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Magpie Aluminum Card Holder Goes From ‘Minimalist’ To The Extreme – Review Geek



Review:
9/10
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  • 1 – Absolutely hot waste
  • 2 – Sorta lukewarm waste
  • 3 – Severely flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute design Nirvana

Price: $ 80

Magpie aluminum card holder with bushes in the background
Peter Cao

When it comes to wallets, I’ve been a fan of Ekster’s line of cardholders for quite some time. My daily groceries have been the company’s vegan wallet for almost two years now and it was great. I have set the bar high with the Aluminum Cardholder.

Here’s what we like

  • Sturdy aluminum construction
  • Spring-loaded card release mechanism makes it easy to put cards in and back
  • Holds up to five credit or debit cards
  • Band around the outside provides safe and easy access to cash

And what we don’t do

  • With cards or cash on the outside, it can be difficult to get the wallet out of your pocket
  • Premium build comes at a cost
  • No dedicated coin slot

It’s a fantastic wallet that takes the term ‘minimalist’ to the limit. It features half a dozen cards all tucked away in this super cool (possibly overdeveloped) spring-loaded insert at the top. A single click of the release button gives you easy access to all your cards.

Easy access to all your cards

One of my favorite things about Ekster’s series of wallets is that they all feature a spring-loaded mechanism for unlocking cards. It works very well. I never see myself without a wallet, regardless of brand. It works every time, and it doesn’t release one, however all of them of your cards. This makes it super easy to grab everything you need. And when you’re done, press them all down with one finger. Easy. No more hassle with trying to separate your cards (we’ve all been there).

The shutter release button is plastic, but don’t let that fool you. The button is stiff, sturdy and requires a fair amount of force to press. If you grab the button while bending your leg the wrong way, you won’t suddenly get all your cards free. The inside of the card holder has several plastic ridges on either side to keep your cards in line. So if you decide that you only want to carry one or two cards, they won’t end up skewed in your wallet.

The cardholder can hold four to five cards – six if no of your cards have incremented numbers. But I wouldn’t push it. The wallet has super tight tolerances and if you overfill the wallet, you run the risk of your cards getting stuck and not being released. (I have been there.)

Magpie aluminum card holder, nature background
Peter Cao

Yes, you can also store cash

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

If you’re like me and don’t usually have cash on you, it’s worth bearing in mind that adding anything other than cash on both sides of the outside can make the wallet almost impossible to get out of your pocket achieved. Believe me, I tried.

Magpie aluminum card holder with grass background
Peter Cao

To get around this, put all your cards on the same side. Otherwise, it’s perfect for holding some loose cash. Just fold and slide your bills in. But if you always want to add cards to both sides of the wallet, this wallet probably isn’t for you. Coins? No, we don’t do that here. (But seriously, there’s no dedicated place to keep coins.)

The aluminum housing is cool to the touch and very smooth. My particular variant was anodized in a dark gray color which gives it this unobtrusive minimalist look. But if that’s not your taste, it comes in a variety of colors, including green, red, and blue. Logos are quite out of the way, but can be seen as a bit “loud”, with “Magpie” printed on the right top of the wallet and a more monotonous logo on the fabric rubber strap.

Conclusion

This aluminum card holder from Ekster is excellent, especially if you do not have too many cards with you every day. On the outside, you can store cash or other cards, giving you some extra flexibility for those emergencies.

Magpie Aluminum Purse sitting on a tree
Peter Cao

Overall, the wallet is solid. The aluminum is sturdy, the elastic band that wraps around it is super tight, and the spring-loaded release button is a great feature, making it ridiculously easy to not only grab all of your various cards, but put them back in place. Gone are the days of your plastic cards sticking together!

There are only two downsides to this wallet, the first being the cost. If you’ve never bought a premium wallet, the Ekster aluminum card holder will seem very expensive. It retails for $ 80, but you can sometimes find it on sale for $ 60.

The other obvious drawback would be if you have to carry more than half a dozen cards. The aluminum card holder can hold up to five or six cards. If you need something with more, go for Ekster’s parliamentary wallet. 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 is minimal, sleek and of course made of aluminum.

Here’s what we like

  • Sturdy aluminum construction
  • Spring loaded card release mechanism makes it easy to insert and return cards
  • Holds up to five credit or debit cards
  • Band around the outside provides safe and easy access to cash

And what we don’t do

  • With cards or cash on the outside, it can be difficult to get the wallet out of your pocket
  • Premium build comes at a cost
  • No dedicated coin slot




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