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[Review] American Apparel Coin Purse (Modified by me)

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by dinoadventures, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. dinoadventures

    dinoadventures Empty Pockets

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    I was shopping with my girlfriend in the city the other day, and when we were at the register I impulse-bought one of their coin purses because it reminded me of one of Dave's custom wallet creations. I figure even if it sucks I'm only out eight dollars.
    Here is the item:
    http://store.americanapparel.net/rsax501.html

    The color I purchased is Asphalt/Black.

    My first impressions were that the construction was only so-so, but it was really lightweight and felt pretty nice in the hand. Overall, I felt build quality was serviceable. The zippers are a good size. It has a handy pocket on the back for storing things, and it looks like it has nice capacity. It comes with a split ring key holder inside the zipper pocket, which I promptly placed into the circular file. My adjustments to it didn't end there. I replaced the giant cheapo split ring with a much-smaller SPRO heavy split ring, a SPRO heavy swivel, and a CC Ti screw link.
    I'm not much a fan of metal zipper pulls, so I cut them off with serrated EMT shears and made my own zipper pulls out of a SPRO heavy split ring, Kelty TripTease Lightline, and 1.5mm climbing accessory cord.
    ...and now it is wonderful.

    I previously had a Columbia wallet from which I eviscerated the stuffing so it was less crinkly and puffy. It was pretty slim with what I carry in it (DL, handicapped ID, few bills, Metrocard, old college ID for art stores and eateries, Costco and Sams Club cards and usually a few checks or money orders from my recent ebay dealings or freelancing). This one is at least 40% slimmer, and it feels much sleeker sliding into the pocket. I can also put in tons of little EDC bits like wet naps, a CC folding razor, small zip ties, eyeglass screwdrivers, LM Squirt & Micra, etc.
    Only thing I have problems with is whereas I previously had my Zebra mini pen and pencil clipped into an inside pocket on my Columbia wallet, I just have to toss it into one of the zipper pockets on this one. That sorta makes me feel a little weird, but I dunno. It's nit-picking at best.

    I have not tried carrying coins in it because I don't do that.

    Here is the item (you will notice I made a sort of visual pun on the color name of the wallet):

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    You will not believe how challenging it is to photograph inside a tire.


    Bottom line: This product is worth your $8 and is a fun EDC item to have.


    Update!
    I took it with me on a late-night run to the grocery store. It's monday night so they're stocking cereals and I need large boxes to ship car parts. Anyhow, my car's racing seats put definite pressure on any hint of wallet-:censored:, so I noticed a difference immediately between this and my fairly-slim older wallet. It was so comfortable! The whole time I was at the store, I didn't even notice it in my pocket even if I tried. Now that is a wonderful feeling!
     
  2. bruner

    bruner Loaded Pockets

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    Nice work!

    Great photos as always too.

    Cool,
    Dan
     
  3. Deaths Head

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    I have been looking for something I can keep my coins and grocery cards in, while they sit in my truck.
    As usual, great pics!
     
  4. bbbshrimp

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    Nice tire background!
     
  5. dinoadventures

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    thanks! they're the brand new Bridgestone RE960's that were delivered today by a very irritated-looking UPS man.

    Had to make two trips, the pansy.
     
  6. onlyonespyderco

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    Very cool and great pics. :)
     
  7. lgflorin

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    Plus is Made in USA
     
  8. bltkmt

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    Hey dinoadventures!

    I just bought two of these and would love to hear how yours has held up over the past two years? I really like your mods too...wish I was as handy/creative...

    Thanks.
     
  9. UNIT24UK

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    i can see lots of good use for that great product