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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    Small vs Medium Cafe Bags

    I'm thinking of downsizing from my Large Cafe Bag to either Medium or Small (or possibly to a Ristretto.)

    According to this website, the measurements of the two cafe bags are as follows:

    Medium: 11' x 10' x 3'

    Small 11' x 7.5' x 3'

    The only difference, it seems, is in the width of the bag. Is that correct?
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  2. #2
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    May 2009
    No, that is not correct. There is both a height and width difference between the two I own, which the website used to correctly state. Unless the design recently changed.

  3. #3
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    Dec 2012
    Bay Area
    Just for info, the large bag has a detachable strap which can be swapped out for another, and the medium bag has the strap permanently attached.
    Last edited by Runway1R; 02-09-2013 at 10:47 AM.

  4. #4
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    New Jersey
    Also the medium has two large pockets and two pen pockets, but the small only has one large pocket and two pen pickets.
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  5. #5
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    Jul 2012
    New Hampshire
    Sorry, but unless they changed it recently, the large cafe bag's strap cannot be switched. My LCB from last year cannot have the strap switched.

  6. #6
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    Aug 2012
    They must have changed it, because my LCB can most certainly have the strap swapped out. Mine has an Absolute strap on it atm

    Quote Originally Posted by pocketsize View Post
    Sorry, but unless they changed it recently, the large cafe bag's strap cannot be switched. My LCB from last year cannot have the strap switched.

  7. #7
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    May 2003
    The far west
    Apologies for the confusion! Here are the official Cafe Bag dimensions:

    Large Cafe Bag:
    13.3" x 12.9" x 3.3"
    34 x 33 x 8.5 cm
    340 x 330 x 85 mm

    Medium Cafe Bag:
    12.2" x 10.6" x 2.9"
    31 x 27 x 7.5 cm
    310 x 270 x 75 mm

    Small Cafe Bag:
    10.6" x 8.2" x 2.9"
    27 x 21 x 7.5 cm
    270 x 210 x 75 mm

    And re: the strap on the Large Cafe Bag: it can be switched.
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