RFID blocking wallets are a terrific two-in-one product in that it provides financial protection along with easy access to various cards and cash within your wallet.
Beyond providing added peace of mind, RFID blocking wallets should be made with tested materials that prevent thieves from sifting your financial details, along with providing adequate storage, uncompromising and stylish design materials, and withstand the test of time – like the Fossil Derek RFID blocking wallet.
In this review and guide, we not only take a look at some of the most popular RFID blocking wallets currently available on the market, but we also go over a few key considerations if this is your first time buying an RFID blocking wallet.
Let’s get started:
Your credit cards are important, and you want to keep them safe from people who may want to steal your information. This sleek, slim, bifold wallet has everything you need to keep your personal information personal. RFID protection has been springing up in a lot of products lately, but having it in your wallet is a surefire way to keep your money safe in your account. This wallet has slots for your cards, your cash, as well as other pieces of paper you may want to hold on to. It is a bit expensive at nearly $90, but well worth the price.
The feel of a genuine leather wallet is unmatched for many men today.
However, did you know that your precious credit cards can be stolen through thick leather?
The RFID protection on this wallet is superb and ensures that sidewalk hackers can’t get at your information just by standing next to you. This advanced wallet also has a flip-out ID window for convenience, and eight card slots for all of your important cards. There is also a cash slot and side slots for the cards that don’t fit elsewhere in your wallet.
3. Dash Co. 4.0
Thinner than an iPhone 6 – the Dash Co. 4.0 comes in a variety of fabrics and designs – some with RFID blocking (like the one pictured above) and some without. The Dash Co. 4.0 is one of the sleekest wallets that we reviewed that can work in both your front and back pockets. This single-piece design makes in incredibly easy for you to find the bill or card you are searching for with relative ease. With the built-in ‘preview’ window on the side of the wallet, you can ensure that your high-frequency cards (i.e. MetroCard or credit card) are even easier to access (for better or for worse). This wallet will block all RFID snoopers operating on the 13.56Mhz band (the same frequency your credit cards and driver’s license interact with).
Your credit card is a valuable asset, so it makes sense that you will want to protect it. This RFID bi-fold wallet makes sure that your information is safe in your back pocket. It features strong, quality construction that feels durable, and is not flimsy or cheap like other wallets. The RFID shielding protects any RFID-enabled cards from potential thieves, ensuring that your information is safe while in your back pocket. There is also an interior ID window for easy access, slip pockets, and three card slots to keep your credit cards.
This wallet by HuMn is completely cruelty-free and doesn’t contain any leather or other animal by-products. Constructed simply from synthetic materials for the strap between two aluminum metal plates will not only block RFID signals but will be incredibly sleek and contemporary in design. From mint green to matte black, you are guaranteed to find a color that complements your everyday wear and will look incredibly good when making your next purchase.
A cool leather wallet that is equally sophisticated and familiar. A man can’t go anywhere without his wallet, so if you are in need of an upgrade, set your sights on this RFID-blocking wallet. The enhanced security for your credit cards is a huge bonus, and this slim bi-fold wallet can hold up to four of your cards at once. One exterior pocket, three interior pockets, as well as a transparent ID slot make this a casual, yet functional everyday wallet. It is made out of genuine leather, making it strong, durable, and long-lasting.
This aluminum and leather hybrid slim wallet (only 14mm thick without any cards or bills) allows you to easily store and access your cards with its easy access slot found on the top of the wallet. This RFID-protected wallet won’t break nor bend when placed in your front or back pocket ensuring that your crisp bills placed in their respective slot maintain their integrity when taken out at a later point in time. When using the wallet, you can simply click on the bottom of the base in order to have each one of the cards slide upwards for extremely easy access that won’t leave you fumbling over which credit card to use for the transaction at hand.
What’s more, is that the Secrid wallet comes with a full two-year warranty should you ever run into any sort of problems with the construction of the wallet.
This micro soft shell wallet started via a Kickstarter campaign and is now fully in production. With material that is only .5mm thick (yes you read that correctly), it’s one of the thinnest wallets, we found currently available – while still being able to block out RFID snooping signals as well. Not only is this material incredibly thin, but it’s also extremely durable and has even been crash-tested at speeds up to 70mph – how’s that for durability? What’s more, is that the SlimFold wallet is also water 100% waterproof – therefore if you get stuck in a sudden downfall of rain or simply live in the Pacific Northwest, this wallet will keep your bills and other important docs and cards completely dry.
Unlike many of the other wallets we reviewed, the SlimFold not only works great for domestic cash but should have no problem storing Euro bills as well. Lastly, everything is back by an impressive 5-year warranty – definitely a slim wallet worth the consideration.
This classic-looking wallet features a slim, compact profile and numerous features that make it the perfect everyday wallet. The most important of these features is the RFID blocking capabilities in the wallet, which serves to protect your information on RFID-compatible cards. It does not hold as many cards as other RFID blocking wallets, only able to hold 4 bank cards at a time. However, it is good for travel, as it features an interior passport pouch to keep important documents. A cash slot and a currency pouch round out this wallet and create a unique product to carry with you
6 Tips for Finding the Perfect RFID Wallet
Here’s a look at all the most popular types, how they differ, and most importantly, the RFID blocking protection they provide:
Focused squarely on accessibility, the clip wallet allows for quick access to cash while also keeping your credit cards organized.
You have to be careful with this type of wallet when it comes to RFID blocking protection.
Should you run out of credit card slots and want to store a few under the money clip itself, then you expose yourself to potential data sifting.
Therefore, when buying an RFID blocking money clip, make sure that it has enough credit card slots for all the cards you currently own, plus a few extras as well.
Credit Card Holder
Opposite of the money clip, you will have just a simple credit cardholder.
Typically made of just a single sleeve that can store a few bills (at most) on the inside pouch, a credit card holder is perfect for the minimalist man.
We recommend this only if you really like to keep things light as trying to carry additional items in your wallet can become frustrating.
The classic wallet comes in two main varieties:
Here’s a quick overview of each:
Among the most popular wallet type is the bifold. Not only will this have a much thinner body when compared to the trifold, but it is also a classic design that will never go out of style.
Bifold wallets will usually have an RFID protective sleeve sewn between the fabric to ensure adequate protection of all your cards stored within.
If you want the added peace of mind of RFID blocking technology within your wallet, yet don’t want to look like you are using a highly advanced technology wallet, then this is a great choice.
Like the bifold, trifold wallets offering RFID blocking abilities have a lining that will protect your personal data.
However, unlike the bifold, trifold wallets can get rather thick, making sitting on your wallet slightly uncomfortable.
Not only will the thicker body cause discomfort when sitting down, but an overstuffed trifold wallet will be more susceptible to tearing at the seams.
So why get a trifold?
The biggest reason men prefer trifolds is that they carry very few items within their wallet and don’t want a credit card sleeve or money clip.
Particularly younger men buy this type of wallet as they often don’t carry more than a few cards and cash with them at any given time.
Did you know that your USA passport likely has an RFID chip that contains your name, date of birth, and other biographical information (source)?
It’s for this very reason that RFID blocking passport wallets are so popular with international travelers.
While the USA does have some security features to prevent skimming of data, many travelers want extra peace of mind when traveling abroad.
The biggest difference between a passport wallet and a traditional wallet will be the size.
While a bifold or trifold are much thinner and smaller, a passport wallet is usually around 5″ x 3.5″ – which conforms to the International Civil Aviation Organization – ISO/IEC 7810 ID-3 Standard (source).
This makes it a bit tighter to slide into your back or front pocket.
If you aren’t ready to buy a brand-new wallet quite yet but still want RFID protection for only a couple of credit cards, then a simple sleeve should suffice.
Available for only a few dollars, RFID protective sleeves can keep select cards secure.
There are a few notable disadvantages to this option:
- If you prefer to use contactless payment by simply pressing your credit card on the terminal, you will have to take it out of the sleeve first which kind of defeats the efficiency of paying this way.
- Unless it is clearly marked, putting a few cards into identical sleeves will require you to open each sleeve to find the proper card – which may become aggravating after a while.
- This option doesn’t protect the contents of your entire wallet. Therefore, if you don’t know your credit card (or any card) has an RFID chip within the body, you may accidentally expose your data to skimming.
With the wide adoption of smartphones over the past decade, case manufacturers have gotten creative and started offering wallet and case combinations.
This 2-in-1 design is great for accessibility.
When it comes to RFID protection, things can be a bit tricky here.
The reason being is that RFID protection on a phone case may accidentally block the phone from being able to send and receive calls.
Our recommendation here is two-fold:
- Make sure to read the technical specifications of the case/wallet to make sure it contains RFID protection
- Read user reviews and look for words such as phone signal quality, dropped calls, or battery performance as the case could cause the phone to act erratically.
Beyond simply cash or card storage, there are other options that you should think about before purchasing a new wallet:
Number of Card Slots
Whether it’s your health or dental insurance cards, library card, or any other identification cards, the slots in your wallet can quickly fill up.
Before buying a new wallet, we recommend that you take inventory of all your cards that you need to have on you at all times.
While you might find that a few are expired, non-essential, etc., you get an accurate count of what you will need from your new wallet.
In addition to allocating enough card slots for your current card count, we would recommend getting a wallet with a few extras as well.
This way if you get a few new cards over the years, you won’t have to worry about thumbing through stacked card slots within your wallet.
Sure, everyone has a smartphone these days, but sometimes having a printed picture of your significant other, children, etc. can serve up some great memories.
If you like to carry around a physical picture with you, instead of stuffing it in the back flap of your wallet behind all your credit cards, perhaps consider getting a wallet with some picture sleeves.
Particularly important for our European readers, where much of the lower denomination currency are coins rather than bills, a small coin pocket within the wallet can provide some great organization rather than having them bounce around in your pocket.
ID windows are helpful when buying anything that requires age verification. Instead of having to take out your ID every single time, simply showing the cashier or bouncer your ID with a simple opening of your wallet makes the whole process a bit more seamless.
Of course, not every cashier or bouncer will be satisfied with a quick glance of your ID; therefore, if you get an RFID blocking wallet with an ID window, make sure it has a cut-out in the window so you can quickly remove your ID, if necessary.
RFID blocking wallets can come in a variety of materials which includes any of the following:
- Carbon Fiber
- EDC / Gadgets
Here’s a quick look at each of the popular material types and why they matter:
The classic, and it works with just about any scenario. Leather is a terrific and versatile material for a wallet.
But in order to find the best leather RFID wallet that will last you for years, you can’t just buy any type of wallet.
Instead, you should be familiar with the different leather varieties which include the following:
- Full grain
- Top grain
While we won’t go over the nuances of all the leather varieties, just know this:
Genuine leather is the poorest of quality when it comes to leather. It’s a mix of the left-over bits of leather combined with a binder or glue.
While it’s marketed as high-end, it is susceptible to cracking and ripping with age.
Full Grain Leather
Full-grain leather is from just a millimeter or two off the surface of the cow’s hide (just below the hair level) all the way to the base of the skin.
Full-grain leather is the most durable of any leather variety and will last you for years. However, this leather variety is a bit ‘rawer’ as it contains many of the imperfections of the hide as well. Therefore, it won’t present nearly as nice when compared to the next leather variety.
Top Grain Leather
The most sought-after and beautiful leather of all the varieties is top-grain leather. Evoking nearly all the same durability qualities as full-grain leather, top-grain leather has been sanded to remove any surface imperfections.
If you are looking for a good RFID leather wallet, then go with one made from top-grain leather.
While many DIY’ers like to insert pieces of aluminum foil into their wallet in order to block signals (more on this later), you can find some really cool men’s wallets made of aluminum that offer great and reliable protection as it naturally blocks RFID sniffing signals.
Usually coupled with additional everyday carry (EDC) gadgets such as bottle openers, screwdrivers, and more, a metal RFID wallet is great for men who love the versatility.
Much like aluminum, carbon fiber RFID wallets are great as they prevent RFID snooping. While aluminum is a fairly light material in its own right, carbon fiber takes it even further.
Able to provide a strong case with minimal space, carbon fiber is a great material to consider.
Canvas / Natural Fibers
For the animal and eco-conscious men, canvas or a natural fiber wallet can also provide RFID protection.
While natural fibers can be penetrated with an RFID snooping device, when these wallets are made, companies will add an RFID blocking lining in order to keep your data secure.
Of course, if you are in a business or formal setting and wine and dine with clients, instead of going with a natural fiber, we would recommend instead considering a faux leather material instead.
As is the case with all fashion accessories and apparel, the brand name can be an important factor when making a purchase.
However, we found that high-end luxury brands such as Gucci, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, etc. don’t have RFID blocking technology within the wallet.
Therefore, if you still want to put your high-end fashion on display, then you will need to tuck your RFID-equipped credit cards in sleeves for adequate protection.
We found that many mid-tier fashion brands such as TUMI, Tommy Hilfiger, and Fossil provided RFID blocking wallets.
If you plan on spending less than $200 on your wallet, then you should be able to find a quality brand that offers this level of protection.
While we won’t go too deep into the details of all the different linings and materials that companies use in order to block RFID signals, here are a few you need to know about:
One bit of information we thought was interesting, and perhaps a future evolution of the RFID blocking wallet was that there was a successful Kickstarter campaign a few years ago that promised to make RFID blocking jeans.
While this might sound silly, the advantage in this scenario was that if your existing wallet (or future wallet) didn’t have an RFID blocking lining, the jeans could ward off the signal through a lining within the pockets.
Unfortunately, though, there were some issues with this invention as phones were unable to get a signal when placed within the jeans. This caused them to constantly search for a signal and quickly drain their battery (source).
Sometimes creativity gets the best of marketers.
This is especially true when it comes to RFID blocking wallets.
Naturally given that this is a fashion item and one that has little oversight when it comes to labeling requirements, the names used to describe a wallet that stops RFID signals are many.
During our research, we found the following 12 names used to describe this type of wallet:
- Magnetic protection
- RFID blocking wallet
- RFID blocking case
- RFID blocking device
- RFID blocking card
- RFID busting
- RFID proof
- RFID scan blocker
- RFID signal blocker
- RFID shielding
- Tech Wallet
- Chip protection wallet
Therefore, if you decide to go at it alone and try to find your own wallet outside of our list below, beware of this issue when it comes to naming conventions.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.