The best use yet for the “water bottle” pocket in my @tombihn Synapse

Photo by nukediver of the TB Synapse

“The best use yet for the “water bottle” pocket in my @tombihn Synapse Happy Thanksgiving!”


Happy Thanksgiving!

From the whole crew here at TOM BIHN: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving day bounty from our local CSA, toted in a prototype Nordic Dyneema/nylon Shop Bag.

Video review of the Swift and Little Swift

Bags for Hookers – Tom Bihn’s Swift and Little Swift [Review] from Justin Lukasavige on Vimeo.

“Picture this: You’re busy crocheting a blanket with multiple colors. You just have one more row to go and all you need is the last bit of purple yarn and then you’re finished. You reach into your crochet bag and what you see is basically akin to a fresh hairball. Instant defeat. You know you’ll have to untangle anything you want out of there. That’s when you reach for a glass of wine and go on watching Doctor Who to forget about your crochet troubles.

I have good news for those of you who have ever experienced the fresh hairball, It’s called The Swift bag by Tom Bihn. This bag was designed by knitters for knitters. I am not a knitter but I crochet and this bag is perfect for me. Currently I have two projects going and there is ZERO mess. I can find yarn and hooks and anything else I might need. I really, REALLY, really love this bag. I know you will too. It is perfection. I literally have not found anything I dislike about it. The yarn stuff sacks it comes with are so useful. Who knew a simple stuff sack could solve all of my problems?”

Read the full review by Christine Lukasavige @ Backcountry Treks.

See also:
Little Swift

In stock: Field Journal Notebook

The Field Journal Notebook is back in-stock and ready to ship in all colors: Black, Plum, Navy, and Crimson.

Field Journal Notebook

Small Cafe Bag in 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop

Small Cafe Bag in Dyneema/nylon
Small Cafe Bag in Steel Dyneema/Steel Dyneema.

The Small Cafe Bag is now available in 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop: an ultralight yet abrasion-resistant material. (Learn more about our 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop here and here.)

The Small Cafe Bag in Steel Dyneema/Steel Dyneema and Nordic Dyneema/Ultraviolet Dyneema is in-stock and ship within one business day.

Small Cafe Bag by TOM BIHN
Small Cafe Bag in Nordic Dyneema/Ultraviolet Dyneema.

Tom’s Smart Alec Design Update

Tom's Smart Alec Backpack Design Update
Smart Alec in Black/Steel/Steel.

The details:

1) Tom nuanced the shape of the front of the Smart Alec. It’s a little bit slimmer at the top, which means it zips easier, and the front holds its shape better, even if the bag is empty.

2) More loops were added to the front top of the bag, making a total of 13. This means there’s more places and ways to use the included reflective front bungee (remember: you can also remove it entirely if you don’t want to use it) to secure a rain jacket, umbrella, yoga mat, or bike helmet to the front of the bag. In the near future, we’ll be offering accessory straps and modular pockets that attach to the front via these loops. Ride your motorcycle or bike or walk at night with your Smart Alec? Add a 5′ / 1.5m Glowire kit which you can weave through these new loops. Scott, our Shipping Lead, has been testing both the modular pocket and the Glowire kit on days he commutes to and from work on his bike, and both are working out great.

3) Tom replaced the 1000d Cordura bottom of the Smart Alec with our 1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: it’s just as durable, but less abrasive and less likely to attract lint and dog/cat hair.

Last but not least: the 1000d Cordura back has been replaced with a Breathable Drylex Aerospacer 3D mesh back panel. Tom uses his Smart Alec as a dayhiking pack and one thing he always wanted to add was a breathable mesh back panel.

These design changes were made in this latest batch of Smart Alecs, so all Smart Alecs available for order now have the design updates. Note: Black/Black/Steel has already sold out and is available for backorder with an expected shipping date of late February 2013. Other colors may also soon sell out.

Note: these improvements do add materials and labor costs to the Smart Alec. On Monday of next week, we will increase the price of the Smart Alec from $150 to $160. We know some of you have been waiting to order the Smart Alec until it was back in-stock and wanted to give you a heads-up so that you could order before we increased the price.

Tom's Smart Alec Backpack Design Update
The back is now made of Dri-Lex® Aero-Spacer® mesh and padded with 1/4″, high quality, closed-cell foam.

Tom's Smart Alec Design Update

New: Gift Certificates

Want to give someone a TOM BIHN bag but don’t know which bag (or which color) they’d like? A Gift Certificate might just be the right answer.

Gift Certificates are available in amounts of $20, $50, $55, $100, $150, $200, $250, and $300 and never expire.

Our Gift Certificates are delivered electronically via email.

You can choose for the Gift Certificate emailed to you so that you may present the Gift Certificate to the recipient at a time of your choosing or choose to have the Gift Certificate and a personalized gift message emailed directly and instantly (24/7, 365 days a year) to the recipient. (Makes for a great last-minute gift.)

In stock: Little Swift, all colors

The Little Swift is back in-stock and ready to ship in all colors.

TOM BIHN Little Swift

Left to right: Black/Black, Vulcana Hemp/Recycled Rubber, Aubergine/Aubergine, Cork

In stock: Western Flyer, Backpack Straps

Thanks to our Seattle crew, our Western Flyer, Backpack Straps, carry-on travel bag, is back in-stock and ready to ship within one business day in all colors:

Nordic Dyneema/Steel
Steel Dyneema/Steel

TOM BIHN Western Flyer Travel Bag in Steel Dyneema/Steel
Western Flyer in Steel Dyneema/Steel

Western Flyer in Black/Steel
Western Flyer in Black/Steel 1050d U.S. high tenacity ballistic nylon

Western Flyer in Nordic Dyneema/Steel
Western Flyer in Nordic Dyneema/Steel

In stock: 13″ MacBook Pro Retina Cache sleeve

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

In stock and ready to ship within one business day:

Cache, Vertical, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina, which fits inside of these backpacks:
Smart Alec
Brain Bag

Cache, Horizontal, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina, which fits inside of these messenger bags, briefcases, and travel bags:
Empire Builder
Super Ego
Western Flyer

Also available:
Horizontal Brain Cell hard-sided laptop case, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina
Vertical Brain Cell hard-sided laptop case, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina