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Color: Aubergine Ballistic/Dusk 210 Cerylon

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The go-everywhere medium messenger bag.

8.5 liters / 520 cu. in.

Looking for the Small Cafe Bag or the Large Cafe Bag?

TLDR

The Medium Café Bag is our timeless crossbody bag with a distinctive asymmetrical flap that is designed to help you carry and organize your everyday gear. Like the name says, this bag is perfect for any trips to the café, whether for work or just to chill with a cup of coffee, but this bag is also ideal for daily use and travel. 

  • Perfect for an iPad Air, water bottle, and small journals and books
  • Main compartment with 4 organizer pockets and 3 O-rings
  • Front zippered pocket to secure important items
  • Slanted open-top pocket in the back for quick-access items

Think the Medium Café Bag is too small for you? Check out our Large size Café Bag. Want to size down? Check out our Small size Café Bag. 

Full Description

Main Compartment

Under the asymmetrical flap is an open-top main compartment. It's a good space for a medium-size tablet, e-reader, books, water bottle, or foldable jacket.

On the front interior wall, you'll find four organizer pockets. One of the pockets is sized to fit your iPhone or a Nik's Minimalist Wallet and the three other pockets are sized for pens.

The main compartment has three O-rings, with an 8" Key Strap attached to one. The Key Strap is useful for tethering on your house or car keys as well as our organizers, such as the Cubelet or Ghost Whale Organizer Pouch.

Front Zippered Pocket

On the front exterior of the main compartment, behind the asymmetrical flap, there is a zippered pocket that spans the width and height of the bag. Inside you will find one O-ring. It's an ideal pocket for storing items that you want to keep extra secure, like your wallet, passport, or other small items. It closes with a #8 YKK zipper.

Slanted Slip Pocket in the Back

The back of the Medium Café Bag has a slanted slip pocket, under a handy grab handle. It allows for easy storage and quick access to papers, phone, a small notebook, and anything that is relatively flat.

How to Carry the Medium Café Bag

The Medium Café Bag is designed to be carried as an over-the-shoulder crossbody bag. It comes with a sewn-on 1.5" shoulder strap made of high quality U.S. webbing produced specifically for us.

Please note: Because it is sewn on, the strap cannot be swapped out for another shoulder strap. From our experience, the 1.5" shoulder strap is sufficient for a bag of this capacity.

Small, unobtrusive webbing loops on the left and right sides of the bag allow you to add an optional removable waist strap to the Medium Café Bag to stabilize the bag against your body while you're riding a bike. 

What's Included

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.

What's Optional

Freudian Slip

Love organizing and want even more pockets? The Medium Café Bag Freudian Slip can add 11 additional organizational pockets to your bag. One side of the Freudian Slip has a zippered pocket and two open-top pockets, one in expandable mesh; magazines, an iPad or iPad Air, papers or notebooks fit great in those pockets (they’re a bit small for file folders). The other side has two open-top mesh pockets that can fit bulky stuff: snacks, power supplies, and charging cords. Above the mesh pockets are four pen slots and one tools/flashlight pocket; there’s also a pocket for a phone, big or small.

10A Cache

The 10A Cache is sized for iPad Airs / Pros and will provide your tablet with extra protection. Put it inside the Freudian Slip or directly into the Medium Café Bag.

Gatekeeper Hip Belt

Attach a hip belt to the unobtrusive webbing loops on the back side of the Medium Café Bag to stabilize the bag against your body when you're riding a bike.

Under the asymmetrical flap is an open-top main compartment. It's a good space for a medium-size tablet, e-reader, books, water bottle, or foldable jacket.

On the front interior wall, you'll find four organizer pockets. One of the pockets is sized to fit your iPhone or a Nik's Minimalist Wallet and the three other pockets are sized for pens.

The main compartment has three O-rings, with an 8" Key Strap attached to one. The Key Strap is useful for tethering on your house or car keys as well as our organizers, such as the Cubelet or Ghost Whale Organizer Pouch.

On the front exterior of the main compartment, behind the asymmetrical flap, there is a zippered pocket that spans the width and height of the bag. Inside you will find one O-ring. It's an ideal pocket for storing items that you want to keep extra secure, like your wallet, passport, or other small items. It closes with a #8 YKK zipper.

The back of the Medium Café Bag has a slanted slip pocket, under a handy grab handle. It allows for easy storage and quick access to papers, phone, a small notebook, and anything that is relatively flat.

The Medium Café Bag is designed to be carried as an over-the-shoulder crossbody bag. It comes with a sewn-on 1.5" shoulder strap made of high quality U.S. webbing produced specifically for us.

Please note: Because it is sewn on, the strap cannot be swapped out for another shoulder strap. From our experience, the 1.5" shoulder strap is sufficient for a bag of this capacity.

Small, unobtrusive webbing loops on the left and right sides of the bag allow you to add an optional removable waist strap to the Medium Café Bag to stabilize the bag against your body while you're riding a bike. 

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.

Freudian Slip

Love organizing and want even more pockets? The Medium Café Bag Freudian Slip can add 11 additional organizational pockets to your bag. One side of the Freudian Slip has a zippered pocket and two open-top pockets, one in expandable mesh; magazines, an iPad or iPad Air, papers or notebooks fit great in those pockets (they’re a bit small for file folders). The other side has two open-top mesh pockets that can fit bulky stuff: snacks, power supplies, and charging cords. Above the mesh pockets are four pen slots and one tools/flashlight pocket; there’s also a pocket for a phone, big or small.

10A Cache

The 10A Cache is sized for iPad Airs / Pros and will provide your tablet with extra protection. Put it inside the Freudian Slip or directly into the Medium Café Bag.

Gatekeeper Hip Belt

Attach a hip belt to the unobtrusive webbing loops on the back side of the Medium Café Bag to stabilize the bag against your body when you're riding a bike.

Materials

Zippers

1x #8 YKK coil zipper (front pocket)

Shoulder Strap

Nylon webbing shoulder strap and handle

Components

Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions

10.4" x 11.8" x 6.3" / 265mm x 300mm x 160mm

Weight

400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop: 12 oz / 330 grams
1000d Cordura Nylon: 13.9 oz / 395 grams
525d HT Ballistic Nylon: 14.5 oz / 410 grams

Volume

8.5 liters / 520 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Strap Length

1.5" / 38 mm shoulder strap extends to 54" / 1.3 m

Total O-Ring

 4 (3 in the main compartment; 1 in the front zippered pocket)

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 402 reviews
95%would recommend this product
402 reviews
  • SEAN B.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Good Storage Size, Compact, Versatile
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Good Storage Size, Compact, Versatile
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Great bag, but the strap...

    The good:

    - Fits my 12.3" tablet, even with the cache. Its stored in "landscape" mode, which works out for me as I can open the cache and charge the tablet without having to fully remove it. Good for a more minimalist EDC.

    - The interior "well" is wide enough (about 3") for a small water bottle or tumbler. Its hard to keep it upright because of the soft material, but depending on how you carry across your body, you can use the internal "eyes" to hook onto it somehow.

    - Interior pockets are good size. Good to keep a charger, cable, a mouse, and maybe a snack.

    - Exterior pockets can keep a steno-sized notebook, or a "large" Moleskine 8x5s.

    The bad:

    - The strap. Its sewn onto the bag on one side and the the other side is looped through the buckle. In this configuration, you cannot extend or replace the strap without somehow cutting a stich somewhere. If there were strap "eyes" like the Maker's Bag where you could clip on a strap, it would be perfect.

  • Jaimie C.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Made in USA, High Quality Finishings, Good Storage Size, Unique
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Made in USA, High Quality Finishings, Good Storage Size, Unique
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Urban Sketchers Dream Bag

    Wow! This is an absolute dream bag for all of my sketching gear. My sketchbook, iPad Pro and all of my pencils, pens, paint…..everything fits in this bag! I paired mine with the Freudian slip, clear pouch and a small cubelet. I feel so organized while I’m sketching

  • Melanie H.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Versatile, Easily Adjustable, Unique
    11 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Versatile, Easily Adjustable, Unique
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Spacious everyday bag

    Slim profile, comfortable strap, quality workmanship, holds A LOT. A really versatile everyday or travel bag. Shown below:

    -Photos 1-2: Side and overhead view when fully packed

    -Photos 3-6: Packed with a standard letter size folder, an iPad Pro 11" 4th gen, and a Tom Bihn Vertical Packing Cubelet (1.5L) laying horizontally, a TB Double Organizer Pouch, size medium, in front pocket, and a S'Well 15 ounce water bottle (photo 6, only top is visible)

    -Last photo: everything that's packed inside from the 1st 2 photos (TB Vertical Packing Cubelet + its contents, TB Side Effect + its contents, A5 journal, TB Double Organizer Pouch size medium, iPad Pro, TB Nik's Wallet, Eagle Creek mini Pack-it cube + contents, foldable shopping tote, pen pouch, Athleta mask pouch, S'Well 15 ounce bottle)

  • Kim L.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Close to perfect

    I love my new Cafe bag. It is perfect for my trip to the coffee shop. The reason it got 4 stars instead of 5 is I wish it had a zipper on the main pocket.

  • Brandon M.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    I love this bag!

    I am in love with this bag. It’s made of high quality materials and is the perfect size for my EDC. I also love the color I chose, logic blue.

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