If efficiency, quality and utility are among features desired in a wallet, the Ekster Parliament ticks all of the above. It offers a quick card sliding system like the Ekster Senate, but offers more card storage for those seeking the same, but a little more. From the premium leather material build, GPS tracking system and a smooth mechanic that works effortlessly, they highlight the best of the Parliament you’ll love to carry.
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At first glance, this may seem like a conventional bi-fold wallet. On closer inspection, there are several details and features that quickly dispel those conceptions. A cut-out on the bottom left makes way for a trigger that, much like the Ekster Senate, activates the card slider system.
It has a premium textured feel from the Dutch/ German leather, plush upon press that tapers towards the edge from precision stitching. The Ekster logo graces the other corner for a minimal, yet intriguing front exterior. The padded front-fold adds that little bit more premium feel compared to the Senate, edging it in comfort and luxurious design. Slightly. It looks contemporary and stylish in Steel Blue, but rocks Napp Black, Classic Brown and Roma Cognac with gentleman swagger.
Open up the Ekster Parliament and it closely resembles the Senate further. They possess the same same slider system which holds four cards comfortably, or five at a push. The slider system works most fluid with four cards however, resulting in an effortlessly push to reveal all four from the top, acceptably spaced out.
My impressions are still the same as I found this exceptional to use, a super-fast and efficient wallet that presents cards not only at will, but with ease to take out. The velcro strap this time around is built into the design compared to the optional module on the Senate, so it feels more robust this time. And it holds up to 7 cards and cash or 8 cards, a few more than the Senate. The Ekster Parliament is a better transition for those wanting to move away from a bulky setup, but still need a few more to carry with them. It’s more user-friendly if you’re not willing to give up all those cards on a regular dayjust yet.
The other feature is the optional GPS tracker card. It’s solar powered which lasts up to a month, self-recharging from the sun and offers peace of mind. The thin card slots into the rear where it’s out of sight, yet functions superbly. You’ll need to download the TrackR app on iOS or Android, but it’s free to use and straightforward to connect.
Simply pair it with the Ekster at a press of a button on the tracker card, customise the alert settings and you’re done. It’s great as you can find the last location (location and Bluetooth needs to be on) your wallet was on a map and ring the card through the built-in speakers. You can also do the reverse and trigger a vibration from your phone using the tracker button. Saves having to ask a friend to ring your number, am I right?
Overall, it works well and discreetly adds security measures if you forget your wallet at home or leave it behind at a restaurant. It’ll notify you if you’re separated from it so you can react quickly, saving a huge headache if you’re on the road or abroad.
At 1.5cm thick, it’s just less than twice the thickness of the Senate, a minimal version of the Parliament. Still, it’s far more pocketable than conventional wallets, where card slots tend to separate the cards. Here, the cards stack together within the slider for that thin profile. It works well and the plastic wrapped in leather doesn’t detract from the premium experience. I would like to see the trigger either wrapped in leather too or something that feels a little more premium but it’s a minor caveat.
In general, it works excellent and takes on a good aesthetic. It’s not as thin as the Senate, but adds more storage, a more premium leather feel with the same lightning card-slider that I love. The velcro strap is still cumbersome to handle cash notes, which require you to fold them. However, like the Senate, the Ekster Parliament is all about cards… the velcro strap accommodates, but isn’t a focus. And that is absolutely fine.
To wrap up, the Ekster Parliament is an outstanding wallet. It’s blazing-fast for frequent use of your regular cards, and stores a little more for those other occasions. The GPS tracker card is an optional, but highly recommended security feature. And the overall build quality of the Parliament feels robust. If you want a minimal wallet for your essential few, the Ekster Senate is a more suitable recommendation. But if you want the same kind of experience in a bi-fold design, the Ekster Parliament is the perfect companion.
Outstanding wallet that is quick and efficient, but offers that little more in card storage. Worthwhile getting the optional GPS tracker card so you have that real-time peace of mind.
Slick card slider system
more card storage than the Ekster Senate
Beautiful leather front cover and wrapping
Rear slot blocks TrackR card solar panel
Slider system may be sluggish in the beginning
plastic trigger detracts from the premium quality build