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Minimalist Wallet From ROAM Reduces Adventure Bulk

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
Disclaimer: ROAM provided us with gear to sample; however, all opinions and experiences are our own.

When I take my wallet with me on a hike, I end up removing useless items from it in order to reduce its bulk: gym pass, history museum card, library card, coffee gift certificate, etc. Even then, the bulky composition of my leather wallet still doesn’t fit well into the front pocket of my hiking shorts.

Recently, I was presented with the opportunity to try out a minimalist wallet produced by ROAM. This wallet is crafted from lightweight material and encourages you to bring only your necessities on your adventure.

The Minimal Wallets feature one primary pocket with a small carabiner that allows you to hook it onto a daypack. The Premium Wallets have three slots, so you can separate your cards and cash; these wallets also come with an extended loop that fits a stick of lip balm quite perfectly.

I’ve tested the Premium Wallet. My Burt’s Bees stick fits securely into the elastic loop. I can fit cash, identification cards, and a credit card into the slots of the wallet. The wallet doesn’t feature a zipper, but the cards and cash stay compacted well enough into the wallet due to its composition.

I can fit the wallet into my front pocket without noticing it’s there; I’ve also hooked the wallet’s carabiner to my daypack and it has eliminated my pet peeve of having anything in my front pocket while hiking.

The coolest part about the ROAM wallets comes from their designs. ROAM wallets feature dozens of unique designs that you won’t see on any other product. My world map wallet fits my consistent desire to adventure. Some wallets feature designs of specific National Parks, while others echo minimalist designs with pinstripes and simplicity.

If you’re looking for a wallet that’s designed for adventure and travel, check out ROAM’s wallets. Their price points are low ($9 to $14), so you can sample one to see if the setup is right for you without a huge investment.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience with the ROAM wallet. Its served its suppose for hiking because I only need to take a few specific items with me. For certain types of adventures, like road trips or a day hike, my wallet has served me well. For adventures where security of your personal belongings might be a concern, like air travel or strolling through a new city, you might want to keep it in your pocket rather than hooked to your daypack. But, when you’re in the wilderness without a worry, this minimalist wallet will fulfill its objective and allow you to roam free.

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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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