Side Kick

Regular price $65.00
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Side Kick


ultralight 400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop exterior — or — 1050 denier Ballistic — or — 525 denier Ballistic
200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric lining — or — 210 denier Ballistic fabric lining
#8 YKK coil zippers
Shoulder Strap: Side Kick Shoulder Strap


Made in USA with fabric from Korea / Japan / U.S.A.
100% finished seams


Dimensions: 9.6" (w) x 7.5" (h) x 2.8" (d) / 245 (w) x 190 (h) x 70 (d) mm
1050d Ballistic nylon: 10.1 oz / 286 grams
525d Ballistic Nylon: 9.4 oz / 267 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 8.1 oz / 230 grams
Volume: 185 cubic inches / 3.0 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Total O-rings: 5 (4 in the main compartment, 1 in the side pocket)

An everyday cross-body shoulder bag that can also be used as a sling bag or waist pack.

The Side Kick is a larger version of our Side Effect, a bag that evolved directly from user feedback (mostly from folks on our Forums). Though twice the volume, the Side Kick is still of modest size, and is overall a highly useful little bag. We’ve added more internal pockets for further organization, and we’ve nudged the O-ring placement around a bit to better match the design of our Organizer Pouches.

The main compartment of the Side Kick can fit a small water bottle, a paperback book, or even an ultralight rain shell or down vest stuffed into itself or in a Stuff Sack; this main compartment zips shut with two zipper sliders, so you can choose where the sliders end up when the bag is closed.

Inside the main compartment, the beauty of the souped-up pocketry becomes apparent: on one interior side of the Side Kick (we'll call this the “front side"—it's the side with the exterior zippered pocket) are two large open-top pockets sized to fit even the largest phones, a wallet, notebook, or a sunglasses/eyeglass case. On the other—the “back side” if you will, the side with the plain exterior—it gets even better. One large open-top organizational pocket spans the width of the Side Kick and fits 7" - 8" tablets, including the iPad Mini in the Size iPad Mini Horizontal Cache. In front of that organizational pocket are four more pockets: two small-ish pockets (that fit Lara Bars, multi-tool, hand lotion or sunscreen) and two pen/pencil pockets. Four O-rings allow you to trick out your organization even further: attach Mini, Small or Medium Organizer Pouches and/or any of our Key Strap variants to keep essentials handy and tethered safely.

The exterior of the Side Kick has a zippered pocket that spans its full width and is designed to fit your passport, a notebook, a tablet, or anything relatively flat. Inside the zippered pocket is one O-ring to which is clipped an included 8" Key Strap in Black. 

The other exterior side of the Side Kick is clean: a solid panel of fabric. Which side of the Side Kick is the "front" and which side is the "back" depends on how you wear it.

Ways to carry the Side Kick:

Shoulder/Cross-Body Bag
On either side of the Side Kick are horizontal webbing loops to which you can attach the adjustable Side Kick Shoulder Strap (included), made from nylon webbing and with Double Gatekeeper clips (but no pad). When you're not wearing the Side Kick, you can use the Gatekeeper Shoulder Strap to hang it on a coat hook or from a doorknob.
Waist Pack or Sling Bag
Also on the sides of the bag are unobtrusive webbing loops to which you can attach the optional 1" / 25mm Gatekeeper Waist Strap, using our now-ubiquitous Gatekeeper clips. Wear the Side Kick around your waist or hips, and you've got a sweet waist pack. Wear it cross-body with the bag on your back, and you've got a mini sling bag. Either way, it’s great for cycling, hiking, or any situation where you need your hands completely free.

Choosing an Exterior Fabric

You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the Side Kick 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:

400d Halcyon
Weave: plain weave with 1/4” / 6mm ripstop
Fibers: 400 denier type 6 filament nylon (base fabric); 420 denier ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene ripstop grid
Coating: light urethane
Made in: Japan

Choose this fabric if:
  • You want a lighter weight alternative to traditional nylon fabrics that has remarkable tear strength and good abrasion resistance.
  • You're looking for a fabric with a modern, "technical" appearance.
  • You have pets: 400d Halcyon doesn't collect pet hair, reducing your monthly lint roller costs.

525d High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon
Weave: 2x2 “ballistic” weave
Fibers: 525 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon, twisted
Coating: heavy urethane
Made in: South Korea with Canadian yarn

Choose this fabric if:
  • You want your bag to be soft and supple yet tough as nails.
  • You want a fabric that's stately enough to be at home at work, the mountains, or a nice hotel.
  • You don't want your bag to collect pet hair or abrade your clothing.

1050d High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon
Weave: 2x2 “ballistic” weave
Fibers: 1050 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon
Coating: medium urethane
Made in: U.S.A.

Choose this fabric if:
  • You want a super-tough fabric – originally designed for use in bullet-proof vests.
  • The weight of your bag isn’t a huge concern (though it’s worth noting that 1050d Ballistic is still lighter than cotton canvas or leather).
  • You want a smooth surface that won’t collect pet hair or sweater fuzz, slides easily into and out of the overhead bin, and fits in whether you're traveling for work or leisure.

*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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Laptop Fit Guide

want help choosing the right size?

1. Measure Your Laptop

Measure your laptop (or Google its make, model, and the word “dimensions” to find its listed dimensions).
Compare its measurements with the chart to the left (swap the Height and Width when measuring for a Vertical oriented Cache).

2. Compare Those Measurements To These

Size Interior Width Interior Height Interior Thickness
08A (iPad Mini)7.76" / 197mm5.08" / 129mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm

Build your own organization

your bag already has great built-in organization. that said, you may want to add these optional organizational accessories to further organize and protect what you carry.

visible variant TB03310A TB03310B TB03312A TB03313A TB03313B TB03313C TB03313D TB03313E TB03315A TB03315B TB03315C TB03315D TB03317B


The Cache is a protective laptop or tablet sleeve that's available in many sizes. It protects your laptop with .25" thick foam padding and transforms the Daylight Briefcase into a checkpoint friendly briefcase.

visible variant TB0510

Gatekeeper Waist Strap

On the sides of the Side Kick, there are two 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.

visible variant TB0513-IA

Key Straps

A Key Strap is a strip of webbing or fabric with plastic snaphooks or a plastic snaphook and O-ring at each end. An 8” Key Strap in Black is included in most of our larger bags. 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.

Lifetime Guarantee

You can expect your TOM BIHN bag to give you years of hard service. Our bags are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the bag. That means if something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it at no charge.

Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and are most often evident while your bag is still new. Keep in mind that daypacks and briefcases are often subject to serious wear in everyday use. We often see TOM BIHN bags that are still solid and in use after five, ten, fifteen, even twenty or twenty-five years, with minor repairs needed here or there. But remember: only true love lasts forever.

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