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Sackville ShopSack Medium

(It's the smaller in the pictures of two)

We wanted a bag that fits into a basket, stays there even withouta net, and blows the doors off paper bags or the semi-reusable $0.99 to $4.99 open-top store-promo shopping bags that make you look like a hobo anytime you have one in your hand and you're not at the grocery store. (Not a hobo-knock, just a fact.)

Then we thought:
(1) Why not make it in the town Annie Leibowitz grew up in?
(2) Why not make it in the town where the Timex museum still is?
(3) Why the heck not make it out of fabric made where Donovan P. Leitch was born, and the same fabric used for rain and sun protection for Range Rovers?

It seemed impossible to tie all those requirements together. They seem so probably mutually exclusive. But somehow we pulled it off, and the Sackville ShopSack was born.

The Sackville ShopSack is a better shopping bag than anything you can buy at REI or at the checkout counter. It's wider than tall, so it's way easier to load, and things don't pile up as much and get squished so easily. It has handles made of the best U.S.-made military spec webbing that will never, ever crap out on you, and a zipper to hold everything inside, inside.

The combination of expensive Scottish all-cotton fabric we import ourselves and American labor don't make a cheap bag, and at one point in the development, we were looking at retail price of close to $75. For a bag whose main purpose (grocery tote) was so mundane, and the $75 price seemed insane, and so we stripped it of complications until the only things left were a handle that works in your hands or over your shoulder; and strips of reflective tape so you'll be seen at night.

There's no cell-phone pocket or Kangaroo pocket, no wallet sleeve inside, no zipper guard, no shoulder strap, no leather, no mesh water-bottle pocket. There's no feature surprising, excessively thoughtful, or clever. It's just a shopping bag that works with a basket (or without) and will last twenty years.

We know from experience that it also works great as a tote bag, a camping/touring bag, and a briefcase-type thing. All of our prototypes are used daily, in baskets. They'll be replaced with real ones soon, and sold at the weekend garage sales.

Two sizes. The medium ShopSack fits the medium Wald basket, and the big one fits the big Wald. If you have another basket, it may not fit it. Too small for the basket is no problem--not even a tiny one. Too big is a problem only if the sack is full.

Basket-use tip: There are loops at the end. Use a mini-biner or otherwise get creative with anything to secure the bag, via these loops, to your basket. Not necessary if you use the net or ride on roads, but if you're net-free and riding bumps, by all means go to town with these loops. Note: We are well aware that earlier versions had a brass swivel-clip to holt the bag to the basket. It worked but was overkill, and it confounded bemittened hands. So now there's a loop there, and you can think of a million ways to secure it silently, quickly, and in a mitten-friendly manner.
Outside of a basket, your ShopSack is a nice tote, a great shopping or beach or camping bag or carry-on.

Flat Dimensions:

Large ShopSack - 28" x 13.5"

Medium ShopSack - 21.5" x 10.5"

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 4   Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Yep October 9, 2014
Reviewer: EG from San Francisco, CA United States  
I have been considering this bag for the better part of two years.  During that time, I have had a Wald basket strapped to a Nitto mini-front coupled with a simple cotton tote bag/cargo net.  I would always end up with an awkward load if the bag was more than half full and would need to tie the straps in a knot to prevent any contents from slipping out.  This bag has been a revelation - no more floppy bags and knots to deal with in the rain.  An added bonus is that the Shopsack Medium will easily swallow an 8.5 x 11" folder (I teach and often bring home student work to analyze).

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
excellent bag, i use it every day. April 17, 2014
Reviewer: Ben from Albany, NY United States  
simply put, this is a great bag. it's rugged, fits perfectly in the Wald basket, and looks like an army duffel. i've started using it on my non-bike commutes too.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Shopsack Med October 11, 2012
Reviewer: treor from CA United States  
Zipper is the only weak link.  Have been using it for close to a year, and the zipper will often separate if you try to stufftomuchin. Other then that - love everything about it.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Wotta bag for my spouse! March 12, 2012
Reviewer: Mike Tuomey from Detroit  
She loves it clipped into the Wald basket on the front of her BF.  She drops her purse and jacket or what-she-has into its big ole mouth, zips it up, and off we go.  Capacious, not stuffy.  Much preferred by her to a saddlebag or other rear mount alternative.

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