Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the TOM BIHN crew!

From the entire crew here at TOM BIHN: Happy Halloween!

radionokia’s Rad Patches

Take a cue from forum member radionokia: add a little personal flair to your Smart Alec by attaching some patches using Velcro strips.

radionokia's Rad Patches

radionokia's Rad Patches

Check out the rest of the thread in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Smart Alec.

Mason’s Smart Alec + Co-Pilot Packing List Video

Thanks to Mason Drumm for sending us this video.

gochicken’s Knitting Tool Pouches review

“I just had a chance to try out the new Knitting Tool Pouches. They come in 4 sizes. Sizes 1, 2 and 3 are like short, medium, and long rectangular cases with reinforcements inside at both ends. The Size 4 is a 5.5” x 5.5” square that is perfect for interchangeable cables and stops.”

linenchicken's Knitting Tool Pouches review

Read gochicken’s full review — with many great photos — in the Forums.

New: Knitting Tool Pouches

Knitting Tool Pouches

Our Knitting Tool Pouches are the latest design to debut from our ongoing collaboration with Amy Singer, Editor of Knitty®.

Knitting Tool Pouches can be used on their own, or together as a system. They offer a new style of tool organization allowing for modular and expandable containment of as many or as few tools as you might use. Each pouch features an O-ring on its corner, allowing you to connect the Knitting Tool Pouches to our optional Double Carabiner or to a Key Strap or Handle Loop.

Though designed with knitting and crochet tools in mind, these handy pouches can be used to organize and store anything you can think of that’ll fit in them.

Knitting Tool Pouches. $13 – $15. Available for order now; in stock and ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN Little Swift and Knitting Pouches

Knitting Tool Pouches

P.S. The Little Swift is once again available for backorder in these color combinations: Aubergine/Aubergine/Wasabi, Black/Black/Ultraviolet, and Black Dyneema/Black Dyneema/Iberian.

A Week in Montreal: What did Zeek and Rachel take?

Things move pretty fast in the first part of this video (once again, from SHEP Films) we posted in early October, so in case you missed anything, we thought it might be helpful to list out all of the TOM BIHN stuff Zeek and Rachel brought along for their trip to Montreal. Here’s everything:

0:01 — Cache for the iPad; Size 2 Travel Stuff Sack, Ultraviolet; Size 4 Travel Stuff Sack, Wasabi

0:02 — Size 3 Travel Stuff Sack, Wasabi; Size 3 Travel Stuff Sack, Ultraviolet

0:03 — Synapse 19, Steel Dyneema/Steel; the Travel Stuff Sacks are then packed into the Synapse 19

0:06 — Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouch, Medium; End Pocket Packing Cubes, Aeronaut

0:07 — Large Packing Cube, Aeronaut

0:08 — Aeronaut, Steel/Wasabi

0:10 — 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel

0:11– Medium Café Bag, Linen/Steel

Check out some of the other videos from SHEP, as well as some of our own, on the Videos page.

Badger: Simplifying Your Packing List

Badger: Simplifying Your Packing List

Need some minimalist packing advice? Maybe some of the well thought out, über-informative  suggestions from forum member — and volunteer moderator — Badger could come in handy when find yourself preparing for your next trip.

Looking to simplify his life by reducing the amount of stuff he owned and trying to find the right bag, declutter listed the belongings he thought necessary to keep, but was open to advice on ways to reduce the load. Badger answered the call, dispensing a number of detailed bits of guidance. Here are some highlights:

  • “You probably already know this, but you’ll want to wear the heaviest and bulkiest items whenever possible to create space in your bag. If you do this, you can eliminate the hiking boots, one pair of boxers and socks, and 1-2 shirts from your packing list, since you’ll be wearing them.”
  • “If you need the thick wool socks for some reason, I’d highly recommend replacing the other four pairs of socks with just two pairs of Smartwool Outdoor Ph.D. low-cut socks. They actually stretch over your ankles and can be worn more than once before needing a wash. I’m wearing a pair right this minute.”
  • “You have a polo and a dress shirt, which seem to me like ‘going out in public’ options for your upper half. Since both of the items in your pic appear to be cotton, these might not be the best choice for long-term travel (they’re heavy, take forever to dry, and they will get rumpled fast). You could replace these items with just one lightweight long-sleeved shirt with a collar. Patagonia and Rohan make shirts from technical fabrics that don’t scream ‘safari tourist.'”

Head to the Forums for more sage advice and to view the rest of the thread.

 

The new Cadet briefcase

TOM BIHN Cadet Briefcase

A new version of the Cadet — it now uses the same checkpoint-friendly laptop “rails system” as the Synapse 25, Synapse 19, Tri-Star, Brain Bag, and Smart Alec — in colors Black/Steel, Black/Wasabi, and Steel/Iberian is now available for backorder with a shipping date of late November.

More:
The Cache and the Rails System Explained
Every Day Commentary Reviews the Cadet

Bags in Black Dyneema/nylon in the wild…

gochicken's TOM BIHN Shop Bag in Black Dyneema
gochicken’s Shop Bag, Large in Black Dyneema/nylon next to her assortment of Organizer Pouches

Shop Bag, Large, in Black
Darcy’s Shop Bag, Large, in Black Dyneema/nylon

Bags in Black vs Steel Dyneema/nylon
Ms. Ferret shows the difference between our Steel and Black Dyneema/nylon.

More photos of bags in 400d Dyneema/420d nylon in the wild can be seen in the forums….

See also: Introducing Black 400d Dyneema®/nylon

Pre-order: Cache for the iPad Air

The Cache, Size iPad Air, in Horizontal and Vertical orientations is now available for pre-order.

The Cache is designed to protect your iPad Air against scrapes and scratches and is sized specifically to fit the iPad Air with or without a Smart Cover. The Cache protects your iPad Air with little bulk added and is ideal for those who don’t want their iPad Air sleeve to make their loads heavier or to take up a lot of space. It cradles the iPad Air in .25″ / 6 mm thick foam padding laminated with an exterior of heavy-duty polyester knit and an interior of brushed tricot. With no noisy Velcro® or zipper, the Cache closes by simply tucking a generous flap into the top opening.

$30. Available for pre-order; ships by mid-November.

TOM BIHN Cache specifically sized for the iPad Air