By Gerard Croce, Haverford, PA, July 10, 2016
Great product, consistent in quality with Red Oxx gear, but I have a suggestion for an improvement. For maintaining cold or warm contents, rather than using a zipper enclosure (which would be too stiff), make a separate ballistic nylon sleeve, which would slide snugly into the bag. The four-sided sleeve would have full-width and height inside pouches for cold/hot packs, and a top flap which would loosely cover the contents. No zipper. No bottom to the sleeve. This item could be purchased separately.
By valerie white, US, April 18, 2016
This bag goes everywhere with me. It carries: (1)groceries, (2)is my airplane carry on with my book, laptop, extra clothes, water, etc, (3) rides with me on Amtrak filled with book, laptop, food to nosh, water and whatever else I may need for 8 hours. (4) it has traveled the world as my constant companion: to Israel, Italy, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, and all over the US to be filled with souvenirs, carry guide books, water bottles, maps, extra shoes, a sweater, rain gear, etc. (5) carries textbooks for class
By Dan, , April 10, 2016
I use this bag mostly for grocery shopping. It holds everything I need and supports all the weight. Ill never buy another bag very well made. Thanks!
By DTB, China, March 16, 2016
I have several of these which I purchased when I lived in Alberta Canada. I use them for grocery shopping. I liked them then but I have now retired and live in China. It is amazing how much one of these bags hold. And you will never worry about any kind of failure. They are just fantastic. I also have some competitors bags - they are good but, Ijust don't use them because the Red Oxx are so vastly superior.
By LitPlumber, Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 8, 2016
In June 2014, I placed my first Red Oxx order, which consisted of an Air Boss and two Nomad Shaving Kits. I have been so impressed with the superb quality and design of these tenacious bags that I have expanded my Red Oxx collection.
In March 2015, I purchased, among several other Red Oxx items, two Market Totes (Red and Mariner). Although our home is inundated with cheap carriers from local stores, not one compares in quality, workmanship, strength, and durability with the RO Market Tote. My wife said I was daft to make such a ridiculous purchase. However, she now uses hers (the Red one) for toting files, books, clothes, games, picnics, etc.—even groceries. The Market Tote holds a great deal, and the long handle straps easily slip over a shoulder, thus making shouldering the load a cinch. (I notice that the new Mini Tote appears to have much shorter handle loops than the Market Tote’s, thus possibly precluding carrying it on a shoulder.) Simple and practical, the Market Tote is a very useful item, and I recommend it.
By Dave, Ben Franklin's Resting Place, February 11, 2016
I bought my first two bags in 2009. I lost one and replaced it in 2011. One of my bags is coming apart on the inside, and I'm fairly sure that's because some snow-melting salt got into it. The other remaining bag is as good as new after years of almost daily use.
You can fit so many groceries into these compared to the paper bags that appear to be the same size. I'm not sure why that is. Maybe a physicist can work it out. And they are *strong*. No leaks or broken bottoms during sudden rainstorms.
I carry these on my shoulder, as I do grocery shopping on foot. Very comfortable. Know, though, that if you're going to put them in your trunk they stand perfectly upright, unlike the lead-laden made-in-China bags you see in the grocery store.
I don't just use these bags for groceries. I used two of them to help with a move: when we relocated to an apartment during renovation, I put the rigid cardboard inserts from a wine box into each tote, and voila, the result was a very powerful tool for safely transporting glass bottles, spice jars, etc., safely. Wish I had a photo.
These bags did cost less when I bought them years ago, but I will happily pay the $35 they cost today. In fact, I am about to place another order. They are definitely worth it! A+
By janek, , February 4, 2016
My first review - well - scroll down to August 2013 - "My Everything Bag"
Late Nov 2015, I purchased 15 bags - both Market Totes and Mini Totes for Christmas gifts. I put in copies of the various reviews of how to use the bag.
The gifts went to men & women, and some young men and young women. The gifts went to 4 different states. The recipients ranged from college age to seniors age 60+.
I received phone calls, emails and letters from every single recipient of a tote.
All simply loved it and told me how they were using it; how amazed they were at how well put together it was; and how did I know that tote was made with their favorite colour!
As for mine, that I purchased 2 plus years ago, well, they are still going strong, look like new because they are easy to clean with castile soap and I still use it for everything!
Dear Red Oxx - you just may be getting a few more orders for more totes from the recipients of those 15 gifts.
Money-wise, well, it was a bargain! They will last for years and years and years!
And thanks for paying for the postage Red Oxx - that was a great gift for me!
By Anh Nga, California, January 31, 2016
I love this bag. I bought one as a gift and decided to get myself one.
I use my bag as a utility bag and it take it to work everyday.
I stuff alot into my bag and have had no signs of wear or tear. (Which I love alot) I would definitely recommend purchasing this bag. It is well worth the investment.
By Anonymous, Indiana, January 14, 2016
This is my third market tote. The first one was a gift. It was so great I wanted a second one for groceries. Soon I was using it to stay overnight at my daughters and to carry items that were heavy. Therefore, I needed a third one so I could keep two in the car for groceries. I'm thinking of getting a 4th one to keep items in the trunk of my car.
By Anonymous, Upstate New York, November 30, 2015
I bought 4 to use weekly: 2 food shopping, 2 dirty clothes bag.
Pros: good material, nice sheen.
Cons: I am 5'8 tall and the bag has about 1 inch clearance off the ground when full.
Vs. Kelty Camp Carton: I think the Kelty Camp Carton is better for the following reasons: stands up better, zipper top, and adjustable handle for any height. Kelty no longer makes the Camp Carton.
By Anonymous, LA & VN, June 25, 2015
my husband is working out of the country where shopping totes are needed. the tote is excellent. I use mine to keep my cleaning job needs handy.
By Adam, Philadelphia, Pa, USA, April 30, 2015
I purchased some of these in black. I have to admit that these bags are functional and fashionable in the extreme. Though you will pay a lot, they will last a lifetime. Mine are able to handle the abuse of moving books around. Great bags that won't disappoint. If you need a luggage extender or don't want those cheap reusable ones that grocery stores give out, purchase these after a quick look-over.
By Kyle, Washington, February 15, 2015
I got my tote when it was $25 and would certainly be interested in another one if they hadn't raised the price $10. I think it's worth the $25, but with shipping I couldn't justify buying it alone. I ended up getting my wife a duffle (Safari-Beanos PR5, which she also loves) for Christmas last year so I grabbed the tote at the same time. I love the bag and use it often, I just think $35 (+$9 shipping) is a little much. If it lasts forever, I suppose it's worth it.
----------Red Oxx Replies: Thanks for the review Kyle, alas life marches on, material costs go up, labor goes up. The Market Tote was at the introductory price since its inception 14 years ago. We compared our prices with the market share and concluded it was ready for an increase. Most agree for what you get, it's still a superior reusable grocery bag at a comparable price.
By Adam, Philadelphia, PA, February 8, 2015
These babies might as well be bullet proof. I use them for hauling books and groceries and they have yet to give way. The virtue in these becomes apparent once you stand them next to the wimpy, flimsy cloth bags that stores give you. Mine went to charity the next day. If you have any doubts about making a purchase, don't. They are durable, cost-effective and very green. (The only caveat would be for the under 5' 4" crowd, they might end up dragging these on the ground.)
By rkk, TN, June 20, 2014
Another great product. Just like their other products, this was made with quality materials. The only thing I would change is the length of the straps. They should have another style/modle that has longer straps so you can shoulder carry this bag. Should last a life time.
By Rick V., Greenville, PA, March 20, 2014
I bought one of these last year to donate to our family reunion auction. I got it embroidered with the family name at a local shop. It was a huge hit with everyone there. This year I'm doing the same. The bag is typical of Red-Oxx products. It will outlast me.
By Len Dillon, Bassett, VA, January 27, 2014
I purchased several Market totes for gifts. What a versatile and useful tool this bag has become. Do yourself a favor and buy several today!
By ED , Maryland, January 7, 2014
I've been putting-off buying totes for years. A friend showed me a video he made of the HUGE floating mass of plastic bags and other insoluble plastics in the Pacific Ocean. I was just mortified to think that I was unwittingly contributing to this horrific, Texas-sized floating trash pile. Soo, I ordered 4 Red Oxx totes to do my share in not further contributing to this mess. These totes are fantastic! They are super strong, just the right size, and have transformed my grocery and other tote worthy shopping experience. EVERYBODY should buy a supply of these totes and use them for EVERY toting job. You won't regret it!
By SHG , NYC, December 26, 2013
Use it for grocery shopping in city. Roomy and strong. Could use a zippered pocket for keyes and wallet.
Carry it on shoulder with a different bag in other hand.
By Anonymous, Everywhere , November 21, 2013
So many uses . .... Touring tote, carrying supplies from town vendor back to room. Very versatile & handy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can the Market Tote be used for a carry-on personal item?
The Market Tote makes a wonderful carry-on personal item. Since it can be folded flat, one can also pack it into your luggage for local shopping, then bring it home as your personal item carry-on.
Why is there no zipper?
A prototype model zippered tote has been designed and is in the testing stage.
Why are the handles so long?
The Tote was designed for shoulder carry as well as a simple backpack. Shorter handles wouldn't allow these styles of carry. You can, however, easily shorten the handles by looping them over each other. See overview for a detailed description or refer to the photos tab.
This grocery tote is too big for a single person, do you have a smaller version?
We sure do, check out the Red Oxx Mini Tote Bag
, a bag for all reasons.
How many groceries can the Market Tote hold?
It can hold the same amount as the classic paper grocery bag.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Market Tote contains only one main compartment.
Is the opening closeable?
The bag is not closeable.
Can you ship USPS?
Yes, Red Oxx will ship USPS upon request. Simply state, "Please ship USPS" in the cart comments during checkout and we will adjust your billing accordingly.
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
Grocery Getter! Tote It.
Montana Made. Sustainable Shopping.
Our Market Tote Bag is THE contemporary reusable grocery bag. Its measurements are the same as the old classic 'Brown Paper Bag.' This is a large tote shopping bag of outstanding quality compared to the typical cheap imported junk they hawk at the grocery store.
Our handles are stitched completely around the sides and bottom of the bag with double box stitching at all stress points. No more worries about the bottom of this grocery bag ever blowing out! Rugged, reliable and tough.
HANDS-FREE SHOULDER CARRY.
Extra-long carry handles allow you to carry the grocery Market Tote on your shoulder. We've seen folks carry the tote like a backpack! And as spacious as this tote bag is, you can use one Red Oxx Market Tote instead of half a dozen flimsy plastic grocery bags that end up around here as modern tumbleweeds! Just remember to keep it in your car so you'll have it once you get to the store. Another great way to remember taking your bag with you is hang it over the front door knob. Can't miss it on the way out the door.
SHORTER HANDLE CARRY TIP IDEA.
Don't like to shoulder carry your Tote? Straps seem too long? Drags on the ground when you hand carry it? No problem. Simply place the bag upright on the ground and drape each carry handle to your left and right. Now grasp each handle and cross them over each other. Next slip each handle under the other and pull the end loops upwards. You can now carry the Market Tote by the crossed-over loops, thus shortening the straps by about a third of their length. See Photos for details.
STANDS UP BY ITSELF.
The tough 1000 denier military grade CORDURA® nylon is water-resistant and twice as strong as standard nylon. And of course, you have a dozen vibrant colors to choose from...
The heavyweight 1050 ballistic nylon on the sides helps this shopping tote to "stand up" and keep its shape so you can easily fill it, or empty it -- a handy feature not seen on any reusable grocery tote we know of. Grocery clerks love this handy feature.
The Market Tote Bag has been used for:
- potlucks (it's large enough to hold a 5 Qt crock pot),
- as a pool and beach bag,
- a utility bag
- a book bag
- even to and from arts and crafts classes crammed with art or knitting supplies.
- Great for hauling melons, pumpkins, squash and other large and awkward shaped vegetables or wrapped cuts of meat like roasts, chickens or quarters, and whole fish that would stretch a regular grocery bag to it's limits (and likely bruise your food).
BOUND AND BAGGED.
Places where two separate pieces of fabric are stitched together are then bound, that is, we take a long piece of one inch wide nylon webbing and fold it over the edges of the two pieces and stitch them together, this creates a strong seam, or binding, that prevents the pieces from unraveling and gives a clean finished look. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in competitors grocery totes that brag of "binding" their edges.
CARRY-ON PERSONAL ITEM? YOU BET!
The ladies love using it as a sewing tote, crochet bag or knitting bag. Yoga lovers carry their yoga mats, sweats, and other accouterments in the Market Tote. Then there are those adventurous types who take it with them around the world and use it for more things than we could ever think of. Since they fold flat, packing several Market Totes along as "luggage extenders" means you can carry-on as a personal item and bring home extra goodies and gifts from your travels.
FOR SCHOOL, TOO.
Even students find the Market Tote useful as a college book bag. Its sturdy build and just right size easily holds a laptop, tablet, several large textbooks, writing notebooks and project files. Toss your pens and electronic gadgets such as chargers into a Nomad or Lil Roy and all your loose items are organized. Buy two or more Totes, you'll always find a use for more than one! Think it might be too big? Try our hot little Mini Tote Bag instead.
EASY TO CLEAN.
Totes exposed to food can get dirty quickly. Dirt, vegetable matter, crushed fruit, spilled juices or soda, sticky candy, leaking jars and bottles can gunk up the interior of your Market Tote. Fortunately, it's a piece of cake (pun intended) to clean your Tote. Simply fill a sink, bucket or tub with warm soapy water (we like Dr. Bronner's), grab a nylon bristle brush and lightly scrub your bag clean. Simply turn it inside out to scrub out the interior. Then rinse both sides in warm water and hang up to dry on the shower head or outdoors on laundry line. Never use a machine dryer to dry any Red Oxx bag and always avoid solvents or harsh industrial cleaning agents (including bleach) as they will damage the lining.
The good folks at the Weather Underground seem to think our Market Tote is a great choice for a reusable grocery bag. Read up on their great Farmer's Market shopping tips.
"Go Green, save a tree, recycle some oil, use, reuse and well, reusable forever, the Red Oxx Market Tote Grocery Bag. Sustainable shopping indeed!"
Or as the locals at the Farmer's Market say, "If you turnip, lettuce bear your fruit..."
Dimensions: 16"H x 6"D x 12"W.
Capacity: 1,440 cubic inches.
Weight: 0.85 pounds.
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty. Red Oxx lasts longer.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
UPS Transit Shipping Time Map.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Market Tote.
Meet the thundering herd who build your gear with pride.
Red Oxx is a Veteran owned and operated US Manufacturer.
EMAIL POLICY: Online orders will receive an order confirmation email, a UPS tracking information email when your order ships and a product review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. In addition, backorders beyond a dozen working days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. During checkout purchasers have the option to opt-out of our other occasional email notifications. Your email address is always secure.
Every great tote needs cool accessories.
Market Tote Trivia: Modeled straight from the measurements of the original brown paper sack from the grocery store. The Tote was birthed before stores started carrying those cheap-o imported grocery totes, the kind that start unraveling after just a few uses.
Market Tote is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND hand made in U.S.A.
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® nylon
- 1150 weight black Ballistic nylon on the sides
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- Thread: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Double box stitching on all stress points such as carry handles
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Includes Cable Lock
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- US Dimensions: 16"H x 6"D x 12"W
- Metric Dimensions: 40.6cm H x 15.2cm D x 30.5cm W
- U.S.A. Capacity: 1,440 cubic inches
- Metric Capacity: 18.8 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 0.85 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 0.38 Kilos
Market Tote Bag Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Black = Raven
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Coal = Gray
- Forest = Green
- Khaki = Tan
- Mariner = Blue
- Midnight = Dark Blue
- Olive = Military Green
- Saffron = Yellow
- Safari = 1940s Olive Drab
Keep in mind: Colors on your monitor will vary from the actual color of the fabric. The only way to accurately gauge a color is to request a swatch.
If out of stock, back orders are typically filled within 14 working days. Visit our Customer Service Help Desk or call our Toll Free Hot Line: 1-888-733-6999.
Red Oxx "No Bull" Warranty
As time rolls a ceaseless course, only the genuine guarantee remains. The mountains will persist, the oceans are bound to endure and Red Oxx will continue to be rugged, reliable, and tough.
To the depths of the Amazon basin to the peaks of the Himalayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
Red Oxx Bags are guaranteed forever, be sure to include them in your will.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.