FIELD TRIPS by TOM BIHN

Patterns. Voyages. Backcountry and front.

May 2011

Photo by Marisa: Rare TOM BIHN Limpet Backpack @ Machu Picchu

Photo by Marisa: Rare TOM BIHN Limpet Backpack @ Machu Picchu

Photo by Marisa, posted to our Facebook page. The Limpet backpack pictured was sewn by Tom himself in his Santa Cruz, CA workshop in the early-to-mid 90’s. Very few were ever made.

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backpack on the Brain Bag

“I don’t have a Smart Alec but I have 3 Brain Bags.

The best backpack I’ve ever owned, hands down.

I have been using urban backpacks (as in non camping) ever since they were first put in the market. I have used many brands and many size of backpacks hence my screen name.”

Read backpack’s entire post in the Brain Bag VS. Smart Alec? thread in the TOM BIHN Forums.

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dorayme’s visit to our factory

“I cannot effectively put into words my trip to Tom Bihn, meeting Tom, Darcy, Katy and Brian, seeing the team of the rest of the employees hard at work, my personal tour and shopping experiences. I will just say it was amazing!

My little family of bags has grown, and I have a even greater sense of satisfaction in my purchases knowing; the thought that goes into each one, the fact that they are made for an honest wage, the company really cares for its employees, the company’s philosophies are a part of how they operate, not lip service or an outward statement and lastly, I feel like I “get” Tom so much more now. The designs are worked over so thoroughly to ensure that the product that is delivered is one that is at it’s fullest potential. There is nothing half hazard in the process of design here.

I have personally made suggestions, and have seen many made for combinations of certain fabrics for certain bags and seen that there is no movement forward to produce said bag, the thing that we don’t see on the purchasing end is that many of them have already been made/tried and didn’t meet the standard of quality that Tom, and the team of employees puts into what the name Tom Bihn is labeled onto, so those options aren’t available. The same can be said for designs in progress.

It’s great to invest in this kind of all around quality and the products are worth it. They last through real use and time and come out on the other side often looking no worse for wear. Often looking even nicer from the patina of use!”

Read dorayme’s full post on her visit to our factory in the TOM BIHN Forums.

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New colors of Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Lapis and Asphalt

We’ve added two new colors of our Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Lapis Blue and Asphalt Grey. Both are available for order now and ship within one business day. The Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth gently yet effectively cleans glossy surfaces (such as those of the iPad or iPhone) of smudges.

TOM BIHN New colors of Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Lapis and Asphalt

TOM BIHN New colors of Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Lapis and Asphalt

TOM BIHN New colors of Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Lapis and Asphalt

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In stock: Brain Bag, Kit, Synapse, Breve, Crimson Key Strap, Packing Cubes

Now shipping:

Brain Bag in all colors: Black, Steel, Crimson, Olive, and Navy.

Kit in all colors: Black, Steel, Kiwi, Navy.

Synapse in all colors: Conifer/Steel, Plum/Solar, Olive/Solar, Navy/Solar, Black/Steel, Black/Ultraviolet, Steel/Steel, Ultraviolet Dyneema/Steel Dyneema, Iberian Dyneema/Steel Dyneema, and Steel Dyneema/Solar Dyneema.

Breve in all colors: Black, Steel, and Kiwi.

8″ Color Key Strap in Crimson (last chance to get one; when they’re gone, they’re gone.) All other colors are also in-stock.

The Tri-Star Packing Cubes in sizes Medium and Large.

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New Photo: the Tri-Star in Navy

TOM BIHN Tri-Star carry-on bag in Navy

The Tri-Star is available for pre-order in Navy/Solar and Navy/Iberian and ships by late June.

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Photo by doornum3: My TOM BIHN collection

TXGirl: Photos of tornadoes in Texas

TXGirl has posted amazing — and frightening — photos of tornadoes in Denton and Keller, Texas in the TOM BIHN Forums. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the extreme weather in the Midwest and South. We’re sure you’ve seen the link to donate to the Red Cross, but here it is again. We’re making our donation today.

TXGirl: Photos of tornadoes in Texas

TXGirl: Photos of tornadoes in Texas

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Entrepreneur: 10 Brands That Can Help Make Business Travel More Bearable (TOM BIHN)