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Small Cafe Bag

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Small Cafe Bag


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


Made in USA
100% finished seams


Dimensions: 10.6" x 8.2" x 2.9" / 270 x 210 x 75 mm
1000d Cordura®: 12 oz / 335 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 9 oz / 270 grams
Volume: 350 cubic inches / 6 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
1.5" / 38 mm shoulder strap extends to 54" / 1.3 m
Optional, removable 1" / 25 mm waist strap
Total O-rings: 3 (2 in the main compartment; 1 in the front zippered pocket)

Cross-body or over the shoulder, this small messenger bag carries your everyday essentials.

The Small 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 Small Café Bag are covered by a distinctive asymmetrical flap that closes with an 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 Small Café Bag has a slanted, open-top pocket. It's ideal — easy storage, quick access — for anything that's relatively flat.

Inside the main compartment of the Small Café Bag, you'll find four organizer pockets. One of the pockets is sized for your iPhone or a small wallet and three are sized for pens. There's room for a couple of hardbacks in this main compartment.

The main compartment has two O-rings, with an 8" Key Strap attached to one. (Additional and extended-length Black or 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) and can also be used to clip a pocket watch or Swiss Army knife to the bag.

The Small Café Bag rides on your shoulder with a 1-1/2" shoulder strap made of high quality U.S. webbing produced specifically for us. It features a low-profile shoulder pad with a grippy underside. On the top back of the bag is a webbing grab handle. Small, unobtrusive webbing loops on the right and left of the bag allow you to add an optional removable waist strap to the Small Café Bag, to stabilize the bag against your body while you're riding a bike.

Think the Small Café Bag is too small for you? You're in luck! The Café Bag is also available in sizes Medium and Large. And if you're wondering which size is "the one", here's our guide to choosing the right size of Cafe bag.

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Laptop Fit Guide

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1. Measure Your Laptop

Measure your laptop (or Google its make, model, and the word “dimensions” to find its listed dimensions).
Compare its measurements with the chart to the left (swap the Height and Width when measuring for a Vertical oriented Cache).

2. Compare Those Measurements To These

Size Interior Width Interior Height Interior Thickness
Vertical iPad Air OR Pro 9.7"6.7" / 170mm9.5" / 240mm0.3" / 8mm
Vertical iPad7.3" / 186mm9.5" / 240mm0.4" / 9mm
Vertical iPad Mini5.3" / 153mm7.9" / 200mm0.3" / 7mm
Vertical 7-inch 1315.2" / 131mm7.8" / 198mm0.4" / 10mm
Horizontal iPad Mini7.9" / 200mm5.3" / 153mm0.3" / 7mm
Horizontal 7-inch 1987.8" / 198mm5.2" / 131mm0.4" / 10mm
Horizontal 7-inch 1947.6" / 194mm5.2" / 131mm0.4" / 10mm

Build your own organization

your bag already has great built-in organization. that said, you may want to add these optional organizational accessories to further organize and protect what you carry.

visible variant TB0321R


The Cache is a protective laptop or tablet sleeve that's available in many sizes. It protects your laptop with .25" thick foam padding and transforms the Cadet into a checkpoint friendly briefcase.

visible variant TB1833-BN

Freudian Slip

The Small Cafe Bag Freudian Slip adds eight organizational pockets to the Small Cafe Bag. One side has a horizontal zippered pocket that can fit a phone lengthwise, as well as pockets that can fit either four pens or two pens and a flashlight, knife, or multi-tool. There’s also a pocket that can fit a phone or similar object vertically. The other side has a diagonal mesh pocket and behind that, a zippered pocket. Both can fit an iPad mini/7″ tablet, either by itself or in a Cache.

visible variant TB0510

Gatekeeper Waist Strap

The Gatekeeper Waist Strap secures the Medium Cafe Bag to your body and offers extra stability when you're hiking, riding your bike (push or motor), or running to catch the bus. Closes with a side-release buckle that adjusts on both sides.


Messenger Stabilizers

The 1" Café/Ristretto Messenger Stabilizer is designed to keep your Café Bag close and prevent it from swinging around to the front when you're riding your motorcycle or bicycle or just moving fast on foot. Uses one-half of your bag's waist strap (the half with the male buckle) so make sure to order the optional Gatekeeper Waist Strap if you'd like to use the Messenger Stabilizer.

visible variant TB0530

Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap

The Small Cafe Bag comes standard with a small, low-profile, molded plastic pad with a grippy underside. If that's not your style, you might like the Ultrasuede® Shoulder Strap Wrap: it's made of ultrasoft Ultrasuede® laminated to soft Ensolite foam. The Ultrasuede® Shoulder Strap Wrap wraps around the shoulder strap and attaches back on itself with hook and loop and snaps: it's easy to add it "after market," as they say.

Lifetime Guarantee

You can expect your TOM BIHN bag to give you years of hard service. Our bags are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the bag. That means if something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it at no charge.

Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and are most often evident while your bag is still new. Keep in mind that daypacks and briefcases are often subject to serious wear in everyday use. We often see TOM BIHN bags that are still solid and in use after five, ten, fifteen, even twenty or twenty-five years, with minor repairs needed here or there. But remember: only true love lasts forever.

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