A Side Effect in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Moab (oxblood red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (bright blue) 210 Ballistic interior. A Side Effect in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. A Side Effect in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with Moab (oxblood red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon with Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior. A Side Effect in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic  with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic  with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic  with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Taiga (olive green with dark grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Coyote (tan) 1050 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Coyote (tan) 1050 Ballistic with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon and a Northwest Sky (light grey) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon and a Moab (oxblood red) 200 Halcyon interior.  A Side Effect in Night Walk (blue-grey with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Night Walk (blue-grey with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Tidal (faded blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Alphaviolet (bright purple) 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Alphaviolet (bright purple) 525 Ballistic with Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior. A Side Effect in Black 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Black 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Black 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Black 525 Ballistic with Moab (oxblood red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Black 525 Ballistic with Island (blue) 210 Ballistic interior. A Side Effect in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. A Side Effect in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. A Side Effect in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. A Side Effect in Ursa (grey-brown) 525 Ballistic with Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior. A Side Effect in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with Coyote (brown with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Acuity (light blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Acuity (light blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon with Acuity (light blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Coyote (brown with white grid) 200 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Coyote (brown with white grid) 200 Halcyon with Coyote (brown with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Sitka (forest green with white grid) 200 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Sitka (forest green with white grid) 200 Halcyon with Sitka (forest green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Side Effect in Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon. A Side Effect in Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Side Effect in 200d Halcyon taiga green. Side Effect in 200d Halcyon taiga green. The Side Effect in 200d Halcyon Tidal blue. The Side Effect in 200d Halcyon Tidal blue.
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Side Effect

$63.00

3D Organizational Pouch, Shoulder Bag, or Waist Pack: You Decide.

1.5 liters (90 cu. in.)

Black 400 Halcyon/Moab 200 Halcyon
Original 400 Halcyon/Island 200 Halcyon
Taiga 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Alphaviolet Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Aubergine Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Black Ballistic/Cobalt 210 Cerylon
Black Ballistic/Sangria 210 Cerylon
Black Ballistic/Island 210 Ballistic
Burnt Orange Ballistic/Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon
Constellation Ballistic/Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon
Constellation Ballistic/Solaris 200 Halcyon
Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Sangria 210 Cerylon
Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Moab 200 Halcyon
Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Island 210 Ballistic
Ursa Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Deep Blue Ballistic/Taiga 200 Halcyon
Wilderness Ballistic/Taiga 200 Halcyon
Black Ballistic/Moab 200 Halcyon
Black Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Wilderness Ballistic/Moab 200 Halcyon
A Side Effect with an optional Gate Keeper Waist Belt attached. A Side Effect with an optional Handle Loop attached. A Side Effect with the included 5/8 Shoulder Strap attached. A Side Effect with the included pull cords attached (without the pull tabs). A person running while wearing the Side Effect in 200d Halcyon Coyote as a waist pack. A person wearing the Side Effect sling-bag style on their back. A person standing while wearing the Side Effect in Coyote 200d Halcyon as a cross-body sling bag on the front. A person opening the main compartment zipper of the Side Effect while wearing it sling-bag style. A person wearing the Side Effect as a cross-body shoulder bag in the desert in front of a beautiful view. A person running wearing the the Side Effect as a hip pack using the optional Gate Keeper Waist Strap. A person carrying the the Side Effect as a should bag using the included 5/8 Shoulder Strap. A possible loadout for the Side Effect. A 3x5 notecard in the front pocket of a Side Effect.

Description

True versatility: use as an organizer pouch, cross-body bag, or waist pack.

The Side Effect is a bag that has evolved directly from user feedback (mostly from folks on our Forums). The original Side Effect was a small waist pack: you guys were cutting off the waist straps, attaching Key Straps, and envisioning new ways to use the bag which we hadn't. Other mods — more O-rings, different label placement, a removable waist belt — were not DIY-able for you all. We decided it was time to catch up, and then some.

Think of the Side Effect as a deluxe, tricked out, fully organizable 3D Organizer Cube. The main compartment zips with two sliders; inside the main compartment are four O-rings — two set dead center and two set in lower inside the bag in the side panels. There's also two open-top organizer pockets sized for your phone, a small notebook, or a wallet. The open space in the main compartment can fit larger items: 8-oz water bottle, sunglasses, snacks, souvenirs.

On the outside of the bag is a zippered pocket sized specifically for a passport (or multiple passports — in case you're carrying your kid's passport or you are Jason Bourne). That pocket spans the full width of the Side Effect; there's one O-ring inside it and clipped to that O-ring is an included 8" Key Strap in Black. The other side is clean: a solid panel of fabric. You choose which side of the Side Effect is the "front" and which side is the "back" by how you wear it.

Four ways to carry the Side Effect:

Included 5/8" Shoulder Strap
On either side of the Side Effect are O-rings to which you can attach the included 5/8" Shoulder Strap — nylon webbing, adjustable, with plastic snaphooks (no pad). Wear it over your shoulder or cross body, or use the 5/8" Shoulder Strap to hang the Side Effect on a coat hook or doorknob.

Optional Waist Strap
Also on the sides of the bag: unobtrusive webbing loops to which you can attach the optional 1" Waist Strap with our now-ubiquitous Gatekeepers. Attach the optional Waist Strap, buckle the bag around your waist or hips, and you've got a sweet waist pack — great for cycling, hiking, or any situation where you need your hands completely free.

Optional Handle Loop
Clip the Handle Loop to one of the O-rings on either side of the Side Effect and carry the whole affair in hand. Laden with heavy objects and swung correctly, the Side Effect becomes a weapon, but we would never suggest this use.

Key Strap
Clip one side of any variety of Key Strap to the Side Effect and then clip the other side of the Key Strap to an O-ring inside one of our larger bags. That way, the Side Effect stays tethered to your bag: convenient and secure. (Hint: the Side Effect fits in most of our bags, but we think it works especially well in the bottom pocket of the Synapse 25, side pocket of the Smart Alec, main compartments of the Small and Medium Cafe Bags, and clipped to the hidden O-rings in the Swift.)

Materials

Specs

Dimensions

8.7" (w) x 5.1" (h) x 2" (d) / 220 (w) x 130 (h) x 50 (d) mm

Weight

525d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 6.9 oz / 195 grams
400d Halcyon®/nylon ripstop: 6.2 oz / 176 grams

Volume

90 cubic inches / 1.5 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total

5 (4 in the main compartment; 1 in the front zippered pocket)

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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.

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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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nice! gonna have to find a cross-strap though

I've been trying this out as a "small backpack" while jogging, and need some kind of cross-strap. I happened to have one that's not great, but definitely shows the promise of having one. I think I'll try one from REI first.

Big enough for phone, wallet, keys, bandanas and MOAR!

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Sturdy and functional

I bought the Large Cafe Bag to replace a (not TB) backpack and got the Side Effect to hold all the loose stuff I had rolling around in there. It fits way more stuff than I thought it would and it fits well into the LCB. I like the idea that I can also use the shoulder strap if I want to use it as a small bag.

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Excellent Men's Bag

This bag is excellent for a man who doesn't want to load pants pockets full of items. I put an iPhone 13 Pro Max in the small zipped pocket, have my keys clipped to a 16" Iberian red key strap (this allow me to unlock doors with the bag still slung), and have my two Nik's Minimalist Wallets one each in the two inside pockets. The wallets are Island and Coyote with matching color 16" key straps. The key strap colors let me quickly see what I want from in the bag. In the bottom of the large pocket is a Ghost Whale Super Mini to hold lip balm, bandages, etc. To spiff up the bag exterior I added Iberian red zipper pull cords.

The only issue I have is the shoulder strap cuts into my shoulder muscle after wearing it for over an hour so i'm replacing it with a wider strap.

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You Need this Bag!

This bag is absolutely perfect! This was my first Tom Bihn purchase and I loved it so much that my friend bought one too. This bag holds a ton but doesn't take up much space. It goes with everything - it holds all my EDC items (stashed in the double organizer pouch - another fav!) and I interchange the crossbody strap and handle strap depending on if I want a purse or a sling. I also drop it in my Maker's Bag if I am on thr go.

I have used it as a waist pack too but for that, it suits a smaller frame and the cross-body straps are much easier and quicker.

Between this and the Everyday Cubelet and I honestly stick with this one, It's roomier and I can see inside a bit better. If you are deciding if it is worth it - trust me, it is.

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Well made (as usual) small bag

Typically well made bag from Tom Bihn. Good organization, and perfect for carrying a few small essentials while traveling.

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