Photographs of our factory by Stirling Elmendorf.
You should now be able to search within the Forums (simple or advanced search) without any problems. While you’re searching, notice a new feature in the advanced search: Search by Tag. When you prepare a post on the forums, you’ll see a new area that asks you to list tags related to the topic that you’re posting about. Make sure to add tags to each new post you make, and then we can begin to take advantage of the Search by Tags feature.
Just one of the new pictures we’ve added to the TOM BIHN Flickr feed.
We are currently upgrading the TOM BIHN Forums vbulletin software. A few of you have emailed to tell us that you’re receiving an error when you try to search the forums – we’re working on fixing this and will update you when everything is back to a new-and-improved normal!
The Empire Builder briefcase is now shipping in Black/Crimson/Steel, Black/Black/Cayenne, and Black/Steel/Wasabi. Colors Black/Black/Sapphire, Black/Black/Steel, and Black/Steel/Steel will ship within the next week and a half.
Over the next few weeks, we plan to add a “Packing List” button to most product pages. For example: clicking on the Packing List button on the Western Flyer page will open a pop-up window that will link to a thread in the TOM BIHN Forums in which customers can post a list of what they carry in the Western Flyer.
All of this is based on a new sub-forum in the TOM BIHN Forums called “Packing Lists”. In this forum, there are threads for each bag that will have a Packing List button. We welcome you to post a list of what you carry in your TOM BIHN bag in its own thread.
“So, what do you get for the basic price? You get a fantastic laptop bag. The Western Flyer is built from 1050 Ballistic nylon and is lined with Dyneema/nylon ripstop; YKK #10 Aquaguard zippers. Those terms may nothing to people like us, so I’ll sum it all up with the word “solid.“ Is there even stitching on this bag? Because I can’t see it. The stitches and seams are hidden from view, and therefore protected from snags.
The front of the bag sports two zippered compartments that are nearly ten inches wide and up to eight inches deep. The higher compartment features a lanyard to which you can attach your keys, but I used it to attach my USB flash drive. There’s also a pocket compartment that’s perfectly sized for storing a bottle of water, although I imagine most would use it for holding documents, pamphlets, airline tickets and such.
The compartment on the back is the size of the whole bag, but it actually already serves a more important function; the straps for the built-in backpack are stored here. The Western Flyer has basic nylon handles on the top and on both edges, so it’s already easy to cary pretty much any way you want. But for longer periods, you can pull out these straps and wear it like a backpack. When not in use, the backpack straps stay neatly tucked away…you’d never even know they’re there. Even the bottom latches to which you fasten the backpack straps are permanently hidden from view.”
Read the full review @ Appletell.
“I just wanted to thank you for, in a word, being so awesome. I have the “Brain Bag” backpack, which I use every day, and count among my favorite possessions (not just favorite bags, favorite possessions, period). In general, I really love things that are well-engineered and perform their function well, and this bag meets both of those criteria in spades. Anyway, on a recent trip, I lost a part of the chest strap so I called your store. After I was able to describe the part that I needed, the very pleasant woman with whom I spoke just asked for my address and told me that the part would be in the mail in the next day or so. I was a bit taken aback–wasn’t she going to at least charge me $4.95 for “Shipping and Handling”? Nope. Several days later, the strap arrived in the mail and I returned to comfortably carrying around all of my stuff. Long story short, thanks for being so awesome.” – Matt
“Just wanted to give you yet another positive piece of feedback!
I’ve had my Zephyr for a few months now, and it is an absolute workhorse. I’ve not yet run into a situation where I didn’t have room for something, and I’m just thrilled with the attention to detail / quality of materials. I will definitely be purchasing a backpack next, as that’s another area where my current bags are lacking. Keep up the excellent work!” - Andy