(We’re #4) 8 Easy Ways to Become an Expert Traveler

#4 on Gene Marks’ 8 Easy Ways to Become an Expert Traveler? Lose the rollerboard and get a TOM BIHN bag:

“Never, ever check luggage. It takes too long to retrieve and costs extra. Adapt, pack less, and buy a Tom Bihn bag. Why? It will fit anywhere, even under a seat when you’re crammed into one of those little regional jets with smaller overhead space. And you can fit the universe inside.”

Read the entire article — 8 Easy Ways to Become an Expert Traveler — over at Inc.

Linked in the article is Jake Luddington’s excellent video review of the Tri-Star:

Jeremiah’s Around The World Packing List

“In a week I’m leaving the United States and I have no idea when I’m coming back. The deal with myself is that I’ll be gone for at least six months and up to two years. Maybe I’ll come home for Christmas but in general my plan is to travel until I run out of money.”

Read on over at Jeremiah Takes Pictures for his full packing list (and what he’s already learned about travel and packing ultralight).

Jeremiah's Around The World Packing List | TOM BIHN

Max’s Traveling Minimalist (with the Side Effect) List

Max is heading out for a 10-day trip to NYC and Las Vegas and one of his bags is the Side Effect. Check out his full packing list.

TOM BIHN | 10 Day Trip with Just the Side Effect - Traveling Ultralight

Leo’s Review of the Ristretto for the 13″ MacBook Pro

“When I connected the strap to the stirrups on the sides of the bag, and placed it over my shoulder, it felt so light, I thought ‘Am I actually carrying my laptop’. Well frankly the answer is yes.”

Check out the rest of the review at the MacXperts website. See also: the Ristretto for the 13″ MacBook Pro or Air.

Leo's Review of the Ristretto for the 13" MacBook Pro

(APRIL FOOL’S) New: Flocculent by TOM BIHN

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

We’ve heard from many of you just how much you appreciate that our filament (non-texturized nylon, e.g. 1050d HT ballistic nylon and 420 high-tenactity Parapack) fabrics are much less likely to collect pet hair than 500 and 1000d Cordura.

But we’ve also heard from some of you that simply miss the… hair. You know who you are: you’re the kind of person that “forgets” to use a lint brush because you think a healthy addition of dog or cat hair completes any look. Maybe it makes you feel a little more wild, a little more in touch with your “animal” side.

And that’s why we’re introducing a new line — Flocculent by TOM BIHN. First to debut is the Hairy Swift, complete with a matching Faux Baby Albino Seal Fur Yarn Stuff Sack.

Here’s Ben modeling the Hairy Swift. Roomy enough for his tools, soft and plush enough to warm his hands after working on a job site on a cold day — it’s the perfect bag for any handy guy. And it’s so eye-catching that his girlfriend insists that he leave it at home when they go out, lest anyone might try to steal it.

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014
There’s even room for his lunch!

Hairy Swift w/Faux Baby Albino Seal Fur Yarn Stuff Sack. $1000. Available pending resolution of a few minor legal issues. May be further regulated by local authorities, state authorities, federal authorities, good taste and common decency.

Daydreaming

TOM BIHN | Daydreaming, Guide's Pack

New: Double Organizer Pouch

One day we found ourselves wondering: what could be better than a Small Organizer Pouch? And we thought: well, maybe a Small Organizer Pouch with an extra zippered pocket that has a clear urethane front. A month later, here it is: the Double Organizer Pouch.

TOM BIHN | Double Organizer Pouch

420d HT nylon Classic Parapack back/pocket lining. .016″ clear urethane front. #5 YKK coil zippers with plastic sliders.

Double Organizer Pouch. $14. Available in Small (other sizes to follow, assuming you guys think it’s as cool a pouch as we do) and in various colors (Olive, Navy, Steel, Black). In stock and ready to ship.

Loaded Pocketz Reviews the Tri-Star

“The build quality was consistent with what I’ve come to expect with Tom Bihn which is to report it was flawless. Tom’s gear is pricey but considering the abuse that most travel gear endures, spending a little extra is well worth the investment if you’re buying kit that will last. And this bag is definitely built to last.”

Read the full review at Loaded Pocketz. See also: the Tri-Star.

Loaded Pocketz| TOM BIHN Tri-Star Review

Loaded Pocketz | TOM BIHN Tri-Star Travel Bag Review

imperator puts the Western Flyer to the test

imperator received his new Western Flyer and he’s already put it to the test, as detailed in the two reviews he’s posted in our forums.

Western Flyer Review, Part I: The First Week
TOM BIHN | Western Flyer put to the test
“While my first impression of the Freudian Slip was comparable to paying for the seat belts and rustcoat on the car, it turned out to be a great way to flex my daily briefcase into a travel bag. It was also unexpectedly handy to use in the office, I can keep the FS, with my documents and tools inside at my desk, while the WF stays out of the way. And when it comes time to take off for vacation, the FS can stay behind and make room for the guayaberas. And a pocket to put my coffee into when I need to free up a hand to carry rolls of blueprints? Genius.”

Western Flyer Review, Part II: The Conference
TOM BIHN | Western Flyer put to the test
“Walking from the train, navigating the airport, being the tourist and walking around the city, all were substantially easier to navigate with the straps. On the last day of the conference, when everyone is inevitably hauling their rollerboards around after checking out, I switched to backpack straps to navigate tight spaces between tables. And sitting aside it was unobtrusive.”

In stock: Pilot, Cadet, Tri-Star, more…

Another team effort — our production crew made the bags (many ahead of schedule) and our shipping crew sent out backorders ASAP. The following bags are now back in stock and ready to ship within one business day:

Field Journal Notebook, all colors
Clear Quarter Packing Cube, all colors
Pilot, all colors but Black/Steel
Western Flyer Packing Cubes
Tri-Star, most colors (Black/Steel, Black/Solar and Steel/Iberian ship early April)
Cadet, all colors
Western Flyer, most colors

TOM BIHN | Pilot Personal Carry-On Bag MADE IN USAThe Pilot in Black/Steel (thanks, Mason, for the photo!)