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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REVIEW: SECRID Mini Wallet

This time around I took the SECRID Mini Wallet in Black for a spin for a couple of weeks.

As we’ve learned by now, I love a good minimalist wallet, and I love when modern technology is introduced into a compact EDC product. For years now, SECRID has been a lost leader in the card slide based wallet space, manufacturing their fantastic variety of options from Holland, you can truly see and feel the quality in these wallets from the instant you set your sights on them for the first time.

As we all know by now though we must rank the wallet based on certain criteria, however if I had to give this wallet its overall rating, I’d peg it down at a 8.5/10! Fantastic rating for a great product by an exceptional company.

Card Capacity

The mini wallet may come in small, however the capacity of this wallet is fantastic. The main metal card slide offers space for 4 Embossed cards, or up to 6 flat cards. Personally, I store 3 embossed cards, and 2 flat cards in the slide. Now within the leather wrap (shown in the below picture) holds another 4 cards! This brings us to 8-10 cards in total. But…there’s more, in the cash holding sleeve, I fit in commonly another 4 folded bills, and 4 business cards. This brings the total capacity for me to 9 cards, 4 business cards, and 4 folded bills. For a wallet that fits in the palm of your hand, this is fantastic.

When the wallet opens up, you get 2 more card slots for up to 2 cards each, and a plastic slot for folded bills that I also keep business cards in.

Size & Bulk

As we touched on in capacity, this wallet is truly outstanding in capacity for it’s compact size. The wallet comes in at roughly 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide. When fully loaded I had it at less than an inch thick! This wallet is truly one of the more front pocket friendly wallets that I’ve played with.

Card Grip

This is one of the few categories where I had to deduct points for this piece. The 2 card slots in the leather wrap around are phenomenal for grip, I felt that my cards were secure at all times, and the leather wrap snaps shut when you’re storing the wallet in your pocket, so rest assured your cards are safe. Now the metal slide on the other hand, is a different story. I felt that the majority of my plastic cards were stored securely and I had to apply a decent amount of force to make them fall out, but my metal card I had some trouble with. When moving the wallet around and testing it on different angles, the grip was definitely a bit loose on my metal card, and I was able to make it fall out completely on more than 1 occasion.

Ease of Access

As far as ease of access is concerned, this wallet gets a perfect score. With the easy access slide switch on the bottom of the card slide, you pull the switch and your top 4-6 cards come popping right up for near instant access to whatever you need most. The lesser used cards in the leather wrap around are still easy to access, but they’re safely stored away for when you don’t immediately need them.

Additional Functionality

For additional functionality this wallet has one of the key features I look for in a cardholder based wallet… RFID protection. The RFID protection on the main metal slide ensures that nobody with a skimmer can steal the data from your ID and credit cards as you walk around day to day.

Quality of Materials

The leather this wallet is made of is of a quality that you know as soon as you touch it for the first time. The metal card slides to tend to scratch a bit, but the leather and other materials are definitely of a top notch quality. You’ll know immediately when you’re using this wallet that you have a high quality wallet in your hand.

Warranty

The warranty that SECRID offers is something that truly sets their entire line apart from their competitors in the EDC marketplace. As one of the original players in the space they’ve had a lot of time to work on their craft, but they believe so firmly in the quality of their products, that they back all of their products with a 3 year warranty for any defects or malfunctions. On top of the warranty, I’ve found their customer service team very easy to work with despite them being on another continent.

Price/Value

The entire SECRID line of wallets sells at a price point that most would consider premium, they’re definitely more expensive than the average wallet you grab off the shelf at your local department store. However, you know when you pick these wallets up that you’re paying for the quality of the product, the functionality, and the warranty. Despite the many knockoffs available on Amazon and alike, I would recommend splurging on the real thing any day of the week.

In closing, I would recommend the SECRID Mini Wallet to anyone looking for a solution to slim down the old bifold wallet taking up major real estate in their back pocket. Plus, can you put a price on the back pain you’ll save yourself by moving your wallet to the front pocket in the first place?

Overall the SECRID Mini Wallet gets an 8.5/10 rating, making it one of the highest scoring wallets I’ve gotten my hands on thus far. While I’m trying new things every couple of weeks, I’ve been using SECRID for awhile and their products truly are in a league of their own.

Until next time!