New: Nikwax® Tent & Gear SolarProof® Bottle or Concentrated Pouch

Our bags are made with fabrics that are coated on the interior with urethane for water resistance and treated on the exterior with a durable water-repellent finish. Over time these surface treatments can wear, leaving your bag and its contents more exposed to rain and snow than you might like.

Using Nikwax® is an environmentally and ethically responsible way to renew the water-repellent exterior treatment. It is also recommended as an extra precaution for a new bag if you intend to use it in extremely wet environments.

We’ve made Nikwax® Tent & Gear SolarProof® available in two new sizes:

Nikwax® Tent & Gear SolarProof® 17 floz / 500ml bottle ($18. No need to dilute)

Nikwax® Tent & Gear SolarProof® Concentrated 150ml Pouch ($13. 3.5 times more concentrated than Nikwax in a bottle. Must be diluted before use)

Both are in-stock and ready to ship within one business day.

New: Mesh Ballistic Organizer Pouches

http://www.tombihn.com/PROD/TB1211.html

A small accessory, yes, but it demonstrates why having our own factory is so much fun. A fellow emailed us and suggested we make a version of our Organizer Pouch with breathable mesh on one side. Great idea, I thought. I worked with my factory manager, our new production engineer and our factory crew to make some samples. All with the breathable mesh front, we made a Dyneema/nylon backed version; a Cordura backed version; and finally, a 1050d ballistic nylon version. We like the 1050d ballistic nylon version best and today it’s available for order. The really fun part? All of this happened over the course of about a day. There was an idea, we made it happen, and now it’s (almost) in your hands.

Mesh Ballistic Organizer Pouches. Small ($10) and Medium ($12). Various colors: Black, Steel, Aubergine, Cardinal, Forest, and Navy. Available for order now; in stock and ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN Mesh Ballistic Organizer Pouches

Badger: Aeronaut + Synapse packing lists for trips to conferences

“Sometimes, you get to go places! And other times, you “get” to go places. Over the next two weekends, I “get” to go to some conferences. I leave for the first one tomorrow and will be getting back Sunday; I leave for the second one on the following Friday and will get back on the Sunday.”

Badger is taking her Aeronaut and Synapse on these two trips. Check out her packing list (with photos) and trip update in the Forums.

Badger: Aeronaut + Synapse packing lists for conferences

New Super Ego Photos

TOM BIHN Super Ego messenger bag

TOM BIHN Super Ego laptop messenger bag

See also:
Super Ego – Customer Photos
Super Ego page
Bicycle Times reviews the Super Ego

Photo: Cafe bag in Midtown Manhattan (yesterday)

Alexa with her Cafe Bag braving Hurricane Sandy in Midtown Manhattan. Hope you are all safe and sound.

Alexa with her Cafe Bag braving Hurricane Sandy in Midtown Manhattan. Hope you are all safe and sound.

Video: Travel Accessories from TOM BIHN

More from JD Andrews @ earthXplorer

See also:
RFID Blocking Passport Pouch
3D Clear Organizer Cube
Travel Tray
Horizontal Freudian Slip

Hurricane Sandy UPS Shipping Update

Our friend Patti Digh said it well:

To everyone in the path of a storm, literal or metaphoric,
may you be safe,
may you be warm,
may you be still at the center.
— Patti Digh

We know that for those of you in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, delivery of packages is least of your worries right now, but here’s what the folks at UPS sent us. Note that packages on their way to areas near these zip codes may also be delayed.

Hurricane Sandy is affecting UPS services in areas on the Eastern Coast of the United States.

No pickups, deliveries or On Call Pickup® service are available in the ZIP codes listed below:
Delaware: all ZIP codes
Maryland: all ZIP codes
New Jersey: 07001 – 08989
New York: 10002 – 10292
Pennsylvania: 18901 – 19496
Virginia: 23301 – 23316, 23336 – 23488

New: 13″ MacBook Pro Retina Bags

13" MacBook Pro Retina Bags made by TOM BIHN in USA
The Cache, Horizontal, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina

Bags sized specifically for the new Apple 13″ MacBook Pro Retina and available for pre-order now:

Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina
Vertical Brain Cell, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina
Cache, in Horizontal and Vertical, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina
Cadet, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina
Cache for Cadet, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina

Use this list as a guide to which sleeve or case fits in which of our bags:

Cache, Vertical, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina:
Synapse
Smart Alec
Brain Bag

Cache, Horizontal, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina:
Imago
ID
Empire Builder
Zephyr
Ego
Super Ego
Western Flyer
Tri-Star

Vertical Brain Cell, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina:
Smart Alec
Brain Bag

Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina:
ID
Empire Builder
Zephyr
Ego
Super Ego
Western Flyer
Tri-Star

In stock: Synapse

The backorders have been shipped out (nice work TB shipping crew) and the Synapse is officially back in-stock and ready to ship within one business day in all colors, including our new 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon Synapse in Nordic/Steel and Steel/Steel.

TOM BIHN Synapse backpack - Made in USA

Pre-order: Cache for iPad mini

Sleeve for the iPad mini -- Made in USA by TOM BIHN
Cache for iPad mini, Horizontal

The Cache for iPad mini is designed to protect your iPad mini against scrapes and scratches with little bulk added and is ideal for those who don’t want their iPad mini sleeve to make their loads heavier or to take up a lot of space. The Cache cradles your iPad mini in 1/4″ (6 mm) thick foam padding laminated with an exterior of tough polyester knit and an interior of brushed tricot. With no noisy Velcro® or zipper, the Cache closes by simply tucking a generous flap into the top opening.

$25. Available for pre-order; ships by early November.

TOM BIHN Cache for iPad mini sleeve
Cache for iPad mini, Vertical

The Cache for iPad mini fits in just about every one of our larger messenger bags, travel bags, briefcases, knitting bags, and backpacks. In many of our bags, there are existing pockets that fit the Cache for iPad mini like a glove. Below is a list of the bags that fit the Cache for iPad mini and which compartments fit it the best.

Cache for iPad mini, Vertical fits in:
Empire Builder (open top pocket under the front flap)
Zephyr (open top pocket under the front flap)
11/iPad Cadet (zippered front pocket)
15/13 Cadet (zippered front pocket)
Checkpoint Flyer (front left zippered flap pocket, main compartment open-top pocket)
Ristretto for iPad (main compartment)
Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air (main compartment)
Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Pro or MacBook Air (main compartment)
Horizontal Freudian Slip (paper pocket)
Vertical Freudian Slip (stretch mesh front pocket)
Western Flyer (top front zipper pocket)
Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) (front zipper slash pocket)
Brain Bag (front side zippered pockets)
Co-Pilot (main compartment open top pocket)
Synapse (main compartment open top pocket)
Buzz (zippered front compartment)
Smart Alec (side zipper compartments)
Vertical Brain Cell Sizes: 6Z, 4, 4Z, 15R, 1 (in front stretch mesh pocket)

Cache for iPad mini, Horizontal, fits in:
Tri-Star (front middle zipper pocket)
Medium Cafe Bag (main compartment)
Large Cafe Bag (main compartment or front zippered pocket)
Little Swift (main compartment)
Imago (main compartment)
Ego (front open-top pocket)
Super Ego (front open-top pocket)
Empire Builder (zippered front pocket)
Zephyr (zippered front pocket)
11/iPad Cadet (zippered front pocket)
15/13 Cadet (zippered front pocket)
ID (front zipper pocket)
Aeronaut (interior zippered mesh pocket)
Packing Cube Shoulder Bag (main compartment)
Horizontal Brain Cell Sizes: 6Z, 4Z, 15R, 1, 2S, 2XL (in front stretch mesh pocket)

The Cache is also available in sizes for the iPad, all Apple laptops, and many PC laptops.

Tom is also working on an additional new design for the iPad mini. Stay tuned.