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The Medium Café Bag is designed to help you carry and organize your everyday gear. Wear it cross-body or over the shoulder.

The main, open-top compartment and front, zippered pocket of the Medium Café Bag are covered by an asymmetrical flap that closes with our distinctive offset Duraflex® Warrior buckle. The zippered pocket, which has one O-ring, spans the width of the bag. It's ideal for securing your wallet, checkbook, or other small items. It closes with a #8 YKK zipper. The back of the Medium Café Bag has a slanted, open-top pocket. It's great for storing papers, files, a magazine, or a newspaper.

Inside the main compartment of the Medium Café Bag, you'll find four organizer pockets. Two of the pockets are sized for your cell phone/iPod or a small wallet, and two are sized for pens. The main compartment also has two O-rings, with an 8" Key Strap attached to one. (Additional and extended-length Black and Color Key Straps can be purchased separately.) The Key Strap is useful for keeping track of your keys (many folks leave their keys attached to the Key Strap).

The Medium Café Bag rides on your shoulder with a 1-1/2" shoulder strap made of high quality nylon webbing. It features a low-profile shoulder pad with a grippy underside.

The Medium Café Bag can also be carried by a webbing handle that is on the top/back of the bag. Available for an extra $5 is a removable waist strap so you can wear the Medium Café Bag bike-messenger style.

Think the Medium Café Bag is too big or too small? You're in luck! The Café Bag is also available in sizes Small and Large.


Material options:
1000 denier Cordura® exterior/420d HT nylon Classic Parapack lining
400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop exterior/ultralight 200d Dyneema® lining
Tough Duraflex® buckle
#8 YKK coil zipper on pocket
Nylon webbing shoulder strap and handle


Made in USA
100% finished seams


Dimensions: 12.2" x 10.6" x 2.9" / 310 x 270 x 75 mm
1000d Cordura®: 14 oz / 410 g
400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop: 12 oz / 330 g
420d HT nylon Classic Parapack: 13 oz / 370 g
Volume: 475 cubic inches / 8 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
1.5" / 38 mm shoulder strap extends to 54" / 1.3 m
Optional, removable 1" / 25 mm waist strap

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External Reviews

As reviewed by The Gadgeteer:
"I canít find anything to complain about with this bag. The materials and craftsmanship are top notch. I really like the unisex style as Iím not one to go for froo-froo girly bags. I also like the vertical orientation and the pocket layout. The Tom Bihn Cafe Bag is a great little bag that is handy for carrying your most necessary items when you donít need or want a large bag." Read the full review.

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people who have the Medium Cafe Bag say:

Western Flyer + Med cafe bag
"I had a paperback book (200pages), a 1 liter Sigg bottle, a small Rhodia pad, and assorted other stuff in the medium cafe bag--not remotely stuffed. I took Southwest. On the way back, the flight was full, and folks were carrying all kinds of rollaboards; my WF and cafe bag fit under the seat in front of me without a problem!!!" — posted by Shiva

Small vs. Medium Cafe Bag (size wise)
"I got the Medium Cafe Bag in Plum/Wasabi, and I love it. Even though I had measured out itís approximate size, I was still shocked at how large it seemed. I managed to put my water bottle, my Moleskine, my fountain pen case, wallet, keys, cell, lip chap, iPod and huge earphones, glasses (in their case) and my hair stick case into it, with plenty of extra room at the top. It was roomy and gorgeous and I loved it. I actually added a truncated survival kit (basically a mini first aid kit) to the bag and am now using it as my everyday bag. Iíll just have to accept that I’ll only survive the first day of a zombie strike now. Oh well! " — posted by rodrigues

Medium Cafe Bag & Brain Cell
"The medium cafe bag is elegant for it's simplicity and great for it's versatility. Alone, I can carry my journal, a notepad, my NYC mapbook, my wallet, digital camera, and still have room for a lot of the other random things I like to carry with me. On rainy days, it has kept my things dry." — posted by socio

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Small Cafe Bag
Small Cafe Bag: $60.00
Large Cafe Bag
Large Cafe Bag: $70.00
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Key Strap
Key Strap: $4.00 - $6.00
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