By Anonymous, Marion, OH, January 6, 2012
This got "excellent" reviews from my son who rarely raves about anything. He thought it would haul a lot of stuff from shopping trips be it to the grocer or the toy store. I totally agreed with him so I got 2 more: one for my other son, and one or me!
You will want more than 1
By Matt Lemons, Dallas, November 22, 2011
Holy cow! If you don't own a single Red Oxx product, and you want to find out what it's all about order 1 of these Market Totes. I put a pair of these in my second order of Red Oxx goods. The first was an Air Boss several months back and I've been hooked. I promise you will be blown away by the bang for the buck of these bags. I figured the Market Tote would be great for just that - carrying groceries. So, I ordered a pair for my girlfriend to replace the flimsy little chinese bags she carried in the trunk. When they arrived she promptly used one of them day one to carry her laptop, lunch and, other items to the office. She had the bag over her shoulder with her purse, and was stopped by a coworker she doesn't even know walking through the door. The woman wanted one on the spot and took a cell phone picture of the Red Oxx patch. I have since used the bag many times, a couple for trips to the market even (you can seriously load these up). Now, I need to order two for Mom, another for myself, and...
By Carl , Point Pleasant, New Jersey, October 15, 2011
I first bought a purple tote bag, which I misplaced somewhere. I checked the gym, my car trunk & the 2-3 restaurants & the local Barnes & Noble! No luck. Finally I ordered another of these wonderful totes - a green one this time.
Recently I was up in our attic to clean it out, and guess what?! There was the purple tote, full of books & magazines! So now I have two of these beautiful totes!
By TL, PA, August 18, 2011
I had two of these in my truck for quick runs to the store. We joined a CSA farm share this year and my wife "borrowed" them and has been loading them up each week so I ordered a replacement for the truck. We loaded one up the other day with about 40 pounds of stuff and it didn't complain one bit. These are great to have around. We gave one as a gift last year and just saw it show up when we met the recipients on vacation this week. Buy some for you and some to spread around!
By Patrick, Hampshire England, June 29, 2011
This sturdy grocery bag is based on the dimensions of the American brown paper bag. Europeans will find this very convenient as you don't often meet this size in shopper bags that you will get from the supermarket. Will easily take 4 reams of A4 copy paper loaded portrait style with 2 half- dozen egg boxes laid on top - and will deal with the weight as the handles are looped under the bottom and stitched solidly. Very versatile as at a pinch can be worn over both shoulders as a sort of back pack. I use this every working day. It's like having a collapsible bucket!
Solid Product, Great Price
By Dave, Arlington VA, April 3, 2011
An excellent product, not just for shopping. It has the long straps so you can sling it over a shoulder if you have a few other bags to get out of the trunk.
Very useful as a general tote bag also, nice size under that of the LLBean tote. And a lot more durable. I use it for jamming in a big thermos, a shell, the GPS unit, a newspaper, and maybe a couple of Sigg water bottles and a sandwich or two for a long road trip.
Also great for a tool tote. It's durable enough to hold a cordless drill and other stuff for the home projects.
Built like a tank with style!
By Ron, Kansas City, February 10, 2011
This thing is built like a tank and beautiful at the same time. My wife took one look at it and immediately confiscated it to haul her public school teacher's books and papers! She loves it, and you know how life works... "Happy wife, happy life!" Enough said.
I USE THESE BAGS FOR GROCERIES & ON MY BICYCLES
By THE BICYCLE BUM, CRESCENT CITY, CA, January 1, 2011
I needed some strong grocery bag size bags for use on my bicycles. The bags had to be made from nylon or something similar, easy to roll up, not like the heavy-weight canvas cloth bags made by other famous companies, plus needed to offer some protection from the weather (like rain). These bags are relatively light-weight, made of synthetic fabric, seem to be water proof and work well being stored in the rear baskets of my bicycles. I carry mail in them as well as groceries. So, if you like quality made items, useful for both walking and with a bicycle, these bags are perfect. --gg
Market Tote Update & Suggestions
By Roger J, Currently in Damascus, Syria, October 11, 2010
I've had my Forest Green Tote and my wife her Bordeaux for over a year.
Like others have said, so easy to slip into another bag as back-up for shopping on the way home.
For me this sometimes means lifting 9 kg of drinking water and 2 L/kg of Coke up 76 steps to our apartment here, no lift, good exercise for my 63 years young frame!
Suggestion: a slightly larger tote - 'Super Market Tote', with reinforcing straps on the side panels to enable Redoxx D-Rings to be fitted and use with the Claw Strap.
By Eric, Minneapolis, MN, September 27, 2010
This bag is a great light and thin addition to my carry-on for being able to stock up at a local convenience store before checking in at the hotel. I'm able to grab a 2L bottle of my favorite soda, some bottles of water, and a couple snacks and carry it without worrying about the bag falling apart. I also like that the darker colors look classy enough that I don't worry about carrying this into a Ritz Carlton or JW Marriott and looking out of place.
With hotel mini-bar prices being as outrageous as they are, the bag practically pays for itself the first time you use it this way!
By karynrae2001, Las Vegas, September 27, 2010
Very nice for travel. Only wish I had been able to close it better or keep the straps together at times. But overall, very functional, simple. Good carryon bag that worked well at the beach and for being the designated one that had to carry stuff.
By Carl , Point Pleasant, NJ, August 5, 2010
I just got back from a week in northern Michigan. I used this bag every day to carry newspapers, my appointment book & diary and a few fountain pens. It is a durable, great bag. I like the color - amethyst. The bag is sturdy and does the job well!
By TL, PA, May 21, 2010
This bag feels light and thin, but it's deceptively strong. We often get our groceries delivered, but when I go to the market I take this with me and load the heavy stuff in there since the plastic bags tend to rip and spill. I can fit six 1/2-gallons of milk/juice and still have room for eggs, a loaf of bread and other smaller items. If I just get two more of these, I can probably fit an entire week's worth of groceries for a family of 4. I agree with others that there are tons of uses for this bag other than food.
By Cynthia, Katy, Tx, April 10, 2010
I bought four of these bags recently in the Amethyst color. Love the bags and love the color. They really do hold a lot and every time I use them, I get comments. I keep them in the trunk of my car so they are there when I need them and they definitely make carrying my groceries so much easier. You can't go wrong with the quality of these bags. I would highly recommend the Market Totes.
By 3b6, atlanta, February 15, 2010
so sick of plastic bags or recycled pet bags that last 6 months. absolutely the best grocery bag i have used. amazed how much it holds, though the grocery clerks have to be a little more careful packing. also great for the beach or countless other excursions. wicked good!
By D Frisby, Ottawa, Canada, February 11, 2010
It seems everyone now has a "green" grocery bag. Most of them are cheaply made and designed primarily to promote an enterprise of some sort. The Red Oxx Market Tote is very well made with a large capacity (I like that it is the same size as our old brown grocery bags) and comes in several attractive colours. It can be cleaned which many of the others cannot and it will obviously last for years. I am realizing that it comes in handy for a variety of uses, not just groceries. Great product!
By jman, so. cal, January 3, 2010
i have several of these bags. one in each car, some in the house, some in the garage. inevitably someone sees me using it and asks about it. it is good for shopping, returns, sporting events, camping, and travel. i enjoy gifting this bag to other bag lovers who haven't yet tried a redoxx bag.
By J. Dellinger, Mt Holly, NC, March 4, 2009
I bought my girlfriend a couple of these for Christmas and they are now her constant companions. She has one for work and another for general use. Here in the South we will often need a jacket for the morning but it will be very warm in the afternoon, so the jacket is carried instead of worn. She puts her jacket, lunch, water bottle, Chica purse, and extra shoes all in her tote bag and heads out for work having to carry only one bag and keep her hands free. She has a 5 year old daughter and usually it has a spare baby doll or two in there as well as other necessities a 5 year old requires. I have been amazed on several occasions as to what all will actually fit in these deceptively simple tote bags. The also collapse or fold flat and don't take up any closet or bag space of not needed.The Cordura material is very easy to clean if needed. On extended trips or vacations she uses it as a "shoe bag" since it is so easy to clean. We plan on buying more of these for Christmas and birthday gifts.
Gosh this is well made....
By Michael W., Oakland, CA, February 26, 2009
I have Land's End heavy and light canvas totes, LLBean heavy canvas totes, Whole Foods light canvas grocery bag totes, Trader Joe light canvas grocery bags & their replacements, the polypropylene reusable grocery bags, and the latest reusable shopping bag (grocery bag sized, what a surprise) offered at REI - so I wasn't really prepared to be impressed by this RedOxx Market Tote, but based on the enthusiastic reviews here, decided to take a chance and order one, in basic black.
I never thought I'd say "wow" about a stupid grocery bag, but here I am saying "wow."
First of all, less is more. When you are using really strong, top of the line materials like the Cordura or similar nylon canvas used here on the wide side, and first-class ballistic nylon on the narrow sides, there's not much need to bulk up with overly thick materials.
Thanks to the use of modern materials, this bag is SUPER STRONG and LIGHT and yet it's NOT bulky. That's a big plus for stowing it under a seat in a car(or even rolled up in a glove box), or for packing it in a luggage piece on a trip for destination use (as an ultra-light gym bag, shopping bag, beach bag). I'd use it to contain my "bundle-wrapped" clothing in my "one-bag," if I anticipated needing a large destination carry-all. The "pure rectangle" shape is ideal for this, and the Market Tote is sized just right for the main compartment in most "one-bags."
The material is of course much more puncture resistant than a paper, plastic, or polypro reusable bag; has "just right" nylon webbing handles that are thick enough to have real shape, but pliable enough to mold to my hand and not cut in; the seams are all double stitched and bound; and there are no "hard corners" at the bottom which tend to blow out eventually in other bags made with very square bottoms - the bottom on this is the more durable, rounded "bathtub" style design. Finally, the impossibility of adequately cleaning a shrink/wrinkle-prone canvas bag is a thing of the past with modern nylon.
So this bag slates ideally between a polypro re-usable shopping bag, which is very cheap but not for travel or long or heavy use, and a canvas beach tote, which is too heavy, bulky, and gets dirty way too easily. I did inside/outside with this bag, testing it against a Trader Joe's standard paper grocery bag using the rudimentary test of trying to see which bag fits inside the other. It turns out each bag fits inside the other, with minor squishing in both cases, which makes me think RedOxx pretty much nailed the grocery bag dimensions in terms of their design target - except for height.
The Market Tote is 2" taller, a nod to the fact that it is robust enough to handle more groceries etc. than the typical double-bagged grocery bag. The Market Tote also departs from the TJ's standard paper grocery bag in one other parameter: the handles are long enough for shoulder carry.Shoulder carry has pluses and minuses. The minus is that if you are short like me, this bag may drag on the ground. The plus is that shoulder carry is much easier on our hands. The minus is that if you have a bag of potato chips in the top of the Market Tote, they are more prone to squashing with shoulder carry than hand carry, since your arm will tend to pressure the top of the bag closed in shoulder carry. Since this bag will have so many other uses than just grocery shopping, I think RedOxx made the right choice.
I sort of wish this bag had a zipper top or that was an option. If it did, it would make a good "guerilla carry-on" for flights - innocuous like a grocery bag, packed like a small carry-on (bundle wrapped clothing in a shirt pouch, bathroom kit, the works). After all, it's almost 1,500 cubic inches of efficient space. Of course if you were to put a zipper panel on top of it, the price would probably go up a lot, while the "stealth" factor would go down. Every gate check attendant "knows" an open top bag is an acceptable (get out of jail) shopping bag, while a zip top tote is just another piece of carry-on, and may either be an acceptable "personal bag" in addition to the actual carry-on luggage, or an unacceptable (penalty bell - bzzz) second piece of carry-on luggage.
Now if only I can remember to stow the Market Tote where it's handy when I go grocery shopping. I have a host of reusable grocery bags already, but they always seem to be "someplace else" when its time to shop, since I go on the spur of the moment and not usually on a regular schedule. I can assure you, though, that the Market Tote will make the rounds on my flights.
----------Red Oxx Replies: wow thanks for the intense review! We like to hang our Market Totes inside on our house front door handle, that way it's ready to go ... shopping!
By Salli, Indiana, December 6, 2008
I just got the market totes I ordered yesterday. Took them on their first grocery shopping trip today. Two totes held all my groceries for 2 weeks. With the handles going all the way around they were really sturdy holding all the weight. The lady behind me in line commented on how much better they were than the freebie one she was using. The best part was on the way home the hot dog package sprang a leak and the coating kept the juice from leaking through the bag onto the back seat of my car. This bag is definitely better than all the plastic bags.
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 tab 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 lose 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 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.
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Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.