FIELD TRIPS by TOM BIHN

Patterns. Voyages. Backcountry and front.

June 2011

ChrisG: Empire Builder and Aeronaut on a Cross-Country Train Trip

“As promised, here’s a review and some pictures from my recent cross-country train trip using my new Empire Builder and Aeronaut.

My daughter and I rode Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Emeryville, CA (across the Bay from San Francisco) to Omaha, NE. Well, technically we rode it past Omaha to Creston, IA because the Omaha station was closed due to the flooding on the Missouri River.

I received my new bags a few days before the trip. The EB is my new EDC bag for work, but the Aeronaut was pretty much purchased because of this trip.”

Read ChrisG’s entire trip report in the TOM BIHN Forums.

ChrisG: Empire Builder and Aeronaut on a Cross-Country Train Trip

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Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon

“In the summer of 1973, I hiked the West Coast Trail on the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I carried a backpack I had made for the trip — it was forest green, and I always thought it was the most perfect shade of green. That particular color will, in my mind, always be linked to that adventure, and is the inspiration for our new Forest Green 1050d ballistic nylon. Maybe our Aeronaut or Tri-Star in Forest Green will be a part of your next adventure.”
- Tom

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon

Available for pre-order in Forest:
Aeronaut in Forest/Steel or Forest/Ultraviolet
Tri-Star in Forest/Steel or Forest/Ultraviolet
Kit
ID in Black/Forest/Cayenne
Empire Builder Black/Forest/Steel
Super Ego in Black/Forest/Cayenne
Breve
Co-Pilot in Forest/Steel

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Kit

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Tri-Star

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Aeronaut

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Tri-Star in Forest/Steel

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Aeronaut in Forest/Ultraviolet

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In stock: Tri-Star, Swift, 4Z Brain Cell, Small Cafe, more

In-stock and ready to ship:

Tri-Star in Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian, Steel/Ultraviolet, and Steel/Solar.

Swift, all colors: Cocoa/Olive, Olive/Plum, Olive/Linen, Plum/Black, Black/Black, Kiwi/Black, and Navy/Steel.

Size 4Z Horizontal Brain Cell

Small Cafe Bag, all colors: Olive/Wasabi, Black/Steel, Black/Wasabi, Cocoa/Wasabi, Plum/Wasabi, Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Steel, Linen/Olive, Crimson/Steel, and Conifer/Steel.

3D Clear Organizer Cube, all colors: Black, Steel, Indigo, Olive, Conifer, and Plum.

Swift in Cork

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New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Black/Iberian.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Steel/Solar.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Steel/Ultraviolet.

Visit the Aeronaut (our maximum carry-on travel bag) page. Click through Read More to see photos of Black/Steel, Navy/Iberian, Navy/Solar, and Steel/Steel.

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Photo: Kit in all colors (sixth new ballistic nylon color greyed out)

Photo: Kit in all colors (sixth new ballistic nylon color greyed out)

From left to right: Steel, Kiwi, Mystery #6 1050d ballistic nylon color that debuts on Tuesday, Black, Navy, and Cardinal. See: the Kit.

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Introducing Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon

This is the red of my dreams; the red I’ve quested after for years. It’s a deep red, rich and dark. A hint of black, and perhaps a bit of blue, distinguish our previous Crimson 1050d ballistic nylon from our new Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon. Working with the dye works to create this color was no simple feat, and we rejected countless iterations of the new red before finally approving Cardinal two months ago.

After choosing our new color, we had several brainstorming sessions to come up with its name. Many would call it “Cherry” or “Stanford Red”. I thought it’d be funny to call it “Bolshevik Red” but more reasoned voices prevailed. Someone (we can’t remember who) suggested Cardinal, which is defined as a deep, vivid red. Perfect. And it’s the name of a train. Even better. (Our Empire Builder and Zephyr briefcases are also named after trains.)

We’re excited to offer Cardinal for pre-order in the following bags: Aeronaut, Tri-Star, Breve for iPad/iPad 2, ID, Empire Builder, Kit, Super Ego, Co-Pilot, and Checkpoint Flyer.

In the process of choosing Cardinal, which is our fifth color of 1050d U.S. ballistic nylon, we came up with a sixth color that everyone agreed we couldn’t leave behind. We’ll be unveiling 1050d Ballistic Nylon Color #6 next Tuesday. Stay tuned!
– Tom

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
Our previous red – Crimson – is on the left. Cardinal is on the right.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
The Tri-Star in Cardinal/Steel.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
Handles of the Cardinal Tri-Star cut and ready to sew.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
The Kit.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
The Kit in Cardinal, with a Vulcana Hemp/Recycled Rubber background.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
A roll of the Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon in the factory.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
A close-up of the ballistic nylon yarns.

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Feedback on the Aeronaut Grab Handle

In response to our post on the blog and Facebook featuring the grab handles on the end of the Aeronaut, you wrote:

Trina:
“I sure appreciated both of them one time I had to hustle with the bag … I had the absolute strap across my body and kept the Aeronaut steady by holding on to the side handles. I was wearing a different backpack on my back, otherwise it would have been secured there!”

Jennifer:
“I adore all the thought put into these awesome bags!”

Brian:
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used all of those handles in various situations. My Aeronaut is my rock.”

Read more feedback on the Aeronaut grab handles — and post your own — on Facebook.

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