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Pre-Order the Original Small Shop Bag (Ships By Late July)

Regular price $35.00
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The Original Small Shop Bag pre-order will remain open until 5/20 at 12:00pm PT.
  • 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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  • Our bags and face masks are designed and cut & 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 more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.


bluesign® certified 210 denier High Tenacity 2x2 Ballistic Nylon
1000 denier Cordura Nylon
Cotton Twill
PORON® foam handles


Sewn in USA with globally sourced materials
100% finished seams


External Dimensions: 12.2" (w) x 10.2" (h) x 9.4" (d) / 310 (w) x 260 (h) x 240 (d) mm
1000d Cordura: 8.9 oz / 250 grams
Volume: 900 cubic inches / 15 liters
Handle Length: 19.5" / 495 mm
Total O-rings: 2 (2 in the main compartment)
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Super light but doesn’t sacrifice comfort: the padded handles, dare we say, rock.

The Original Small Shop Bag is super light, super durable, and super comfortable to carry. Constructed from light fabrics, it's easy to carry around with you just in case you need to do some shopping in the course of your day. At the same time, it's sturdy enough to handle carrying bottles of beer, cartons of milk, canned food, and other heavy stuff. We've piped the seams with the same stiff plastic material used on hat brims (we cover it with 400 denier pack cloth); this piping gives the Shop Bag enough structure to stand up while you're filling it and keeps the bag looking smart.

The inside of the Original Small Shop Bag has two deep, open-top pockets you can use for items like wine or water bottles. Additionally, you can fold the bag into one of the pockets if you want to save space when storing it or packing it into your larger bag.

In addition to its good looks and organization, you'll notice that the Original Small Shop Bag's PORON®-padded handles make it comfortable to carry, even when it's laden quite heavily. Designed to be an ideal length that will allow most folks to carry the bag in their hand or wear it over their shoulder, these handles successfully prevent that awful hand-slicing or shoulder-tugging experience of lugging traditional non-padded fabric handles. The PORON® will never break down or wear thin, no matter how many trips you make to the store.

The Original Small Shop Bag is easy to clean: its fabric repels dirt and water rolls right off. On the rare occasion you need to wash it, simply pop it it in the kitchen sink with a little bit of mild dish soap. Rinse it out, shake off the excess water, and hang dry.

All of these features have made the Original Small Shop Bag a much-loved design. That's why—after we announced in February 2018 we'd be retiring it—we decided to offer a last production run. Use our new (and experimental) pre-order option to reserve one, whether for yourself or for anyone who wants to carry groceries or other things in comfort.

Choosing an Exterior Fabric

You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the this bag is typically available* in three different exterior fabrics. Our Materials Glossary explains each fabric in great detail, but here are some quick facts that may help you decide which to choose. And we're always here if you have questions:

210d High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon
Weave: 2x2 “ballistic” weave
Fibers: 210denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon, twisted
Coating: medium urethane
Woven in: South Korea

Choose this fabric if:
  • You appreciate the look and feel of classic, smooth finish nylon pack cloth.
  • You want a versatile fabric that's at tough and elegant.
  • You don't want your bag to collect pet hair or lint.

100% Cotton Twill
Weave: Twill
Coating: none
Made in: U.S.A. (originally woven for military uniforms)

Choose this fabric if:
  • You like natural materials such as cotton.
  • You’re also okay with how natural materials gracefully age and experience wear more quickly than synthetics. Remember: only true love lasts forever.
  • You appreciate a soft material with a soft hand; a more relaxed, slouchier option.

1000 denier Cordura®
Weave: plain weave
Fibers: 1000 denier type 6,6 texturized nylon, discontinuous surface fibers that mask surface damage caused by abrasion
Coating: medium urethane
Made in: U.S.A.

Choose this fabric if:
  • You appreciate that it's been the outdoor industry's go-to, classic pack fabric for the past four decades.
  • You don't care as much about your bag collecting pet hair or lint.
  • You want a durable, canvas-like, natural-feeling fabric, and don't mind the slightly rough texture.

*There may be times when one of the exterior fabrics mentioned here isn't available. Even with our best efforts, the demand for our bags occasionally outpaces our production capabilities: at times, some products, color combinations, or fabrics might be temporarily unavailable or "In Production." See the In Production color combinations as a guide to what our factory crew is making and what will be available next.

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