“I used the shoulder straps a lot more than I ever did with the Aeronaut. Not sure why. In backpack mode I was able to run through a crowded Gatwick airport and catch a train (the station is much further away than I thought). With a wheeled case, I wouldn’t be so mobile, and would definitely have missed the connection.”
“I mentioned last week when we were packing to leave for the beach that I was going to take my Western Flyer to use for my folding clothes. Now that we’re back, I can address the usefulness a bit more. The MBR in our Travel Trailer has no drawers. It has a set of cabinets over and around the head of the bed. Two that are squarish actually over the bed and two that are suitable for half length hanging clothes.”
“My Take On It: When you first look at the price it can definitely take you for a spin, since it’s not a budget bag! But trust me, it’s worth the money. You can get rid of the check in bags, have a super reliable bag that you know will last and last and last!”
Read the full review by Marina K. Villatoro
See: the Aeronaut.
“Bottom line, obviously the Brain Bag is a premium backpack and Tom Bihn isn’t out to compete on price. The target customer appreciates design, quality and utility. Customers that buy from Tom Bihn tend to be loyal and repeat customers, just check out their forum community to see that, to me that says a lot about a product and company.”
Read the full review at Student Buying Guide.
“It was just an overnighter for work, so I figured it was a good tryout for the small Western Flyer. I packed my clothes in a large packing cube in the non-divided side. In the other side of the bag I kept the divider zipped into the two compartments. In one, I had a Clear Quarter Packing Cube with non-liquid toiletries on one side and miscellaneous stuff on the other (cords, eye mask, earplugs, etc). On top of that I put my 3D Clear Organizer Cube with liquids. On the compartment I put a pair of shoes and next to them, my iPod, inflatable lumbar pillow and a Ziploc of snacks. In the large zip pocket I had my Kindle, a pen/pencil size Clear Organizer Pouch with lipstick, nail file, pen. In the small zip pocket I put my wallet, sunglasses and cell phone so I didn’t need to carry a separate purse.
The best part about the Western Flyer is that it fits under the airplane seat! When everyone was jockeying for position to make sure they could get a space in the overheads, I was stress free, knowing I would not be separated from my stuff. ”
I live and travel in the UK/EU, and I’ve been a Tom Bihn customer since late 2001 – first purchase was a Brain Bag (donated to a colleague), an Empire Builder (sold on, as I move to smaller and smaller computers), several Brain Cells (why oh why no 11″ Air Brain Cell?), an Aeronaut, and now, the latest, a Tri-Star.
I’ve travelled a lot with my bags – especially the Aeronaut, and I thought I’d try and contribute a bit to the fantastic reviews and resources that have helped me in the past.”
“I’d like to thank Tom Bihn for building the best bags I’ve ever used. I’d also like to say that they’ve utterly ruined all other bags for me. Every time I use any other bags, they feel cheap and unworthy of use. I’m going to have to replace my backpack with a Tom Bihn Synapse backpack, I need to replace my iPad and Kindle sleeves, I’m going to have to buy a new awesome 3D Clear Organizer Cube to replace my flimsy liquids bag that I’d been using for security checks, and my messenger bag I’ve been using for work is going to have to be replaced by an Empire Builder If you’re a serious bag enthusiast (those people exist, right?) then you have to check out Tom Bihn’s offerings.”
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Perplexa asked: “So I’m finally going to buy my first real Tom Bihn bag (I just got a Field Journal, which is amazing). I think I’m going to get an ID with a Freudian Slip, but I wanted some opinions on whether this is the best choice for me. I also looked at the Zephyr and the Ego.”
“So, when I realized I was going to be flying for the Green Giant Valley Visit, I knew I needed to find a bag suitable for the trip. However, I didn’t feel like paying the $25 checked baggage fee Delta charges. I wanted a bag that was small enough to carry-on the airplane but big enough to carry all of my stuff for the trip. Then, I discovered Tom Bihn travel bags.”
“The wait is over. My order for the Imago bag by Tom Bihn arrived today.”
“What I was surprised about—especially after reading so many positive reviews—was my reaction to the amazing craftsmanship of the bag. Seriously. I was two steps short of taking a magnifying glass to marvel at the stitching and material. The cordura just feels amazingly sturdy and durable. It’s not stiff or rigid, but there’s some give to the material (so I’m glad I got the Cache for my laptop). And the cork….. I had seen the video about how cork is harvested from Portugal (see, the bag is already well traveled!), and so in my mind I was thinking that it’d be rough in texture, similar to cork boards. But the cork is actually smooth if not soft to touch. It’s nice to look at and provides a textural contrast to the cordura (not to mention it’s water repellent, a cool tree, and cork forests are so biodiverse—birds! cats! greenery!).”