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: The Slimmest Cardholder You’ll Ever Need – The Turner by Andar

For the past 10 days, I’ve been using the Andar Turner in brown as my daily wallet, and I’m pretty rough on wallets, I pushed this piece to its limits during the process, without further adieu, you’ll find my comments below.

Let’s start off with the overall. If I had to give this wallet a score out of 10 as I do with all the wallets I review, I would give this wallet an 8.5/10 overall.

All Andar products can be purchased HERE.

Overall, this is one of the best leather cardholders I’ve had the privilege to get my hands on. As a fan of minimalistic designs, this wallet truly does fit the bill, while the Turner isn’t jam packed with extra features, I was able to push this wallet to its limits, while simultaneously testing out the quality of the leather, and it passed with flying colours. Better yet, It’s one of the slimmest cardholders I’ve used to date, even when fully loaded.

Card Capacity

While the Turner wallet may look slim, with only 2 external card slots and an interior slot with a pull tab, I was truly impressed by what I was able to fit into this wallet throughout the week. At this moment I have 3 embossed cards between the 2 outer pockets. On the inside pocket with the pull tab I currently have 1 receipt, 8 business cards, 4 additional credit/ID cards, and 3 tri-folded bills. For a cardholder than comes in at less than 1/2 an inch thick when completely loaded with everything i have in it, I am truly impressed.

Size and Bulk

The Andar Turner comes in at 4 1/8 inches wide, and 3 inches tall. Empty it comes in a 5/32 of an inch thick. Even when I’ve fully loaded it with everything I could throw at it, it’s still at just under half an inch thick! If you love a slim cardholder that doesn’t chew up your front pocket real estate, this is an ideal choice for you!

Card Grip

Leather card holders don’t generally have an issue with card grip, and the Andar Turner is no exception. Even after loading a pocket up to 3 cards, then dropping back to 1 there was no question of the grip whatsoever, the cards will always stay secure in this cardholder regardless of whether they’re one of the 2 external pockets, or the internal slide pocket.

Ease of Access

The Turner Wallet really sets itself apart from most cardholders on the market in terms of ease of access. I had to grab each card out of this wallet at least once, and despite there being a number of them in the centre pocket, it never took more than a second to grab any of the cards I was looking for. The pull tab in the centre pocket provides quick and easy access at any time, and the pull tab is made of canvas rather than elastic, so you don’t have to worry about it wearing out.

Additional Functionality

We’ve talked about some of the extra features this wallet has already, but for the sake of organizing the review, we’ll touch on them again. The non elastic pull tab in the centre pocket, let me cram a ton of receipts, cards, and cash into the middle portion of the cardholder, but with the non elastic pull tab, I was able to access anything I needed in approximately 1 second. The Turner wallet is also RFID protected, so your credit and debit cards can’t be skimmed when securely stored in this cardholder.

Quality of Materials

The leather used to make this cardholder is a full grain vintage leather. The important thing to note about full grain leather like this wallet is made of is that the leather will scuff or scratch quite easily, that being said though, this does NOT damage the quality of the wallet at all, in fact the patina the leather will gain from these scuffs and scratches makes it look even more beautiful that the day you took it out of the box.

Warranty

Andar wallets come with a 12 month warranty, in which the company stands behind the quality and craftsmanship of their product. While this isn’s one the longer warranty’s available on modern wallets and EDC products, for a full grain vintage leather, this warranty is phenomenal .

Price/Value

This is where the Andar Turner gets truly exciting. The Turner may have high end features and be made of a high end material, but the price places it into an affordable category at only $53. With the quality and value in this wallet, I would say that the price point presents this as a product affordable by most people. While this may not be for everyone, the price point is accessible.

Final Notes

Something I haven’t mentioned yet was the phenomenal shipping on this product. Despite having to be shipped across an international border during COVID, I had this wallet within 2 business days of it being shipped. I believe that if what you like is a slim profile without too many fancy features, and you don’t want to spend $100+ on a wallet, this is the piece for you! What it lacks in special features it more than makes up for in price and overall value.

Overall the Turner Wallet by Andar gets a rating of 8.5/10. Placing it near the top of the class so far in pieces we’ve reviewed. This is a wallet I will definitely be using again, and a company I will be keeping my eye on moving forward. The Andar Turner & other Andar wallets can be purchased HERE