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The Small Zip-Top Shop Bag

$53.00

Ultra-lightweight reusable shopping bag with padded handles and a zippered top.

16.5 liters (1000 cu. in.)

Beaver Camo 1000d Texturized Nylon
Canary 1000 Cordura
Olive 1000 Cordura
Mayura 1000 Cordura
Orange-152 1000 Cordura
Island 210 Ballistic
Coyote 210 Ballistic
Dawn 210 Ballistic
Cobalt 210 Cerylon
Sangria 210 Cerylon
Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon

Description

Super light but doesn’t sacrifice comfort: the padded handles, dare we say, rock. Folds up small. Zips securely at the top.

Here are some key facts about the Small Zip-Top Shop Bag. Read below for the full scoop.

 

 

Way back when, we received this request: “Can you please, please, please make a reusable grocery bag? Yes, I already have ones that I've been given for free or bought for cheap at the store. The trouble is that the thin straps dig into my hands and shoulders and the bags themselves wear out pretty quickly. I want a Tom Bihn grocery bag." – K.M.

How could we refuse? The bag that Tom designed as a result — the Original Shop Bag — has been one of our most popular designs for the last decade. People use the Original Shop Bag as a lunch bag, personal carry-on bag, every day carry tote, all around hauler, and, yes, as a reusable grocery bag.

Over the years, we received feedback from folks who asked if we could add a zipper closure to the Original Shop Bag—particularly from those who used it as a personal carry-on bag, everyday carry tote, or lunch bag that would get stuffed into a locker or cubby. Darcy, who often carries an Original Small Shop Bag as her EDC, finally convinced Tom and Nik to tackle the project of adding a zipper to the Shop Bag.

Seems simple enough, right? Just add a zipper to an open-top tote bag so you can zip it shut. However, a zipper has a beginning and an ending that must be engineered into the design. If that’s not carefully thought out, the zipper can constrict the size and utility of the very opening you’re trying to close.

We think we’ve managed to nuance these conflicting realities quite well in our Zip-Top Shop Bags. The zipper is longer than necessary, and thus does not reduce the effective size of the opening. The fabric we added to the top of the bag on either side of the zipper (which allows you to close the bag even when it's chock-full) graciously drops away from the opening when unzipped, and in doing so doesn’t encumber access to your stuff. And there you have it.

One of the things you’ll notice first about the Zip-Top Shop Bag is that it has comfortable, PORON® padded handles that will never break down or lose their padding. These padded handles prevent that awful hand-slicing experience of traditional non-padded fabric handles, and they're extra comfortable on your shoulder. The handles have been designed to be an ideal length that will allow most folks to wear the bag over their shoulder or carry it in their hand.

It’s a sturdy enough tote to hold beer, wine, canned goods, and other heavy items, but we wanted the bag itself to be light—something you can carry with you everywhere just in case you were stopping by the store. That's why we make the bag out of our ultralight 200 denier Halcyon ripstop fabric (made in Japan). Even though it's light in weight, it's also a tough fabric. Because the Halcyon fabric lacks the stiffness of our other heavier-weight fabrics, we've piped the seams with the same stiff plastic material that's used on hat brims, and which we cover with 400 denier pack cloth. This gives the Zip-Top Shop Bag enough body to stand up while you are filling it, and the structure the piping provides also keeps the bag looking smart.

The inside of the Small Zip-Top Shop Bag has two deep, open-top pockets designed for items like bottles of wine or juice. The pockets are contoured and pleated so they have volume enough for even a 24 fluid ounce mineral water bottle.

The Zip-Top Shop Bags are easy to clean—they resist dirt and water rolls right off. You probably won't need to wash it that often, but if you do, put it in the kitchen sink with a little bit of mild dish soap. Rinse it out, shake off the excess water, and hang it up on a clothesline or over a doorknob to dry.

Materials

Specs

Dimensions

13" (w) x 10.6" (h) x 9.4" (d) / 330 (w) x 270 (h) x 240 (d) mm
Handle Length: 22" / 560 mm

Weight

1000d Cordura: 10.5 oz / 300 grams
210d Ballistic: 8.6 oz / 245 grams
210d Cerylon: 6.9 oz / 195 grams

Volume

 1000 cu in / 16.5 liters

Total O-Rings

2 (2 in the main compartment)

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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 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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Beyond a shop bag!

The Small Zip Top Shop Bag turned out to be a fantastic travel bag for me. I ended up changing my packing configuration at the last minute and decided to carry my small café bag and I wanted a tote bag that I could take on the plane. I grabbed the Small Zip Top Shop Bag - what a fantastic bag for a small carry on bag on the plane. It slid upright under the seat in front of me - no need to lay it flat- it held water bottles in the inside pockets, my iPad in a padded sleeve along the longer end, and various other things I needed at hand on the flight. I had a three hour layover in Atlanta and according to my Fitbit I walked 2 miles . The Small Zip Top Shop Bag was packed full but carrying it in my hand did not bother me, and once in a while I slung it over my shoulder when I wanted both hands free. At my destination, it then became a shop bag, able to carry a good amount of purchased items.

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Fantastic Multitasker!

I purchased this for a long-term trip to Europe, as a personal item on planes, trains, buses, to carry with me in my EDC backpack as an extra bag for grocery trips, picnic hauler for jaunts to the park, etc. I've been testing locally until I leave for the trip. The construction is off the charts. I love the internal organization, the pockets on each end in particular, which also gives structure to the bag. The Cerylon material is robust, but flexible, has a nice hand feel, not slick, but not too grippy. The padded handle feels substantial and comfortable under weight. The piping provides enough structure when empty to not be frustrating when packing. and the zipper opening design is genius, clearly done by someone who understands bag entry ergonomics. If I sound like a bag freak, I am, and this one is phenomenal for many applications.

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Love this!

I have been using this as an EDC for work, since the LCB turned out to be slightly too small for all my work stuff, and it's working out great. Initially I wasn't excited about using a tote, as I thought it would put too much pressure on my shoulder due to the weight. These straps are great, though. They don't dig into my shoulder and they stay put so I don't have to constantly keep pulling them up. The two pockets on either side work great for my water bottle and/or coffee thermos. I have used this as an actual tote for a farmers market, also, and it fit more than I thought it would. I always seem to go to the farmers market thinking I'm going to get way less than I end up walking out with and this bag had me covered. I do wish it had more O-rings, but since this isn't meant to be an EDC, I can understand having fewer. At the moment, I am biding my time until my Synapse 19 arrives and I can dedicate this shop bag to actual shop bag duties. Oh, can't' forget about the zip-top - great quality and I prefer a zip-top over just letting it all hang out.

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ultimate bag

i love it, zipper to keep the contents secure, i will use it for shopping, traveling, and all the things!!

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Great gift

I bought this for my coworker starting grad school. I got the small instead of the large because I thought it would be a more versatile size - she could use it for a variety of things, including a purse. She's using it to carry books. It looks so stylish in the olive cordura.

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