I want to begin this review with a little story.
A few weeks ago, I was walking through a busy mall with my wife when I felt a tap on my back pocket. I didn’t think anything of it then but soon realized I had been skimmed.
Skimming is when someone uses RFID technology to try to tap your bank or credit cards and steal money from your account. It’s not a pleasant experience for sure.
My nightmare became a reality when I noticed $50 missing from my bank account. I called my bank as soon as possible and started the process of restoring the stolen money.
It was a mess and took several hours to rectify.
I say all of the above to tell you that I set out looking for a product that would protect me from this event from happening again.
This was when I discovered Ekster.
According to their website, Rick and Oliver started Ekster after discovering their shared desire for a better, slicker, and thinner bifold.
“What would a wallet built for the 21st century look like?”
They took their idea to Kickstarter, and only five years later, they built a brand that’s known all over the world. They currently have 40 team members that are spread across 11 countries.
The quality of their wallets is unbeatable, and the materials they use are sustainable, reliable, and durable.
They are honestly making the next-generation wallets.
Ekster Modular Bifold Review
If your looking for a wallet that can be used in almost any situation in your life, I suggest checking out Ekster’s Modular Bifold Wallet. One thing is for sure; this wallet is far from average. I recently got my hands on the Ekster Modular Bifold wallet; I was impressed with its features and quality.
When you purchase this wallet, you’re not only getting one wallet but two.
You get the base wallet with two card slots which can hold four cards or more and a secret card slot that holds two more cards. Then a separate cardholder holds up to eight more cards.
Here’s the kicker and why this wallet is called a modular wallet.
This cardholder detaches and can be used as a separate wallet. It attaches with a strong magnet and can snap off whenever you need a smaller wallet.
This is a fantastic idea. When you have to rush to the store to grab some milk, why would you bring your full wallet? You can just bring the small cardholder wallet but still have everything that you need.
The full wallet has a lot of different compartments. There’s a place for your bills, coins, your cards, and some secret compartments as well. It really does have an incredible amount of space for such a compact, thin wallet.
In fact, the wallet had plenty of room for all my cards, and I loved that it could hold cash and coins. I have to be honest, for such a minilistic wallet, I was surprised that a cash and coin section was added. Even the small detached wallet has lots of room for cards and cash.
- Lots of room for all my cards
- Tracker alerts you when you leave your wallet behind
- RFID blocking
- Almost $100
The tabs on the cash slot is a nice touch and makes it easy to grab the cash you need quickly, and those tabs also make it really easy to glance at all your cards in a rush.
This bi-fold is the thinest bi-fold wallet I have ever owned at only 0.4 inches thick, but it can hold over 12 cards – it’s pretty great.
Of course, you can also add a tracker and always know where your wallet is at all times. The tracker gives you some pretty awesome features and transforms your wallet into a smart device. We’ll detail the tracker further in this article.
This wallet is well made; which you can tell by holding it in your hand.
The leather feels so soft. It’s made with a top-grain leather, and has great details throughout the entire wallet, which gives this wallet a luxury feel.
I found the leather is a little stiff at first, but it does slowly soften over time.
Overall, it’s a great high-quality bi-fold wallet. It’s going to cost you just under $100 for this bi-fold, so your wallet will be a little lighter after you buy it. It’s a little pricey, but based on it’s quality and function, it’s worth the investment.
If you’re looking for a premium bi-fold wallet, then I suggest checking out the Ekster Modular Bifold.
Ekster Parliament Wallet Review
I received my Parliament Wallet in a stylishly designed box, neatly wrapped in tissue paper.
The wallet itself is a simple bifold with a band for bills.
It’s certainly not your ordinary wallet.
There isn’t any bill holder except the band, and you definitely won’t find a place for your coins.
It’s minimal. A wallet that is super small and fits nicely in your pocket.
There is a place for 14 cards on this minimal wallet, so though it’s a small design, it certainly still allows you to hold enough cards.
The cardholder in this wallet is a nice idea.
You push the trigger at the bottom of the wallet, and all your cards fan out nicely. Then you can effortlessly make your pick.
I like that it allows you to see all of the cards, and nothing gets hidden.
The cardholder is also RFID-blocking, so you don’t have to worry about getting skimmed like me, and you’ll be glad for that.
I have embossed cards, so I could only get 5 in the cardholder total. I have six cards that I normally put in my wallet, so it works for me. I just put one card in the slot on the opposite side of the cardholder.
- Cardholder fans out your cards
- Tracker alerts you when you leave your wallet behind
- RFID blocking
- Almost $100
My biggest fear was that the cards would fall out of the cardholder, on the ground, or in my pocket, but this wasn’t the case. You’ll want to ensure that it’s full of cards, so they are all snug.
The wallet itself is a quality product. I knew it right from the moment I picked up the box. It was packaged well; it felt like I was opening an Apple product.
The stitching, feel of the leather, and overall design of the wallet was nice. It was super slim and felt nice to hold in my hand.
It felt like I was opening an Apple product.
I have only had this wallet for a couple of months, but I feel it will last a long time.
If you’re a back pocket wallet guy, you will find switching to the Parliament Wallet hard. It’s not a back pocket wallet.
I have always put my wallet in my back pocket, but you can’t with the Parliament Wallet from Ekster. According to Ekster’s website, they suggest that carrying your wallet in your back pocket is actually a really bad idea.
- Sitting on your wallet misaligns your spine over time.
- Your back pocket is unseen and unprotected.
You won’t have to worry about putting the Ekster Parliament in your back pocket because It just doesn’t feel right; plus, you could easily damage the card ejector by bending the metal casing. I’m not sure if that’s possible, but you don’t want to take the chance.
This wallet gives you a completely different experience. You have to place it in your front or coat pocket and eject the cards when needed.
The great thing about this wallet is it’s small enough to fit nicely in your front pocket.
Overall, it felt nice in my hand and looked amazing. It’s a super minimalist wallet with an elegant design.
Ekster Tracker Card Review
If you’ve ever lost your wallet, you know how terrifying that can be.
I’ve been there, and when I heard that Ekster had solved this problem, I was excited to try it.
This tracker is unbelievably small. It slides nicely into your wallet, and you forget it’s there.
The great thing about this small Bluetooth device is that it has a two-way alert. If you can’t find your wallet, just make your wallet ring by enabling it on your phone. You can also make your phone ring by pressing the button on the tracker.
I love that it’s a part of the global lost and found network. It means if your phone is out of range from your wallet and someone with the app is near your wallet. The app will send you an anonymous update and tell you its location. That’s pretty cool.
You’re probably wondering how this device is charged. It’s solar-powered.
I’m not super crazy over the solar power option. I wish there were an option to plug it in as well. You have to charge it for 3 hours for two months of use. I mean, it’s really neat that you don’t need to have a charger cord if you’re away from home, but it will be hard to charge in the winter.
The last feature of the tracker is my favorite. When enabled on the app, your phone will alert you when your wallet is left behind.
Two weeks ago, I was having lunch at a fast food restaurant and walked out without my wallet. When I stopped for gas, I started to freak out when I couldn’t find my wallet anywhere. I called the restaurant, and it was sitting on the table. I sure wish I had the Ekster Wallet at that time. I wouldn’t have had to drive another hour and get my wallet.
Alerting you when you leave without your wallet is an incredible and practical feature.
Should You Purchase a Ekster Wallet?
If you’re looking for a minimalist smart wallet, then I would strongly recommend this wallet.
Its quality is superb and slim enough to fit in your front pocket.
I love the cardholder and the protection it offers you from identity theft: RFID blocking and, with the tracker, alerting you if your wallet is left behind.
Overall, my experience with the Ekster wallet has been positive. It’s taken me a little time to get used to it, but I am starting to love the features.
I must admit, it’s the best wallet I have ever owned.