MagicTiki: Photos of my new Empire Builder

“Had some time this afternoon, so I’m dropping some pics of my new Empire Builder! I know everyone loves pics to help with their decision making process (I know I am obsessive about ‘em), so here we go…!”

Read the full thread by MagicTiki in the Forums.

MagicTiki's new TOM BIHN Empire Builder briefcase

TOM BIHN orings
O-rings galore.

Photo: Synapse at the Internet Cat Video Film Festival

That’s right: the first-ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival. Read all about it over at The New York Times.

Synapse at the Internet Cat Video Film Festival

Posted by Rocks in the Forums.

New photos: Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer)

The Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) is a dual-purpose packing cube: in preparation for and during your journey, use it to organize and pack your clothing inside the Tri-Star — just like how you’d use our Large Tri-Star Packing Cube. When you reach your destination and it’s time to leave the Tri-Star in the hotel or hostel, you can remove the contents of the Packing Cube Backpack and right-side it out, transforming it into a backpack with two compartments, an O-ring, and webbing backpack straps that are surprisingly comfortable for lighter loads. Also available is the Packing Cube Backpack (Aeronaut).

Packing Cube Backpack by TOM BIHN

Packing Cube backpack
Packed for a day hike.

Packing Cube Backpack by TOM BIHN
Insided-out and used as a packing cube.

More new photos can be seen on the Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) page.

Synapse: An Ultralight Carry-On Challenge (9 days in Japan)

Lani Teshima of The Travelite FAQ successfully packed everything she needed for a nine-day trip to Japan the Synapse. Wow.

The Travelite FAQ - Ultralight Packing Challenge with the TOM BIHN Synapse

Read the full post with photos and a packing list over at The Travelite FAQ. See also: the Synapse

“Wow. The Checkpoint Flyer turned out to be worth every penny.”

“Wow. The Checkpoint Flyer turned out to be worth every penny.

On my recent trip I had to clear numerous airport security setups. In the US, everywhere let me just send my unclipped Checkpoint Flyer right through. One TSA agent even took a closer look and made a comment that it was a terrific bag. He loved how it unfolded so easily. Only in Canada did I have to take the laptop out of the bag. The bag definitely earned its name–I flew through security.

The front zippered pockets were perfect for accessing small items during my flights (the entire, stuffed bag fit easily under the seat). The travel document pocket was definitely appreciated. I also liked the two zippered “secret” pockets between the laptop bag and the main compartment. I kept my financial items in that section.

The quality of construction and well-thought out components made this purchase a worthwhile value instead of a luxury item. I’ll be using this bag quite a bit!”

– Excerpted from an email sent to us by K.

Checkpoint Flyer by TOM BIHN
The Checkpoint Flyer in Black/Steel with the Absolute Shoulder Strap.