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Color: The Imago

A small, shoulder-carry messenger bag with a flip-top opening.

14 Liters / 825 cu. in.

Though the Imago is retired, there's a chance we *might* offer it again. Sign up below to be emailed if/when we do.
We've retired the Imago so we can focus our efforts on other projects. You can sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to receive updates on what we're working on next!


Below is the original description for the Imago.

The Imago is an open-top bag that closes with a flap and a 2"/50mm plastic side-release Warrior buckle. Under the flap, on the front of the bag, are two pockets: one curved open-top and one zippered, plus three places to snap your key strap (included) or Organizer Pouch (optional; order here). Inside the main compartment are two deep pouch pockets that work well for organizing power adapters, or storing energy bars. On the back, a flat pocket is perfect for magazines or a newspaper. The top exterior of the bag features a webbing grab/carry handle.

On both sides of the Imago are small pockets designed to securely carry portable electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods/MP3 players or PDAs. Lined with Ultrasuede and closed by #8 YKK "splash-proof" Uretech zippers, these snug little pockets also provide scratch-free storage for eyewear.

The Imago is available in a number of color combinations. Different color combinations are made out of different fabrics: Ballistic Nylon and 1000 denier Cordura.

The Imago rides your shoulder with the Standard Shoulder Strap, a 1-1/2" wide heavy nylon webbing strap with a comfortable wide foam pad that won't slip off your shoulder and is designed to conform to your shoulder and back. A removable waist strap secures the bag to your body when you're the move, which makes the Imago a great bag to use when you're riding a bike (push or motor).

The main compartment can carry a spiral-bound notebook, a medium-sized book, a light wind/rain shell, and your lunch.


Fabric Lining

500 denier Cordura® nylon


#8 YKK Aquaguard® zippers


Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components



14.5" (w) x 12.25" (h) x 3.5" (d) / 370 (w) x 310 (h) x 90 (d) mm


1lb 9oz / 700 grams


825 cubic inches / 13.5 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

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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 since 1972 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.