Patterns. Voyages. Backcountry and front.

February 2011

The Brooks Review: the Ristretto

The Brooks Review of the TOM BIHN Ristretto

“Early one morning I was going through OmniFocus to see what I needed to change into a project and what I needed to delete from my life. I was brain dumping a bunch of stuff for my upcoming adventure to SXSi and I realized that the kit I wanted to carry around with me, while in attendance, doesn’t fit in my current bag. Crap.

At the very least I determined that I needed to carry my iPad, MiFi, and Canon G9 with me (iPhone in my pocket). I have two bags and even the biggest one is too small to carry the bulky Canon G9. I was stuck trying to decide if I should get a new camera or a new bag to carry this stuff. Common sense won out and I decided that if I get anything it should be a new bag…”

Read the full review at The Brooks Review.

The Brooks Review of the TOM BIHN Ristretto


“For those that are on the edge, I highly recommend getting one!”

maverick's photo of the Imago in Steel/Cork/Wasabi.

Above: maverick’s photo of the Imago in Steel/Cork/Wasabi Philadelphia’s 30th street train station. See a larger version of the above photo — and another of the Imago– in the Forums.

“I just got my Imago this past Monday (it was a nice Valentine’s day gift!). I gave a quick review the other day of that and the Aeronauts my wife and I ordered.
The bag, at first glance, was smaller than what I am accustomed to; I’ve been using a canvas-style messenger bag that was large, but not well-built, and not even close to being as well-designed as the Imago.
That night I packed SO much into that little bag. It truly surprised me. I even fit my 15″ Vaio inside, even though I know it’s not the ideal size. It fit with tons of room left over. The standard strap is well made too; I’ve been pleasantly surprised. And the ballistic nylon, DANG! The material is so flippin’ nice! Sturdy, yet stylish. For those that are on the edge, I highly recommend getting one!”
- Posted by teacherman in the TOM BIHN Forums.


In stock: 17″ Checkpoint Flyer, Smart Alec, Shop Bag (some colors), more

Now shipping within one business day:

The Smart Alecin all colors: Black/Crimson/Steel, Black/Black/Steel, and Black/Steel/Solar.

The Large Shop Bag in Solar and Steel
The Size 4Z Horizontal Cache
The Size iPad Vertical Cache
The Size 6X Horizontal Brain Cell
The Checkpoint Flyer in all PC Sizes and the 17″ size


Katy’s new Kindle with Organizer Pouches, Small Cafe Bag (Photos)

From Katy, our Customer Service expert:
“I bought a Kindle to encourage myself to read more this year. Its compact size and weight will encourage me to carry it with me everywhere as some of the books I like to read tend to be heavy. We pack light, why not read light? Maybe I’ll finally get around to reading Anna Karenina.

If you’ve read a really good book recently, feel free to email me. I would love to know what our customers recommend and in turn build my Kindle library.”

Katy's new Kindle with Organizer Pouches, Small Cafe Bag (Photos)
The Kindle Sleeve in Cayenne Ultrasuede®

Katy's new Kindle with Organizer Pouches, Small Cafe Bag (Photos)
The Kindle Sleeve in Cork

Katy's new Kindle with Organizer Pouches, Small Cafe Bag (Photos)
In an Ultraviolet Medium Clear Organizer Pouch, inside of a Navy/Wasabi Small Cafe Bag.


maverick’s response to “Beyond the Smooth”

maverick posted this response on Facebook to Tom’s post “Beyond the Smooth”:

“i’ve gotten so spoiled by my aeronaut. i can pack in it for a trip up the coast, to the mountains, across the world, and anyplace else. it will even hold a camping chair for my trips to india! i’d be lost without it.

but, i must point out a couple of things…

first, if you’re flying air india and approach the ticket counter in new york with just an aeronaut on your back and no bags to check, you will have to deal with very confused looks from airline personnel because everyone else who is in line with you will be checking in two big suitcases, and will be carrying an overweight roll aboard onto the plane. if you’re connecting to air india from another flight, you may be asked again and again if you checked your bags through at your origin. on top of that, the person checking you in may have trouble getting you checked in because their computer wasn’t designed to accommodate a value of zero for the number of checked bags.

second, because you’ll walk right out of the airport while everyone else who was on your flight waits around the baggage carrousel for their bags, the person picking you up may not be there waiting for you. make sure that you let the person who’s picking you up know that you don’t have any checked bags so they arrive on time to pick you up rather an half an hour later.

third, you will have to deal with people staring. don’t worry, they aren’t staring at you – you don’t have toilet paper stuck to your shoe (well, i hope you don’t!). they’re checking out that gorgeous pack on your back! it’s alright. and if someone stops you and asks, and if you have time, describe the highlights of your lovely bag.

finally, you will get so spoiled with your aeronaut, tri-star and western flyer, that if you ever have an issue with your back that necessitates using a roll aboard suitcase rather than your tom bihn bag, it will motivate you like nothing else to get your back back in shape so that you don’t have to deal with a roll aboard and can continue to enjoy the freedom that these bags offer.”