The reason folks are looking for an alternative to the Ridge wallet can be summed up in two words: sticker shock. In fact, Ridge recently increased their prices to $85 for an aluminum body and $125 for titanium and carbon fiber. Ouch.
Late Breaking News: In January 2022, Ridge raised most of their wallet prices by another 10%. The Ridge aluminum is now $95.
In response, dozens of other wallet manufacturers have risen to the challenge of making their own “knock offs” at a fraction of the price. The wallets in this post aren’t necessarily clones of the original, but the designs are often very similar.
I own all of these 7 Ridge wallet alternatives and have tested them myself. I have also read plenty of reviews to see what other owners have to say about their own experiences with each of these Ridge alternatives.
Check out my video review of all seven Ridge wallet alternatives
Best: Aviator Slide
My favorite Ridge wallet alternative is the Aviator Slide. Like the Ridge, the Aviator is a sandwich-style wallet that holds your cards between rigid plates held together with elastic. From here, it really leaves the Ridge sitting on the runway.
Made entirely in Germany, the Aviator Slide adds a pull tab that extracts your cards with one quick tug. Then it’s quick work to fan out your cards and choose the one your want. The Aviator is SO much easier at accessing your cards than the Ridge.
And for those of us who still like to carry a few coins, the Aviator has a slide-out coin tray that will fit a couple of USD quarters and even a house key or spare guitar pick. The tray is padded on the bottom so the coins don’t rattle around too much as you walk.
To be completely honest, the Aviator Slide is only a few dollars cheaper the Ridge. But with the pull tab and coin tray, you’re getting a HUGE amount of extra value with the Aviator Slide. It’s one of my top five wallets to carry.
Also great – Rossm Carbon Fiber Wallet
The Rossm Carbon Fiber wallet may be missing a vowel in its name, but it comes complete with many of the same materials and features of the Ridge wallet.
It only weighs 1.9 ounces (without cards) and the outside plates are made with 100% 3K carbon fiber. It ships with extra screws, a screwdriver, and a second inner elastic band in case the original breaks or stretches.
Like the Ridge, the Rossm wallet is exactly the same size as the credit cards it holds. It’s only as big as it needs to be.
Pushing your cards out from the C-shaped thumb notch takes some getting used to. But once you repeat the process a few times, it gets easier. The cards don’t eject in a nice fan like the Ekster, Fidelo, or Lefada wallets. But those pop-up type wallets require a wallet that’s 20% larger than the Rossm.
Owners like the build quality, the stylish design, and they appreciate the RFID scanning protection for their cards.
The Fidelo Prestige is the only carbon fiber card holder (or any wallet, for that matter) that comes with 3 extra money bands. When is the last chance you had to color coordinate your wallet with what you’re wearing? That’s going the extra mile, man.
Fidelo’s credo is Be minimal, be free. At just 1 ounce in weight, this card holder is super light, but still 5 times stronger than steel! That’s the kind of performance that carbon fiber buys you.
To display your cards, push them up from the V-shaped slot at the bottom. Pinch the bottom of the plates together and your cards will spread accordion style so you can pluck the one you want with two fingers.
The plates have beveled edges so you can easily replace your card when you’re done. The inside surfaces of the plates are polished so that cards slide out without scratching.
Radix One Black Steel
The Radix One Back Steel may be the most basic minimalist wallet of all. It uses two black stainless steel plates to create a credit card sandwich. A silicon band holds the wallet together and doubles as a money band.
To make it even simpler, there are no screws holding anything together. The wallet expands to hold up to 10 cards and the heavy gauge steel plates give them RFID protection. It’s another ounce heavier than most of the wallets in this post which gives it a more substantial feel.
The other design feature that separates it from the Ridge card holder wallet is the lack of a thumb notch. Instead, there are two wide slots, one on each side, that are opposite of each other. Because you push the cards out from the middle, the cards don’t flare out like the Ridge.
Some owners say that they have to remove all of the cards, shuffle through to the one they want, and then reinsert them all. The silicon band holds the wallet together firmly even if you only carry 3 or 4 cards.
Roco RFID blocking money clip
Like the Radix, the Roco RFID blocking money clip is another sandwich design held together by a silicon band. However, the Roco uses aluminum plates rather than steel with similar wide thumb slots that are off centered on each side.
The wallet will expand to hold up to 20 cards. Many owners love the minimalist footprint and design of the wallet, but complain that getting access to their cards is sort of a hassle.
The silicon band also functions as a cash strap, and Roco includes an extra if the original breaks or loses tension. Though the rigid aluminum plates provide RFID protection and keep your cards from bending, some owners say that the aluminum scratches their cards.
The outside edges and corners of the aluminum are nicely beveled, which makes the wallet a more comfortable carry in your front pocket. At just under $18, the Roco is the least expensive wallet on the list.
Armour Supply Co. – Aluminum
The Armour Supply Co. wallet closely resembles the Ridge in its overall design, but it lacks some of the Ridge’s refinements. For instance, the edges of Armour’s aluminum plates are sharp rather than beveled on the Ridge.
It has the same 12-card capacity and even the same lifetime guarantee as the Ridge. And when you hold them side by side, they are oh so similar. Cards are held and accessed exactly the same.
What sets the Armour Supply Co card holder apart is its liberal inclusion of extras. While it includes a screwdriver and extra screws like the Ridge, it also throws in a multi-card tool and a key holder. And at this writing, it’s about $5 cheaper than the Ridge.
Armour Supply Co is a big supporter of US veterans and a portion of their profits goes to building tiny homes for homeless veterans.
Shevrov SV Carbon Fiber
The Shevrov SV carbon fiber card holder has carbon fiber faceplates on the outside and aluminum plates on the inside. It’s this aluminum layer that gives your cards RFID-blocking protection.
The exterior of the wallet is treated with an anti-scratch technology. This should help if you occasionally carry coins or keys in the same pocket as your wallet. (In general, coins, keys, and wallets don’t really play well together.)
If you want to carry as many as 12 credit cards, the Shevrov will expand enough for them to fit. But really, do you need that many cards? I’d stick with 6 – 8 cards max and no more than a few larger bills under the money clip. Also, I like to put my most often used card either in front or behind the stack of cards for easy access.
This is another wallet that mimics the design of the Ridge almost exactly, but at a fraction of the price. In fact, you could almost buy three Shevrov SVs for the same price.
Bonus: Ekster Senate
The Ekster Senate diverges from all of the other wallets in this post because it is a pop-up wallet that uses a mechanical card ejection system. Instead of manually pushing your cards out with your thumb or finger, you just push the slider button at the bottom and your cards eject into a perfect fan.
It’s a smooth-as-silk operation that adds ECCO top-grain leather to “dress up” and soften the solid aluminum case that holds your cards. There is also an elastic money strap for cash, gas receipts, or a random business card.
The Ekster Senate is one of my top five all favorite wallets because of its slim, high-quality construction that fits in my pocket like a glove. Plus, the pop-up slider acts as a fidget spinner when you find boredom overtaking you.
The only drawback is that it can only hold 6 cards (less if your cards have raised numbers) and it doesn’t really like medical cards, membership cards, and others that are made from paper card stock rather than plastic.
Still sold on the Ridge?
Like Elvis, the Ridge wallet has spawned many imitators. It is a beautiful example of minimalistic design, with outside dimensions that are no larger than a credit card.
Tiny screws attach 2 exterior plates to inner plastic layers. Elastic bands, two of them, hold the plates together and grip up to 12 cards in a tight sandwich. That’s about as uncomplicated as it gets.
- Check out my full Ridge Wallet Review for the full details about this amazing wallet. There are alternatives, but there is only one Ridge.
There is a thumb notch on the lower corner of one side so that your thumb or finger can push the cards partly out. Squeeze the side of the wallet on the notched side and the cards will flare out like an accordion. Then it’s just a matter of choosing the card you want.
The wallet ships with either a money clip or a money band that holds currency folded over twice. Use the clip or band for other incidentals, too, like store receipts, your valet stub, or that grocery list from your wife.
The Ridge wallet is a model of functional simplicity and so small that its length is no wider than the palm of your hand. With its rugged construction, you’ll never have a bent or broken card. And it comes with a lifetime warranty.
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