REVIEW: Fantom R – The Super Premium Modular Wallet

The Fantom R wallet is a super premium metal cardholder with a variety of options and modular add-ons to make your dream wallet. The wallet carries a premium price tag, but Fantom truly does allow you to create your wallet dream, holding anything from every card you need and having options from cash to coins to keys!

The past 10 days I’ve used the Fantom R wallet as my daily driver, and I haven’t been disappointed. The wallet provides a fair amount of functionality, but better yet, you have your choice of functionality through their modular add ons. My Fantom R is in the Carbon Fibre finish, with a Titanium Money Clip, and a Carbon Fibre Cash Holder attachment (that I’ve been using for business cards). The Fantom R offers plenty of upside, but these super premium features do come at a rather premium price tag. Is that premium price tag worth it? I think so, with the Fantom R wallet coming in with an overall score of 9.2/10

Card Capacity

Much like the Fantom S we reviewed earlier in the year, it’s premium brother the Fantom R is a major frontrunner in the front pocket wallet space when it comes to card capacity. With 3 Sizes available depending on your needs, I have the largest which holds 13 cards in the wallet itself. With the money clip and cash holder attachments, I was also able to keep 8 business cards, and 10 folded bills in this compact yet extremely spacious wallet. With the modular add-ons available, with more to come on these on the Additional Features section, one thing is for sure, running out of space for your cards will NOT be an issue in a Fantom R series wallet.

Size & Bulk

The Fantom R is an extremely slim wallet in its base form, the the Fantom R 13 (the version with 13 card capacity) is only 0.54″ thick! The entire Fantom R series is 4.5″ long by 2.8″ wide making it a bit long, but still maintaining the perfect front pocket fit. Once I added the money clip, and the cash holder attachment, the wallet sits at roughly 1 inch thick. For the capacity this wallet brings, the bulk is virtually non-existent.

Card Grip

Metal Cardholder type wallets are something I’ve had issues with over time, with my metal credit cards generally having a tough time as they seem to slip a bit in the metal cardholders. The Fantom R though does not have this problem, all of my card stayed firmly in place, the cash and business cards were the same, no issues whatsoever.

Ease of Access

With the simple pull of a tab, all 13 cards are fanned out and ready to use whenever you may need them. No issue with the cards at the back or the middle, each and every card is ready to go at a moments notice. If you’re like me and always on the go, every card in here is faster to access then the credit cards on your phone!

Additional Functionality

This is truly the area where the Fantom R wallet shines. This wallet comes with a beautiful and rugged metal frame, and is available in 3 finishes, all of which look fantastic. The 3 finish options are wood, leather, and carbon fibre. Then you have the option to add a money clip, available in 18 different colours, that’s right I said 18! Above all that, every single one of these wallets is RFID protected, so you don’t have to worry at all about the security of your cards day to day. Above all of this we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet, the wallet has multiple attachment options for the side of the wallet opposite the money clip, making for the ultimate modular compilation in wallets that I’ve seen on the market to date!

The 6 Modular Options for the Fantom R Wallets are:

  1. The Fantom R – Key Holder
    • The key holder allows you to keep 3 keys stored inside the modular attachment, keeping this available whenever you may need them, all the while minimizing your pocket bulk!
  2. The Fantom R – Cash Holder
    • The cash holder attachment gives you an additional slot that is roughly 1/8″ wide to accommodate folded bills, or even better yet (in my opinion) business cards, keeping them crisp and clean as opposed to keeping them in the money clip.
  3. The Fantom R – Coin Holder
    • This attachment gives you a nifty slot to store your coins in, and keeps them securely stored in the attachment and kept in by the pull tab for your cards!
  4. The Fantom R – ID Holder
    • This attachment is rather simple, a clear plastic holder for a single card, allowing your ID to be easily presentable without having to pull it out of the wallet.
  5. The Fantom R – Silicone Band
    • Available in 4 colours, this attachment suspends a silicone band down the centre of the wallet allowing for additional cash storage, or a secure place to keep business cards and receipts.
  6. The Fantom R – Tracker
    • This attachment allows for tracking of your wallet through an app connected via bluetooth on your phone! Ensuring that the wallet is easy to find whenever you need it.

Quality of Materials

The metal and finish materials of the Fantom R feel high quality from the instant you take them out of the box, and these materials are backed by a phenomenal warranty as well!

Warranty

As with the Fantom S we reviewed earlier in the year Fantom comes back again with the best warranty in the business. Not only does it come with a lifetime warranty for any manufacturing defect, but they also provide a warranty for accidental damage, offering a replacement wallet for 50% off with the simple condition that the previous wallet be destroyed. This warranty definitely makes the hefty price tag more worth it.

Price/Value

As we discussed early on, the Fantom R truly is a premium wallet, and as so carries a rather premium price tag with a Fantom R wallet with a money clip and attachment coming in at over $200 Canadian after taxes and shipping. Even without the modular attachment, the base wallet and money clip come to $150 prior to tax and shipping. The wallet comes with a phenomenal warranty, and fantastic features, which do justify the price tag, but the wallet will likely remain exclusive to those willing to pay the price for it.

Final Notes

The Fantom R is an extremely premium wallet, with a variety of options to suit the needs of absolutely anyone with the customization options available. You can truly create a wallet for your style. Despite the price tag, the extremely premium features and benefits of this wallet make it one of my overall favourites thusfar.

The Fantom R Wallet earns an Overall Score of 9.2/10

REVIEW: Ekster Parliament, Stylish & Smart

Stylish, high-quality and GPS trackable are the first three things that come to mind when I think of the Ekster Parliament Wallet. This wallet comes in a sleek front pocket design, and holds everything you need to keep in it. Whether you keep it in your suit breast pocket, or the front pocket of your Levi’s, the Ekster Parliament wallet will fit into every outfit and every situation.

The Ekster Parliament is one of the cooler wallets I’ve played with. I loved the Senate Cardholder, but the Parliament wallet really steps it up to earn a score of 9.5/10, our highest score yet!

Stylish, high-quality and GPS trackable are the first three things that come to mind when I think of the Ekster Parliament Wallet. This wallet comes in a sleek front pocket design, and holds everything you need to keep in it. Whether you keep it in your suit breast pocket, or the front pocket of your Levi’s, the Ekster Parliament wallet will fit into every outfit and every situation.

You can purchase the Ekster Parliament wallet HERE

Card Capacity

The Ekster Parliament boasts an incredible card capacity for the size of the wallet overall, with the inside slide pocket holding 4-6 cards depending on whether their flat or embossed, I personally used it to store 5 cards, 1 flat and 4 embossed. The front folding area holds 2 additional cards, and has the money band that holds your cash and/or business cards. The wallet also has a back pocket that could be used to hold an additional card or two, however it was intended to be for the GPS tracker card. Overall I have 9 cards, 4 Business cards, and 4 folded bills in the wallet, which is a phenomenal amount of storage for something so minimally sized.

Size & Bulk

At 4.1 inches by 2.5 inches the Ekster Parliament is extremely front pocket friendly. When empty the wallet is 0.4 inches thick, and when fully loaded, it came to only 0.75 inches thick! This wallet will fit comfortably in your front pocket, your shirt pocket, or your suit breast pocket, making it comfortable for carry in any situation. I don’t have much to say about bulk, as fortunately this wallet seems to have no bulk whatsoever.

Card Grip

Card grip is an issue I’ve been running into constantly with the card slide type wallets, and I’m extremely thrilled to report that with the Ekster Parliament, this was not an issue I encountered with any of my cards. This was the first slide wallet I’ve had that has the ability to grip my metal card securely as well as my plastic cards.

Ease of Access

As with all card slide wallets, there’s definitely no points being taken away for ease of access for this one. With the press of a button, your go to cards are popped up and ready for you to grab the one you need quickly and conveniently. Even the cards in the front fold area are easy to get to, and the cash you store in the money band is always right where you need it .

Additional Functionality

This is a category I was excited to get to for the Ekster Parliament. This wallet comes from a brand that is truly stepping up the wallet game and bringing it into the tech era. Ekster offers a GPS tracking card that they promote with their wallets so you never have to worry about losing your wallet. I found the app was super easy to use to track the wallet as well. The wallet is also RFID protected to keep your information safe from credit card skimmers while your out and about.

The Smart tracking card slides nicely into the back pocket of the Ekster Parliament.

Quality of Materials

Ekster uses top-grain leathers tanned with the highest levels of environmental protocols being followed. This produces a beautiful quality of leather that starts off with an amazing sheen, and that beautiful leather aroma. Over-time is when the quality of the leather really shines though, as the patina developed by the leather truly sets it apart.

Warranty

Ekster believes in the quality of their products, and as such they offer a hassle free 30 day return policy, and a 12 month warranty on all of their products. I personally guarantee though that once you have this wallet in your hand, there’s no way you’d want to return it. This wallet has everything you’ll need and then some.

Price/Value

The Ekster Parliament is a premium product at a standard price of $89, though if you keep your eye out for it there’s frequently sales held by the company, offering the wallet for discounted prices of $67-$73. I would say that at under $90, this would be one of my first picks for a high quality wallet to spend your hard earned money on.

Final Notes

If you’re looking for a new wallet, look no further. The Ekster Parliament is a beautiful leather wallet that houses a secure home for your cards, and smart tracking technology. You’d be hard pressed to find a better value for your money, which is why this wallet has earned the highest score we’ve given a wallet EVER.

The Ekster Parliament Wallet receives a score of 9.5/10

The Ekster Parliament and all other Ekster products can be purchased HERE

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