“I love this slim, stylish pack. In fact, it’s one of the best packs I’ve ever tested. The Synapse is superbly designed to efficiently and effectively distribute the contents and weight of my pack and keep me completely organized. The small size is wonderful; I’m much more nimble moving around town and on the trail.”
“There is not much to say about the Cache because the design is so simple, and I’m using the word “simple” in a good way. The Apple Wireless Keyboard is a snug but easy fit in the case, which is tapered to follow the wedge shape of the keyboard. You insert the keyboard so that the battery side of the keyboard is near the flap, although you can use it either with the keys on the bottom or the keys on the top. The Cache is padded so the keyboard is protected from anything scraping against it or yanking off one of the keys. There is a flap on the Cache that can be tucked into the opening to keep it closed.”
Seriously. This bag is, without a doubt, high zoot. I don’t actually
know what high zoot means, or where it comes from, but this bag has
got to be it. I first heard the phrase uttered by a midwestern
refugee who talks like they escaped a 1950’s madcap comedy starring
Archibald Alexander Leach in reference to a peer who had spent a great
deal of money on an enviable gadget of some sort, and it sort of
And this bag is enviable. The process of buying it was as good as the
result, and I’ll tell you about that a little later, but let’s talk
turkey on features first. It’s big. Eight heads in a duffle bag big.
Not that there are any rolling craniums round the manor house, but if
there were… this would be the bag to transport them with. It’s also
pretty slickly laid out with one major pocket that holds the brain
cell (not for hauling severed skulls either, so I’m not sure why they
sent me one, but it works well for a macbook pro anyway) and goodly
amount of other detritus. Like my lunch. My lunch is actually
traveling far better than it did my my old basic (in a converse chuck sort
of way) jansport two strapper. The trick is to take the lunch out of
the lunch bag and just let it be so that it can spread out over the
left over space in the flat pack pocket. The lunch kind of rides
along above my massive, I can present anywhere to anyone, with any
technology, cord collection. It’s safe, and ready for nearly instant
access in a snacky panic. Lunch is a big deal for me,
so I kind of get epic in my preparations and conveyance of my lunch.
Lunch is a sandwich, crackers, baby carrots and a banana. Epic
“As you can see, I was able to fit quite a bit of tech in a very small bag. The Tom Bihn Ristretto is one of my favorite notebook bags because it allows me to carry something very small, without feeling like I have to make choices about what I carry. Normally when I pick up a bag that is this size I end up switching to a bigger bag within 2 weeks, but as long as I am taking my Air with me, it’s in the Ristretto.”
“I just got back from a week-long trip to England. All my clothes were in checked luggage, everything important to me stayed on my person.
My Tom Bihn Ristretto held:
13″ MacBook Air
A lithium-ion USB charger
4 AC adapters and cables for all of the above
A set of in-ear headphones in a padded case
A Fluxx deck
6 medicine bottles
All my travel documentation
Around 15 keys between two keyrings
My work badge
A paperback book for landing/takeoff
…and was comfortable enough to walk several miles around airports, train stations, and London strapped over my back with an Ultimate strap. It even stowed under the airplane seat with enough space left over for my feet.
Thanks for making such an awesome bag. You literally made my trip.”
“The best feature of the bag, of course, is the fact that you can fold out the laptop and run it through security without having to take your laptop out. I have had 100% success doing this through any US security line while it has only worked about 25% of the time through international security lines.”
See also: the Checkpoint Flyer.
“What a wonderful bag! I may even find myself packing the Synapse differently and using it for overnight travel. Thought I still don’t count myself as a backpack convert. The only backpack I can envision myself using is the Synapse, because no other backpack out there can compare to its thoughtful design and construction.”
“The bags are not cheap but they are not cheaply made. When you are carrying your most prized possessions, such as your laptop, your ipad or other fancy gadgets about town or on a plane, you want to use a bag that is ergonomic, comfortable, durable, and convenient. The Aeronaut definitely has all of these qualities.”
“I’ve been riding around for months with a jacked up messenger bag (torn inner lining, busted main zipper), but couldn’t bring myself to rush out and replace it with just any old bag. I’d made several trips to REI and tried on countless bags, finding nothing that worked. I’m not picky. I just want a comfortable bag that’s not enormous. Lots of compartments is a bonus. In my poking around, I discovered Seattle-based TOM BIHN. More than just Seattle-based, the bags are actually made here in Seattle. The factory showroom/retail store recently moved buildings and didn’t have regular hours when my love affair with the company first started, but now you can visit every Wednesday 11am-2pm, certain Saturdays, or by appointment at 4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134.”
Read the full post @ Family Ride. Note: our Seattle store is open tomorrow, Wednesday July 20th, from 11am – 2pm. See you there!