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We launched the first Trayvax wallet in 2014 thanks to the support of our Kickstarter donors. Since then, our catalog has expanded considerably. This provides more options to suit your specific needs. It also makes choosing the right wallet a little trickier. We design every product to be of the highest possible quality, but different models excel in different areas. We love them all, and everyone has their favorite, but if you’re looking at minimalist wallets for the first time, the number of choices can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve decided to bring our wallets together for some friendly competition. We’ve created rankings in five categories: card capacity, cash capacity, RFID protection, materials, and extras.

Round 1: Card Capacity

Trayvax card capacity

In the first round, the Original 2.0 comes out on top. Its simple design allows you to adjust the paracord to fit a whole lot of cards. When customized with a longer paracord, there is almost no limit to the number of cards you can fit in the 2.0, although it might be pretty hard to fit in your pocket if you go over 15. If card capacity is your top priority, you can’t go wrong with the 2.0. The Axis Wallet comes in a close second. If you’re looking for a leather wallet, the Contour is your best bet for card capacity in third place.

Round 2: Cash Capacity (Bills)

Trayvax Wallet Cash Capacity

Until crypto currency takes over the world, you never know when you might need some cold hard cash, even if it’s just because “the machine isn’t working.” Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you need to stuff your wallet like some 90s sit-com goofball. In fact, the slim and refined Contour is the clear winner here, proving you don’t have to sacrifice form for function. If you like to keep bills on hand, this is the top choice. The Axis is the runner up once again, while all the other wallets in the catalog have equal capacity.

Round 3: RFID Blocking

Trayvax Wallets RFID Blocking

RFID is a technology that is built into payment cards, ID cards, access cards, and other important cards that might be in your wallet. There’s no sure fire way to prevent such items from being scanned without your knowledge, but the metal frames on our wallets prevent the internal antenna from being powered up, thereby protecting your information. Since the antenna runs along the perimeter of the card, only that area needs to be placed next to metal, allowing our wallets to remain minimal and light while still providing protection. The Armored Summit jumps up the ranks to take the top spot this time (RFID blocking test results vary, but we have calculated the Armored Summit’s blocking as high as 99%). Once again, the Axis earns an honorable mention in second place.

* The Summit was tested with the armored plate. Without this plate, it still offers some protection, but results will vary.

** The Original was tested with the standard aluminum front plate. With the optional G10 front plate RFID blocking will be slightly diminished in exchange for improved durability and grip. Speaking of which...

Round 4: Materials

Trayvax Wallet Material Options

This one is a lot more subjective than the other categories. It will really come down to personal preference for each customer. With that in mind, we have ranked the wallets based on the number of material options available. Check marks indicate standard materials, and asterisks (stars) indicate additional options. In terms of material options, the Contour comes out on top again with the Original 2.0 close behind. If you like leather, the Elementand the Ascent offer old-school style with modern design features. This graph really doesn’t do the Axis justice (poor little guy). While all Axis wallets are made from steel and nylon, we offer both melonite and cerakote finishes as options for their stainless steel plates.

* Many stainless steel frames are available with a melonite finish, see product pages for details.

Round 5: Extras

Trayvax Wallet Extra Features

Here’s another one that comes down to personal preference. In terms of the number of standard extras, the Original 2.0 comes out on top. But there are some extra features that are only available on other wallets. Only the Axis has a coin/key pocket, and only the Ascent has a pull tab for your cards.

* The Summit deserves special recognition for the number of accessories available for purchase including the Summit Notebook Bundle and the Summit Cellphone Grip. The bottle opener is on the removable Armor Plate as part of the Armored Summit package or as an add-on.

** The Explorer Passport Wallet is almost in a different category here as it is designed around holding a passport. No other wallet on the list can do that.

Conclusion? You decide!

While some of our wallets excel in key areas, these rankings also show just how evenly matched our wallets are overall. After second or third on the list, it typically ends up being mostly even. The Element and the Ascent may not have taken the top spot in any one category, but they are still great wallets, especially if you want that traditional leather look. As for the Explorer, it’s in a category all its own. If you’re looking for a passport sleeve that also functions as a wallet, the Explorer is the perfect choice. If you don’t like leather, that narrows down your choices as well. Your budget also makes a difference. On that note, here is a handy price guide for the Trayvax wallets featured in this showdown. These are the base prices and they may increase with additional options.

Trayvax Wallet Price Guide

 

Please let us know which wallet is your favorite and why you chose it in the comments. As always, thank you for your continued support as we explore new products and designs.


21 Responses

Francisco
Francisco

April 27, 2021

Compre, una Ascent, a mukama, hace casi dos años, cuando llegó el pedido, note el olor a cuero, fantástico la cartera esta perfecta mis amigos siempre me dicen no presumas tanto de cartera, están celosos.

Francisco Vieitez Garcia
Francisco Vieitez Garcia

April 26, 2021

Para mi, la ascent. Es perfecta, una cartera estupenda yo la metí en agua, y luego le metí un destornillador, y puedo llevar más targets y billetes.

Michael Shearer
Michael Shearer

April 19, 2021

The Ascent is hands down the best wallet ever made. I can’t imagine anyone not loving this forever. Hard use for 4 years and no sign of stopping! Thanks Trayvax!!! 🤙🏼

Blake Johnson
Blake Johnson

April 19, 2021

The original 2.0 is my favorite!!! The only thing I’d like to see on it is the old style bottle opener. If I’ve got too much cash in the clip… which isn’t very often btw… then the bottle cap doesn’t set in the opening good enough. So I end up taking the cash out to open the cold beverage.

Ed
Ed

April 19, 2021

For me it was the Axis. It had the sleek/slim minimalist design that I was looking for. I carry about 7 cards and hardly any cash so this wallet was perfect. Also, I’m a front pocket carry person and the smooth makeup of the Axis add another “point” on my choice.

I have been using the Axis shortly after it’s release, and I haven’t considered switching to anything else it has been a great wallet.

One more thing, I thought the price point was ideal.

Tim
Tim

April 19, 2021

I enjoy the Armored Summit. Perfect size for me, slides into my front pocket easily. No more broken credit cards. Holds my cards and enough cash for me. Great product.

Clint Schaffnit
Clint Schaffnit

April 19, 2021

I can only speak for the OG 2.0, but I 100% vote the OG 2.0! Had mine for over a year now, I freaking love it simple yet super functional and efficient and perfect for my use and needs. FYI I’ve fit quite a bit more than 5 bills in the clip even full with all my cards and I carry quite a few: 8 cards, DL, 2 gate key cards and a few business cards.

Jarod Burke
Jarod Burke

April 19, 2021

Contour is my favorite I like how it has metal and leather holds my cards and cash the way I like

Samuel Rosario
Samuel Rosario

April 19, 2021

I have five of your wallets. Axis, Original, original 2.0, element, and contour. I honestly feel like the contour is my favorite, followed by OG 2.0

Paul Baker
Paul Baker

April 19, 2021

Have owned the Original 2.0 for several years. Best wallet I have ever owned. Great for the minimalist. Bought my son one a year ago and he loves it too.

Jeffery Eberhart
Jeffery Eberhart

April 19, 2021

OG 2.0 is my favorite, however I’m a new owner. It’s my favorite because it’s so versatile, yet simple.

Mark Sweeney
Mark Sweeney

April 19, 2021

They’re all nice I only have used the original 2.0 so I can’t tell you which one’s the best, but the original is very nice 🙂

Walter Wolf
Walter Wolf

April 19, 2021

Have you ever considered using the same material from the armored summit faceplate on the original 2.0? I ask this because I love your wallets and appreciate the card capacity of the original 2.0, but like the rfid protection of the armored summit.

Baker Larry
Baker Larry

April 19, 2021

Element: I love that it is leather and looks better the longer you have it

Kyle Waddy
Kyle Waddy

April 19, 2021

The beat wallet I have ever owned!!!

Howard Birkel
Howard Birkel

April 19, 2021

I would have like to have got the Element but being and Disability had to get the get the Original 2.0 .!!!!! It is the best think i could have done by getting that big bulky thing out of my back pocket.!!!!! Maybe some day i will get the Element.!!!!! Thank you Trayvax for the help.!!!!!

Robert Echevarria
Robert Echevarria

April 19, 2021

Have my Contour now for 2yrs and I am super happy with this wallet. Thank you Trayvax.

ROBERT FARRELL
ROBERT FARRELL

April 19, 2021

I have four of your wallets, but love the Element. Keeps everything secure and doubles as a skull crusher if situation ever warrants. I’ve used the bottle opener in a crunch and have used it to pry.

The leather has worn in nicely. The wallet is currently sidelined because of closure issues with the grommet. I’m waiting to hear back from your customer service if anything could be done to fix it.

Currently using the Ascent.

James K. Weikel
James K. Weikel

April 19, 2021

The Element serves all my needs in a wallet. Plenty of room for cards but able to accommodate cash. The attachment point is great to hook a carbiner with paracord. It gives extra security plus the utility. I’ve had it for three years and it has no signs of wear. It’s the last wallet I will own.

William Doherty
William Doherty

April 19, 2021

I have owned several models of Trayvax wallets. They are all well made but my favorite is the renegade wallet. Very nice soft leather with a lot of room for cards and cash.

Karen McKeown
Karen McKeown

April 19, 2021

Original 2.0 is the best wallet ever

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