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Medium Cafe Bag

Regular price $70.00
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Medium Cafe Bag


Material options:
1000 denier Cordura® exterior/420d HT nylon Classic Parapack lining
400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop exterior/ultralight 200d Halcyon lining
Tough Duraflex® buckle
#8 YKK coil zipper on pocket
Nylon webbing shoulder strap and handle


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100% finished seams


Dimensions: 12.2" x 10.6" x 2.9" / 310 x 270 x 75 mm
1000d Cordura®: 14 oz / 410 g
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 12 oz / 330 g
Volume: 475 cubic inches / 8 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
1.5" / 38 mm shoulder strap extends to 54" / 1.3 m
Optional, removable 1" / 25 mm waist strap
Total O-rings: 4 (3 in the main compartment; 1 in the front zippered pocket)
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The Medium is the original size of Cafe Bag, one of our most enduring designs.

The Medium Café Bag is designed to help you carry and organize your everyday gear. Wear it cross-body or over the shoulder.

The main, open-top compartment and front, zippered pocket of the Medium Café Bag are covered by an asymmetrical flap that closes with our distinctive offset Duraflex® Warrior buckle. The zippered pocket, which has one O-ring, spans the width of the bag. It's ideal for securing your wallet, checkbook, or other small items. It closes with a #8 YKK zipper. The back of the Medium Café Bag has a slanted, open-top pocket. It's great for storing papers, files, a magazine, or a newspaper.

Inside the main compartment of the Medium Café Bag, you'll find four organizer pockets. Two of the pockets are sized for your cell phone/iPod or a small wallet, and two are sized for pens. The main compartment also has two O-rings, with an 8" Key Strap attached to one. (Additional and extended-length Black and Color Key Straps can be purchased separately.) The Key Strap is useful for keeping track of your keys (many folks leave their keys attached to the Key Strap).

The Medium Café Bag rides on your shoulder with a 1-1/2" shoulder strap made of high quality nylon webbing. It features a low-profile shoulder pad with a grippy underside.

The Medium Café Bag can also be carried by a webbing handle that is on the top/back of the bag. Available as an optional accessory is a removable waist strap so you can wear the Medium Café Bag bike-messenger style.

Think the Medium Café Bag is too big or too small? You're in luck! The Café Bag is also available in sizes Small and Large. And if you're wondering which size is "the one", here's our guide to choosing the right size of Cafe bag.

Choosing an Exterior Fabric

You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the Medium Cafe Bag is typically available* in two different exterior fabrics. Here are some quick facts about each fabric that may help you decide which to choose. And we're always here if you have questions:

400d Halcyon

A ripstop fabric woven of 420 denier nylon (base fabric) with a square grid of 400 denier UHMWPE (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene) yarns every .25" / 6mm with a light urethane coating. Made in Japan. For more information, see our Materials Glossary.

Choose this fabric if:

  • You want a minimalist, ultralight experience and you're willing to be a little gentler with your gear because of it.
  • You expect your bag to last a long time but not forever-and-ever (because only true love lasts forever).
  • You have pets -- 400d Halcyon doesn't collect pet hair, reducing your monthly lint roller costs.


1000 denier Cordura®

A nylon fabric whose texturized fibers help to hide surface damage caused by abrasion. The fibers broken by abrasion are masked by the already "broken" discontinuous surface fibers. Medium urethane coating. Made in U.S.A. For more, see our Materials Glossary.

Choose this fabric if:

  • You want a durable, canvas-like, and natural-feeling fabric.
  • You appreciate that it's been the go-to, classic pack fabric in the outdoor industry for the past four decades.
  • You don't have pets or don't care about your bag collecting pet hair, and you don't mind that Cordura® is a more abrasive feeling fabric.


*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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Laptop Fit Guide

want help choosing the right size?

1. Measure Your Laptop

Measure your laptop (or Google its make, model, and the word “dimensions” to find its listed dimensions).
Compare its measurements with the chart to the left (swap the Height and Width when measuring for a Vertical oriented Cache).

2. Compare Those Measurements To These

Size Interior Width Interior Height Interior Thickness
Vertical MacBook Air 117.6" / 192mm11.8" / 300mm0.7" / 17mm
Vertical 12-inch MacBook7.9" / 200mm11.6" / 290mm0.5" / 12mm
Vertical Surface Pro (w/ Keyboard)7.9" / 201.4mm11.5" / 292mm0.5" / 13mm
Vertical iPad Pro 12.9"8.9" / 225mm12" / 305mm0.4" / 9mm
Vertical iPad Pro 12.9" w/ Keyboard8.9" / 227mm12.1" / 307mm0.6" / 15mm
Vertical iPad Air OR Pro 9.7"6.7" / 170mm9.5" / 240mm0.3" / 8mm
Vertical iPad7.3" / 186mm9.5" / 240mm0.4" / 9mm
Vertical iPad Mini5.3" / 153mm7.9" / 200mm0.3" / 7mm
Vertical 7-inch 1315.2" / 131mm7.8" / 198mm0.4" / 10mm

Build your own organization

your bag already has great built-in organization. that said, you may want to add these optional organizational accessories to further organize and protect what you carry.

visible variant TB0321R


The Cache is a protective laptop or tablet sleeve that's available in many sizes to fit a wide variety of devices.

visible variant TB1833-BN

Freudian Slip

Adds eleven organizational pockets to the Medium Cafe Bag. One side has 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, cords, a hard drive. Above the mesh pockets are four pen slots and one multi-tool/knife/flashlight pocket; there’s also a pocket for a phone, big or small.

visible variant TB0510

Gatekeeper Waist Strap

The Gatekeeper Waist Strap secures the Medium Cafe Bag to your body and offers extra stability when you're hiking, riding your bike (push or motor), or running to catch the bus. Closes with a side-release buckle that adjusts on both sides.


Messenger Stabilizers

The 1" Café/Ristretto Messenger Stabilizer is designed to keep your Café Bag close and prevent it from swinging around to the front when you're riding your motorcycle or bicycle or just moving fast on foot. Uses one-half of your bag's waist strap (the half with the male buckle) so make sure to order the optional Gatekeeper Waist Strap if you'd like to use the Messenger Stabilizer.

visible variant TB0530

Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap

The Medium Cafe Bag comes standard with a small, low-profile, molded plastic pad with a grippy underside. If that's not your style, you might like the Ultrasuede® Shoulder Strap Wrap: it's made of ultrasoft Ultrasuede® laminated to soft Ensolite foam. The Ultrasuede® Shoulder Strap Wrap wraps around the shoulder strap and attaches back on itself with hook and loop and snaps: it's easy to add it "after market," as they say.

Lifetime Guarantee

You can expect your TOM BIHN bag to give you years of hard service. Our bags are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the bag. That means if something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it at no charge.

Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and are most often evident while your bag is still new. Keep in mind that daypacks and briefcases are often subject to serious wear in everyday use. We often see TOM BIHN bags that are still solid and in use after five, ten, fifteen, even twenty or twenty-five years, with minor repairs needed here or there. But remember: only true love lasts forever.

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