$40 UPS Next Day Air Saturday Delivery until 12:30pm tomorrow

We’re offering UPS Next Day Air Saturday Delivery (normally $40-$155) for a flat rate of $40 from (now) Thursday 12/20 after 12:30pm through Friday 12/21 until 12:30pm (PST). Orders received by 12:30pm on Friday and shipped via UPS Next Day Air Saturday Delivery will be delivered on Saturday, December 22nd.

To take advantage of this special shipping rate, simply select it in the shipping method box during the checkout process. No special code is needed.

Want help figuring out which shipping method you need to choose? Email us, call us, or use our Holiday Shipping Schedule.

$20 UPS 2nd Day Air until 12:30pm tomorrow

Reminder: we’re offering $20 flat rate UPS 2nd Day Air Shipping (normally $22-$120) until 12:30pm PST tomorrow, Thursday, December 20th. Orders shipped tomorrow via UPS 2nd Day Air will be delivered on Monday, December 24th by the end of the day.

To take advantage of this special shipping rate, simply select it in the shipping method box during the checkout process. No special code is needed.

Want help figuring out which shipping method you need to choose? Email us, call us, or use our Holiday Shipping Schedule.

Tynan’s 2012 Gear: Zen Edition

“I’m still using my trusty Tom Bihn Synapse in Dyneema. I’ve never before used a backpack that reflects such a highly developed understanding of travel. The compartments are perfectly laid out and sized so that they never encroach on each other, even when stuffed.”

Read the full post @ Tynan.com
See also:
The Synapse
Tynan’s 2011 Gear Update

OBOW Reviews 400d Dyneema Tri-Star + Aeronaut

“I’ll give you an example of how I see myself using the newer bags. I’m planning a trip for sometime in 2013 to an area near the Arctic Circle. It will be cold. I want to, of course, take only one bag but the airline I’m flying—the only airline to fly where I’m going—has a limit on both size and weight of carry-on bags. I was able to figure out a way to do this with my older Aeronaut. But with the newer, lighter one, I can now pack an extra microfiber sweater and still stay under the weight limit. I might even be able to take the newer Tri-Star. I like having a choice.”

Read the full review — with many great photos — over at One Bag, One World.

See also:
Introducing 400d Dyneema®/nylon
20% Lighter Travel Bags
Tri-Star
Aeronaut

Holiday Shipping Specials

If you’re like us, you still might have some holiday shopping to do. We want to help make it as easy as possible to place an order with us for guaranteed delivery by or on December 24th (UPS will be delivering Ground and Air packages by the end of the day on Christmas Eve), so we’re offering the following Holiday Shipping Specials. Want help figuring out which shipping method you need to choose? Email us, call us, or use our Holiday Shipping Schedule.

$20 Flat Rate UPS 2nd Day Air
Tuesday 12/18 after 2:30pm – Thursday 12/20 until 12:30pm (PST)
We’re offering UPS 2nd Day Air (normally $22-$120) for $20. (Order by Wednesday at 12:30pm for Dec. 21st delivery and by Thursday at 12:30pm for Dec. 24th delivery.)

$40 Flat Rate UPS Next Day Air Saturday Delivery
Thursday 12/20 after 12:30pm – Friday 12/21 until 12:30pm (PST)
We’re offering UPS Next Day Air Saturday Delivery (normally $40-$155) for a flat rate of $40.

$30 Flat Rate UPS Next Day Air
Friday 12/21 after 12:30pm – Saturday 12/22 at 1:00pm (PST)
UPS is picking up packages on Saturday, so we’re shipping that day too. We’re offering UPS Next Day Air for $30. Orders shipped on Saturday via UPS Next Day Air will be delivered on Monday, December 24th.

To take advantage of these special shipping rates, simply select them in the shipping method box during the checkout process. No special code is needed.

And remember: Gift Certificates are available with immediate electronic delivery 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Tom’s favorite gifts to give

Raindrops on roses? Whiskers on kittens? I’m going to go out on a limb and recommend some alternatives, just in case you’re tapped out of ideas for gifts:

If you’ve family or friends in the American west (to the left of the the meridian 100° west of Greenwich, more or less), you might take a look at the High Country News. Interesting and insightful reporting, available both in print and electronically. Even if you only dream of living out west, it’s worth the read.

We hike. We hike rather a lot, and in all weather conditions. After fooling around with several other brands of traction devices for walking on ice/compacted snow, I’ve become smitten with Kahtoola Microspikes. They offer amazing grip on winter trails; they are durable, portable and easy to take on and off. Microspikes can turn what would have been a treacherous stretch of trail into a cake walk. (Yum, cake…)

And when we’re not out in the weather (or you know, busy making bags), we’re home enjoying the winter weather from the inside. Nothing makes a cold day outside more cozy inside than some hot cocoa. I know chocolate has become a bit like red wine — everyone has their favorite and is their own expert. That said, I will always prefer a very old yet not always well known chocolate maker from San Francisco — E. Guittard — for both hot cocoa and chips for cookies.

People often ask me at this time of year which bag I most often give as a gift. My answer? It’s still the The Aeronaut. Pretty much everyone I know travels at some point. They fly to Europe, Hawaii, take road trips to the Southwest, get a sitter and escape for a weekend to the coast, take their first real vacation in five years, visit family on the East Coast, or go on that round-the-world trip they’ve always dreamed of. The Aeronaut is as close I get to being able to come along with them.

As a musician and member of The Ecclestons, my friend Greg Madill tours all over the world. When I was first designing the Aeronaut, Greg and his wife Lorena were set to go on a trip to Italy. I gave Greg one of the first prototypes of the Aeronaut to test.

My friends Robert and Maggie went to Paris for their honeymoon, so his-and-hers Aeronauts made perfect sense as a wedding gift. Robert reports:
“My wife and I were given a pair of Aeronauts as a wedding gift, and we took them on our honeymoon. I try never to check bags, so the size is great. The handles on three sides of the Aeronaut make the bag super manageable, from the trunk of the car to the seat on the airplane. The shoulder straps deploy fast enough for that moment when you realize you need to run to the gate, then disappear just as quickly. We love these bags, and we’ve used them every time we’ve travelled. Six years later they show no signs of wear.”

TOM BIHN Aeronaut in Aubergine
The Aeronaut in Aubergine/Wasabi.

Shop Bags make great gifts, too: pretty much everyone shops at the grocery store or the farmer’s market. And if anyone I gave an Aeronaut to didn’t get the full set of Packing Cubes and other accessories (3D Clear Organizer Cube, Packing Cube Backpack, Packing Cube Shoulder Bag) they might this time around.

TOM BIHN Shop Bag
Shop Bag, Small, in Wasabi.

Beers & Beans: The Ultimate Traveler Holiday Gift List ($50 and under)

11 great gifts for the frequent traveler in your life, including our Packing Cube Backpack and Tri-Power Safety Whistle. Read the full post @ Beers & Beans.

Beers & Beans Holiday Gifts for the Traveler

Photo by Beers & Beans from the post: TOM BIHN Luggage — The Story You Didn’t Hear

East Coast Folks: Holiday Shipping Update

Hey East Coast folks: Monday, December 17th, by 12:30pm PST is your last opportunity to place an order with us choosing UPS Ground ($10, flat rate) as your shipping method for guaranteed delivery by or on December 24th.

Need a little more time? Don’t worry: you have until December 22nd at 1:00pm to place an order choosing expedited shipping with guaranteed December 24th delivery. Click here to see our full Holiday Shipping Guide. And there’s always our Gift Certificates, which can be delivered instantly via email to the recipient, complete with a personalized gift message from you.

More important dates for those on the East Coast who want to receive their orders by or on the 24th:

December 19th: Order by 12:30pm PST and choose UPS 3 Day Select
December 20th: Order by 12:30pm PST and choose UPS 2nd Day Air
December 21st: Order by 12:30pm PST and choose UPS Next Day Air
December 22nd: Order by 1:00pm PST and choose UPS Next Day Air

Heads-up for Mid-West folks: December 18th by 12:30pm PST is the your last opportunity to place an order with UPS Ground as your shipping method for guaranteed 12/24 delivery. West Coast folks can wait up until December 19th at 12:30pm PST to place their orders with UPS Ground shipping.

Questions? Send us an email or give us a call (1-800-729-9607) — we’re here and ready to help.

In stock: Tri-Star, Snake Charmer, Checkpoint Flyer Cases, Side Effect

Thanks to our amazing crew, the following bags are back in-stock and ship within one business day:

Tri-Star, all colors

Snake Charmer, all colors

Checkpoint Flyer Case, 15″ MacBook Pro
Checkpoint Flyer Case, 13″ MacBook Pro

Side Effect, Black and Plum

Tri-Star in Black/Steel
The Tri-Star in Black/Steel.