“These clear pouches are so clever, and the reasons why should go without saying…but I will name some of them, anyway. Being able to see exactly what’s inside any given pouch takes away the guesswork when trying to remember where you stowed your change, memory cards, a particular adapter, or whatever. The pen / pencil pouch is perfect for those who like to bring along their art supplies, and the brilliant Cordura colors available help to further personalize and categorize the contents.” – Read Judie Lipsett’s full review of our Organizer Pouches over at Gear Diary.
“My new Aeronaut bag and Absolute Strap arrived this morning, and I’m delighted! It easily meets my requirements: light in weight, bullet-proof construction, maximum carry-on size, weatherproof zippers, lockable, conveniently placed compartments, versatile carrying options, useful grab points, and attractive design. The stretchy, slip-resistant Absolute strap promises to make shoulder lugging comfortable and convenient. UPS expedited delivery of my order in 3 days to my home in Nanaimo, BC, with the shipment accurately tracked along the way.” – E.C.
“Don’t even know how I got to your website, I don’t even need a bag…I just got sucked in! A quick look at the About Us page showed me a factory crew IN THE USA. I’ve seen a lot of sample rooms and a few factory floors in NYC and none of them looked as nice as yours. The term values is so widely misused, I hesitate to say this, but I love the values your company and its choices represent. Here is to more Tom Bihns out there and fewer Wal-Marts. And when I actually need a bag, I’ll be back.” – G.P.
“*Durability.* I am always on the move from the office to school to my 5-year old’s pee-wee football games. I have killed several bags within weeks of ownership, yet my ID still looks as good as the day I bought it. There are no frayed stitchings, so mangled zippers, not even a scuff mark to be found. This bag can take a beating (and a good one at that) while still keeping your stuff well protected rain or shine.
*Design.* To me, the mark of a good product is that I never think about those little annoying “what ifs” that would make it easier to live with. So far, I have yet to find any aspect of the design that does not work to perfection. The positioning and size of pockets is just about right for any combination of my things. Access to your stuff is easy and painless, even when you’re rummaging blind through the bag while focused on other things. The overall design just seems to be intuitive, and flexible enough to meet a variety of needs. It is also suprising ly roomy for it’s size. I am amazed at how much you can really fit comfortably in the bag when needed!”
The Western Flyer – our carry-on convertible travel briefcase – is now available for pre-order with convertible backpack straps, shipping by late September. Previously, the Western Flyer had been available with a convertible sling strap only. Now you can choose between the convertible sling strap OR convertible backpack straps. What’s the difference between the two? Some folks – especially women – may find the backpack straps to be more comfortable than the sling strap, while others may prefer the quick release and ease of the sling strap. We listened to your feedback and decided (for now) to offer both options.
On the Western Flyer convertible travel briefcase/carry-on bag:
“I get no grief from the airlines here in Australia at all, even the new low cost Tiger from Singapore which seems to have lots of control freaks looking out for oversize hand luggage.
My work mates are amazed that I can get away with it, but it has been so liberating.
The only downside is that my Aeronaut now has dust on it!
The other great thing I got at the shop was the Freudian slip. Who would have thought such a simple thing would revolutionise my travelling with files.” – posted by CanusDom in the TOM BIHN Forums.
“On the whole, I love the bag–it’s obviously well-constructed (though if you’re on this forum, you probably know that) and, with the packing cubes, is easy to organize. With the size and shape and weight of it, I had no problems getting it by myself into overhead bins on planes and trains. (Not a factor for the young and fit, but becoming more of an issue for me.) I had no trouble on Air New Zealand–notorious for stingy weight limits–or on Austrian Air, which stations employees in Vienna halfway down the jetway to intercept bags that look too big or heavy to them. ” – posted by flitcraft in the TOM BIHN Forums.
Above: a picture from the One Bag, One World review of the Western Flyer.