This week we took a break from our usual concealed carry, self-protection style reviews to cover EDC accessories. In continuation of this theme, we are going to discuss a product that is going to be used every single day of your life.
Trayvax is a company that was brought to my attention by John @ Lather House Soapery located here in Royal Oak Michigan. John is a follower of 248Shooter, a friend and someone who is far more in touch with the EDC movement then me.
He has been through easily 20 wallets since I have known him. In fact, nothing occupies more of our beer drinking time than talking about guns, wallets, flashlights, and knives. While not as versed as John, I have gone through my fair share of wallets. Over the last 2 years especially my wallets have transitioned from leather and nylon to aluminum.
What makes a Trayvax Wallet
Trayvax is an American designed, funded and built wallet. Currently, the company offers 2 different styles. The original or classic style is retailing for 24.99 in standard colors and 39.99 for cerekoted tactical colors. As well as the Element version that is more refined. The element differs from the classic by replacing the elastic strap with a leather one, removing the bag carrying feature, adding a money clip , and moving the bottle opener internally.
While I certainly like the look of the element it is far classier than I am. It is also a bit more expensive at $69.99. Certainly not expensive when compared to my gun collection but I’m a person that enjoys function over style.
We focused our review on the original all black model. It is a piece of anodized aircraft grade 6061 aluminum connected with heat resistant elastic and mil-spec 550 paracord to E-coated cold rolled steel.
- RFID-blocking aluminum and steel frame
- 1-10 card carrying capacity
- Bottle Opener
- Bag carry feature
- Keychain, carabineer loop
I was unable to test the RFID-blocking technology. Reading other reviews there seems to be a mix of opinions with nobody actually testing it. Bad news; I’m not any better. I refused to get RFID-based credit cards and I don’t have an RFID scanner. All I can do is reference the Trayvax website.
Our Trayvax Classic wallet is RFID-blocking, keeping your information safe from identity thieves who take advantage of these RFID credit/debit and identification cards. Regardless of the orientation of your cards, the Trayvax Classic will protect your cards from RFID scanners. This is due to the fact that RFID cards have a ring around the edge that act as the antenna for the RFID chip, and the Trayvax was actually designed to block these antennas rather than the chips themselves. So even if the RFID chip itself is in the ID cut¬out on the wallet, its antenna is being blocked around the edges and your cards are protected from unwanted RFID scans. Low-¬range RFID cards like credit cards and state IDs are protected, but high-¬range cards like work IDs will still work through the wallet.
I like that according to its description the cut out don’t affect the system. Also, it appears that some of the people that “tested” the wallet did it with work scanners that work differently than the short-range credit card chips. Trayvax claims to allow these longer rage work ID system on purpose so no surprise they work.