“I am excited about my purchases coming but I am also excited that I am doing business with a company like Tom Bihn. Cost more? Sure. But I get a whole lot more too. I’ll be getting superior products (all those independent reviews can’t be wrong), the best customer service bar none, doing biz with an American company that pays a real wage and gives benefits. I also took a look on eBay for Tom Bihn bags. I found a few. The resale value I saw was amazing. I saw a never used old style Buzz bag (smaller dimensions than the current Buzz) that probably went for $90 when originally purchased (I checked the Internet Archive) go for $81. Tom Bihn bags seem to hold their value better than cars.” – Read ex machina’s full post in the TOM BIHN Forums.
Be sure to check out the above video (link takes you to maverick’s site so you can watch the video there) where maverick (a user on the TOM BIHN Forums and longtime customer) unloads groceries from Tom Bihn Shop Bag. maverick names each item as he unloads it (you’ll get a good sense of what a Shop Bag can hold) which causes quite a bit of excitement in the latter half of the video…
You can tell maverick what you thought of the video (and maybe beg him to make more) in this thread.
“To fold the bag into its pocket, I start with the bag turned pocket side out. Then I fold it so that one pocket side with the sewn seams is facing up — I push in the front and back panels as though I were trying to do a “flat pack” with only the black outer seam along the bottom, sides, and top of one pocket showing. If you start by holding the inside-out bag with one pocket side on the bottom and the other on the top, then let this collapse onto a table and tuck in all the bits that would stick beyond the black seams you’ll see what I mean. Then, from that position, I turn one of the pockets inside out. Hold the flat pack so that the thumb of one hand is holding a point roughly under the seamed edge of the open pocket, and pull that edge towards the bottom of the pocket, so that the rest of the flat bag is now stuffed inside the pocket. Push down to straighten the inside edge of the inverted pocket. Then fold/roll in the remaining bits of bag, including the handles, that protrude from the top of the pocket for a neatly folded pack.”
For those of you who are more visual learners, hang in there – we’ll be posting a video of this soon.
“a) For university students …
Often the weight of lugging all the books I’d need to work at the library downtown would really hurt my back if carried in a backpack. I specifically bought the last Lux available to solve this problem. The Lux did the job but was often too big and had tons of extra space, which made it feel like kind of waste to use for that particular purpose.
Having used the wonderful Shop Bag for a variety of purposes since I got one, I have to say that this bag is an excellent addition to any university student’s life. It is small and lightweight enough to leave in your daily school bag all the time, and the convenience of whipping it out when you’re at the university library and found those five perfect books to help you finish your essay is excellent.
Another use for university students – in a lecture hall, the temperature is often extremely opposite to how it feels outside (ie. in the summer the AC is blasting, in the winter the heater is boiling). The Shop Bag can be used to carry the few lighter items needed to combat the temperature fluctuations that are too bulky to fit into a smaller day bag. Not everyone likes the idea of just getting a huge day bag and filling it to the brim, and the shop bag is the perfect solution to this problem.
b) For moms, of animals *and* children …
The Shop Bag is deceptively large in carrying capacity and can handle a lot of weight and oddly shaped items. I have used the shop bag as my travel accessory when I’m taking my two birds and two cats on the go somewhere. It hold everyone’s food, a small litter pan and scooper, a small tupperware of litter, and a variety of toys.
For this reason, I think it would be a very useful accessory for mothers with toddlers as well – big enough to hold a variety of items, small enough to let the three year old carry and feel like s/he has their own stuff in their own bag.
c) For seniors …
Because of it’s weight and padded handles, this bag is perfect for seniors’ shopping excursions. My nanny always ends up lugging those huge plastic basket contraptions when she goes to food basics or shoppers drug mart to pick up a few things for just herself. The baskets are heavy and unwieldy for someone who has bad arthritis in their hands.
The Shop Bag is an excellent solution, I think. She can fold it up, even in just a square and not the fancy way if her hands can’t manage it, and put it into her purse. Then, while she’s ambling around the store she can put items into the shop bag, which is light, comfortable to carry, and very strong.”
“Overall, there is really nothing bad to say about the Tom Bihn Super Ego. It is a superbly constructed Messenger Bag which provides an immense amount of storage capacity. In addition, the Super Ego allows the user some individuality by customizing the stripe, buckle and strap. Although most Tom Bihn bags are pricey, they are well worth the investment as bags are made from the highest quality materials and should last for a long, long time.”
“Last Monday, I loaded my Macbook, and a few friends into the car. We were going on a road trip, heading due north to Seattle, to visit the Tom Bihn showroom and factory. Tom Bihn bags are known for their quality and unique styles and colors. I know, most of my bags are Tom Bihn bags. They’re made in the USA and carry a cult following among techies (waves to the others out there). Three hours later (and some great rock star parking) we were standing just outside the famed bagmaker’s haven.”
“I Just took delivery of an Aeronaut at the beginning of January. Amazing bag. Can’t wait to take it to England and Germany next month. But this is not really a review (I will post one of those later).”
Due to the really bad weather in Seattle over the holidays combined with an even more extreme holiday shipping backlog, my Aeronaut was to arrive on the day I would leave on a major business trip. A big disappointment since I had just given away my trusty rolling luggage to a neighbor. What was I to do?
I had already written to TB due to my carelessness in ordering. I forgot the legendary Absolute Shoulder Strap. Casey Anderson, shipping lead, quickly responded. He kindly let me know they would include this with my original order. I was very impressed. Based on having already contacted Casey I decided to write him once again, asking if there was a way to get everything to me by no later than the 5th of January. I asked nicely, knowing it would pretty much take a small miracle (the products were already in the shipping pipeline).
Well, I was definitely surprised by the outcome. Thank you, Casey, for what you did. TB will get my bag business from now on. I received my Aeronaut and accessories the very next day. How was this possible? Casey had commandeered the shipment and had everything moved up to next day delivery. I didn’t even know you could do this. It beat my best expectations! Fantastic customer service on your part, Casey. So, if any of you need another reason to buy products from Tom Bihn, here you go. Well made bags of all types, American labor and stupendous customer service. You guys rock!”
Fannod posted on the forums:
“Architects, engineers, contractors, developers and others in the building industry frequently need to wear business attire for meetings, but bring along the clothing and PPE (personal protective equipment) for a construction site. I currently use a canvas tote, but some of the gear is awkward, breakable or dirty; or sometimes all three. Critical items include a hard-hat (odd shape is hard to pack), eye protection (easily scratched), steel-toed boots (always muddy) and possibly gloves, a reflective vest and hearing protection (just bulky.) I have cast many an inquiring, yet fruitless glance at the bags that hold ski boots and helmets. However the sizes and proportions are wrong for my gear, and overall a little flashy for us style-conscious design professionals. What we need is a Tom Bihn solution.”
“I have a Super Ego bag that I now use for my field visits. Its big enough that it holds returned shop drawings, a set of project specifications, 30′ and 100′ tape measures. The slot holds up to a 17″ laptop but I now travel with a 12.5″ laptop. You could even put a point and shoot camera in it, however I like to carry my DSLR in its own bag. I also keep an REI climbing carabiner on the shoulder strap to clip my hardhat onto when off site.”
“I received my first Tom Bihn bag, a Brain Bag, for Christmas. I also got the Brain Cell, Snake Charmer, and Freudian Slip. Within a couple of weeks, I ordered several of the clip-on pouches to add to it. This combination of bag and accessories is absolutely amazing! Prior to Christmas, I was carrying a separate backpack and computer case to school every day. Now I have just one bag and everything fits wonderfully! I’m tremendously impressed with the quality and love the fact that the products are made responsibly in the USA. I’ll post later with a list and pictures of what I typically carry each day. Thank you for making such great products!” – Posted by Radio bug in the TOM BIHN Forums.