Review: Ekster Carbon Fibre Cardholder

Ekster wallets have been my go to cardholder for some time now. First I did a review of their Aluminum Cardholder, which my wife then promptly claimed as her own. Then Ekster was kind enough to send me a second wallet which I then tried out for two weeks and loved so much that it became part of my every day carry. But I wasn’t a fan of the camo look of the wallet. Sure it didn’t affect how the wallet functions, but my personal style is black, matte black, or carbon fibre all the things. So I decided to treat myself to a new Ekster wallet. Specifically their Carbon Fibre Cardholder. Instead of being made of 6061-T6 aluminum, this cardholder is made from 3K carbon fibre. 3K carbon is the workhorse of carbon fiber because it’s light and relatively stiff. 3K has a high threshold before failure and better strength than 6K, 9K or 12K. It is typically used in aviation, industrial purposes, sporting and recreation goods such as bike frames and tennis racquets. In short, this is quality stuff that also looks cool as a side benefit.

So let’s start with the fact that this is a light cardholder. Here’s the weight of the aluminum variant:

Now 77 grams is pretty light. But Here’s what you get for the carbon fibre variant:

It may be hard to read, but it says 62 grams. That’s a 15 gram difference. And surprisingly, I do notice it in my pocket. Plus it feels just as stiff and solid as the aluminum version. As far as I am concerned, that’s a win. And it comes with exactly the same functionality as the aluminum version. Specifically:

The main section of cardholder fans out your cards at the click of a button. This is where you store your less frequently used cards. The cardholder holds a maximum of 6 non-embossed cards, or a combination of 4 – 5 embossed/non-embossed cards (depending on the thickness of each card). You can also shove a couple of bills or something like a proximity card under the strap as well.

The expandable metal backplate (it is a shame that this wasn’t carbon fibre as well) allows you to carry a pair of cards that you frequently access (credit cards for example) while keeping a slim profile. There a notch at the bottom center of this section that helps you to push them out so that you can get to them. Finally, it still has the RFID protection in place.

My only gripe is the cost. This is not cheap as it $103 CDN. It does come in two styles in case you don’t like the carbon fibre weave that you see above. But if you want to add a bit of style your everyday carry, and shave some weight in the process, this is a great, though pricey way to do both.

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