REVIEW: Andar Apollo CORK… Eco-Friendly, Anti-Microbial, and Packed with Features!

The Andar Apollo is an excellent wallet however you look at it, but choosing the cork finish adds stain & water resistance, natural anti-microbial properties, and an all in all eco-friendly design! All in all the Andar Apollo earns a total score of 7.8/10

Let me start by saying that I’ve written all of my previous reviews under certain headers, with discussions around each individual aspect of the wallet. Today we’re going to switch that up a bit and write about the wallet with the pros and cons all written in!

The Andar Apollo is a phenomenal wallet for the everyman, it combines elements of the classic bifold, and newer modern features without creating that massive pocket bulge we’ve all been trying to get away from. This wallet combines a number of extra features to make it more functional day to day, and extremely easy to use.

Let’s dive in by first looking at the design of this wallet. When you first take it out and open it up, it has a slim feel with a front pocket friendly bifold design, with a quick access card slot on the front, your daily use credit or transit card is always ready to go. When you open the wallet you find 2 card slots on the left side, and an ID window on the left side. I was able to comfortably fit 2 cards into each of these, meaning up to this point I’ve comfortably fit 7 cards into this wallet thus far. When you continue to dive into the features of this wallet though you’ll find on the right side there is a slot on the end of the wallet, this slot allows you to store a few more cards, and utilizes an elastic pull strap to provide quick and easy access to all of your cards. I personally used this pocket for 3 cards and 4 business cards. Lastly, in the centre of the bifold, there is a metal clip, perfect for storing your cash bills and receipts. All in all for the slim wallet, the Andar Apollo was able to hold 10 cards, 4 business cards, and 6 bills/receipts without being bulky at all, and fitting very comfortably back into my front pocket.

This wallet also comes in amazing finishes, whether you want full grain leather for your everyday carry, or you prefer to opt for something cooler and new, as I did by going with the cork finish, you will not be disappointed. The cork finish is a game changer, with natural anti-microbial properties, and water and stain resistance (yes, I tested this thoroughly), this finish provides a very modern look to an otherwise classicly styled design. The cork version of this wallet also provides a very eco-friendly finish, with a natural material that can easily be regenerated, and a very natural look and feel as well.

The wallet was packed with extra features, not limited to the cork properties we mentioned above. The wallet has that great metal money clip in the centre of the bifold, making it extremely easy to hold your cash and receipts and keeps a steady grip on them so nothing will every fall out. The wallet was also completely RFID protected, so you never have to worry about credit card skimming. Lastly, the elastic pull strap to pull up the cards in the extra card pocket is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, I’ve seen pull straps on many wallets, but nothing with this kind of elastic pull strap, the pull strap popping right back in as you remove the cards makes for a much easier to use overall experience.

All in all, the Andar Apollo is a phenomal wallet, with fantastic features. If you want the classic look of a bifold, but are on the lookout for modern features and a front pocket friendly design, then this is the right choice for you. I will definitely use this wallet again long after this review. I truly enjoyed the experience I had with this wallet. It provides a great overall experience, and I believe that the eco-friendly choice in the cork version truly puts it over the top.

Overall the Andar Apollo receives a score of 7.8/10

You can find the Andar Apollo, and all other Andar Wallets HERE

What do you want to see reviewed next? I’d love to hear from my audience on this one. I have a few Everyday Carry products lined up including wallets, and key organizing products, among others.

REVIEW – Extremely Slim, Extremely Functional, the Ekster Aluminum Cardholder

The Ekster Aluminum cardholder is a game changer for saving your precious front pocket space day to day. To date it is the smallest wallet I’ve reviewed, yet didn’t lose any of the card capacity I needed, and it handled my business cards and cash beautifully also. I give the Ekster Aluminum Cardholder an Overall Score of 9.5/10!!!

The Ekster Aluminum Cardholder will soon be synonymous with slim, or compact when it comes to wallets. The other Ekster wallets I’ve reviewed were slim, but this one takes that to a whole new level. On top of that I didn’t lose an ounce of function, and I truly enjoyed my time using this wallet. I’ll cover everything below, and if you think this might be the wallet for you, you can purchase it HERE! Seriously though, if you want something slim and functional without completely breaking the bank, and a product that lasts a long time, I implore you to seriously consider purchasing this product.

Card Capacity

This beautiful aluminum cardholder from Ekster is as slim as they come, but doesn’t lose an ounce of capacity over it’s counterparts in the Senate and Parliament wallets. The inside of the aluminum cardholder handled 5 cards with ease, and without being tight at all. I should note that this was 4 embossed and 1 flat. The logo-ed front portion of the money band was able to hold 6 folded bills, and the metal plate on the back side was able to hold securely 4 additional flat cards and 6 business cards. So to reiterate here, I was able to fit 9 Cards, 6 Business Cards, and 6 Cash Bills into this tiny wallet!

Size & Bulk

I genuinely don’t know what to say about this in terms of size and bulk. This cardholder was without a doubt, the slimmest and most streamlined design of any wallet I’ve ever had my hands on, and this is saying a lot when compared to its closest competitors, SECRID & Ridge Wallet. This wallet comes in at a miniscule 4.1 inches tall, and only 2.3 inches wide. The wallet is only 0.29 inches thick until you start stuffing the plated back and money band. Even at full capacity the wallet was by far my slimmest ever.

Card Grip

As far as grip goes, this will be fairly straight forward, I encountered zero issues with grip in either the aluminum chamber or in the band inside the back plate. All in all a very comfortable grip.

Ease of Access

As a cardholder with a slide mechanism ease of access is truly never an issue. Slide cardholders are my favorite day to day for this very reason. I love the ease of pushing a button or pulling a tab and having my cards pop out.

Additional Functionality

The Ekster Aluminum Cardholder is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for slim and secure, with RFID protection in the aluminum cardholder portion of the wallet. As with the other Ekster products, Ekster gives users the ability to add on a bluetooth tracker card, adding a tremendous amount of security for your most precious cargo day to day.

Quality of Materials

To date this will be the 3rd Ekster product I’ve gotten my hands on, and while the first two were of phenomenal material quality, the aluminum cardholder is a little bit different. I’m kidding of course, the aluminum cardholder, as with all other Ekster products is of a fantastic quality, and you’ll know it the second you first place your hands on it.

Warranty

Ekster offers a 1 year warranty on all of their products, including the aluminum cardholder, and while this warranty will provide peace of mind, I can’t imagine ever needing to use it. Ekster has impressed me time and time again with the quality of their wallets, without charging an arm and a leg.

Price/Value

For only $63 USD (Regularly $79) you can own your own Ekster Aluminum Cardholder, and while this may seem expensive to the average consumer buying a wallet in a retail big box store, I can assure you that with wallets for the most part, you truly do get what you pay for. This is not the case with this piece though, with this cardholder you get WAY MORE than you pay for.

Final Notes

As I’m sure many of you know, I have a number of wallets here that I’ve amassed over time, for review purposes mostly, and I must say even though I’ve switched to another wallet for the purposes of reviewing that one next, this wallet was something that truly impressed me, and I will be using it again undoubtedly when I’m not using a wallet I’m about to review. If you’re at all in the market for a new slim wallet, and want to conserve that precious front pocket space, I would recommend you seriously consider buying this.

Overall the Ekster Aluminum Cardholder Scores an Incredible 9.5/10

You can buy the Aluminum Cardholder & all other Ekster products HERE