The Pop Tote is a zip-top tote bag designed with distinctive snaps at the top. Whether you are packing for work, a picnic, potluck, road trip, flight, or just a workout session, the Pop Tote is the perfect everyday and travel bag for you.
- Zip-top main compartment with flat bottom
- 4 snaps that pop (see what we did there?) open or snap shut as needed to create large opening
- 2 open-top pockets, one on each side of the main compartment
- 2 zippered pockets, one on each side of the open-top pockets
- Handles with PORON® foam padding for extra comfort
Fun Fact: The Pop Tote made its world debut as the gift bag at the 2017 Kennedy Center Mark Twain Awards for Humor honoring David Letterman, but now anyone can buy one — you needn't be famous or funny. Thank goodness.
Zip-Top Main Compartment with Flat Bottom
The main compartment is sealed with a zipper, so you can be sure your contents will not spill out. Inside, the main compartment is unobstructed and open, accommodating anything you need to carry.
The main compartment has two O-rings, located on each interior end just under the zipper. On one of the O-rings is an included Key Strap.
The bottom of the Pop Tote is flat, so it can stand up on its own without tipping over. This is helpful when you need to place the bag on the floor at work or set it down for packing right before a trip.
One of the main challenges we strived to solve with the Pop Tote is creating a tote that both seals shut with a zipper and has a wide opening. Here is where the four snaps at the top come into play:
Unzip the main compartment of the Pop Tote, snap the four snaps tight: the top edges are secured nicely out of the way so access to the main compartment is now unimpaired. In this mode, it'll serve as an open-top tote similar to our Original Shop Bags, Truck, Monster Truck, or Swift: a great utility/grocery/shopping bag. In fact, you might find you will use it this way most often. It's nice, too, if you need to fit a tall item in the bag that'll stick out the top, like a tennis racquet or baguette.
When the main compartment is zipped, it is up to you whether to leave the snaps snapped or unsnapped. Leaving them snapped will give the Pop Tote a nice concave shape at the top, when keeping them unsnapped will expand the capacity of the main compartment.
Two Open-Top Pockets
On each side of the main compartment is an open-top exterior pocket. A small umbrella, water bottle, or sunglasses can fit in them. Each pocket also includes one O-ring, from which you can tether a mini pouch or your keys.
Two Zippered Pockets
On the outside of each open-top pocket is a zippered pocket. They'll fit phones, wallets, keys, chocolate bars, and other small flat items. Each of these pockets also include one O-ring.
PORON® Foam-Padded Handles
The handles of the Pop Tote are padded with PORON® foam which makes it more comfortable to carry the bag by hand or over the shoulder.
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.
Cord Zipper Pulls
A set of pulls to extend, quiet, or replace your metal pulls.
Since the Pop Tote has a large unobstructed main compartment, it's the perfect bag for adding your own modular organization, if you want. We recommend taking a look at our collection of organizational bags.
- PeterVerified BuyerBought For GiftProduct Standouts Made in USA, Good Storage Size, High Quality Craftsmanship, Great Gift1 year agoBought For GiftProduct Standouts Made in USA, Good Storage Size, High Quality Craftsmanship, Great GiftRated 4 out of 5 starsGood, but could be great
I bought this bag in aubergine for my wife as she needed something more casual and a little more space for stops around the town and picking up small items from the store. Overall, she loves and uses it quite a lot.
Her comments generally have included what others have said. In her bag's color, the inside is very dark and hard to see darker items. The bag would be better suited with a lighter liner of some sort. It probably would not even need to be as high quality as the Halcyon. Also, some sort of slip pocket for very basic organization. Nothing elaborate, but maybe a section to put heavier items so they don't flop around and trample other items in the bag. A last bonus item would be a small interior zippered pocket to hold smaller items that you would not want exposed on the less useful exterior zippered pockets. I would suggest removing one of the exterior pocket inside and making it slightly larger. Lastly, she likes the capacity a lot and is fine with it. However, the straps could be a couple inches longer as it rides very high slung over the shoulder.
Though those changes would add some cost, I think they would elevate the bag up a notch. I would have paid an extra $25 for it if it had most of the suggestions. Unfortunately, we would probably never get an upgraded one because Tom Bihn bags are built like tanks and hers will likely never need replacing for a very long time.
Overall, a very good bag with even more potential possible.
- Maeghan M.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Unique, Versatile, Durable, High Quality Finishings1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Unique, Versatile, Durable, High Quality FinishingsRated 5 out of 5 starsSuch a great service!
If you are on the fence about particular colors or just want to know which colors coordinate this is a great service to use! Samples are sent promptly and well packaged, and come from leftover pieces after the fabric is cut to make new bags and organizers.
- John C.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Finishings, Good Storage Size, Versatile12 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Finishings, Good Storage Size, VersatileRated 5 out of 5 starsClever bag
I mostly use the Pop Tote as a travel bag/personal item, but also sometimes as a grocery bag or general tote. The end pockets work well for various travel necessities (phone, earbuds, water bottle, chapstick, wallet), and there's plenty of room inside for larger items like a sweater, jacket, reading material, chargers, etc. When I get to my destination I snap it open and use it as a laundry bag.
Overall, it's super durable and the handles are very comfortable, and the option to "pop" it open is useful and unique. Would recommend!
- Lesley Y.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality Finishings1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality FinishingsRated 5 out of 5 starsMost Versatile Tote Ever
This truly is the best tote bag ever. I just got back from an overseas trip and it was the perfect personal item carry on that seemed to expand and contract to fit all the things I needed on any given day. The slip pockets on the ends we’re great for quickly stashing my phone, passport and boarding passes.
- Kathy N.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Durable, Versatile, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality Finishings1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Durable, Versatile, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality FinishingsRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat all purpose!
I used this tote as a carry-on for a flight and it was perfect! The straps stayed on my shoulder when walking through the airport. It has great pockets for easy retrieval of items during the cramped flight! I use this for so many other uses too!
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.