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Zephyr - Checkpoint Friendly Bags


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    The Zephyr has been retired: that means we don’t make it anymore. While it was once much appreciated, it has decided to step aside so that there’s room for the new designs that we are continually developing. Stay tuned…


    The Zephyr briefcase is the fine-tuned result of more than three years of product development and the 30+ years of Tom Bihn's bag-design experience. Like its big brother the Empire Builder, the midsized Zephyr is uniquely styled, superbly functional, and built to endure years of abuse.

    The asymmetrical front flap of the Zephyr closes with a sturdy 1-1/2" side-release Duraflex® Warrior Buckle and has three outside pockets: a horizontal zippered pocket designed to fit small electronics; a vertical zippered pocket to provide quick access to an iPhone/cell phone; and a diagonal, open-top pocket perfect for a plane ticket or any similarly sized stuff you need quick access to. Under the front flap, there is a large, zippered front pocket that extends almost the length of the bag, and behind that pocket, a large pouch that features 3D pockets that give you another place for your iPhone or cell phone, pens, and power supplies. The rest of the pouch offers more open space for you to store your gear.

    You'll also find multiple O-rings inside the Zephyr. To one of the O-rings, an included 8" Key Strap is attached. Key Straps are useful for keeping track of your keys (many folks leave their keys attached to the Key Strap) and can also be used to clip a pocket watch or Swiss Army knife to the bag. (Additional and extended-length Black and Color Key Straps can be purchased separately.)

    The main compartment unzips low on the sides, exposing a "bellows" that allows access to the depths of the bag. The front, back, bottom, and sides are padded and stiffened by 1/4" (6 mm) closed-cell foam to protect contents and maintain the bag's sharp looks. Inside the main compartment are three hard plastic file dividers (included with the Zephyr) that make organizing your papers a snap and that keep those important papers from getting damaged. The dividers stay put inside the bag but are easily removed if you don't want them. You can order Extra File Dividers for even greater organization.

    Also in the main compartment, you will find clips for the optional Brain Cell hard-sided laptop case, so you can turn the Zephyr into a highly protective laptop briefcase. The Brain Cell is available in sizes designed specifically for Apple and PC laptops and provides the ultimate in laptop protection with soft, thick foam padding, hard, corrugated plastic walls, and a suspension system. We recommend using our Laptop Bag Fit Guide to determine which size of Brain Cell is best for your laptop.

    On the back of the Zephyr, you'll find an open-top pocket great for storing magazines and newspapers. Additionally, there's a "roll-aboard" slot on the back that allows you to safely stack the Zephyr on top of roll-aboard luggage. The slot zips shut at the bottom so it can be used as an additional pocket when you're not using it to secure the bag on a roll-aboard.

    Did we mention the handles yet? They are amazingly comfortable — constructed of U.S. made, 1050 denier, high tenacity ballistic nylon rolled around high quality, 1/2" thick PORON® foam. They lie naturally together at the top of the bag, so there's no fishing around for your grip. The Zephyr can also be carried across-body or over the shoulder with the optional Absolute Shoulder Strap. The Absolute Shoulder Strap, which combines a soft, durable neoprene pad with comfortable stretch backing, has a unique internal control-stretch system that has given it a well-earned reputation as the best shoulder strap available. We say it makes bags feel 50% lighter, which might sound like a bunch of marketing nonsense, except it's actually true.

    The Zephyr is made out of our U.S. made, high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon and 500 denier Cordura® nylon. It features #10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zippers for the main compartment and exterior pockets. The front pocket under the flap has a #8 YKK coil zipper.

    A larger version of the Zephyr — the Empire Builder — is also available.

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