A versatile everyday crossbody shoulder bag that can also be used as a sling bag, waist pack, or organizer pouch.
- Main compartment with lots of organization: 7 open-top interior pockets of varying sizes
- 4 O-rings inside to tether extra organizer pouches and/or Key Straps
- Zippered pocket on the exterior with 1 O-ring and a clipped 8" Key Strap
- Wear it crossbody with our 1" Shoulder Strap (included) or as a sling bag / waistpack with a 1" Waist Strap (optional)
The main compartment of the Side Kick opens with two zipper sliders, making it convenient for left or right-handed folks. It also allows you to choose where the sliders end up when the bag is closed. This compartment can fit a small water bottle, a paperback book, or even an ultralight rain shell or down vest stuffed into itself or in a Travel Stuff Sack.
On the front interior side of the main compartment are two large open-top pockets. They are sized to fit your phone, wallet, notebook, or even a pair of sunglasses inside an eyeglasses case.
On the back interior side of the main compartment is one large open-top organizational pocket that spans the width of the Side Kick. You can fit 7" - 8" tablets, including the iPad Mini in our size 8A Cache.
In front of this large organizational pocket are four additional smaller pockets. The two on one end can fit items like granola bars, hand cream, or sunscreen. The two on the other end can each fit a pen or pencil.
All interior pockets are made with our super tough 200d Halcyon or 210d Cerylon fabric.
Four O-rings, two on the back side and two on the front side of the interior main compartment, allow you to trick out your organization even further: attach Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches, Mystery Organizer Pouches, and/or any of our Key Strap variants to keep essentials handy and tethered safely.
Zippered Exterior Pocket
The exterior of the Side Kick has a straight zippered pocket that spans the full width of the bag and is designed to fit your passport, notebook, tablet, or anything that is relatively flat. Inside the zippered pocket is one O-ring with a clipped 8" Key Strap. We consider this the front side of the bag, but you can always flip the bag around and make it the back side if you prefer.
Ways to Carry the Side Kick
On either side of the Side Kick are horizontal webbing loops to which you can attach the adjustable 1" Shoulder Strap (included), made from nylon webbing and with plastic clips (but no pad). When you're not wearing the Side Kick, you can use the 1" Shoulder Strap to hang it on a coat hook or from a doorknob.
Waist Pack or Sling Bag
Also on the sides of the bag are unobtrusive webbing loops to which you can attach an optional 1" Gatekeeper Waist Strap, using our ubiquitous Gatekeeper clips. Wear the Side Kick around your waist or hips, and you've got a sweet waist pack. Wear it crossbody with the bag on your back, and you've got a mini sling bag. Either way, it's great for cycling, hiking, or any situation where you need your hands completely free.
Use as an Organizer Pouch
Clip one side of our Key Strap variants to the Side Kick and then clip the other side to an O-ring inside one of our larger bags. That way, the Side Kick stays tethered to your bag.
1" Standard Shoulder Strap
A simple and light-duty shoulder strap made of 1" nylon webbing. It is adjustable and has plastic snaphooks at each end. It does not have a pad.
8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.
Cord Zipper Pulls
A set of pulls to extend, quiet, or replace your metal pulls.
Gatekeeper Hip Belt
Attach this to the unobtrusive webbing loops on the sides of the Side Kick if you want to wear this as a sling bag or waist pack.
- Evann M.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Durable, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Durable, Versatile, High Quality CraftsmanshipRated 5 out of 5 starsPerfect EDC size
This bag is perfect for my everyday carry. Small thick wallet, small set of keys, and iPhone XR fit along with my two pens, larger Moleskine, small first aid kit, and a Cubelet with basics (lip balm, mints, etc). The kicker is that I can pop a small 18oz water bottle sideways on top of the other items and still comfortably zip the Side Kick closed. I bought the bag planning to use it for days I didn’t need a water bottle and was pleasantly surprised to see how well it fit. The color combo (Constellation ballistic/Solaris halcyon) is sunny and happy. Love this bag.
- Melanie H.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Durable, Easily Adjustable, Comfortable, Thoughtful Design, Versatile7 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Durable, Easily Adjustable, Comfortable, Thoughtful Design, VersatileRated 5 out of 5 starsMy favorite everyday and travel bag!
The perfect bag for carrying everyday or as a travel/tourist bag. It can easily go from hiking trails to dinner/museums/etc. or even hang from an airplane seatback to hold your in-flight items. The small loops on the exterior allow for attaching a TB Gatekeeper waist strap, to turn this into a belt bag or sling, or piggy-back it on your backpack or other bags. Amazingly versatile!
Has a slim profile when normally packed but also expands to hold much more than expected. The shoulder/crossbody strap is the most comfortable of any small bag I've carried. It feels great- sturdy yet lightweight, adjusts easily, and does not tangle. Just an awesome bag all around.
-Excellent organization inside with well thought-out pockets. I appreciate the quality contrasting trim on the pockets, making it easy to see pocket size/location and adding to long term durability.
-The pink item is an A5 size journal, for reference. It fits easily in the larger interior slip pocket as well as the exterior zip pocket. (photo also shows a TB size medium Double Organizer Pouch inside)
-The larger purple pouch is a very full TB Vertical Packing Cubelet. Lots of room left for other items
-Full size camera fits inside (with lens and large shoulder strap) with room left for small purse items
-Shown with TB swivel carabiners (ready to hang from airplane seatback), holding an iPad Pro 11" (does not zip with that iPad inside, but works well for in-flight access)
-Piggy-backed on a TB…
- ChristinaVerified ReviewerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Thoughtful Design1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Thoughtful DesignRated 5 out of 5 starsLiterally always at my side
I've had my Side Kick in Black Ballistic for a few years now, and it looks like it did the day I bought it. Perfect condition. It's my daily bag, and I travel with it. I carry it in all three intended configurations - shoulder/cross body bag as a purse, as a sling pack on my back, and as a waist pack. Adding the waist strap is definitely worth it. It's perfect for carrying on a bike as a sling pack or waist pack. I use it that way for quick errands on my bike and on overnight bike camping trips. If I'm carrying my backpack to work with my laptop, I throw my Side Kick into my bag as extra organization. I specifically got the Side Kick rather than the Side Effect because it fits my A5 notebook perfectly with a little wiggle room. It also fits a half-liter Nalgene water bottle.
- Matthew M.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Good Storage Size, Versatile1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Good Storage Size, VersatileRated 5 out of 5 starsI Wanted a Tech Organizer. I Wanted a Shoulder Bag. I Got Both
I travel a LOT and I like to travel light. I wanted a mid sized tech organizer but I also like to carry a shoulder bag while touring. The Sidekick is BOTH! Love the organization for a pretty comprehensive tech kit and it makes a great shoulder bag for my destination. Win win.
- Karl B.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Good Storage Size, Versatile1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Good Storage Size, VersatileRated 5 out of 5 starsPerfect Size, amazing features
I spent about 2 months trying to figure out how to carry around my prescription sunglasses. I knew I should take the opportunity to expand my edc capacity beyond my pockets, but I also knew (from long experience) that a full-sized bag wasn't going to get carried. Enter the Side Kick! Full of pockets, which means I can find my stuff by touch, easy access zippers mean I can open and close the bag ONE-HANDED while walking. Goldielocks size means it carries all I need, but I'm happy to grab it any time I leave the house. In a word, HORRAY!
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Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
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If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.