Ekster's Aluminum Cardholder Takes "Minimalist" to the Extreme

Evaluation:
9/10
?

1 – Absolute hot garbage
2 – Sorta warm garbage
3 – Strongly imperfect design
4 – A few advantages, many disadvantages
5 – Acceptably imperfect
6 – Good enough to buy on sale
7 – Excellent, but not the best in its class
8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
9 – shut up and take my money
10 – Absolute Conception Nirvana

Price: $ 80

Ekster aluminum card holder with bushes in the backgroundPeter Cao

When it comes to wallets, I’ve been a fan of the Ekster cardholder range for quite some time. My daily wear has been the company’s vegan portfolio for almost two years and that’s awesome. I have the bar high with the Aluminum card holder.

This is what we like

Robust aluminum construction
Spring loaded card release mechanism makes it easy to pick up and replace cards
Holds up to five credit or debit cards
The exterior surrounding the strip allows secure and easy access to cash

And what we don’t do

With cards or cash outside, it can be difficult to take the wallet out of your pocket
Premium construction comes at a cost
No dedicated slot for coins

It’s a fantastic portfolio that takes the term “minimalist” to the extreme. It contains half a dozen cards that are all tucked away in that super cool (potentially over-designed) spring insert at the top. A single click on the release button gives you easy access to all your cards.

Easy access to all your cards

One of my favorite features of the Ekster line of wallets is that they all have a spring loaded card release mechanism. It works so well. I never see myself having a wallet without it, regardless of the brand. It works every time, and it doesn’t release one, but all of your cards. This makes it super easy to grab everything you need. And when you’re done, you just need to push them all down with one finger. Easy peasy. No more trying to get your cards off each other (we’ve all been there).

The release button is plastic, but don’t let that fool you. The button is stiff, sturdy and requires good pressure. Catching the button when you bend your leg the wrong way won’t suddenly let go of all your cards. The inside of the card holder has several plastic ridges on each side that help keep your cards aligned. So if you decide you only want to carry one or two cards, they won’t end up tilted in your wallet.

The card holder can hold four to five cards – six if none of your cards raised numbers. But I wouldn’t push him. The wallet has very tight tolerances and if you overload it you risk your cards getting stuck and not freeing. (I was here.)

Ekster aluminum card holder, nature backgroundPeter Cao

Yeah you can store money too

You can also attach money (or additional cards) to the outside with the fabric elastic around the outside. I wouldn’t recommend throwing away your cards with sensitive information here, unless you want people to steal your card information, but throwing away a few store or membership cards wouldn’t be the end of the world.

If you’re like me and don’t usually carry cash, keep in mind that adding anything other than cash on both sides of the outside will make the wallet nearly impossible to remove. out of your pocket. Believe me, I tried.

Ekster aluminum card holder with grass backgroundPeter Cao

To work around this problem, you will need to put all your cards on the same side. Otherwise, it’s perfect for keeping cash. Just fold your bills and slip them in. But, if you are looking to add cards to either side of the wallet all the time, this wallet is probably not for you. Coins? No, we don’t do that here. (But seriously, there isn’t a dedicated place to hold coins.)

The aluminum body is cool to the touch and very smooth. My particular variant was anodized in a dark gray color which gives it that stealthy minimalist look. But if that’s not your flavor, it comes in several different colors, including green, red, and blue. The logos are quite far apart but could be considered a little ‘loud’, with ‘Ekster’ printed on the upper right side of the wallet and a more monotonous logo on the fabric elastic.

Conclusion

This aluminum card holder from Ekster is excellent, especially if you are not carrying too many cards on a daily basis. Outside, you can store cash or other cards, giving you extra flexibility for those emergencies.

Ekster aluminum wallet sitting on a treePeter Cao

Overall, the portfolio is strong. The aluminum is sturdy, the elastic band that wraps around is super tight, and the spring loaded release button is a killer feature, making it ridiculously easy not only to grab one of your different cards, but also to pull them out. tidy. Gone are the days when your plastic cards stuck to each other!

There are only two downsides to this wallet, the first being the cost. If you’ve never bought a high-end wallet before, the Ekster Aluminum Card Holder will seem very expensive. It sells for $ 80, but sometimes you can find it on sale for $ 60.

The other obvious downside would be that you need to carry more than half a dozen cards. The aluminum card holder can hold five or six cards at most. If you need something that holds more than that, go for Ekster Parliament portfolio. It has a flap that allows you to safely add two or three additional cards.

Otherwise, Ekster’s aluminum card holder is an easy recommendation from me. It’s minimal, sleek and, of course, made from aluminum.

This is what we like

Robust aluminum construction
Spring loaded card release mechanism makes it easy to pick up and replace cards
Holds up to five credit or debit cards
The exterior surrounding the strip allows secure and easy access to cash

And what we don’t do

With cards or cash outside, it can be difficult to take the wallet out of your pocket
Premium construction comes at a cost
No dedicated slot for coins

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