Men's Style Guide: How to Choose The Right Men's Carbon Fiber Wallet
To some, choosing the right men’s wallet is as simple as buying something from the nearest store. These are also the type of men who have to replace their wallet on a regular basis because the one they just purchased it already broken.
If you’re the type of guy who appreciates having unparalleled strength in their pocket and style that is as intense as your spare time activities, you know the importance of having a good wallet. You know, the type of men’s wallet that don't have your cards falling in between car seats or down the back of your buddy’s couch.
But where do you start?
Let's take a look at the main factors to consider when choosing your next carbon fiber wallet.
1. Choose a Carbon Fiber Wallet That’s Simple
Leave all the pointless “extras” to the women’s collection. As a man, you want a wallet that is simple, sleek, stylish and practical. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to use a carbon fiber card holder or a slim carbon fiber wallet. There are many types of wallets that have the ID window, coin pocket, and extra fold you need to keep your belongings secure but that are still slim and simple.
This tip on finding the right wallet really comes down to the exterior. The fewer fancy stuff you find on the exterior, the better. When a men’s wallet has buttons, clips, and metal pieces lining the exterior, they’re more likely to snag on your pant pocket, limit movement and become a pain. So, if it doesn’t serve a purpose on the wallet, ask yourself if you really need it.
Additionally, minimalist style is versatile meaning that you can use the same carbon fiber wallet from the boardroom to the bar. They also pair equally well with business and casual outfits.
2. Pick a Proper Size
Your main goal is to find men’s wallets that aren’t big and bulky. However, opting for the slimmest wallet you can find may not be the perfect option for you. So, take your wallet out right now and go through it.
Determine how much of your current wallet you use. Ask yourself what it doesn’t do for you (no coin pocket or ID window for easy access to your cards). Then, remove all of the junk such as random business cards and receipts, and then figure out if you can downgrade in size and still have a practical wallet.
The best men’s wallet depends on your specific needs. Something that works for your buddy may not be the best option for you. So, consider what you’re currently using and storing in your wallet and then pick an appropriate size.
The good news is that all of our men’s carbon fiber wallets are designed to be lightweight, comfortable and slim. So, even if you choose the biggest option – a carbon fiber wallet with a trifold, ID window and coin pocket, you’ll still have a minimalistic, slender style.
3. Think About the Wallet Compartments You Actually Need
This actually brings us into the next topic – the different compartments of your wallet. Chances are, your current wallet has all types of stuff stored in places that the wallet compartments aren’t even intended for. So, once you have cleared out your wallet of the nonsense, you’ll be able to determine which compartments are actual necessities.
For example, if you have cash on the regular, you’ll likely want a sleeve for bills and possibly even a coin pocket for the change. Perhaps you receive a lot of business cards and need a safe and secure spot to store them; having a wallet with extra slots will likely come to you as a benefit.
Here are some carbon fiber wallet compartments to consider, all of which are available on Cold Fire:
- ID Pocket for quick and convenient access to your license
- Coin pocket for change
- Bifold for extra items
- Slip pockets
- Bill pocket
- Card slots
4. Consider the Materials
The quality of the best men’s wallets always come down to the materials used and how they’re crafted into the design. So, while the wallet material may not be something you’re used to considering, it’s time to change that because it will directly impact everything from the way the wallet feels in your pocket to how it stores your important cards, and even how it protects against electronic pick-pocketing.
To give you an idea of the best materials for wallets, all of which can be found in our collection of men’s wallets, here’s is a brief breakdown:
Kangaroo Leather Wallets
Kangaroo leather is ten times stronger than traditional cow leather and significantly lighter. It’s also soft to touch and our kangaroo leather wallets are ethically sourced.
Carbon Fiber Wallets
Carbon fiber CX6 is an award-winning material that is the stronger carbon fiber commercially available on the market. It offers optimal flexibility and unparalleled tensile strength while offering a masculine, minimalist style. Carbon fiber wallets are also virtually indestructible.
Data Armor RFID
RFID wallets have innovative metal alloy technology infused into the style which helps protect your data from being scanned by electronic pickpocketing. The data armor used in our carbon fibers wallets is unbelievably thin (0.1mm) yet provides massive protection. I'll will elaborate on this more in just a moment.
Dyneema is the world’s strongest fiber – 40% stronger than synthetic polymers. Thus, it offers maximum strength and minimum weight. We use it to enhance our carbon fiber wallets and to finish the styles with lasting durability.
A men’s wallet can’t have too much titanium or you’ll be walking around with what-feels-like a brick in your pocket. But titanium is badass and a little can go a long way. Our carbon fiber wallets for men use aerospace-grade titanium alloy for our logo plate, offering a firm statement of strength and protection.
Tungsten is an iconic metal used for tactical tools… And our carbon fiber wallets. It’s harder than steel and has a higher fracture resistance than a diamond (a diamond is the toughest stone in the world). We use this material for our branded zipper pull to ensure, once again, optimal strength and durability.
5. Always Opt for RFID Wallets
You would be shocked at how easy it is for someone to swipe all of your data. Electronic pickpocketing can be done in seconds simply be walking past you and pointing a device at your pocket. So, it’s absolutely imperative to make sure any wallet you choose is infused with RFID technology. This is even more true if you frequent large crowds, whether it’s at a concert or a local club, pub, airport or conference center. You need an RFID wallet.
As mentioned previously, you won’t feel this feature. The RFID armor technology is the size of 0.1mm and it's infused right into the wallet. More importantly, it blocks out the transmission of your information to someone else.
To put it into perspective, almost all bank cards, credit cards, I.D.s and even passports have “chips” added into them which allows you to tap or quickly swipe your card instead of putting it into the machine, typing in your PIN and then accessing the information.
These little chips are a great convenience but they also make it exceptionally easy for thieves to steal all of your data. The only way to avoid this common crime without an RFID wallet is to wrap all of your cards in tinfoil which is not only tacky but also, messy. It’s also certain to get annoying (and embarrassing) every time you have to pull out a card, and it does not offer guaranteed protection.
So, always choose RFID wallets and RFID passport covers. You will be thankful for it the next time you’re in a crowd.
6. Think of your Wallet as a Long-Term Investment
If you’re used to purchasing cheap men’s wallets, you likely haven’t gotten too attached to any of them because they’re in the garbage before that’s even possible. However, we’re talking about wallets here – the one thing that stores your most valuable data, and it should never be cheap.
Sure, it can be difficult to switch from a €5 wallet to a more expensive one but at the end of the day, it can actually end up saving you money. When you purchase a high-quality wallet, the chances of you having to replace it anytime in the near future is minimal. Heck; you probably won’t have to replace it for many years to come.
So, think of your next wallet purchase as a long-term investment. Do you want to spend €50 once or do you want to spend €5 several times?
7. Decide on a Colour
The best wallets for men are always the ones with simple, minimalistic style. Unlike women, men don’t tend to switch their wallet every time they change their outfit. The mere thought of that likely makes you cringe. So, it’s important to choose a wallet colour and style that is versatile.
So, although that white wallet or black leather wallet with studs is appealing to you, you have to think about how well it’ll serve you. We talked about this a bit previously, but it’s definitely important enough to be elaborated on.
As a rule of thumb, choose a basic, minimalistic wallet style that can be taken from work to reckless nights out with the guys; from brunch to the bar and everything in between.
Now, don’t be mistaken – minimalistic style does not mean boring or plain. It just means simple, neutral style that can be worn with a variety of outfits, both formal and informal, and that can be used throughout different seasons.
All of our carbon fiber wallets are designed with this in mind. So, if you have no idea what style of wallet to choose, anything in our collection is a safe bet.
8. Think About Your Wardrobe
Lastly, you may want to think about your wardrobe. If you prefer to wear slim-fitted pants, you’ll likely prefer a slim carbon fiber wallet or slim carbon fiber cardholder as opposed to a trifold option.
You may also prefer to put your wallet in a specific pocket, such as your back-pant pocket. This is also something to consider, as you can’t always see or feel someone behind you, especially if you’re in a large crowd. As such, you may want to opt for a slim carbon fiber cardholder that is small enough that it’ll fit in your back pocket and you can still fasten the button.
On the other hand, you may want to opt for a larger carbon fiber wallet that will be tight and secure in the pocket. Though, you’ll have to deal with the bulge and taking it out every time you sit down.
Additionally, your sense of style or work dress code may determine the best type of wallet for you. Perhaps your work requires you to wear a uniform with minimal pockets – something to think about. Maybe you like to strip down to track pants as soon as you leave work; you’ll want a wallet that is minimalistic and versatile.
While your wardrobe shouldn’t be a huge factor in the wallet you choose, it is certainly something you consider depending on your lifestyle, career, and preference.
A wallet can make or break a man. There are many factors that determine which men’s wallet is the best option for you, and this list will steer you in the right direction.
Now, all that’s left for you to do is to head on over to our collection of carbon fiber wallets for men and explore the possibilities of luxury leather accessories that match your sense of style and wild lifestyle. Whatever you’re looking for, whatever style you have, as long as you want unparalleled strength and style, you’ll find it on Cold Fire.