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The Original Large Shop Bag

Regular price $50.00
  • Olive Cotton Twill
  • Canary 1000 Cordura
  • Olive 1000 Cordura
  • Beaver Camo 1000d Nylon
  • Red Blend 1000 Cordura
  • Mayura 1000 Cordura
  • Orange-152 1000 Cordura
  • Dawn 210 Ballistic
  • Black 210 Ballistic
  • Grass 210 Ballistic
  • Viridian 210 Ballistic
  • Cloud 210 Ballistic
  • Coyote 210 Ballistic
  • Island 210 Ballistic
  • 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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  • Our bags and face masks are designed and cut & 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 more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.


1000 denier Cordura nylon
Cotton Twill
— or —
210 denier Ballistic nylon
Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components
PORON® foam handles


Sewn in USA with globally sourced materials
100% finished seams


External Dimensions: 13.4" (w) x 12.2" (h) x 13" (d) / 340 (w) x 310 (h) x 330 (d) mm
1000d Cordura: 11.6 oz / 330 grams
210d Ballistic: 9.1 oz / 260 grams
Cotton Canvas: 14.8 oz / 420 grams
Volume: 1500 cubic inches / 25 liters
Handle Length: 26" / 660 mm
Total O-rings: 2 (2 in the main compartment)
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Super light but doesn’t sacrifice comfort: the padded handles, dare we say, rock.

"Can you please, please, please make a reusable grocery bag? Yes, I already have ones that I've been given for free or bought for cheap at the store. The trouble is that the thin straps dig into my hands and shoulders and the bags themselves wear out pretty quickly. I want a Tom Bihn grocery bag." – K.M.

How could we refuse?

We present to you the Original Large Shop Bag. What you'll notice first is that the Shop Bag has comfortable, PORON® padded handles that will never break down or lose their padding — no matter how many trips you take to the store. These padded handles prevent that awful hand-slicing experience of the traditional non-padded fabric handles, and they're extra comfortable on your shoulder. The handles have been designed to be an ideal length that will allow most folks to wear the bag over their shoulder or carry it in their hand. The handle length of the Original Large Shop Bag is 26" / 660 mm.

The Shop Bag had to be made sturdy enough to hold beer, wine, canned goods, and other heavy items, but the bag itself needed to be light — something you'd want to carry with you everywhere just in case you were stopping by the store. The Large Shop Bag is tough, but it's also extremely light in weight. We've piped the seams with a stiff plastic material (the material used on hat brims; we cover it with 400 denier pack cloth), which gives the Shop Bag enough body to stand up while you are filling it. The structure the piping gives the Shop Bag also keeps the bag looking smart.

The Original Large Shop Bag can fit two dozen-egg cartons side-by-side in the bottom of the bag, and it's close to the size of the traditional paper grocery store bag with handles. The inside of the Shop Bag has two deep, open-top pockets designed for items like wine or water bottles. The pockets are contoured and pleated so they have volume enough for even a 24 fl oz mineral water bottle, and also so that, if you want to carry the Shop Bag inside your larger bag and conserve space, you can fold the Shop Bag itself into one of these open-top pockets, reducing the overall size of the Large Shop Bag to 8" x 9".

Here's an example of what a fully loaded Shop Bag in size Large can fit: a large head of lettuce, bunch of kale, a pound of yams, two medium apples, four canned goods, two boxes of pasta, bag of chips, 12 oz coffee bag, large loaf of bread, four (yes, four) Toblerone candy bars, 25 fl oz mineral water, 24 fl oz beer, and two pints of ice cream.

The Shop Bag is easy to clean — dirt is discouraged from adhering to it and water will roll right off. You probably won't need to wash it that often, but if you do, put it in the kitchen sink with a little bit of mild dish soap. Rinse it out, shake off the excess water, and hang it up (or on a doorknob) to dry.

For extra organization, one can add a Stuff Sack to separate hot or cold foods (like deli soup or ice cream) or toiletries (like soap) from the other items in the Shop Bag. You'd use the Stuff Sack instead of the small plastic sack they would normally give you in the grocery store — saving yet another plastic bag.

Clear Organizer Pouches and the Clear Organizer Wallet are additional optional accessories. Clip the Clear Organizer Wallet to one of the two O-rings inside the bag and use it to store your grocery store "club cards" (that way you'll never forget them). The various sizes of Clear Organizer Pouches are a smart way to store shopping lists, recipes, coupons, or other small items.

Choosing an Exterior Fabric

You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the this bag is typically available* in three different exterior fabrics. Our Materials Glossary explains each fabric in great detail, but here are some quick facts that may help you decide which to choose. And we're always here if you have questions:

210d High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon
Weave: 2x2 “ballistic” weave
Fibers: 210denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon, twisted
Coating: medium urethane
Woven in: South Korea

Choose this fabric if:
  • You appreciate the look and feel of classic, smooth finish nylon pack cloth.
  • You want a versatile fabric that's at tough and elegant.
  • You don't want your bag to collect pet hair or lint.

100% Cotton Twill
Weave: Twill
Coating: none
Made in: U.S.A. (originally woven for military uniforms)

Choose this fabric if:
  • You like natural materials such as cotton.
  • You’re also okay with how natural materials gracefully age and experience wear more quickly than synthetics. Remember: only true love lasts forever.
  • You appreciate a soft material with a soft hand; a more relaxed, slouchier option.

1000 denier Cordura®
Weave: plain weave
Fibers: 1000 denier type 6,6 texturized nylon, discontinuous surface fibers that mask surface damage caused by abrasion
Coating: medium urethane
Made in: U.S.A.

Choose this fabric if:
  • You appreciate that it's been the outdoor industry's go-to, classic pack fabric for the past four decades.
  • You don't care as much about your bag collecting pet hair or lint.
  • You want a durable, canvas-like, natural-feeling fabric, and don't mind the slightly rough texture.

*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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