A wallet is something we all use on a daily basis. You are going to have it in your pocket or your backpack whether you are going on an overseas trip, or just around the corner. And Trayvax wallets are one of the most durable wallets ever made.
That is because most of them feature stainless steel, which is an incredibly sturdy material. We will also see a few wallets that feature premium top-grain leather and a very stylish design. But every single one of these Trayvax wallets offers premium protection and safety of your most valuable belongings.
Basically, you’ll be able to choose between a few wallets that are very minimalistic and a few others that are very stylish. But all of them will last you for many decades to come, and chances are that you will even pass them on to your children. Maybe even grandchildren!
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If you want to find a little more details about these indestructible wallets, then you are in the right place. I’ll tell you the basics about each of them, and at the end, I’ll talk about my favorites. All you have to do is keep reading, and by the end, you will already have picked out a wallet for yourself!
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Since there are plenty of different wallets Trayvax offers, I thought it would be best to tell you about each one. That way you can find out the basics about all of them in the same place, and then you can decide for yourself which one you like best. But, if you had one particular in mind, you can just use the quick navigation to skip to its section. If not, you can just keep reading and find out a little bit about every Trayvax wallet!Best Features
The Element is one of the more stylish wallets Trayvax has to offer. It is made of leather and metal, and we’ll talk a little bit about each of those materials.
The leather on the wallet is top grained and oil-tanned. It’s basically the same leather we see in some high-end shoes (such as Red Wing) and you just know that it’s going to last you for years. As for the frame of the wallet, it is made of stainless steel – one of the most durable metals ever.
The wallet comes in 8 color combinations; there are 4 different colors of leather that you can choose from, and then between a raw metal or black metal frame for each. But every single one will have the Trayvax logo engraved, as well as the Made In USA line.
The Element wallet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and so you can easily stash it in the front pocket of your jacket. But it also has an attachment point, if you want to attach it to something inside your backpack, for example. That way you could just pull it out in a second, rather than search for it at the bottom of the pack.
So, what can you fit into such a small wallet? Well, it fits about 3-10 cards, which is plenty for your ID, driver’s license, and credit cards. Seriously, if you have more than 8 credit cards, you might have a bit of an issue! :>
The back of the wallet also has a money clip, and it can hold approximately 5 bills. That’s perfectly fine if you prefer to carry larger denominations, but not really if tend to carry a lot of tens and twenties around. But come one, who even uses cash anymore?
There are some other cool features on the wallet. One is a bottle opener that’s integrated into the design of the frame, and I think it’s pretty useful. Just remember how many times you desperately needed a bottle opener and there wasn’t one around – that’s never going to happen again with the Element. And there’s also RFID protection if you are worried about high-tech thieves.
The Explorer is a passport wallet, and as such, it is much more suitable for airplane travel than most of the other ones. Remember all those metal detectors at the airport? Yeah, a regular Trayvax would probably make a lot of noise, but the Explorer definitely won’t.
Yeah, you guessed it, this one does not have a metal frame like most others. But it does have two credit card slots that can hold up to 12 different cards. Plus there are little windows on each of the slots, so you can easily identify which cards are at the top – you can see that in the second photo.
The absence of the metal frame also means that this wallet is much lighter than the others. It weighs just a little over 2.5 ounces, and you will barely feel it on you.
So, the left side of the wallet has your cardholders, and the right side features a sleeve for your passport and boarding pass. That’s pretty much all you’ll need to have handy at the airport, and this Trayvax wallet ensures that you will be able to access it very easily. You can also slip some cash in any of the slots if you need to.
The Explorer is made of premium oiled latigo leather, which comes in just one color – Chestnut. That is a bit of a downside; I would have loved to see some variety here as we had with the Element. But it’s by no means a deal-breaker, and just like with the previous wallet, the logo is engraved in leather.
Overall it’s a very sleek wallet, but also incredibly stylish. If you want something modern and easy to use, but also travel-friendly, the Explorer is the perfect choice for you.
The Ascent is probably the sleekest wallet of the bunch. If you are looking for something that will fit not only in the palm of your hand but also into any pocket, this Trayvax wallet is a great choice. Check out the third photo, and you’ll get some idea of just how slim this particular wallet is.
It’s lither than most other ones, but still not as light as the Explorer. That is because it still has a stainless steel frame, but it’s not as exposed as on the Element. With the Ascent, it’s all about the hand-stitched top-grain leather. And you can choose between 4 different colors of the leather, but not of the metal.
This wallet is designed to hold up to 7 cards and 5 bills. The front of it features an ID window, which will allow you to either see what card is at the front or just be able to show your ID to anyone without really making it ours.
There is also a nylon pull tab, which gives you easy access to your cards. And the cash slot is on the back of the wallet, so it won’t fall out when you pull out your cards. And of course, there is an attachment point you can use to clip it to the Trayvax carabiner, or pretty much any other carabiner you already own.
The Ascent also features RFID protection and promises to protect everything you put in it. Overall, it’s one of the more stylish wallets – if you aren’t a fan of the raw metal design of some of the others, this is probably the perfect choice for you.
The Axis wallet is as raw as it sounds. There’s no stylish leather on this one; it’s all about the fierce metal, with plenty of colors to choose from. The wallet consists of two stainless steel plates that hold your things in place. But this one actually features the bifold action of the old-fashioned wallet – the one we are all probably used to.
The rest of the wallet is made of nylon. When you unfold it, you basically have two compartments, just like on any other wallet. The money clip is on the right side, and it can hold up to 8 bills – much more than the wallets we looked at so far. And don’t worry about anything falling out; a piece of nylon on the back will protect your bills from accidentally falling out of the Axis.
The left side of this Trayvax wallet is much more interesting. It features an adjustable card strap that can fit about 4 cards. Yeah, that’s a little disappointing, especially when compared to the 12-card capacity of the Explorer. But the Axis is all about minimalism.
There is also a small pocket that can fit a few coins or a key on the left side of this wallet, and it sounds pretty useful. At the very least, it’s the first Trayvax with a slot for change so far, and that’s something.
Other features include a lanyard made of cord that is used for parachutes (I’m not even exaggerating), RFID protection, and an attachment point of the carabiner. Also, you can easily access all your cards without unfolding the wallet, just like you see in the third photo. Overall, it’s a very rugged-looking wallet, and as such, it’s great for any man who cares about protection and safety much more than about style.
The Original is similar to the Axis wallet in that it’s pretty much made of the same materials – stainless steel and sturdy nylon. However, there are a few differences between the two, most notable of which is that the Trayvax Original doesn’t have the bifold action of the Axis. But the stainless steel plates on this wallet offer RFID protection, just like on the other wallets.
The Original features an expandable nylon strap that has a velcro closure and that can fit up to 14 cards. When it’s expanded to the max it can also fit up to 25 bills. So if you were looking for a wallet that can also fit plenty of cash, this one is probably the best choice for you.
And it has some other pretty cool features. One of those is a bottle opener that will help you always be prepared to crack open a cold one with the boys. :>
Memes aside, this wallet also has an ID window, a lanyard made of cord for parachutes, and an attachment point for a carabiner. It was made to withstand even the roughest conditions, and that’s pretty much obvious from its rugged design.
And even though it’s a little bit rough around the edges, it is still a very slim and lightweight wallet. You can easily fit it in your front pocket, and pretty much any pocket in your jacket.
Overall, if you need an everyday wallet that can pretty much survive an apocalypse, then get the Original. The features won’t disappoint you, and neither will its price. Actually, this is one of the more affordable Trayvax wallets, with a price tag below $35.
Design-wise, the Contour is a cross between the first few leather wallets and the latter few stainless steel wallets.
So, it is mostly made of steel, but instead of nylon to protect its contents, it features leather. The leather definitely gives it a more refined look, but it is also reflected in the price tag, so keep that in mind.
The design of the wallet is really unique, even for Trayvax. If you want to get something that stands out, but is really built to last, then the Contour is the perfect choice for you. In the reviews, many people are saying that this is basically the last wallet you will ever need.
That sure sounds promising, just be prepared to pay a little more than you would for a different Trayvax leather wallet.
In terms of features, this wallet offers RFID protection, in addition to the bottle opener and a carabiner attachment point. Also, the Contour can fit up to 13 cards and 10 bills, which is just enough for every day.
Keep in mind that the tightness of the leather clasp is adjustable with a Torx screwdriver; if you want to put say, 4 cards and 3 bills in the wallet, you can always tighten it a little bit, to make sure that nothing falls out.
All of those features come in a very slim and lightweight wallet that can easily fit into any pocket. And a pretty stylish one, if I might add. Maybe not as stylish as the Ascent, but certainly not as rugged as the Original.
I would say that it’s a perfect cross between the two. Oh, and you can also choose between 7 different color combinations, which include both metal and leather of different colors.
The Summit is the most minimalistic wallet out of all of them. With that, it is also the smallest and the most lightweight wallet. But that’s because pretty much all it features is a metal plate and a single strap of nylon webbing.
That metal plate is made of stainless steel, naturally. And at least you choose from plenty of different colors for the Summit wallet – just keep in mind that the color of the nylon strap changes, and not the color of the steel plate.
This is a no-nonsense kind of wallet. What you see is what you get, and there aren’t plenty of hidden features – there is the RFID protection and that’s pretty much it. You also have an attachment point on the wallet, and you can see easily it in the first and last picture.
You can fit up to 8 different cards and 5 bills in this Trayvax wallet. But I am sure that the person for whom this wallet is built will not need much more than that. After all, this is the wallet for the people who cherish minimalism over everything else.
The upside of the Summit is that its price tag is also very minimalistic – just a little over $20. It’s definitely the most affordable out of the bunch, and if you want to get an indestructible wallet for as little money as possible, then definitely go for this one.
There are also two more variations of this wallet, and you can check them out in the sections below.
The Armored Summit is just a notch above the regular Summit wallet. It’s about $10 more expensive than it, but it has the added features to justify that.
Just like the previous Trayvax, it’s available in about 5 different colors (of the nylon part). But unlike the regular Summit wallet, this one is made of two armored steel plates that offer superb RFID protection. And of course, there’s the nylon webbing that keeps the plates and the things in between them in place.
You can fit up to 8 cards and 5 bills in this wallet – just like the regular Summit, and I think that’s just enough for every day. If you think you’ll want to carry more cards or cash with you, then I suggest you check out some of the other wallets above.
In terms of other features, the Armored Summit is equipped with a bottle opener, which is certainly useful. And there is also an attachment point, so you can use a carabiner to attach whatever you want with a carabiner.
Oh, and as you can see in the pictures, there is an ID window on the front of it.
And that’s about all there is to this particular Trayvax wallet. I have to admit it’s not my favorite, but I’m not really a minimalist. However, if I was one, I’m certain that this would probably be among my first choices. After all, it is incredibly slim and lightweight, and it can fit pretty much anywhere.
The Summit Notebook is the final version of the Summit wallet, but also the final wallet of the review. Did I save the best for last? Keep reading and you’ll find out!
If you are not at all a minimalist and like to carry plenty of things with you, then this is probably the best wallet for you. And basically, this is just the regular Summit wallet enveloped in a leather journal. So, it can still fit up to 8 cards and 5 bills, but now you get the stylish oiled latigo leather on the outside.
Plus you get an all-weather pocket notebook that you can use even in the rain. How cool is that? And obviously, a Trayvax branded pen, which has its own compartment in the crease, is included in the purchase.
Just like the other Trayvax wallets, the Summit notebook is also RFID resistant. There is an attachment point for a carabiner, but unfortunately, it’s still missing a bottle opener. And that’s pretty much the only downside.
If you are someone who needs well made, durable wallet, but also always carries a piece of paper in their wallet, then I think this is the best choice for you. You get all the durability and ruggedness of the regular Summit, but with the added sleekness and style of the premium leather.
Obviously, I have my favorites. Maybe they are going to be the same as yours, but maybe not. Anyway, it’s time to find out.
The Trayvax Explorer is my favorite for frequent travelers. It allows you to have all your necessities in the same place, and it’s small enough to fit into any pocket. But most importantly, this wallet doesn’t have a metal plate, and you’ll be able to pass through a metal detector without a hitch.
Personally, I like the Element wallet the most, and it’s the one I’m buying for myself. It can fit all of my cards and cash, but it’s not even a little bit bulky.
I’m a big fan of the stylish leather, and especially of the included bottle opener since that’s a tool I rarely carry around but actually need it quite often. And what is even more important, it is so small that it can fit into any pocket of my trousers, as well as the palm of my hand.
On the other hand, for all the minimalists out there, I would recommend the Armored Summit Wallet. It’s just a little bit more feature-packed than the regular Summit, but not a lot more expensive.
You’ll get the ruggedness of the all-metal design, and increased RFID resistance with the armored steel plates. And an all-metal design never goes out of style, so even your grandchildren can appreciate its timelessness!
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the breakdown of these Trayvax wallets, and that you found one that is perfect for your own needs. Be sure to also check them out on Amazon, to get a great deal on any one of them!