Introducing Black 400d Dyneema®/nylon

In late 2012, we introduced a new weight of our Dyneema/nylon ripstop fabric: 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon. It’s tough enough to serve well as an exterior fabric in our travel bags and backpacks yet it’s still ultralight in weight.

Our 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon was first introduced in colors Steel grey and Nordic blue. Now we’ve added a third color: Black

Smart Alec in Black Dyneema/nylon
Smart Alec in Black Dyneema/Black Dyneema/Wasabi. Photo by Mason Drumm.

The great tear strength of our 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop and its surprising abrasion resistance comes from the grid of white Dyneema® yarns woven approximately every .25″ / 6 mm parallel to both the X and Y axes (the weft and warp), forming the distinctive “ripstop” pattern (the Dyneema® yarns don’t accept dye and hence remain their natural white color).

Black Dyneema and Steel Dyneema Aeronauts
Left: the Aeronaut in Black Dyneema and Right: the Aeronaut in Steel Dyneema.

Ready to ship in Black 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop:
Aeronaut, Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Smart Alec, Black Dyneema/Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Side Effect, Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Synapse 19, Black Dyneema/Wasabi

Available for pre-order in Black 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop:
Co-Pilot, Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Tri-Star, Black Dyneema/Wasabi

#aeronaut laughs at your carry-on sizing guide

Decisions, Decisions: Picking the Right Bag

Paralyzed by indecision, TOM BIHN Forum member erg approached his fellow posters with the following request: “Help me decide on the right bag configuration for business travel with a laptop.”

The primary obstacle was first figuring out which travel bag was going to fit all of erg’s stuff. Would the mid-sized Tri-Star be large enough (his preferred bag) or would he have to get the larger Aeronaut?

Eventually, erg posted his packing list, somewhat unsure as to the possibility of squeezing all that stuff into the Tri-Star:

5 knit short sleeved shirts
5 undershirts
5 underwear
5 pairs of socks
1 pair of jeans
athletic shoes
toiletries
medications
laptop + charger
misc. small electronics
2 or 3 granola bars

Owning a Tri-Star himself,  forum member Mike kindly tested the packing list for erg, and even posted photos of the results so that everybody could see the results for themselves.

Decisions, decisions: Picking the Right Bag  Everything from erg’s packing list, laid out

Decisions, decisions: Picking the Right BagPacked into the Tri-Star

Decisions, decisions: Picking the Right BagZipped up!

Read the full thread in the TOM BIHN Forums (and possibly add your 2¢). See also: the Tri-Star.

Synapse 25 at Mt. Kilimanjaro

Synapse 25 at Mt. Kilimanjaro

“Just finished a trip to Mt Kilimanjaro and used the Synapse 25 as my day bag.” — Macheezm0

Read Macheezm0′s entire post in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Synapse 25.

Sulok Ni Tessa: Co-Pilot Review

Sulok Ni Tessa: Co-Pilot Review

Tessa  recently wrote of her experience in attempting to find the perfect EDC bag. She decided give the Co-Pilot at try, writing a thorough review of the bag on her blog, Sulok Ni Tessa.

She writes of the design and material:

“The Co-Pilot has one main zippered compartment with two interior pockets and one D-ring. It has three front compartments: two on either side (with various pockets) with a D-ring each and a water bottle/umbrella holder in the middle. There’s also a back pocket that can be zipped open so the bag can rest on rolling luggage. First and foremost, I have to comment on the Dyneema. I know everyone comments on this, and I have to as well. I can’t say that I know the ins and outs of Dyneema, because I don’t. What I do know is that, although the material is thinner than ballistic nylon or Cordura, it looks and feels quite strong. As others have mentioned, I appreciate how much give the bag has. Also, the construction of TB is top notch! The interior of my bag is Solar and it is probably the happiest color EVER! Seriously! And it makes finding things in the bag a cinch!”

Sulok Ni Tessa: Co-Pilot Review

Sulok Ni Tessa: Co-Pilot Review

“I have to comment that Tom Bihn changed the way I pack my EDC. I’m very careless and usually just squeeze things in together as long as they fit. But I love the convenience and organization the organizer pouches and the d-rings provide. It makes my life a whole lot easier. A place for everything and everything in its place.”

Read the full review on Tessa’s blog, Sulok Ni Tessa.

Sulok Ni Tessa: Co-Pilot Review

Mike: Synapse 25 Review

“I think that this is the nicest general-purpose backpack that I have ever owned. Although a little larger than I was looking for, it’s still a great size and I’ve found the extra room very handy on a couple of occasions. It’s got the perfect amount of organization; I always know where my stuff is and I love that the main compartment doesn’t steal space from the front pockets.

I have found it to be quite comfortable for daily use. I bike to work 10 miles and back again each day, and even when I loaded the bag up with 25lbs (as a test, of course) it remained stable and comfortable each way.”

Read Mike’s entire review in the Forums. See also: the Synapse 25.

Mike: Synapse 25 Review

The Tardis of Bags

Miking: Using Magnets to Attach Patches to a Bag

Looking to add a patch to your bag, but don’t want the permanence that comes with stitching one on? Check out an awesome thread from forum member Miking that shows you how to add a patch using magnets. No sewing skills necessary!

Miking: Using Magnets to Attach Patches to a Bag

Synapse 19, Hanging by the Bar

Synapse 19, Hanging by the Bar

Forum member papids2000 recently brought a Synapse 19 along for a cruise. Read the entire post in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Synapse 19.

In stock: 13″ Ristretto, Brain Bag, Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, more…

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

Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Pro or Air, all colors

Brain Bag, all colors

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, all colors

Empire Builder, Black/Black/Steel and Black/Steel/Steel (Black/Black/Wasabi ships by the end of this week)

Side Effect, Aubergine/Wasabi and Black/Iberian (other colors are scheduled to ship early next month)

Camera I-O

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag