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Original Style Ristretto - Tom Bihn All TOM BIHN Stuff

This is the original Ristretto — we've introduced a new version for the iPad, the 11" MacBook Air, and the 13" MacBook Pro or Air. This original Ristretto is designed to allow you to carry the essentials, providing a mini mobile office. The Ristretto is a vertical messenger bag (similar to our Cafe Bags though different in proportion) with an interior, padded compartment that protects from all sides.

Your 11" MacBook Air, 13" MacBook Pro/MacBook Air, or iPad is protected in the built-in, interior, padded compartment, in the main compartment of the Ristretto. The padded compartment is made with 1/4" (6 mm) open-cell foam laminated with durable 4-ply Taslan on the outside and features an interior of supersoft brushed nylon. The back side of the Ristretto is padded with 1/4" closed-cell foam.

The main, open-top compartment and front, zippered pocket of the Ristretto are covered by an asymmetrical flap that closes with the distinctive TOM BIHN offset buckle.

Under the flap, you'll find a pocket spanning the width of the bag; a #8 YKK zipper closes this pocket. It's the ideal place for securing your wallet or other small items. The zippered pocket has one O-ring. The main compartment of the Ristretto features three O-rings. Attached to one O-ring is an 8" Key Strap. (Additional and extended-length Key Straps can be purchased separately.) The Key Strap is useful for keeping track of your keys (many folks leave their keys attached to the Key Strap). It can also be used to clip a pocket watch or Swiss Army knife to the bag. You can also clip a Guardian Light, Clear Organizer Wallet, or Organizer Pouches (Clear, Padded, Cordura®) to the interior O-rings.

In front of the zippered pocket is an open-top compartment with a deep curve designed to facilitate easy access to its contents. The open-top pocket features four organizer pockets: two sized for pens or pencils, and two sized for the iPhone, iPod, or objects of a similar size.

The back of the Ristretto has a slanted, open-top pocket ideal for storing papers, a magazine, or a newspaper. Included with the Ristretto is a removable waist strap — great for use if you ride your bike while wearing the Ristretto (motorbike or push-bike). The waist strap attaches to two of four available points on the back of the Ristretto: you can attach the strap so one end is high and the other low, or both high or both low, whatever is comfortable. We also considered those times you don't plan to use the waist strap; it is easily removable and leaves no hardware behind.

You can choose between two different shoulder straps to use with the Ristretto. The Standard Shoulder Strap, included in the price of the Ristretto, is a 1-1/2" wide heavy-nylon-webbing strap and features a comfortable, wide foam pad that won't slip off your shoulder and is designed to conform to your shoulder and back. For an extra $20.00, you can switch out the Standard Strap for the Absolute Shoulder Strap.

Most people will be satisfied with just one kind of shoulder strap, but, should you choose to do so, you can purchase more than one kind of shoulder strap and switch between them.

The Ristretto is designed to allow you to carry just the essentials: your 11" MacBook Air, 13" MacBook Pro/MacBook Air, or iPad, wallet, keys, iPhone or other cell phone, notebook, pens, business cards, and a small water bottle.


1000 denier Cordura® exterior
500 denier Cordura® lining
Padded Compartment: 25" / 6 mm thick foam padding laminated to 4-ply Taslan; interior - brushed nylon
Tough Duraflex® buckles
#8 YKK coil zipper on pocket


Made in USA
100% finished seams


iPad - 12" x 9.25" x 4.75" / 305 x 235 x 120 mm
11" MacBook Air - 12.2 x 9.6 x 1" / 310 x 245 x 120 mm
13" MBP/MBA - 14.5" x 11.75" x 4.75" / 370 x 300 x 120 mm
Padded Compartment Dimensions:
iPad - 10.8" x 7.6" x .9" / 276 x 193 x 24 mm
11" MacBook Air - 12.2 x 9.6 x 1" / 310 x 245 x 120 mm
13" MBP/MBA - 12.8" x 9" x .9" / 325 x 227 x 24 mm
iPad - 1 lb 1 oz / 465 grams
11" MacBook Air - 12 oz / 340 grams
13" MBP/MBA - 1 lb 6 oz / 620 grams

Original Style Ristretto

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Ristretto for 13
Ristretto for 13" Macbook Pro or Air: $140.00
Ristretto for iPad
Ristretto for iPad: $140.00
Ristretto for 11
Ristretto for 11" MacBook Air: $140.00