More than a minimalist wallet. An Aluminum and Titanium, RFID-blocking card holder and money clip solution with expandable track.
My name is Daniel and this is my dad, Paul, and we're here to introduce The Ridge. The Ridge is a slim, front-pocket wallet with metal construction that mixes old and new school without sacrificing functionality. The integrated track avoids the bulk of a traditional folding wallet while expanding to allow the user to hold as few or as many cards as they would like. The slim aluminum and titanium exoskeleton form a wallet that provides easy access to cards and cash with the push of your finger. In tribute to the days before plastic, there is also the option of an integrated money clip. As a father/son team, we want to bridge the generation gap to create a durable wallet without added bulk.
The need for a front pocket wallet has been apparent to me for quite some time. If I was going out for the night or driving long distances, I didn't want to lug my bulky wallet around, especially when I only needed my I.D. and a credit card. I found myself leaving my wallet at home in favor of a rubber band securing a few cards and eventually took this a step further and made an elastic strap to replace my beloved rubber band. While I was back home for break, my dad began asking questions about my new card holder and asked why not make it a permanent solution that could hold all of your cards and cash. At first I was a little offended but after some constructive criticism and brain-storming we came up with what we felt was an encompassing solution.
Our design criteria included a wallet that would first and foremost keep a low profile in your front pocket as well as alleviate lower back pain, block RFID skimming devices, utilize a singular construction (one piece design) without letting cards slip out of the bottom, expand and contract to hold various amounts of cards, and offer an optional money clip.
Lower back pain and your wallet:
Sitting on your wallet can lead to bad posture, misalignment of the spine, and a nerve dysfunction known as sciatic neuropothy. By keeping your wallet in your back pocket, you put pressure on and damage the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs through your hip and down your leg and can cause lower back and knee pain when agitated (a problem my dad actually dealt with firsthand). The Ridge is slim enough to keep in your front pocket and thereby, avoid any harm to your spine or nervous system. It also avoids the simple, lopsided discomfort of sitting on a bulky wallet.
Here is Paul's actual wallet with the same number of cards and cash before and after switching to the Ridge.
RFID blocking (wireless identity theft):
Radio Frequency Identification is becoming an increasingly common feature on credit cards that allows the user to wirelessly "swipe" their card. However, the technology is inherently vulnerable as it lends itself to wireless identity theft. Thieves use a portable, concealed scanner to wirelessly obtain credit card information from RFID-enabled cards in your wallet, a process known as "skimming". The Ridge’s aluminum and stainless steel plates block RFID when fully inserted, keeping your information safe. A quick push of your finger exposes the cards, allowing you to utilize the convenience of RFID enabled cards without risk.
We wanted a sturdy, no-fuss wallet that couldn’t come apart into several pieces, as many elastic wallets do. As such, the Ridge utilizes a one-piece design.
The optional money clip holds cash on the backside of the wallet and an indentation at bottom left side of the wallet provides simple accessibility to your cards with the push of a finger. You can slide them out for easy RFID swiping and selecting the correct card.
How to access your cards:
Integrated expandable track:
The Ridge's “integrated track technology” is comprised of a durable elastic track incorporated into a hollowed section of the wallet’s metal plates. The "T" design of the track secures cards from the bottom as well as the sides so nothing accidentally falls out of the bottom of the wallet. It will snugly hold one card or expand to hold numerous cards. The track is made out of a robust elastic material that has undergone several strength tests. It was expanded to an excess of 2 inches and when the cards were removed, it contracted to hold a single card securely.
Here you can see The "New" Ridge with 1, 3, and 8 cards.
The finish of the wallet is a brushed anodized aluminum that's textured to stay in place in your pocket, and a polished interior aluminum that prevents scratches and allows your cards to slide smoothly. We have worked closely with two separate metal manufacturing facilities both domestic and abroad as well as a fabric manufacturer to source the elastic material. Your pledge will go directly into the tooling, production, and final assembly costs of the Ridge, which we are unable to feasibly produce on a small scale. If our goal is met, we will be able to manufacture the Ridge on a large enough scale to achieve the quality we want at a reasonable price.
The Ridge is offered in a few different materials. The aluminum version incorporates brushed, anodized aluminum on the outer plates ("New" Ridge), with a separate option for a stainless steel money clip on the back ("Classic" Ridge). The titanium version utilizes durable outer titanium plates ("New" Ridge) with the option of a titanium money clip on the back ("Classic" Ridge).
The “New” Ridge are the versions without the money clip and the "Classic" Ridge are the versions with the money clip.
$38 pledge: The "New" Ridge in anodized black.
$38 pledge: The "New" Ridge in anodized black (without engraved logo).
$38 pledge: The "New" Ridge: Kickstarter special edition with green elastic and black anodized aluminum
$38 pledge: The "New" Ridge in anodized silver.
$45 pledge: The "Classic" Ridge in anodized black with stainless steel money clip.
$45 pledge: The "Classic" Ridge in anodized black with stainless steel money clip (without engraved logo).
$45 pledge: The "Classic" Ridge in anodized silver with stainless steel money clip.
Dimensions: 8.5 cm (l) x 5.5 cm (w) x 0.55 cm
Weight: 1.9 ounces; 2.9 ounces (with money clip)
Thanks again for your time and for checking out our project!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We've gone through several prototypes and lined up a manufacturer who has produced this small batch of samples to our specifications.
The main challenge we anticipate is conveying our idea and product correctly as well as spreading the word and connecting with our backers. We don't anticipate any setbacks and are confident we can manufacture and distribute The Ridge even if we exceed our goal.
My other challenge is being at university (I am currently a senior at UCSB) and completing my coursework while handling the project. However, this is also my favorite part of the process as it acts as my motivation to stay focused and study hard. My dad and I have worked together in the past and work as a great team, fulfilling and coordinating the logistics of shipping and manufacturing several thousand pledges in my first Kickstarter project and we are excited to be working together again.
Kickstarter can take up to 14 days to transfer funds, at which point production will begin immediately. We expect to ship all of the pledges by the end of April.
At the end of the campaign we will send out an e-mail survey where you can specify your shipping address and any special instructions.
The "New" Ridge is the version without a money clip and the "Classic" Ridge has a money clip integrated into the back plate of the design.
Yes, you can easily fold bills in half (or quad fold) and slide the cash in next to your cards with the "New" Ridge.
The elastic is extremely durable and we were not able to stretch out the elastic even when we tried under extreme circumstances. We have both been using our prototypes for 4-5 months so far with no signs of wear on the elastic.
The "T" design of the track stops your cards from being able to slide out of the bottom and the elastic snugly holds the cards so they aren't able to fall out. In a shake test, holding the wallet upside down with one card in it, I was unable to "shake" the card out.