Travel Tray Goes Camping

TOM BIHN Travel Tray Goes Camping
Travel Tray + Guardian Light = illuminated camping bowl.

“Just getting around to posting this, but wanted to mention I took the Travel Tray camping this weekend. It is one of the best camping accessories ever! It was so nice to have a place in the tent to put all the things like keys, flashlight, knife, etc and be able to find them again easily. No more searching in the dark for the flashlight! Thanks Tom Bihn.”
— redranger

“I use mine every time we use our Travel Trailer. I agree, it’s wonderful to not have those little essential bits be hard to find.”
— dorayme

Everyday Commentary: Synapse in Dyneema/nylon review

Everyday Commentary reviews the Synapse

“You can’t really appreciate a bag’s fit and finish in a short time, which is why this review took so long. But I can tell you that there is nothing I would improve here. The stitching is immaculate, the details are wonderful (and so bountiful you will be discovering Tom’s good ideas weeks after purchase), and the entire bag looks taut and even (because it is). Even with its elfin size, the Synapse looks professional. I lugged to a few bar conferences and everyone commented positively on it is appearance. This, in a profession still dominated by the old school brief case.”

Read the full review — with many great photos — Everyday Commentary. See also: the Synapse

Everyday Commentary reviews the TOM BIHN Synapse

“I never doubt their performance and functionality.”

J. emailed us this feedback last week:

“I discovered Tom Bihn approximately 2 years ago, when I was in the market for a sturdy and simple laptop case. My first purchase was a Brain Cell for my MacBook Pro and I am happy to say that I haven’t looked back since; I have bought and received three more bags (all different) and accessories — they complete me in ways I didn’t know were possible.

I have been wanting to write this e-mail for a while, but I needed to be in the right mindset, in order to avoid being too gushy….you guys are the epitome of what a sustainable, USA-based company should be. Your business model and corporate ethics is synchronous with the fundamentally functional and aesthetically awesome products that you produce.

I consider it an honor and privilege to be able to purchase and acquire these tools, and I never doubt their performance and functionality. You have been able to produce a reliable support system for me, something that lets me be me, and I simply cannot thank you enough for that.

Whenever I need to find inspiration in a company that is fighting the good fight and producing their very best, I know that I simply need to peruse the Tom Bihn website.

I wholeheartedly extend my thanks and gratitude for producing such incredible equipment and for running a company the right way; not many people do, and those that do should be praised and rooted on.”

– J

Horizontal Brain Cell
The Horizontal Brain Cell for the 15″ MacBook Pro Retina

MLW: Aeronaut as roller derby gear bag

Aeronaut as a Roller Derby Gear Bag

“Everything fits in the bag with room to spare for practice jerseys, a water bottle, snacks etc. The overall weight is around 20lbs. I wear a women’s size 8 shoe which translates to a men’s size 7 speed boot with nylon plates. All of my pads are size small and the ankle weights are around 7 lbs. There is room for larger skates/pads especially without the ankle weights and misc pads. I’ve been really happy with the Aeronaut-as-skate-bag. It’d definitely heavy, but once it’s on my back it’s comfortable. I do have the chest and waist straps on in case I need them, but for the most part it’s just the distance from the house to the car and from the car to the rink so I don’t do a lot of trekking with it.”

Read the full post by MLW — with many more great photos — in the Forums. See also: the Aeronaut

Travelite FAQ Reviews the Western Flyer in 400d Dyneema/nylon


“While I knew the Dyneema version of the bag would be lighter, I was pleasantly surprised by some additional things I noticed during a recent test run on a Thanksgiving weekend trip:

Lighter — it’s one thing to read that the Dyneema version weighs 20 percent less, and another to actually walk around with a packed bag. I’m short (5-feet 3 inches in thick socks), and the lighter weight of the bag was quite noticeable when I was walking around carrying the bag with the backpack straps.”


Super smooth surface — if you’re a fan of Dyneema like I am, you know that the fabric is super-smooth. Nothing snags on this fabric. And if you get any dirt on it, you can just wipe it off and it comes off right away, and smaller bits of dirt won’t get caught in the weave of the fabric. The Dyneema feels slicker than the ballistic nylon, and even though the Western Flyer is the same size regardless of which fabric you get, the Dyneema version seems much easier to slide in and out from the underseat area on the plane. I found it really easy to pull the Dyneema Western Flyer out from the area with the side handle during the flight as well.”

Read the full review @ The Travelite FAQ

TOM BIHN Western Flyer reviewed by the Travelite FAQ

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The Western Flyer

In stock: Aeronaut

TOM BIHN Aeronaut

We promised we’d ship Aeronaut backorders by December 14th: instead, we shipped them out today. (Figured that’d be ok with you.) That also means the Aeronaut in most colors is officially in-stock and ready to ship in plenty of time for Christmas Eve delivery. For more information on holiday delivery, see our 2012 Holiday Shipping Guide. (Exception: two colors — Navy/Wasabi and Steel/Wasabi — ship by late December)

ABC News: Made in America Gift Ideas

Ben Forer of ABC News has compiled a great list of Made in America gift ideas. You’ll find everything from footballs to jeans to bags and backpacks (that’s us!)

See the full list of Made in America Gift Ideas @ ABC News. And ABC News wants to hear from you: do you plan to buy Made in USA gifts this holiday season?

TOM BIHN Brain Bag Backpack MADE IN USA
Our Seattle factory made more Brain Bag backpacks just in time for the holidays.

Just in case you were wondering…

Yes, you can strap a Christmas tree to the back of the Smart Alec using the soon-to-be-released accessory straps.

Smart Alec

Blade Reviews 101: Synapse backpack

“Immediately after opening the box it was shipped in I said to myself “this is a pretty sweet bag”. It has very sleek lines, lots of storage areas, and it “fits in” with regular backpackers when your out doing day-to-day stuff.”

Read the full review @ Blade Reviews 101. See also: the Synapse

Blade 101 Reviews the Synapse

We’re in it: American Mensa 2012 Gift Guide

TOM BIHN Mensa Blog

American Mensa has put together a great gift guide. And we’re not just saying that because we’re in it:

“One of Tom Bihn’s most recent offerings, the Camera I-O bag holds your DSLR body, several lenses, an external flash and accessories; it fits other Tom Bihn bags or can also be used as a stand-alone photo bag. A must-have on every photobug’s wish list.”

See the 2012 American Mensa Gift Guide.

The full kit for a photo bug
The full kit: Brain Bag, Camera I-O, and Vertical Brain Cell. Everything is in-stock and ready to ship.