FIELD TRIPS by TOM BIHN

Patterns. Voyages. Backcountry and front.

July 2011

The Real Geeks Review of the Ristretto for iPad/iPad 2

“I tried to be as fair as possible when reviewing this bag. I usually like to find a couple negative features when reviewing a product, but I really cannot find anything negative about the Ristretto.”

Read the full review by Ian at The Real Geeks.

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Twitter Photo: (maiden voyage for my 1st @tombihn bag)

Thanks to @littlestsounds for this great photo of their new Synapse.

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The Breve iPad/iPad 2 in Navy, Cardinal, and Forest

The Breve for iPad/iPad 2 is now in-stock and shipping in all colors: Navy, Cardinal, Forest, Kiwi, Steel, and Black.

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Going Up the Wudang Mountains with the Aeronaut (Photo by eVolcre)

Thanks to TOM BIHN Forums member eVolcre for sending us this photo. See: Wudang Mountains (Wikipedia), the Aeronaut.

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Tynan: 2011 Gear Update (Style Edition)

Tynan: 2011 Gear Update (Style Edition) (the Synapse backpack)

Excerpts:
“My entire wardrobe can fit in a ziploc bag. I initially pared down just for travel, but even though I have plenty of room in the RV, I keep no additional clothes there. My recommendations are intended for minimalist travelers, but even if you don’t leave your local bus system, my suggestions remain the same. There’s convenience and joy in simplicity.”

And, on the Synapse backpack:
“I’m a logical person. I don’t believe in superstition. I think science can explain everything. All that said, I have no idea how so much stuff can fit into the Tom Bihn Synapse. My jackets stuff into the bottom pocket, my kindle and camera go in the middle pocket, chargers and cables fill up the side pockets, my laptop and clothes fill up half of the main compartment, and the other half stays empty.”

Read the full review at Tynan.com

Tynan: 2011 Gear Update (Style Edition) (the Synapse backpack)

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Update on Riley, Tom’s dog

Update on Riley, Tom's dog

Riley, Tom’s dog, is somewhat of a celebrity. He even has his own page on the website.

“Riley continues to be one of the best people to hang out with. He’s gotten a bit grouchy as he’s gotten older, but then so have I. He still has a good sense of humor and enjoys the company of humans, canines and select felines. And he still hikes: in spite of arthritis in his wrists and a recently fixed knee, he can do up to five miles. More importantly, he enjoys just being outdoors and generally resists getting back in the car at the end of the day.
I always guessed he was part Irish Wolfhound, but we met a real Irish Wolfhound at the dog park recently and he was tiny by comparison.”
- Tom

Also: meet Ichiro, Riley’s friend at the office.

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Gear Patrol Review: the Super Ego

Gear Patrol Review: the Super Ego

Gear Patrol Review: the Super Ego

“First off, let’s take a look at the exterior design. It looks different from the ubquitous monochromatic bags you’ve seen. Available in multiple color combinations, it is a standout. Also, this is a large bag but it’s by no means overwhelming. The material itself is a high quality, dense nylon weave that stands up well to moisture and the elements. You’ll also take note of the interchangeable front strap insert, which adheres to the outer flap via velcro and elastic. With 19 color and material choices for this strap, you can customize your bag based on design preference and practicality.”

Read the entire review by Amos Kwon at Gear Patrol. See also: the Super Ego.

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