After first purchasing the Zicac Men’s Shoulder Bag
and finding it slightly too small, I went searching for a new “man purse”.
My primary difficulty is that most stores — at least in my area — do not carry such
“man bags”; almost my only source was internet shopping. At brick-and-mortar stores,
I found plenty of backpacks, bags made for carrying laptop computers, and women’s purses
galore, but nothing to suit my purposes. I love online shopping for books, batteries, camera
accessories, music, and other items that don’t need to be touched in person before ordering,
but for an item like this, having it in front of me would be a huge help. But no such luck.
Until I stepped into Earthbound Trading Company in the Killeen Mall. There, I found a bag that
seemed like it would do the trick. I learned after buying it that it’s called the
“Bronze Coin Bag”. The only brand listed was the store’s name.
As I searched for a replacement for the Zicac bag, I decided to raise my price limit, seeing quite a
few bags online that might fit my needs in the $70-120 range. Fortunately, this bag was only
What struck me immediately when first picking up the bag were the nine tiny coins that give the bag
its name. Each hung from a short length (1 cm) of green string, and each string was encased with
tiny amber beads. These gave the bag a decidedly feminine appearance, at least to me. Also, they
seemed incredibly impractical — likely to be snagged, and certainly might jingle when I move.
I decided before inspecting the rest of the bag that I could simply remove the coins with a knife
if the rest of the bag turned out to be what I wanted. And that’s what I did — as soon
as I got out of the store, I cut off the nine coins and their beaded strings. The result: the bag
now appears unisex.
The bag is made of canvas, with polyester lining in the main pocket and the three largest zipper
pockets. Two pockets under the flap are unlined. The canvas is stiff enough
so the bag holds its shape while still being flexible. The stitching is neat and tidy for the most
part. The pull tabs on the zippers were not as weighty as those on the Zicac bag, but still feel
sturdy. Four of the six zippers pull smoothly; the small one inside the main pocket sticks a bit if
you’re not careful, and the zipper on one front pocket has to go around two corners, so it
can be tricky too. The D-rings (six of them, three on each side)
aren’t impressively strong, but they appear to be more for decoration than for use —
I’ve already used them for holding light objects like sunglasses. The shoulder strap is not
detachable (a downside), but it is long enough for me to wear the bag cross-body, with the bag
at my left hip and the strap on my right shoulder. It requires nearly full extension for this, with
only a couple of inches left over (I’m about 188 cm, or 6’2”).
In the front flap, which covers the entire front of the bag and is held down by two hook-and-loop
attachment points, there are two large zippered pockets. Both are large enough for my oversized
phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 5). One zipper is across the top front, and the other is vertical,
hidden behind a fold of canvas (see image above). The flap raises to reveal two unlined pockets
on the front of the bag (see image at right); one with a hook-and-loop flap and the other with a
zipper. The former is large enough for a flashlight or multitool or even a normal-sized phone, but
not large enough for my phone; the latter is large enough for my phone and at least one more
similarly shaped item.
The main compartment is large enough for a large paperback (“trade paperback”, about
9”x6”), which I might sometimes carry, in addition to my normally-carried items such
as my long wallet, multitool, small notebook (5”x7”), pack of gum, and pens. There is
one small unzippered pocket in the lining of the main compartment, and one small zippered pocket.
The latter, I will use for my small phone charger and earbuds. The main compartment can be
mostly closed with a zipper, but since it is covered by the flap, I will likely leave this
zipper open. I am even considering removing this zipper, because it can get in the way.
On the back (hip side) is the final zippered, lined pocket, which is large enough for the
I already mentioned that my issue with the Zicac bag was its size. This “Bronze Coin
Bag” is larger, but not ridiculously so — I did not want a laptop sized messenger
The store’s website lists the bag’s size as 10.5”x3.5”x11”, which I
confirmed with my own measurements. When full, the thickness is closer to 4.5 inches. The height
and width will vary by a half inch or so, depending on contents. (Empty, I measured the bag as
10 inches wide and 9.5 inches tall.)
This bag easily holds the items pictured above — book, notebook, phone, wallet, sunglasses,
pens, gum, multitool, flashlight, earbuds, and charger.
As always, only time will tell if the bag is durable, but it seems like it will be. If I had
to guess, I would say the first part to break will be the zipper of the inner pocket; it’s the
smallest zipper and on the most delicate material. While I would have preferred a gray or light
brown color, the muted green isn’t bad.
I feel comfortable wearing this bag and it seems easy enough to get everything in and out of it.
As always, I will update this review if my opinions change.
UPDATE, 2017.07.30: My prediction was incorrect. It was the front pocket zipper that broke
first; less than a year after buying this bag (I wore it almost every day for a year, though).
It was a pocket I rarely used, but the zipper being closed helped the bag hold its shape. When
the zipper tab broke off, it left a sharp protrusion, so I had to remove the zipper. The bag
could still be used, but due to this issue, I began looking for a replacement bag.