When you're buying your first Ridge, you may not expect it to be so… intricate.
There's just so much that goes into the decision: aluminum, or carbon fiber? Rose gold, or blue? Then, you come across the most difficult one of all: do you get the cash strap or the money clip?
We're in the business of making your life easier, whether that's simplifying your wallet or protecting your cards from RFID scanning—so we're not going to leave you hanging on these questions. We break down the pros and cons of each option below:
Perks Of The Cash Strap
You obviously already see the importance of keeping a slim profile when it comes to your wallet—we've talked enough about bulky wallets and crooked spines by now. Well, a cash strap reinforces that philosophy. It adds hardly any measurable thickness to the Ridge but can handle pretty much any kind of thick cash wad you slide into it.
We don't recommend slipping in a couple bands into the cash strap, though. That would pretty much defeat the purpose.
There's also the aesthetic to consider. Make sure you check our gallery page to review the different looks of that black band running across the Ridge. There's definitely something to be said about the level of parallels it adds.
Also, if you manage to get it cut, or stretch it out too far, it's simple to replace with a new band.
Benefits Of The Money Clip
Now, the cash strap is no slouch in terms of durability. However, it isn't a metal, held-by-screws, money clip. When you choose the money clip, be aware that you're sacrificing a bit of space… but, when we say bit, we mean a very tiny bit - A Ridge Wallet with a money clip is still a Ridge Wallet. We keep it slim.
The durability is a huge plus that you've got to consider. Unlike elastic, you'll barely scratch it if a blade somehow runs across your cash spot.
There are a few things to consider from an aesthetic perspective here as well. If you're opting for the titanium wallet, it doesn't get much cooler than bolting on the money clip.
In the end, it comes down to your personal taste. Hopefully, we've helped a little, though. And, don't worry—if you buy a cash strap and decide later down the road that you want a money clip, just order one. You can install it all yourself!
Evan Grimm is a practical writer, blogger, editor, and knowledgeable up-and-coming authority in the outdoor realm. His best-known content is published on Bowhunting.com, The Alaska Frontier, and Exodus Outdoor Gear. He and his family reside in central Alaska, where daily common sense and practicality are necessary. His commercial pilot and aircraft technician certifications make him focus on what is relevant and solidly provable. You will find him writing or proving more content.