January 17, 2022
I’m always on the lookout for wallets, whether for personal use or to give them away to friends (they make great gifts). I’ve tried multiple types of wallets over the years and wanted to try something new, so after looking for an Ekster wallet review and not finding any, I purchased one and decided to write my own.
I bought their Parliament Wallet in one of the lightest colors (Roma Cognac), learning that it was one of their most popular products.
Here is my Ekster wallet review after using it daily for the last couple of weeks.
Two dutch students created the company via a Kickstarter campaign after they wanted to provide slimmer, leather wallets to their customers with more features than the competition. Since then, they’ve branched out into other everyday carry items like phone cases and some additional accessories.
The quality of their products has seemed to have made an impact, as their Instagram already boasts 130,000+ followers.
Their products are available not only online, but at some major retailers in the US like Macy’s as well.
One of the most significant differences with Ekster compared to other brands is their dedication to sustainability.
While their products look, feel (and smell) like natural leather, they are actually vegan recycled leather made from car windshields.
As I feel this wallet in my hand right now, I honestly can’t tell that it isn’t regular leather.
It’s a nice little bonus when you buy into companies like these, especially when they are on a journey to becoming completely climate neutral.
Ekster positions their wallet as a Slim wallet (.3cm thick)
I opted for the simple Parliament wallet after being curious about their standout feature: quick card access. I placed the order, and it arrived at my doorstep within a week.
The box is pretty straightforward but has a subtle gloss over the Ekster logo, giving it a nice little shine when you view it from an angle.
Once you pop it open, you’re greeted with the wallet, wrapped in a simple branded tissue (not pictured here). It’s pretty snug inside, which helps with packaging costs, as well as shipping.
I’ve always been drawn to the natural color of leather, and this is no exception. I like how these soft tan colors look great out of the box but slowly darken over time, giving it a bit of personality over the years.
The wallet is pretty minimal in its appearance, as you can see. Visually, there is a simple debossed logo on the bottom right, stitching around all of the edges, and the characteristic thumb switch that allows easy access to all of your cards.
It’s pretty tiny for a wallet but has a bit of thickness in the center, where it holds all of your cards.
When you open up the wallet, you see a little more detail, including their full logo, as well as a small brand on the elastic strap that surrounds the main compartment.
The most defining feature is the thumb switch. I liked how the designers kept it protected with the leather enclosure but cut out just enough room for easy access.
I rarely carry cash anymore, but the elastic band on the inside is where you can store it. I always found that buying wallets was a bit of a gamble up here in Canada since some wallets are designed with slimmer US currency in mind.
The good thing about this sort of cash storage is that you never have to worry about it not fitting.
Flipping it over, you can see the back is pretty straightforward as well. No branding is visible; instead, you have a small slip that’s perfect for 1-2 additional cards.
Here’s the fun part.
After you depress the button, you’ll see your cards gracefully fan out at the top of the wallet. Instead of including additional paperwork in the box, Esker provided instructions in card format, which allows you to see the quick release in action as soon as you open the box.
The wallet came with these six individual cards, and they are all pretty similar to the thickness of a regular credit card. These cards include how to give feedback on their products, a QR code for the user manual, their story, their Instagram account for giveaways, as well as their referral program.
The Ekster Parliament can have around ten to fifteen cards in the wallet. The quick-release compartment comfortably holds 6, and the rest can be split evenly between the three additional pockets.
The Ekster is an excellent choice for someone with a fair amount of cards they need to carry around but still want to keep them in as much of a minimal package as possible.
If you’re only carrying around a few cards at a time, I wouldn’t recommend this wallet. Other slimmer options on the market are better suited for fewer cards because they don’t need the extra space for quick-release hardware.
I thought this was pretty interesting - Ekster also offers this credit card-sized tracker card that allows you to locate your wallet if you ever lose it. You just download the mobile app, link it to the card, and it’s ready to get lost.
It’s got a two-month battery in it, and it has a small solar panel on it for easy charging.
The other main wallet in this quick-release market is the Secrid. I received one of these as a best man gift a few years ago and used it daily for about two years.
Both are similar in size and design, but the Secrid doesn’t let you carry as many cards.
If I were forced between picking between one of them, I would go for the Ekster. I like how the switch is inset into the design, rather than out in the open like it is on the Secrid.
Yes, but it probably won’t be comfortable because of the hardness from the quick release section. I would probably recommend either carrying it in your front pocket or just removing it when you want to sit down.
Leather is notoriously strong, so I don’t think you would have to worry too much about this thing falling apart. There is a mechanism for the quick release, but it’s pretty simple and shouldn’t be that prone to failure, from what I can see.
It looks like Ekster stands behind the quality of their products by giving customers a 1-year warranty from the date of delivery. If you’re not happy with the wallet, you can always return it within 30 days of receiving your order.
They’ve been around for a while and have sold a ton of wallets. I can’t find many bad things online about them, and their site boasts over 22600+ reviews. Not bad.
Ekster wallets do go on sale once in a while. I bought my Parliament for $67 from $89 for their cyber week sale, but I imagine they have ongoing promotions throughout the year. Keep an eye out on their social media or newsletter, and I assume they’ll send out some notifications.
The cheapest place to get Ekster wallets is directly from their site.
Overall, I think if you’re the kind of person that has at least six cards in their wallet but want something slim and well-designed to hold them in, I would recommend this.
The quick-release feature is excellent, and it’s honestly a bit weird to go back to my old wallet and have to dig out the cards one by one.
I haven’t personally tried the tracker card that they recommend purchasing with the wallet, but I’m now curious to try one myself based on all the positive reviews.