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Ego - Tom Bihn Backpacks

Distinguished by an interchangeable stripe, the Ego is a midsize messenger bag that mediates between the ID and Super Ego; it's bigger than the ID, but smaller than the Super Ego. On the front flap of the Ego is an interchangeable piece of fabric available in many different colors and materials, allowing you to customize the color combination of your bag. One stripe is included with your Ego, and extra stripes are available to fit your changing styles or even your mood.

Under the front flap, on both the right and the left, are zippered pockets that are accessible with the flap open or closed. The pockets have #8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zippers. On top of these zippered pockets are two open-top wallet-sized pockets. All zippered pockets on the Ego feature strong, easy-to-grab zipper pulls. On either side of the zippered pockets are small stretch-mesh pockets with an open top that are great for storing pens.

Behind the zippered pockets is a large open pouch that spans the width of the bag and features organizer pockets for your pens, iPhone, power supplies, and wallet.

You'll also find multiple O-rings inside the Ego. 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.)

Behind the front flap and pouch is the zippered main compartment, so you don't have to unbuckle the main flap closure to access your laptop and other stuff. This large compartment closes with a #10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zipper and comes with removable Annex Clips inside designed to secure the optional Horizontal Brain Cell hard-sided laptop case against the back panel of the bag. The Horizontal Brain Cell is available in sizes for Apple laptops 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 Horizontal Brain Cell is right for your laptop.

The back and bottom of the main compartment of the Ego are padded, and they are the perfect place for your files or books.

On the left and right sides of the bag are unobtrusive water bottle pockets; they have compression straps so you can snug them down when not in use.

The back exterior of the Ego features an open, flat back pocket perfect for even the thickest magazines or newspapers, and a removable 1-1/2" webbing waist strap for extra stability when you're on your bike (motor or push).

You can choose between three different shoulder straps to use with the Ego. The Standard Shoulder Strap, included in the price of the Ego, is a 1-1/2" wide heavy nylon webbing strap. It 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 $15.00, you can switch out the Standard Shoulder Strap and replace it with the Q-AM (Quick-Adjust Messenger) Shoulder Strap. For an extra $20.00, you get the Absolute Shoulder Strap instead of the Standard Shoulder Strap. Click here for descriptions of the three types of shoulder straps. 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 and switch between them.

The handle is constructed of our U.S. made, 1050 denier, high tenacity ballistic nylon — wrapped around high quality, 1/2" thick PORON® foam — with a "just right" center of gravity so that you'll carry the Ego as effortlessly as you carry a typical briefcase.

For added visibility when using the Ego while on your bike, we offer the optional Guardian Light which can be attached via a belt clip to the front of the bag on one of the webbing strips that secure the interchangeable front stripe in place. When not in use as a safety light, the Guardian Light can be used as an interior bag light.

Materials:

U.S. made, high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon exterior
500 denier Cordura® main lining
Closed-cell foam back
PORON® foam handle
Tough Duraflex® buckle
#10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zipper on main compartment
#8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zippers on side pockets


Construction:

Made in USA
100% finished seams


Specifications:

Dimensions: 15.3" x 13.3" x 6.3" / 390 x 340 x 160 mm
Weight: 2 lb 4 oz / 1030 grams
Volume: 1400 cubic inches / 23 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Removable 1.5" / 37 mm waist strap included


Ego

(September 2014) Whoa! The Ego is so popular, it's sold out in all colors. Our Seattle factory crew is hard at work making more but it'll be a little while. Want to be notified when the Ego is once again available for order or backorder? See below.

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Super Ego
Super Ego: $180.00
Ego / Super Ego Stripes
Ego / Super Ego Stripes: $5.00
Horizontal Freudian Slip
Horizontal Freudian Slip: $50.00
Guardian DF Light Original Base
Guardian DF Light Original Base: $20.00