Nomatic Basics Minimalist Wallet Review: Simple, Functional and Cool

By John Cruz

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Welcome to my Nomatic Basics wallet review!

We all need a wallet.

No ands, ifs, or buts about it.

Then again, I used to leave my wallet behind when I was going into a bar or something, as I am not a fan of hauling around something so bulky that is, of course, inconvenient and probably has the highest chance of being lost out of all the stuff I carry.

Then there are things like the Nomatic wallet, designed for people like me who like things simple, and two, won’t spend an arm and a leg to get one.

This wallet I am about to review was actually a gift from Jaime (the owner of, who just so happens to be a shopaholic who overdid it with this specific wallet and ended up getting 4 of them.

Maybe because it was affordable and came in exactly that many different colors?

Who knows, but he gave me one.

So after carrying my cards in my pocket and getting them all faded due to the constant rubbing on my pockets, I finally got myself a minimalistic wallet that I didn’t even have to buy.


That’s my story of how I acquired such a wallet, and I would like to share my thoughts with those of you thinking about getting yourself one, although I think it is one of those buys that most do anyways simply because the price is right.

But will it be worth even the $20?

We shall see.

Nomatic Basics Wallet Review – Product Overview

The fine folks at Nomatic have produced some quality products over the years, and the minimalistic wallet is just one of them.

What started as a Kickstarter project is now a full-time business that the team takes pride in and one that I am really a fan of.

The Nomatic wallet is just one of them, but like with any product, there are pros and cons.

However, you can rest assured that there is more to love about this wallet, as the cons are not necessarily deal breakers.

But before we get into that, let’s see what key features you can expect with the Basics Wallet.

Specs & Features

The Basics wallet is only 3.4″ x 2.2″ x 0.01″ and weighs no more than a couple of ounces.

It holds up to 15 cards and has two main pockets and a little pocket that allows you to carry coins and cash, which is rarely found in any minimalist wallet.

I mean, it is not going to hold that many coins, but it at least can fit the odd $.35 that you got from your #5 at Mcdonald’s.

Now if you have a single key that you need to store, that pocket is the perfect place.

Other than that, there isn’t much to this wallet, as simple is exactly what it is.


Very much for those casual days, this wallet is really great for anyone, although they claim it to be classy.

I use this no matter where I go, and it goes great with anything, and everything I do, especially with the fact that it can fit anywhere without anyone even noticing it is there.

Being that it is really small, it goes right in your front pocket, eliminating the awkward sitting or having to pull out your wallet just to be comfortable.

The Basics wallet is made of medical grade elastic and genuine leather for its pull tab, so it is as “basic” as possible.

Very basic, but does that mean it can’t do much?

Well, it actually does enough and is quite the functional little guy.

The Basics Wallet is Very Much Functional

If you have not seen their marketing video for this wallet, you might want to do so, as it is pretty badass and makes it seem a lot better than when I actually held the wallet.

Then again, this is usually how things are anyways, but it’s always cool to see some good old marketing in action.

The wallet is actually really simple but is functional and durable.

And if that doesn’t convince you, then don’t forget that there is a money-back guarantee on a product that is not the priciest thing on the market.

The Price?

I know it is a very simple product, but the price for this wallet is beyond affordable.

Then you can also bank on their 100% customer satisfaction guarantee and lifetime warranty in case anything happens.

Getting yourself a Nomatic Basics wallet will cost you no more than $20, and with four different colors to choose from, you can see why most people end up getting all four.

Not a fan of that mint color but I’m sure some of you might like it.

How About Some Cons?

Well, this was something I never saw coming and one that can only be seen through an actual user’s perspective.

The wallet is designed to slide up and down, in and out, or whatever way you want to describe it and that is exactly how it works.

What seemed like a cool, basic, and somewhat brilliant has kind of landed on the downside to the wallet.

It works great and does exactly like it’s supposed to do, but there is and will be a problem, especially with your credit cards.

Through the constant sliding, the little black strip that is used to read your card will start to “strip” away, causing your card to become hard to access with credit card scanners.

This little issue has caused me to resort more to using apple pay, but that can only do so much.

Not everyone accepts that method of payment, which will result in you having to pull your credit card out.

Besides that, I still use the wallet, and I like the minimalistic approach it allows you to have.

Overall Rating

I give the Nomatic Basics wallet 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who likes the minimalistic type lifestyle that I do.

It is very affordable, sleek, and functional, and it works great.

Whether you need a nice slim wallet or just want to get something cool, this is definitely one to consider.

I actually have the gray one but being that I have kids, I don’t see it staying clean for a very long time.

If I were you, I would go with black or red, but that’s just me.

Thanks for reading my review of the Nomatic Basics wallet, and I hope you found it helpful in one way or another.

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