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9 Best Pop Up Wallets for Men: Easy Access to Your Cards

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated December 13, 2023

9 Best Pop Up Wallets for Men: Easy Access to Your Cards
Courtesy of Ekster

Pop up wallets are modern wallets built with everything you need: a sturdy, impact-resistant structure, RFID blocking, and a convenient design that pops up or fans out all the cards you’ve got stored.

It’s the perfect slim and stripped down solution for busy guys on the go—one that’s much harder to lose or have stolen than the bifold wallets you’ve always carried.

I’m always looking to innovate my EDC gear, so when I first saw pop up wallets hit the market, I knew I had to give them a try.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
  • Durability matters. Most of the pop up wallets on our list are made with some next-gen, ultra-tough material, such as machined titanium, carbon fiber, or aerospace-grade aluminum.
  • Space varies. Some pop up wallets are designed to hold just a few cards (1-4), while others feature expandable storage that can hold as many as 12 cards. The former are ideal for those who want to keep their daily loadout light and minimal.
  • The extra convenience is worth it. Where other slim card wallets may cause you to struggle to slide your cards in and out, pop up wallets feature some sort of button or built-in mechanism that slides or fans out the cards for you. They’re pricier than their more basic cousins, but so worth it for easier access to your cards.

I’ve spent the last five years personally testing and researching every model and variant I could find, as well as combing through hundreds of product reviews.

Now, I’m bringing you a list of the very best pop up wallets you should consider for your daily carry.

Best Overall

Ekster Parliament Cardholder

Why did I choose it?

A gorgeous blend of elegant leather wrapped around Ekster’s ultra-convenient and hyper-durable aluminum cardholder, with space enough for up to 12 cards and integrated RFID blocking. It’s just everything you want in a pop up wallet.


Best Metal Pop Up Wallet
Ekster Aluminum Cardholder

Best Inexpensive Metal Pop Up Wallet
Vulkit Metal Pop Up Wallet

Best Carbon Fiber Pop Up Wallet
Groove Life Groove Wallet

Best Inexpensive Leather Pop Up Wallet
Vulkit Leather Pop Up Wallet


Best Overall

Ekster Parliament Cardholder


$62
 

Ekster was one of the first brands to make pop-up wallets, and you can trust their products are designed intelligently and with maximum efficiency in mind.

With the Parliament, however, you get a layer of gorgeous (environmentally certified) leather to add a touch of elegance to the insane durability and convenience of the aluminum cardholder. It doesn’t get more handsome or convenient than this.





Best Metal Pop Up Wallet

Ekster Aluminum Cardholder


$62
 

This is the Ekster OG, built with space-grade 6061-T6 aluminum and featuring their push-button pop-up mechanism.

With space for up to 12 cards, a cash strap, integrated RFID blocking, and an expandable backing that lets you add even more cards (or Ekster’s Tracker card so you never lose it), this wallet has been changing the game for years—and will do so for years to come.





Best Inexpensive Metal Pop Up Wallet

Vulkit Metal Pop Up Wallet


$16
 

For the true minimalists, the Vulkit Metal Pop Up Wallet is my top pick. It’s slim and sleek, weighs next to nothing, and will fit comfortably into any shirt or pants pocket.

Though it’s only got space for five cards and no cash, it’s the stripped-down and nearly invisible solution you’ll want to carry when traveling light. Great for busy days when you want to pack as little as possible.





Best Carbon Fiber Pop Up Wallet

Groove Life Groove Wallet


$55
 

The Grove Wallet by Groove Life is made from tougher-and-lighter-than-steel carbon fiber, with a sleek gunmetal finish guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.

It’s got space for only up to 6 cards, but features a detachable money clip, high-strength magnets to keep it securely in place, and a unique card-locking design that ensures your IDs and cards will never slide out. A smooth, single-handed slide action quickly arrays up to 6 cards for easy access.





Best Inexpensive Leather Pop Up Wallet

Vulkit Leather Pop Up Wallet


$28
 

This leather takes the minimalist design that makes the basic Vulkit wallet so practical, and wraps it up with supple, buttery premium leather. It’s got more storage space, too—up to 9 cards, plus a banknote compartment and coin pocket—and features an ID window that makes it easy to show your ID without having to pull it out. You’ll love how affordable and stylish this little pop up wallet is.






Ridge Wallet


$76
 

The Ridge Wallet might not match the Ekster Parliament for elegance, but it’s certainly a rival for durability. The entire structure is made with 6061-T6 aerospace-grade aluminum and finished with an anodized coating that makes it scratch, scuff, impact, and corrosion-resistant.

It’s available in just plain wallet style or can add on a money clip or cash strap. Best of all, it’s backed by a lifetime warranty.






Conceal Plus Credit Card Wallet


$38
 

Keep it simple, stylish, and discreet with the Conceal Plus Credit Card Wallet. The sturdy aerospace grade aluminum body protects your card and offers RFID blocking, and the wraparound black leather adds a touch of guy-friendly fashion. Best of all, it’s compact enough to be all but invisible when stored in your back or front pocket.






FANTOM X Card Fanning Wallet


$129
 

The Fantom X gives you two ways to access your cards: the thumb slot lets you slide out your most-used card or ID, while the lever fans out all your stored cards at once.

The Canadian-made product is built using only premium-grade materials—including 6061 T6 space-grade aluminum and genuine bamboo, walnut, or carbon fiber—and features a modular design that lets you expand your storage as needed.






Typecase Wallet


$40
 

The typecase pop up wallet has more storage space than any other on our list—with room to store up to 15 cards and IDs plus 15 bills, it’s the ideal solution for guys who want to carry everything everywhere.

The bifold design makes it a bit chunkier than some of the sleeker options we’ve listed above, though, so it’s better carried in your coat pocket, briefcase, or backpack.





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