REVIEW: Ekster Senate Cardholder

Senate Cardholder | Slim Leather RFID Blocking Cardholder
My wallet of choice the past two weeks was the Ekster Senate Cardholder in Black

The Senate Cardholder can be Purchased Here

It’s been a couple of weeks since I reviewed my last wallet, and I’ve been using a product from another newer player to the men’s wallet market. Ekster, a brand boasting high quality materials in the slimmest, most fashion forward wallets I’ve stumbled over in awhile. They also advertise optional tracking cards that can be used to prevent you from losing any of their wallets, however I did not have the luxury to try this item at this time. Ekster makes 2 products I see tremendous value in, the Senate Cardholder, and the Parliament Wallet.

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been using (and abusing) the Senate Cardholder, a sleek pop of cardholder with a simplistic mechanism allowing for easy card access, but with the addition of an elastic money band & additional card slot makes more a new set of opportunities while keeping form minimal and function high. Overall I give the Senate Cardholder a score of 7.5/10.


As you know by now if you’ve been reading my reviews, capacity is by far the most important feature I look for in any wallet on the market. It’s tremendously important to have everything you need within an arms reach, and when this can be accomplished without added bulk, I’m impressed. The senate cardholder allowed me to store 5 cards in the main pop up compartment, and another 1 card, and 3 business cards in the additional card slot on the money band slide. I was also able to store 5 bills in the money band. All things considered this is plenty of space for most people’s day to day needs, however it did leave me wanting more in terms of space for 1-2 additional cards, and more than the 2 business cards I was able to fit. That being said, with this wallet being only 3 inches by 2 inches, and less than an inch thick, I’m extremely satisfied with what I was able to fit into this extremely compact space.

Size & Bulk

While we touched a bit on size and bulk in the capacity section, the size and bulk of this wallet was what truly set it apart. To be an ideal front pocket wallet, the wallet can be up to 5 inches long, but never more than 3 inches wide. Thickness should always be under 1.5 inches to fit well in the front pocket. Now the Senate Cardholder, even when fully loaded came in at around 3/4 of an inch thick. Based on what I was able to squeeze in, I am impressed. Ekster really earns top marks for their ability to make a compact wallet.

Card Grip

This is an area of wallet use that I’ve always found particularly important, and in my experience this is where most pop up style wallets fall short, particularly when you get into metal credit cards, without the usual embossing of a plastic card. The Senate Cardholder impressed me in this regard for the first while, however closer to the end of the 2 weeks I was using the cardholder I found that my metal card could come slipping out with force, though the plastic cards were gripped tightly, and I have little to no concern about keeping my cards secure in this wallet for day to day use.

Ease of Access

Nothing on the market can provide ease of access quite like a pop up style wallet, as you can see in the photo below, a push of the bottom on the bottom and your 5 most used cards pop right up, so you’ll never have to dig around in the pockets of your wallet to get to that credit card you’re looking for. Everything you need with this wallet is available with the mere push of a button (literally).

Ekster: Senate Leather Card Holder Wallet - RFID Blocking - Quick Card  Access: Clothing & Accessories
The Button on the Bottom Easily Pops up the 5 Cards in the Top Slot.

Quality of Materials

The Senate Cardholder truly impressed me directly out of the box with the high quality feeling of their genuine leather, and the craftsmanship making their pop up design as smooth as a warm knife through soft butter. I know that was a terrible analogy, but the wallet truly does seem quite impressive directly out of the box with the feeling of their materials and the clearly outstanding workmanship that went into the production of this piece.


Ekster offers a 1 year manufacturer warranty on their wallets, which while inline with many industries in the consumer goods space, the majority of new higher end wallet makers are offering more thorough warranty options that compete against the warranty offered by Ekster.

Additional Functionality

With the addition of the money band to allow for cash, and the extra card pocket, this wallet does exactly what you’d expect for the most part, and with its minimalistic style, there isn’t much surprise to be had. However Ekster also offers the optional add on of a tracking card, ensuring you’ll never lose your wallet again.

Pricing (Value)

The Senate Cardholder is priced at $79 USD, which unfortunately is one of the few downfalls I’ve found in this review. The wallet shows value for the money, however it doesn’t gain a distinct advantage over any of it’s competitors in the price arena.

Overall, this is a wallet I would be extremely satisfied to be using continually, and I truly can’t wait to try Ekster’s other product, when the time for that comes. I give the Ekster Senate Cardholder an Overall Score of 7.5/10.

The Senate Cardholder can be Purchased Here

Until Next Time!

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