Radio-frequency identification — RFID — is what powers inventory tracking, control access, and staff or patient tracking. By embedding radio transmitters into everyday objects, a radio receiver is turned into a convenient way to transfer information in the blink of an eye.
But there’s a downside to the convenience of RFID tech: If you’re not careful, Ill-intentioned scammers can use RFID skimmers to steal your information.
The solution? Pack an RFID blocking wallet as part of your everyday carry. We’ve collected the 15 best RFID wallets available today, in a full range of sizes and styles to suit any guy’s needs.
The Best RFID Wallets
When you want to add an extra layer of protection for your most important data, from contactless credit cards to your passport and any official identification, an RFID wallet is for you.
Here are our picks for the best RFID wallets!
- The Slim Wallet by Stuart and Lau
- Bellroy Hide & Seek Wallet
- Forrest and Harold Signature Slim Money Clip Wallet
- The Ridge Forged Carbon Wallet + Money Clip
- Rogue Industries Front Pocket Wallet
- Herschel Hank Wallet
- Ekster Parliament Slim Leather Wallet
- Tony Perotti Bifold Italian Leather Wallet
- Levi’s Slim Trifold Wallet
- Travelambo Minimalist Front Pocket Wallet
- Timberland Men’s Leather Security Wallet
- Fossil Men’s Derrick Bifold Wallet
- Columbia Leather Extra Capacity Slimfold Wallet
- Tommy Hilfiger Leather Passcase Wallet
- Dockers Bifold Leather Wallet
Minimalist in both its design and construction, Stuart & Lau’s Slim Wallet is a beautiful piece of modern craftsmanship. It has room to carry 10 cards, and a quick access slot on the back to grab your most important belongings. And of all the RFID wallets featured on this list, it has the least bulky silhouette thanks to its embedded blocking tech.
Bellroy’s Hide & Seek might be the perfect gateway wallet for people transitioning from standard size to slim billfolds. It’s made with a conventional exterior, but cleverly loaded with slimming features like a hidden coin pouch, flat bill section, and fold-out card slots. That’s all paired with both RFID blocking technology as well as an antimicrobial lining, all backed up by a full 3-year warranty.
Affordable yet stylish, Forrest & Harold’s slim wallet combines a money clip with a trimmed-down top grain leather body. It’s excellent for anyone who already has their card and cash selection trimmed down to a minimum, as well as any guy that wants plenty of color choices for their accessories (it comes in 10 two-tone color combinations).
Halfway between a traditional bifold wallet and a super-minimalist clip, The Ridge’s Forged Carbon Wallet is tough as nails and ultra-lightweight. It’s designed for front pocket carry, keeping your back in good health by letting you sit flat wherever you go. And if you don’t dig the carbon fiber look, check out the other materials that are offered for the same wallet design, including aluminum and leather.
Made of top-grain leather and slimmed down to an absolute minimum, Rogue Industries’ Front Pocket Wallet is about as small as wallets come. Measuring just 5" x 3.4" x 0.25" and weighing only 1.4 ounces, it holds six cards, a few bills, and nothing else.
This all combines with the RFID blocking lining to make the ideal city-traveling wallet: Stowed away safely in your front pocket, it’s barely visible and stands no chance of attracting the attention of a pickpocket.
Herschel’s Hank Wallet is the most traditional, stereotypical bifold wallet that you’ll find with RFID blocking technology. If you have no interest in making the switch to a minimalist wallet, it should be on the top of your list thanks to its abundant card and cash storage, as well as a mesh ID window. Overall, it’s as classic as classic comes, but with the modern touch of RFID blocking.
Every wallet in Ekster’s lineup uses their unique card access system: At the click of a button, your cards are popped out of the top of the wallet and ready for quick access. 4 to 6 cards are accessible via this quick-draw system, and another 6+ cards can fit in addition to that. If you’re carrying around some seriously sensitive information, consider getting one of Ekster’s Tracker Cards and connecting it to your smartphone. Guys who carry a lot of cash should look elsewhere though, as this wallet is designed primarily for cards.
Handmade from full-grain Italian cowhide leather, Tony Perotti’s Bifold wallet is a classic and minimally-adorned accessory. You can keep it beefy by leaving the ID window and extra card slots in, or remove them to slim the wallet down to match your style. It’s especially great for guys who prefer their gear unbranded.
Levi’s jeans are the stuff of legend — and thankfully, their trifold wallet continues on with their traditions of rock-solid craftsmanship. It’s a big wallet, with two hidden compartments, one big bill holder, and six credit card slots in addition to a transparent ID window. And for being made with a 100% leather exterior, it’s surprisingly affordable, too.
The smallest and least expensive wallet on this list, Travelambo’s Front Pocket Wallet is truly for the dedicated minimalist. It measures just 3.3" X 4.1" X 0.12", and you’ll need to carry 6 or less cards to keep its streamlined design intact. Interestingly, it’s only RFID blocking at certain ranges, and does not cover most ID badges for security positions. But for everyday carry, it does a great job of protecting your driver’s license and credit card from conspicuous snoops.
Timberland’s better known for their boots, but the quality and style of this leather RFID blocking wallet are spot on. It’s a classic bifold with 6 card slots, 2 slip pockets, 2 cash bill pockets and 1 ID window, all wrapped up in an affordable 100% leather package. Just keep in mind that the dimensions are a bit bigger than what’s listed on Amazon; it’s a fairly bulky wallet that’s definitely not for the minimalist man.
The distressed leather on Fossil’s Derrick Bifold Wallet helps it to stand out from the many other leather bifolds. Other than that, it has everything you’d expect from a classic bifold: 6 card slots, one big cash pocket, and a flip-out transparent slot for your ID as well. Buy one of these if you’d like a wallet that looks like you’ve had it for a decade or more.
Made with thinner leather than their other wallet offerings, Columbia’s “Slimfold” wallet maximizes space while minimizing bulk. That includes space for 2 clear ID windows, a big cash pocket, 2 main pockets, and 6 credit card pockets. To get the best use out of it, plan on treating that thin leather with a conditioner every couple of months to keep it from drying out.
Minimalists, stay away — Tommy Hilfiger’s Leather Passcase Wallet is the same sort of big, overloaded wallet that your dad or granddad carried around. It has a whopping 11 slots for cards (most of which can hold 2 standard size cards), easily making it the largest RFID blocking wallet in this review. And since it’s made with a 100% leather exterior and lining, it’s designed to last for the long haul.
The only wallet in this review to use a polyurethane/leather blend, Dockers’ Bifold Wallet is as durable as they come. The added plastic polymers give it an elasticity that pure leather can’t quite match, meaning that you can load up the 9 credit card pockets, 2 interior pockets, cash slot, and ID holder with no fear of stretching it to its limit.
Frequently Asked Questions About RFID Wallets
Before we wrap things up here, let’s take a closer look at some of the most common questions that come up around RFID wallets.
What is an RFID Wallet anyway?
The acronym makes them sound fancy, but RFID wallets are actually quite simple.
By adding a specially selected material to the wallet’s construction, they prevent the sending and receiving of certain wavelengths of radio frequencies.
How does an RFID wallet work?
To understand how RFID blocking works, think of tuning the radio in your car. If you’re too far from the station, you won’t pick anything up, sure.
But what happens if you drive into an underground carport? Once again, you lose the signal.
That’s because radio waves travel best through air — and not through certain types of solid. RFID blocking wallets put anti-conductive materials into their design, effectively locking away your radio-enabled cards in a safe and secure bunker.
Do I need an RFID wallet?
Do you routinely carry cards that are radio frequency enabled? If yes, then you should have an RFID wallet. If not, then you don’t need to worry about it.
Can I make my own DIY RFID wallet?
You absolutely can make your own DIY blocker for RFID signals — but it will never be as slim or good-looking as the wallets we’ve featured here.
The easiest way to make your own RFID blocking wallet is to wrap the wallet you already own in duct tape. That’ll get you most of the way towards blocking radio signals.
Then, to fully prevent any leaked signals, carefully fold a piece of aluminum foil and place it in the bill holder section of your wallet.
Where can I buy an RFID wallet?
Basically, there are three good places to buy an RFID wallet from:
- Your local department store. RFID wallets are popular enough that you should be able to find them at any store that sells a selection of menswear.
- Amazon. They sell everything. Most of the picks we feature above are available on Amazon.
- On the websites of leather companies. This has the advantage of not giving Jeff Bezos more money to shoot himself into space with.
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the RFID wallets featured in our list of 15. Decide on what style you want — minimalist, money clip, bifold, trifold, etc. — and then treat yourself to a fancy wallet.