Thanking our investors

Every person who has ever purchased a TOM BIHN bag is, in a way, an investor: I cannot put into words how grateful I am that you folks allow me and my company to do what we do. You’re helping us create some good jobs, as well as allowing me to have the time of my life. Thank you.

In the early years of my company, in a time before Kickstarter, I relied from time to time on the generous support of my family and friends. I’ve been thinking a lot about that recently. Often that support took the form of help purchasing a new piece of equipment, or a small infusion of cash to meet a shortfall in income. Sometimes it was a piece of advice, an extension on my rent, or simply an encouraging word. Our business is more or less a success now, and it’s often too easy to forget the tough times we’ve weathered and the kindness that got us through those tough times.

Of far more significance than of the actual dollar value of these investments was the faith that was behind them. They reflect the belief that my family and friends had in me and my endeavor; the belief that I was on the right track and that things would work out — even when sometimes I had serious doubts myself.

A big thanks to those who have helped out and whose faith got me here:
Greg Bihn
Dan Bihn
Barbara Bihn
Mike Bihn
David Meeks
Alayne Meeks
Rob McCormick
David Giannini
Robert Swarner
Jim Snook
Peter Kambas
Don Nasser
Patricia Camp
Kieron Porter

Thank you.

Tom's Signature

Tom and Tao on the Consew

Left: Here I am sewing on my Consew 206RB sewing machine, circa 1988. My workshop was in the corner of David Meeks’ bee barn in the Santa Cruz Mountains. My brother Greg helped me purchase this machine in 1980. On it I sewed miles and miles of seams; and on it I made all of my early packs (excepting those I made before 1980 — those sewn on my Grandmother’s ancient Singer.)

Right: The 206RB is still in daily service in our factory: Tao sews the trim of every Organizer Pouch on it. Every one. It’s like a monument to my family’s belief in me.

Zach: This is how I roll.

“This is how I roll. Biked home several miles with this thing on. What I fit in and attached to my Tom Bihn Smart Alec backpack: laptop computer and cables, headphones, kindle, notepad, rain jacket, hoodie, gloves, extra t-shirt, rain pants, snack bars..”

Zach Hale: This is how I roll

Photo by Zach Hale.

In stock: 3D Dyneema Organizer Cube

Thanks to our Seattle factory crew, the 3D Dyneema Organizer Cube is back in stock in all colors (Steel, Iberian, Wasabi, and Ultraviolet) and ready to ship within one business day.

Also in stock are some 3D Clear Organizer Cube colors: Olive, Black, Navy, and Azalea. All other colors will ship by early next week.

3D Dyneema Organizer Cube by TOM BIHN

Noah Kagan: Off to India (with the Aeronaut)

Noah Kagan: Aeronaut

Tweeted by @noahkagan — see also: the Aeronaut

Loaded Pocketz: Smart Alec Lower Modular Pocket Review

Loaded Pocketz reviews the Smart Alec Lower Modular Pocket

“What can the Lower Modular Pocket be used for? Like a little Sherpa on your back, it can be leveraged to carry loose items that you don’t want to root around for to access in the main compartment of the Smart Alec. Things that you take in and out of your pack often. For me, in the winter, that would include items like my hat, gloves, chapstick, and sunscreen.

I’ve also used the Lower Pocket with my Source Tactical Kangaroo Collapsible Canteen. Source is an Israeli company that makes excellent hydration systems used by military units around the world. The Kangaroo has a 1 Liter capacity and is an excellent alternative when you don’t want or need to haul a full sized reservoir.”

Read the full review at Loaded Pocketz. See also: the Smart Alec and Smart Alec Lower Modular Pocket.

Blue Indigo Synapse ~ Mt. San Jacinto, Southern California

Blue Indigo Synapse~Mt. San Jacinto, Southern California

“Spent the day with my wife and daughter in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California. Had an amazing time and my wife was able to break in her new Synapse. She liked the pack, ALOT Love that blue! (Can I place my order for the new larger Synapse, yet?)”

Posted by EricSB — see more photos in the Forums. See also: the Synapse.

In stock: Cadet, 15″ MBP Retina Brain Cell

Thanks to our Seattle crew, the following bags are back in stock and ready to ship:

15/13 Cadet, all colors
11/iPad Cadet, all colors

Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina

Brain Cell laptop case for the 15" macbook pro retinaHorizontal Brain Cell sized specifically for the Apple 15″ MacBook Pro Retina.

Chris: Overnight working trip in the Smart Alec

TOM BIHN Smart Alec backpack

What Chris Caldwell of SHEP Films (the crew that worked with us on our Materials video — expect to see more videos soon) packed in his Smart Alec for an overnight working trip.

miles_traiser: Smart Alec in Steel Dyneema/nylon

miles_traiser: TOM BIHN Smart Alec

Photo by miles_traiser. See also: the Smart Alec.

Beers & Beans: ID Goes To The Equator

TOM BIHN ID messenger bag: goes to the equator! And look the shadow is directly below! ;)

Beers&Beans on the TOM BIHN ID

See also:
The ID
Beers & Beans