to use both cash carrying options. Place the cash strap on one side and the money clip on the other. It would add some bulk and weight to the wallet, but will offer the ability to carry more cash and/or cards.
EDITOR’S NOTE – After using the Ridge Wallet for a few weeks I definitely want to replace the money clip with the cash strap. If you use cash with any regularity you’ll probably prefer the cash strap over the money clip.
Longevity & Durability
When testing the wallet, we noticed that the more cards added inside, the harder it was to get them out when needed. It seems that the ideal number of cards is 6-7 (and about 6-7 bills also).
Also, if you prefer to carry more cash, then the cash strap might be a better choice. The main reason is that the money clip requires bills to be folded twice, limiting the amount of space.
However, both the cash strap and money clip can also be used to carry:
- More credit/debit cards
- Business cards
If space is an issue, consider using both the cash strap and the money clip as mentioned above to get the maximum usage out of the Ridge Wallet.
The RFID blocking protection might also affect key cards that some offices use to enter buildings, meaning the badge will have to be put in the cash strap or money clip.
As far as durability, the material is not bulletproof and might show some wear and tear after prolonged use. It’s normal to see scratches and dings depending on how rough you are on a wallet. It’s not much different than a leather wallet getting worn out and discolored after using it for a long time.
Is it a good value?
The initial cost of the Ridge Wallet is definitely on the expensive side. There are loads of knock offs that are less expensive (we’ll be testing those in the future).
The Ridge Wallet is made with quality materials and is made to function for life. If the Ridge really does last that long then it’s probably worth the cost. My last wallet was $30 and I have had it 15 years. If the Ridge goes that long I’ll be satisfied.
The company stands by its product, backing it with a lifetime warranty.
It’s important to note the limitations of the warranty, which the company states as:
“The warranty does not cover: cosmetic damage, ie wear, tear, scuffs, scratches, or scrapes; damages caused by accident, abuse, neglect, or shock; lost or stolen items, improper use or storage of the product; unauthorized modifications or repairs.”
Ridge also offers replacement parts on their website. This is a good option in case something breaks or gets damage that isn’t covered by the warranty, the wallet doesn’t become unusable.
The small screwdriver accessory makes it easy to disassemble the wallet and replace parts as needed.
Though this wallet is marketed towards men, the variety of colors and designs means women can enjoy this functional wallet as well.
Who Should Buy the Ridge Wallet?
When searching for a minimalist wallet that will last, the Ridge Wallet is a strong contender.
You should consider buying the Ridge Wallet if you:
- Want a small wallet – I didn’t realize how fat my wallet was until I started using the Ridge. It’s compact, light, and is basically invisible alongside my keys in my left pocket. I hardly noticed it was there most of the time. The size is the greatest advantage to the Ridge, in our opinion.
- Want an RFID blocking wallet: Card theft is on the rise, and the easiest way to protect yourself from having your card cloned is through RFID technology. The Ridge Wallet keeps your cards safe no matter where you are.
- Enjoy the minimalist look: There is no denying that the Ridge Wallet is perfect for people who want function along with a minimal design. There are a variety of colors to choose from to show personality without sacrificing values.
- Don’t have a lot to carry: The Ridge Wallet limits the number of cards and cash that can be carried. For many, this isn’t a problem and is actually preferable. Cards can be changed out as needed and the Ridge Wallet will fit in almost any pocket or bag.
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Compact & Lightweight
- Design – 95%
- Performance – 95%
- Quality – 96%
- Usability – 98%
- Value – 93%
The Ridge Wallet is a slim wallet designed to help cut down on the bulk of a traditional leather wallet. It holds up to 12 cards and also includes a money clip. The dual metal plate design blocks RFID signals, protecting your card’s security. It’s lighter and far less bulky than a traditional leather wallet. Overall, we just love the usability. It’s an easy replacement to the old fat wallet.