The Pop Tote in Mars Red 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Mars Red 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic. A Pop Tote in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. A Pop Tote in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Cloud (light grey) 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Cloud (light grey) 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Cloud (light grey) 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Alphaviolet (bright purple) 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Alphaviolet (bright purple) 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Alphaviolet (bright purple) 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Black 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Black 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Black 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Nebulous Grey (dark grey) 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Nebulous Grey (dark grey) 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Nebulous Grey (dark grey) 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open. The Pop Tote in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic. The Pop Tote in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic. An above shot of the Pop Tote in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with the main compartment open.
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Pop Tote

$100.00

Dare we say it? The world's best zip-top tote bag.

19.5 liters (1200 cu. in.)

Mars Red 525 Ballistic
Mars Red 525 Ballistic
Constellation 525 Ballistic
Constellation 525 Ballistic
Ursa 525 Ballistic
Ursa 525 Ballistic
Coyote 525 Ballistic
Coyote 525 Ballistic
Deep Blue 525 Ballistic
Deep Blue 525 Ballistic
Cloud 525 Ballistic
Cloud 525 Ballistic
Black 525 Ballistic
Black 525 Ballistic
Alphaviolet 525 Ballistic
Alphaviolet 525 Ballistic
Aubergine 525 Ballistic
Aubergine 525 Ballistic
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic
Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic
Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic
Wilderness 525 Ballistic
Wilderness 525 Ballistic
A side shot of a filled Pop Tote. A side shot of an empty Pop Tote. The Pop Tote with its handles folded down. A close shot of the zipper on the Pop Tote. A close shot of the metal snaps on the Pop Tote A close shot of the metal snaps and zipper on the Pop Tote. A close shot of the metal snaps on the Pop Tote. A close shot of the main compartment zipper on the Pop Tote. A person carrying the Pop Tote over their shoulder. A person carrying the Pop Tote via the padded carry handles. A person accessing the main compartment of the Pop Tote. A person accessing the main compartment of the Pop Tote. A person a notepad in the side open pocket of the Pop Tote. A person carrying the Pop Tote via the padded carry handles. A person carrying the Pop Tote over their shoulder. A person accessing the side zippered pocket of the Pop Tote. A Pop Tote loaded up with 4 growlers. A Pop Tote with a possible loadout. A Pop Tote being carried by the padded carry handles. A cat peeking out of the main pocket of the Pop Tote. Groceries held in a Pop Tote. A person grabbing some groceries from Pop Tote. A person zipping up a  Pop Tote filled with books. A Pop Tote filled with books. A person putting a sealed bag of popped popcorn in the main compartment of the Pop Tote.

Description

The Pop Tote made its world debut as the gift bag at the 2017 Kennedy Center Mark Twain Awards for Humor honoring David Letterman, but now anyone can buy one – you needn’t be famous or funny. Thank goodness :)

Picnic stuff. Potluck dinner and dessert. Growlers of beer or cider. Kittens. Wait . . . kittens? Knitting. Road trip drinks and snacks. Bug Out Bag or Emotional Bug Out Bag. Art supplies. Extra jackets and gloves. Work stuff or gym stuff. Library books. Toys and games for the kids. A weekend-cabin-getaway’s worth of clothes and books. What will you put in your Pop Tote? 

People have been requesting that Tom design a zip-top tote bag since, well, since before the turn of the century. He always thought it was a good idea, but none of his prototypes were substantially better than all the other zip totes out there—there were plenty of those, and if folks wanted them, there they were.

But in the spring of 2017, Tom again applied himself to the task. The challenge of making a open-top bag that then zips securely shut is not perhaps self-evident, as Tom explains:

“The zipper and surrounding fabric—that is, all the material that allows the thing to shut up, also gets in the way when you desire a bag with a big, wide opening. Somewhat of a Catch-22. But sitting at my sewing machine with some scrap fabric and scissors, and finally a bit of time on my hands, I was able to create what I think is a successful compromise.”

By the end of summer Tom was satisfied. More than satisfied, he was stoked. Pop!

The Pop Tote is designed to be carried two ways: 

Zipped Open / Snaps Snapped

Unzip the main compartment of the Pop Tote and snap its four snaps: the top edges are secured nicely out of the way so access is unimpaired. In this mode, it’ll serve as an open-top tote similar to our Shop BagsThe Truck, or Swift: a great utility/grocery/shopping bag. In fact, you might find you use it this way most often. It's nice, too, if you need to fit a tall item in the bag that’ll stick out the top, like a tennis racquet or baguette (or both, if you played some tennis and then got hungry – which is so very French). 

Snaps Unsnapped / Zipper Shut 

Unsnap the four snaps and zip the top shut: if you need to tuck your Pop Tote under the seat in front of you or into the overhead bin, you can do so knowing your stuff is safely contained. This can be nice even if all you’re doing is riding the bus or setting the bag on the passenger seat next to you—sometimes it’s comforting to know your stuff isn’t going to belch out onto the floor when there’s a sudden stop. To make the contents of your bag safe from pilferage and weather, zipping it is often the right thing to do.

You can also zip the Pop Tote shut and snap the snaps, although this is more or less a hack. Doing this causes the top to become somewhat dished or concave. You might like how it looks like this; plus, you can tuck a light sweater or fleece in the space created under the handles. Hack away.

The Pop Tote is available in one size: it's somewhere between the size of a Small and Large Shop Bag, but closer to the Large Shop Bag. Its main compartment is unobstructed and open, accommodating anything you need to carry. It features two O-rings so you have somewhere to secure your stuff, and its Poron© padded handles make it easy to carry either by hand or over your shoulder.

On the left and right exterior sides of the Pop Tote are two zippered pockets; they'll fit phones, phablets, wallets, keys, chocolate bars, and other very important items. Directly behind those two pockets are additional bonus open-top pockets: in goes a Size Small Organizer Pouch, umbrella, small water bottle, sunglasses in a case, etc. All four pockets each have an O-ring so you can tether your Organizer PouchKey Strap, or whatever else you might have. 

The Pop Tote is available in one fabric — 525 2x2 Ballistic nylon fabric. It's got #8 YKK coil zippers on the main opening and on those end pockets, and the finished seams as you’ve come to expect from TOM BIHN. 

Materials

bluesign® certified 525 denier High-Tenacity 2x2 Ballistic nylon exterior
PORON® foam handles
#8 YKK zippers
Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Sewn in USA with globally sourced materials 100% finished seams

Dimensions: 13.4” (w) x 12.2” (h) x 10.2" (d) / 340 (w) x 310 (h) 260 (d) mm
Weight: 15.2 oz / 430 grams
Volume: 1200 cubic inches / 19.5 liters
What's Included:
1x 8-inch Black Webbing Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
1x Black Zipper Pulls w/ Plastic Ends (8-Pack)
Total O-rings: 6 (2 in the main compartment, 2 in open-top exterior pockets, 2 in zippered exterior pockets)

Sewn in Seattle

Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?

Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.

THE BIHN Guarantee

Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business for over 30 years and we stand behind what we make.

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.

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Reviewed by Heather
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Rated 4 out of 5

Great bag - wish handles were longer

The zip pockets are tight for large hands, and I wish it was a little larger. Also, it would be awesome if the handles were longer, but otherwise this is a great everyday bag. I have lymphedema in my arms, so the handle length is probably not a problem for most people. I added a shoulder strap to use when I am wearing a jacket or multiple layers to solve the handle length problem.

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Rated 5 out of 5

Great travel / tote bag

Top zipper adds security for when you stash it under the airplane seat or put it on the TSA belt. Versatile size provides space for an extra layer or a knitting project. Echoing the suggestions of another reviewer, I don't use the side zippered pockets often. It's nice to put keys in there to keep them secure, but the key straps work for that too. Only slim and small water bottles fit in the slip-in side pockets, so they're not super-useful either, at least for me. But I love my Mars Red Pop Tote and would consider getting another color. Food for thought: How about a tote bag that marries the Pop Tote + Pickup Truck features? Similar size. Larger middle section and top zipper like the Pop Tote. Open side and slide pockets like the Pickup Truck. You could call it the Pickup Pop.

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Reviewed by Carrie
Rated 5 out of 5

Best bag ever

I own too many TB bags to count but this one is prob my favorite. Well, it's definitely my most used! So many pockets and I love keeping my keys and wallet attached inside by a lanyard and there is more than enough space for everything else. The side pockets are awesome for stashing my checkbook, coupons, and I use one for my phone. It's secure enough without zipping it closed that I'm not afraid it will fall out, yet easy for me to drop it in or pull it out quickly. I've been wanting a TB tote that could zip all the way up for ages - it was worth the wait!

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Reviewed by Blisscosity
Rated 4 out of 5

Great, versatile, beautiful tote.

LOVE: very comfortable and perfect-length handles, yay for sturdy ip top, beautiful well-bodied fabric, quality construction and materials, durability, versatility. Slip pockets are handy for long objects.

WISH IT HAD: slightly larger size (like maybe a 23 liter-ish size), more practical pockets (my fat fingers can’t utilize those zippered pockets at all, and few water bottles fit in the slip pockets), and a lighter colored interior lining.

I love these for travel, and own several in complementary colors to my Side Kicks, S25s and Aeronauts, for a coordinated look. These are used everywhere and by everyone! Here to get another color... gotta run!

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Rated 5 out of 5

Perfect

I bought this initially as a work bag, I work in the service industry, and needed a bag that I could shove everything in, including a jacket and lunch, and not worry about things falling on the floor while stowed away. This bag has since become my regular EDC, and while in “purse mode” it is not so full, I love that I can shove anything in it during the day and shed layers (scarf, water bottle, jacket/vest, etc) and have my hands free. It also stays on my shoulder! I have small shoulders that simply don’t hold regular shoulder bags in place, but this bag (on the whole) stays put. I tested the bag out on a trip to London, and I will say when I wear a gore-tex jacket it will slide down on extended walks, and due to how much more you carry as a traveler it was heavier to carry. So as much as I would hate to not have this bag on a trip, I would personally rethink which of my various Tom Bihn bags to bring. I am a bit stubborn and do think it would be fabulous to take on a trip. But regardless, I thoroughly love this bag to bits. I’ve used it everyday for the last two years and despite how big it is, with the o-rings I am perfectly organized and never have to dig for anything. Anytime I consider a different brand of bag, when I realize it doesn’t have o-rings I panic thinking of how I could keep my things exactly where I wanted them. I’m keen on picking out a new color, just to add some spice, but you can’t go wrong with black. :)

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