Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet Review
We appreciate the Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet’s slim and minimal design. We like their reinforced polymer material overall, but it creates caveats with this wallet.
- Window pocket is great for an ID
- Grippy material is easy to grab
- Slim & straightforward design for the basics
- Cards can get caught on the top lip of the wallet
- Cash can stick out when half-folded or bulk up wallet with additional folds
- Challenging to get items out of wallet when packed to card limit
2.84 in x 4.2 in (7.2 x 10.7 cm)
The Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet is one to consider if you prefer a slim wallet for the essentials and a bit more. It has a slightly rubbery & durable feel to it instead of a traditional leather wallet, too.
It’s 10% bigger than the Magpul DAKA Essential Wallet and also larger than the Magpul DAKA Micro Wallet that we also have experience with. We’ll be focusing on the Everyday Wallet in this review.
After a month of testing, we have some thoughts we’d like to share—they’re all in the review below for you to check out.
Materials & Aesthetic
Aesthetically-speaking, this bag has a minimal and slightly tactical look to it. It’s slick and simple with a slim profile, which makes it a minimal wallet—it’s designed for the basics, and therefore has a pretty basic look.
At the time of this review, you can grab your own DAKA Everyday Wallet in one of four colorways: Olive Drab Green, Stealth Gray, Flat Dark Earth, and the Black shade that we’ve been testing. The Flat Dark Earth and Olive Drab Green colorways possess a more tactical look, while the Stealth Gray and Black options are more subdued.
You’ll spot the Magpul wordmark debossed into the material toward the bottom-front of the wallet. It’s super subtle, so much so that it’s relatively easy to miss. This kind of minimal branding aligns well with the wallet’s overall minimal design—we dig it.
The DAKA Everyday Wallet is created with a reinforced polymer material that we’ve seen before on the Magpul DAKA Pouch. It’s nice and rubbery in hand, which makes it easy to grip—and while this can cause it to cling to your pocket, the rounded edges help it slide out more smoothly.
We think this main material has performed better with the pouch application as opposed to a wallet. With a more intricate design, some of the card sleeve edges can look uneven and sloppy. This hasn’t affected the wallet’s durability so far, and it’s more of an aesthetic blemish.
Inside The Wallet
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
There’s a window pocket along one side that can hold up to two cards, or just one if you’re keeping something like your ID here. When we say window, we mean that the pocket is see-through, so whatever card you are keeping inside is visible. This is part of what makes it so handy for an ID, as you don’t always have to pull it out when making purchases or checking in somewhere. This material looks a bit more like frosted glass than car windshield glass, but only slightly so. It still offers enough visibility to see clearly through it when flashing your ID at the airport or bar.
The middle sleeve is where we’ve been keeping our cash. It’s not very deep, so when we have our bills folded in half, they’re still sticking right out of the top—especially when the wallet is filled with other cards. Not only does this cause them to get smashed and wrinkled, making Uncle Sam uneasy, but the material can grip the cash in pretty tightly when the rest of the wallet is full.
Additionally, when opening up this cash pocket at the top, some unpredictable curves can appear in the material, making it tricky to get cash cleanly out of this sleeve or load more into it. When empty, the wallet will open up more cleanly down the middle, but with cards inside—which is how you’re likely going to be using the wallet—this isn’t always the case.
You can fold your bills into thirds or fourths if you’d like to get them fully submerged in the sleeve, but doing so adds quite a bit more bulk, which is the opposite of what you want in a minimal wallet like this one.
The last sleeve is on the opposite side and is yet another spot to keep additional cards. We’ve been keeping four inside here throughout testing, which fit nicely and securely. The card slots aren’t tiered, so the back slot cards sit at the same level as those in the front. This doesn’t offer the same kind of segmentation and easy access we typically enjoy in a wallet.
In fact, it can make it difficult to pull out the specific card we’re looking for. You have to rely somewhat on your cards’ flexibility, as you have to bend them slightly to get your fingers inside to grab them. This is easy with a flexible card, but bending isn’t really an option for heavy-duty metal cards, making the front pocket a better candidate.
There’s also a lip of material above the sleeve that can obstruct getting the furthest-back card out, which—we’ll repeat it—becomes more pronounced with a packed-out wallet.
Overall, we dig the reinforced polymer material Magpul uses in many of their products, but we don’t feel the application is as strong on this wallet as some of their other products.
- Holds up to seven cards
- Slim and minimalist profile
- Durable materials and construction
- Noticed that cards can get caught on the top lip of the wallet when pulling them out—especially if you have 6–7 cards in the wallet (Magpul recommends 3–7 cards)
- Digging the small, slim form factor and grippy material
- It can be hard to get the cash out of the middle pocket—especially if the wallet is filled with 6-7 cards
- The middle cash pocket seems a little short in height—folded bills stick out the top and can get battered with day-to-day use
- ID window is nice & clean
- Overall, really digging the material, look, and form of the wallet, but we’ve found it to be kind of a pain to use