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Reissue of a duffel design from the 1990's. Wide, generous main compartment and side 3D pockets.

22 liters / 1350 cu. in.

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TLDR

The Old School Carry-All (OSCA) is reissue of a TOM BIHN duffel design of the 1990's with a few important design updates.

Back in the 90's, Tom designed The Classic Sport Bag in answer to customers' requests for a bag to take to the gym.Though it was well-loved by many customers, there was some legitimate feedback about the Sport Bag that Tom has taken to heart: specifically, folks wanted separate and substantial compartments to segregate and/or organize their stuff.

So, Tom turned the simple flat pockets on the sides of the Sport Bag into the generous 3D side pockets of the OSCA; this also allowed us to make the padded handles on the top of the bag lean in towards one another (“kiss” as Tom says), making them easier to grab. We updated it with lots of O-rings to tether pouches, keys, etc, and added webbing grab loops and two places on the exterior to latch a carabiner as well. You can read more about the design and manufacturing of the OSCA in this blog post: Production & Design Notes: Old School Carry-All

Today, we're calling it the Old School Carry-All because we've found it to be useful for so much more: carry-on travel bag, road trip duffel, overnight bag, back-of-the-car organizer and yes, even as a bag to take to the yoga studio or gym. 

Full Description

Features of the OSCA

Generous Main Compartment

The main compartment of the Old School Carry-All opens wide, making it easy to pack with your stuff. That wide opening also helps you find the exact thing you're looking for once the bag is fully packed. 

Person holding an OSCA by its handles; the main compartment is unzipped and shows how wide it opens.

 

3D Mesh Side Pocket

Stinky socks? Damp gym towel? Or maybe something you want super visible, like your first aid kit? Stow it in the mesh side pocket of the OSCA. 3D = it's roomy, spacious, and is less likely to steal space from the main compartment.

What's great about this pocket (and its solid twin) is that it's 3D — as in, the pocket has its own spaciousness.

Person holding an OSCA that has stuff inside the mesh side pocket

 

3D Solid Side Pocket

One 3D Solid Side Pocket in addition to the 3D Mesh Side Pocket gives you options: you might use the Solid Pocket to stow items like your wallet, phone, keys, etc. 

What's great about this pocket (and its mesh twin) is that it's 3D — as in, the pocket has its own spaciousness.

A person pulling a 3D Organizer Cube out of the all-fabric 3D pocket of the OSCA.

Comfy Padded Handles

We use Poron® foam for the handles of the OSCA. It's a poured urethane foam that is very dense and yet very soft; though it is open-cell, it absorbs very little moisture. Cushy and inviting to the touch, it has phenomenal resilience and won't break down or go flat over time.

The handles are designed and sewn so that they “kiss”, as Tom says: they will naturally fall in to each other on the top of the bag, so you needn’t fish for two separate handles when you want to pick it up. They are also cut a bit longer than on our other, similarly sized bags: if you need to tuck a minimal travel chair, yoga mat or winter coat under the handles, there’ll probably be room.

Person carrying an OSCA by its comfy padded handles: they're getting into their camper van.

10 O-Rings For Extra Organization

If you already have one of our bags, you probably know about (and perhaps love) our O-rings.

If you're new to our bags, you may be wondering — what's all this about O-rings? They are just as they sound: small, round, plastic rings sewn inside many of the compartments and pockets of our bags.

Cool things you can do with O-rings:

Any of our Organizer Pouches can be clipped to O-rings to add further organization.

Clip an extra Key Strap or Utility Strap to an O-ring to keep track of an extra set of keys, your work/school ID, pocket watch, or Swiss Army knife.

Clip a 3D Clear Organizer Cube to an O-ring via a Key Strap, and you have a TSA 3-1-1 liquids bag on a tether — ensuring you won't lose the Cube when going through the airport security line.

Close-up of a Utility Key Strap tethered to an O-ring inside of the OSCA; a Skeletool is attached.

What's Included

WHAT'S INCLUDED

We include the following accessories to give you a good amount of options for your new bag right out of the gate.

One 8-inch Black Webbing Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

A Key Strap is a strip of webbing with plastic snaphooks on the end. The 8” Key Strap in Black that’s included in most of our larger bags is, for many, the gateway to a world of organization via Key Straps and Organizer Pouches. All the members of the Key Strap family are intended to make locating things in your bag easier and more instinctive. Pulling out a small item or pouch tethered to a strap is easier than rooting around aimlessly in the depths of your pack; you can also rest assured that anything hooked to a strap is much less likely to fall out or otherwise be left behind. You can find more Key Strap colors and varieties on the Key Strap page.


One Set of Cord Zipper Pulls

Some folks prefer metal zipper pulls. Others prefer cord pulls. So, what to do about that? We think the best solution (in most cases) is to offer metal pulls and include a starter pack of Cord Pulls with most bags. 

Close-up of the O-Ring and included Key Strap in the OSCA

History of the design

Back in the 1990s,  in answer to customers’ request for a bag to take to the gym, Tom designed what he called the “Sport Bag”. It was inspired, maybe unconsciously, by some old fashioned bag he’d seen in an attic or a basement, or perhaps on an old TV show. 

A photograph of a TOM BIHN catalog from 1996 that features the Sport Bag.

 

Side Grab Loops

Tom first added these side grab loops to our Grab Bag; folks found them so useful he decided to add them to the OSCA.

We've used the grab loops on the OSCA to:

  • Have something to grip while we unzip the compartments of the duffel. 
  • Hang the OSCA vertically on a hook. 
  • Clip a carabiner to secure/tether stuff to the outside of the bag: a quick-dry towel, jacket, etc.

 

Old School Carry-All all-fabric side pocket: a person is pulling a water bottle out of it.

Webbing Lash Tabs

Two webbing lash tabs on the exterior top opposing corners of the OSCA give you even more organizational or tethering options:

Close-up of a carabiner attached to the webbing tab on an OSCA.

The main compartment of the Old School Carry-All opens wide, making it easy to pack with your stuff. That wide opening also helps you find the exact thing you're looking for once the bag is fully packed. 

Person holding an OSCA by its handles; the main compartment is unzipped and shows how wide it opens.

 

Stinky socks? Damp gym towel? Or maybe something you want super visible, like your first aid kit? Stow it in the mesh side pocket of the OSCA. 3D = it's roomy, spacious, and is less likely to steal space from the main compartment.

What's great about this pocket (and its solid twin) is that it's 3D — as in, the pocket has its own spaciousness.

Person holding an OSCA that has stuff inside the mesh side pocket

 

One 3D Solid Side Pocket in addition to the 3D Mesh Side Pocket gives you options: you might use the Solid Pocket to stow items like your wallet, phone, keys, etc. 

What's great about this pocket (and its mesh twin) is that it's 3D — as in, the pocket has its own spaciousness.

A person pulling a 3D Organizer Cube out of the all-fabric 3D pocket of the OSCA.

We use Poron® foam for the handles of the OSCA. It's a poured urethane foam that is very dense and yet very soft; though it is open-cell, it absorbs very little moisture. Cushy and inviting to the touch, it has phenomenal resilience and won't break down or go flat over time.

The handles are designed and sewn so that they “kiss”, as Tom says: they will naturally fall in to each other on the top of the bag, so you needn’t fish for two separate handles when you want to pick it up. They are also cut a bit longer than on our other, similarly sized bags: if you need to tuck a minimal travel chair, yoga mat or winter coat under the handles, there’ll probably be room.

Person carrying an OSCA by its comfy padded handles: they're getting into their camper van.

If you already have one of our bags, you probably know about (and perhaps love) our O-rings.

If you're new to our bags, you may be wondering — what's all this about O-rings? They are just as they sound: small, round, plastic rings sewn inside many of the compartments and pockets of our bags.

Cool things you can do with O-rings:

Any of our Organizer Pouches can be clipped to O-rings to add further organization.

Clip an extra Key Strap or Utility Strap to an O-ring to keep track of an extra set of keys, your work/school ID, pocket watch, or Swiss Army knife.

Clip a 3D Clear Organizer Cube to an O-ring via a Key Strap, and you have a TSA 3-1-1 liquids bag on a tether — ensuring you won't lose the Cube when going through the airport security line.

Close-up of a Utility Key Strap tethered to an O-ring inside of the OSCA; a Skeletool is attached.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

We include the following accessories to give you a good amount of options for your new bag right out of the gate.

One 8-inch Black Webbing Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

A Key Strap is a strip of webbing with plastic snaphooks on the end. The 8” Key Strap in Black that’s included in most of our larger bags is, for many, the gateway to a world of organization via Key Straps and Organizer Pouches. All the members of the Key Strap family are intended to make locating things in your bag easier and more instinctive. Pulling out a small item or pouch tethered to a strap is easier than rooting around aimlessly in the depths of your pack; you can also rest assured that anything hooked to a strap is much less likely to fall out or otherwise be left behind. You can find more Key Strap colors and varieties on the Key Strap page.


One Set of Cord Zipper Pulls

Some folks prefer metal zipper pulls. Others prefer cord pulls. So, what to do about that? We think the best solution (in most cases) is to offer metal pulls and include a starter pack of Cord Pulls with most bags. 

Close-up of the O-Ring and included Key Strap in the OSCA

Back in the 1990s,  in answer to customers’ request for a bag to take to the gym, Tom designed what he called the “Sport Bag”. It was inspired, maybe unconsciously, by some old fashioned bag he’d seen in an attic or a basement, or perhaps on an old TV show. 

A photograph of a TOM BIHN catalog from 1996 that features the Sport Bag.

 

Tom first added these side grab loops to our Grab Bag; folks found them so useful he decided to add them to the OSCA.

We've used the grab loops on the OSCA to:

  • Have something to grip while we unzip the compartments of the duffel. 
  • Hang the OSCA vertically on a hook. 
  • Clip a carabiner to secure/tether stuff to the outside of the bag: a quick-dry towel, jacket, etc.

 

Old School Carry-All all-fabric side pocket: a person is pulling a water bottle out of it.

Two webbing lash tabs on the exterior top opposing corners of the OSCA give you even more organizational or tethering options:

Close-up of a carabiner attached to the webbing tab on an OSCA.

Materials

Zippers

1x #10 YKK Raquet-Coil Water-Repellent Zipper (Main Zipper)
2x #8 YKK Raquet-Coil Water-Repellent Zippers (Side Zippers)

Components

Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions

17.5" (w) x 9.3" (h) x 11.6" (d) / 445 (w) x 235 (h) x 295 (d) mm

Weight

1 lb 4.6 oz / 585 grams

Volume

22 liters / 1350 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

10 (4 in the main compartment, 3 in each side compartment)

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 90 reviews
99%would recommend this product
90 reviews
  • Adam S.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Compact
    21 hours ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Compact
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great gym and travel bag!

    I'm loving this bag as my new gym bag and used it recently as a personal item thsy my son carried on the plane! Looks great filled or half filled or not filled!

  • Mary A.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Good Storage Size, Versatile
    2 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Good Storage Size, Versatile
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Love this bag

    Not only a great gym bag but I recently used it for a one bag carry for a 4 day holiday travelling by plane.

    Clothes included 1 pair pants, 2 long sleeved tshirts, 1 skirt, 1 tank top, 1 camisole, 1 pair of tights, 1 pair of socks, 1 pair of shoes, 2 underpants and 1 lightweight puffer jacket.

    Also carried 1 iPad, 1 clear organiser for toiletries, 1 handle little thing for cables etc & 1 small travel tray.

    Plus shopped while away & bought 1 long sleeve, 1 short sleeve & 1 tank top. All lightweight merino. Had no trouble fitting the extra items in.

  • Regina W.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Durable
    3 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Durable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    New Yoga Bag

    this is the perfect size to carry my assorted yoga gear to class! I also have an extra pillow I stuff into the bag to use in class. Sturdy and solid.

  • FREDRICK L.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Compact, Durable, Good Storage Size
    2 years ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Compact, Durable, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Very user friendly!

    Being a big back pack person, I wanted to try the Old School Carry All. I've used duffel bags before but I've tried ones with more liters than the Old School Carry on. While they worked, it felt a hit clunky because I feel they were a bit big to carry. The Old School I feel is the perfect size for every day use. It holds alot more than it looks it can. I can easily swing the bag in front of me if I need to get anything out as opposed to taking off a backpack to get into the bag. The see through pocket is very nice as well. The only thing I don't like about the bag is that it doesn't come with a shoulder strap. The quality of the bag goes with out saying and will last a lifetime. I definitely recommend this bag to anyone looking for a duffel

  • Gene R.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, Versatile, Good Storage Size
    2 years ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, Versatile, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Has quickly become my Outback's Go Bag.

    After several months wait, my 2022 Subaru Outback Touring XT arrived. Now it was time to kit it out with some Tom Bihn magic. The OSCA was first up, to be followed by the Luminary 15 and Techonaut 45. The bag stalwartly sits in the front passenger seat of the Outback as my dog and I explore America. The OSCA provides lightening fast access to a small first aid kit and road essentials pouch. Sydney’s meals, snacks, and water are just a short grab away. The wide stance of the bag keeps it steady when I need to pop something out. The zips work magnificently. When we stop for a hike, a lunch, or a browse, the black bag disappears perfectly into the foot well. Tom, thanks for thinking of me when designing the Old School Carry All.

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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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