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Old School Carry All

$180.00

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

22 liters / 1350 cu. in.

Black 1050 Ballistic/Moab 200 Halcyon
Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic/Tidal 200 Halcyon
Coyote 1050 Ballistic/Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon
Navy 1050 Ballistic/Taiga 200 Halcyon
Red Blend 1000 Cordura/Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon
Beaver Camo 1000 Texturized Nylon/Coyote 210 Ballistic
Black Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Black Ballistic/Tidal 200 Halcyon

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 Cord Zipper Pulls w/ Plastic Ends (8-Pack)

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. The most popular solution is to weave the Cord Pulls through the metal pulls, effectively silencing them without having to remove them. A video demonstrating various Cord Pull options and more colors/varieties of Cord Pulls can be found on the Cord Zipper Pulls page.

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.

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 Cord Zipper Pulls w/ Plastic Ends (8-Pack)

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. The most popular solution is to weave the Cord Pulls through the metal pulls, effectively silencing them without having to remove them. A video demonstrating various Cord Pull options and more colors/varieties of Cord Pulls can be found on the Cord Zipper Pulls page.

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.

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

Weight

400d Halcyon: 1 lb 1.5 oz / 495 grams
525d Ballistic: 1 lb 4.6 oz / 585 grams
1050d Ballistic: 1 lb 7.5 oz / 665 grams
1000d Cordura®: 1 lb 5.0 oz / 595 grams

Dimensions

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

Volume

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

Total O-Rings

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

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  • Jeremy B.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Finishings, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile
    4 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Finishings, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile
    Rated 5 stars
    Gym bag, but amped up

    I tend to use this for the gym - though it is more versatile than that.

    It's the perfect size for a gym bag. When under-filled, the pocketing slims down nicely to drape well when being carried off one shoulder, or cross-body.

    The O-rings in each compartment make it easy to attach smaller organizational items as needed. I put Grab Bags inside of it (because overall this bag feels like a 10x bigger version of the Grab Bag!). If you want a stiffer version, get the ballistic. if you want it more lightweight and crushable get Halcyon or Cordura (I've got Cordura).

    The end loops are great for hanging the bag vertically in a locker, or in a closet for storage. Grab handles are angled inward to make it easier to carry cross-body without them interfering or bending in a way that's annoying.

    For a sense of size, the big main compartment can zip close with a football in it, but not with a full sized basketball or soccer ball. Those can be carried in it securely, but the bag won't fully close.

  • Adam H.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Unique
    3 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Unique
    Rated 5 stars
    Simple yet unique little duffel

    I usually don't write reviews but this thing is great. Almost everything from Tom Bihn I have not been disappointed by. The 3D pockets really help with organization and make the outer pockets much more useful than on similar sized bags. Handle straps are comfortable, and quality is top notch. I will comment that this bag is quite small in total volume (if you are expecting something larger this is the only negative that I can think of).

  • Erica
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Good Storage Size, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA
    7 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Good Storage Size, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA
    Rated 5 stars
    Also a day pack!

    I recently bought the OSCA to use as a day pack along with my T45 for a carry-on only trip to Costa Rica. Between the two, I had space to spare. I bought the absolute shoulder strap and used it for the OSCA while using the T45 in backpack mode. I was overwhelmed with colour choices, but got both bag in 1050, Steel for T45 and Burnt Orange for the OSCA. I think they look lovely together!

    The mesh side pocket was great for sandy damp towel or my water bottle. I’m fairly certain the my sunblock stained the OSCA a bit, but I don’t mind a bit of history or memories included with the bag. Comfy, versatile, useful as a walk around town purse/cross body bag, well made, unique, perfect sized beach bag … love this bag!

  • Ramon V.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Compact
    8 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Compact
    Rated 4 stars
    Great gym back.

    Very good bag. I wish the main pocket were an inch wider to put shoes and other wider items. Otherwise excellent and would not change anything. Love the Taiga.

  • Greg C.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Compact
    7 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Compact
    Rated 5 stars
    Perfect size and construction for a weekend

    Use it for quick overnight work trips. Understated but unique. Easy fit in small commuter jet overheads.

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