From all of us at Tom Bihn – have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now we’re going home to cook. (Potato and Leak Au Gratin, in case you’re wondering.)
Now shipping – the Clear Quarter Packing Cube in Solar/White Dyneema. (Also available in Steel/White Dyneema.)
“The clear quarter cube is my favorite Tom Bihn accessory so far. It’s so versatile. Right now I’m using it to carry all my small knitting gear like scissors, circular needles, tape measure, cable needle, point protectors, markers. I could go on.” – mrae
“I looooove my Clear Quarter Packing Cube. it travels with Large Cafe Bag(s) at all time (it has also caught the eyes of the TSA ladies).” – backpack
“We’re not the first publication to fall in love with Tom Bihn’s Checkpoint Flyer briefcase. The costly laptop carrier is lightweight, well-thought-out, and extremely easy to use. Plus, it meets the TSA guidelines for bags that will let you zip through airport security without removing your laptop. Our greatest concern about the Checkpoint Flyer is its premium price; not every user can afford to spend $220 on a laptop bag. But like the best premium luggage, the bag’s modular design and sturdy construction make it a long-term investment. If you travel frequently and the cost is within your means, we recommend the Checkpoint Flyer.” - Excerpt from the CNET review of the Checkpoint Flyer by Michelle Thatcher.
And CNET reader vinujacob replied to the review with this comment:
“I love how easy it is to walk up to the x-ray machine, unclip the two large clips, lay out the bag, walk through the metal detector and fold up and clip the bag and walk away. The construction of the bag itself is excellent, the attention to details is amazing, I especially love the covered zippers which helps to keep water from seeping in when you are running through the pouring rain.”
“It is no secret that I love Tom Bihn bags. Heck, I like bags in general, but Tom Bihn’s hand-crafted bags have made me very picky about what I slip my Tablet PC in to and carry on my shoulder. Their latest creation, the Checkpoint Flyer, is no different.” – Rob Bushway, Editor-in-Chief for GottaBeMobile.com.
Click here to watch the Gotta Be Mobile Video Review of the Checkpoint Flyer.
Click the above picture to watch the video or see the Checkpoint Flyer.
“Now, it did take me a while to get used to the Smart Alec. The placement of the opening is different than most backpacks I’m used to. I’m used to a straight top-down opening. But the Smart Alex kind of opens like a can – where you access the interior with the back of the bag facing towards you. I like this very much now because it doesn’t expose the contents of your bag as much to prying eyes (don’t want anyone to start coveting my chocolate chip cookies and Vanity Fair that I take on the plane with me).” Read the full review over at Funky, Chic & Cool Laptop Bags. Or, see the Smart Alec.
“I have been using the Western Flyer for the last 2 weeks now and thought I would write this review for those considering purchasing this bag.
Forgive the length of the post; I am of the opinion that a bag of this quality and design deserves a thoughtful and thorough contribution.” - Read Sco1t’s entire review, which includes many excellent pictures of the bag in use.
Above: Pictures from the Rainy Day Magazine review of the Western Flyer.
When we first considered adding a new color of our Dyneema/nylon
rip-stop fabric, we had a difficult choice to make: the sapphire blue
color, of which we were fortunate enough to acquire a small quantity,
was not only beautiful but also very popular. However, we wanted
something that would brighten up the inside of a bag when used as a
lining. Based loosely on the color of mustard flowers, we think the
new Solar/White Dyneema/rip-stop turned out very cool indeed.
“Our Dyneema/nylon fabric consists of a base fabric of 200 denier nylon
with a woven rip-stop grid of Dyneema; it is a blend of 94% nylon and 6%
Dyneema. I came across this fabric as I was looking for a light-weight
alternative to our standard 500 denier Cordura nylon. Many manufacturers,
in order to save weight, use a simple 200 denier nylon as a lining material
and to make accessories, but I’ve always been unimpressed with the tear
strength of this 100% nylon fabric. Even though the Dyneema
makes up only a small percent of the fiber content in our version, it makes
a huge difference in the finished fabric: with the Dyneema rip-stop
added, the fabric becomes essentially tear-proof. Woven and dyed to our
specifications in Japan, and three times the price of the 100% nylon version,
one would ask: is this over-kill? Maybe a little, but isn’t that why you love us?”
Items available for pre-order in Solar/White Dyneema:
(Currently, the only bag pictured in Solar/White is the Shop bag.)
The Swift Knitting Bag is available for pre-order in two new colors: Pink/Plum and Pink/Steel.
“This is really a great bag for road warriors. I can’t think of anything I’d change, and I’m still constantly surprised by how well it’s designed for this purpose. I’m certainly a Tom Bihn convert now, and definitely have an Aeronaut in my future. I’m sure I’ll be back for more.” – Read more of ScottMcG’s detailed review of the Empire Builder.
Above: The Empire Builder.
I’ve just walked through our Seattle factory and seen that the Shop Bag is almost done – your orders might even ship this week!