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Pop Tote

$105.00

Dare we say it? The world's best zip-top tote bag.

19.5 liters (1200 cu. in.)

Coyote Ballistic
Alphaviolet Ballistic
Aubergine Ballistic
Black Ballistic
Burnt Orange Ballistic
Cloud Ballistic
Constellation Ballistic
Deep Blue Ballistic
Mars Red Ballistic
Nebulous Grey Ballistic
Ursa Ballistic
Wilderness Ballistic

Description

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 :)

Picnic stuff. Potluck dinner and dessert. Growlers of beer or cider. Kittens. Wait . . . kittens? Knitting. Road trip drinks and snacks. Bug Out Bag or Emotional Bug Out Bag. Art supplies. Extra jackets and gloves. Work stuff or gym stuff. Library books. Toys and games for the kids. A weekend-cabin-getaway’s worth of clothes and books. What will you put in your Pop Tote? 

People have been requesting that Tom design a zip-top tote bag since, well, since before the turn of the century. He always thought it was a good idea, but none of his prototypes were substantially better than all the other zip totes out there—there were plenty of those, and if folks wanted them, there they were.

But in the spring of 2017, Tom again applied himself to the task. The challenge of making a open-top bag that then zips securely shut is not perhaps self-evident, as Tom explains:

“The zipper and surrounding fabric—that is, all the material that allows the thing to shut up, also gets in the way when you desire a bag with a big, wide opening. Somewhat of a Catch-22. But sitting at my sewing machine with some scrap fabric and scissors, and finally a bit of time on my hands, I was able to create what I think is a successful compromise.”

By the end of summer Tom was satisfied. More than satisfied, he was stoked. Pop!

The Pop Tote is designed to be carried two ways: 

Zipped Open / Snaps Snapped

Unzip the main compartment of the Pop Tote and snap its four snaps: the top edges are secured nicely out of the way so access is unimpaired. In this mode, it’ll serve as an open-top tote similar to our Shop BagsThe Truck, or Swift: a great utility/grocery/shopping bag. In fact, you might find you 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 (or both, if you played some tennis and then got hungry – which is so very French). 

Snaps Unsnapped / Zipper Shut 

Unsnap the four snaps and zip the top shut: if you need to tuck your Pop Tote under the seat in front of you or into the overhead bin, you can do so knowing your stuff is safely contained. This can be nice even if all you’re doing is riding the bus or setting the bag on the passenger seat next to you—sometimes it’s comforting to know your stuff isn’t going to belch out onto the floor when there’s a sudden stop. To make the contents of your bag safe from pilferage and weather, zipping it is often the right thing to do.

You can also zip the Pop Tote shut and snap the snaps, although this is more or less a hack. Doing this causes the top to become somewhat dished or concave. You might like how it looks like this; plus, you can tuck a light sweater or fleece in the space created under the handles. Hack away.

The Pop Tote is available in one size: it's somewhere between the size of a Small and Large Shop Bag, but closer to the Large Shop Bag. Its main compartment is unobstructed and open, accommodating anything you need to carry. It features two O-rings so you have somewhere to secure your stuff, and its Poron© padded handles make it easy to carry either by hand or over your shoulder.

On the left and right exterior sides of the Pop Tote are two zippered pockets; they'll fit phones, phablets, wallets, keys, chocolate bars, and other very important items. Directly behind those two pockets are additional bonus open-top pockets: in goes a Size Small Organizer Pouch, umbrella, small water bottle, sunglasses in a case, etc. All four pockets each have an O-ring so you can tether your Organizer PouchKey Strap, or whatever else you might have. 

The Pop Tote is available in one fabric — 525 2x2 Ballistic nylon fabric. It's got #8 YKK coil zippers on the main opening and on those end pockets, and the finished seams as you’ve come to expect from TOM BIHN. 

Materials

Handles

PORON® foam

Other Components

Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions

13.4” (w) x 12.2” (h) x 10.2" (d) / 340 (w) x 310 (h) 260 (d) mm
Handle Length: 26" / 660 mm

Weight

15.2 oz / 430 grams

Volume

1200 cubic inches / 19.5 liters

Total O-Rings

6 (2 in the main compartment, 2 in open-top exterior pockets, 2 in zippered exterior pockets)

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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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Great bag!

I chose this for my day-bag when I'm going to be traveling all over the city for pleasure. It is a great bag. It holds a lot and the handle fits comfortably over my shoulder (5'3" masculine body). I wish I had checked the diameter of my new water bottle before I ordered both in the same week - I would have ordered a different water bottle. Mine did not fit all the way down into the water bottle space so I sometimes carried it inside the bag.

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Love this bag!!

This is my second bag. I use the first bag as a grocery bag or just a bag for storage but this new bag has become my travel tote. I use my Synapse 25 and Synik 30 for my kids and their travel bag. The pop tote is big enough for me to put my things (clothes, accessories, shoes etc. )in and I am very satisfied with that. Don't be fooled by the pictures online. This bag is big and can hold a lot. :)

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Great Quality!

The fabric will wear well and the design is thought out. The handles are just the right length to hang off the shoulder.

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Works as advertised but would like 2 more O-rings inside

This bag works as advertised, but I’d like rings on all 4 corners not just 2 to attach more pouches to. Also could use a way to attach a tablet holder. I bought this bag to take traveling. My daily bag is a Swift with a Side Effect inside (as well as a yarn pouch and projects.) The Swift isn’t made very often and I don’t want to risk it getting lost in baggage. The pouches I have are yellow so they’re easier to find inside the dark bag. After only using the Pop Tote for only a couple of days I think the Swift is back to being a knitting bag. Since the bag is unlined if a person wants a bag to sew patches onto this is a good choice.

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A marvelous carryall that sits just right

The title says it all — this is a wonderful bag!! I love that it’s both so cavernous and so light to carry at the same time. It sits exactly where it’s supposed to on my shoulder without budging, and despite its “bottomless” nature, I’m always able to find what I need inside.

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