“I tried to be as fair as possible when reviewing this bag. I usually like to find a couple negative features when reviewing a product, but I really cannot find anything negative about the Ristretto.”
“My entire wardrobe can fit in a ziploc bag. I initially pared down just for travel, but even though I have plenty of room in the RV, I keep no additional clothes there. My recommendations are intended for minimalist travelers, but even if you don’t leave your local bus system, my suggestions remain the same. There’s convenience and joy in simplicity.”
And, on the Synapse backpack:
“I’m a logical person. I don’t believe in superstition. I think science can explain everything. All that said, I have no idea how so much stuff can fit into the Tom Bihn Synapse. My jackets stuff into the bottom pocket, my kindle and camera go in the middle pocket, chargers and cables fill up the side pockets, my laptop and clothes fill up half of the main compartment, and the other half stays empty.”
“First off, let’s take a look at the exterior design. It looks different from the ubquitous monochromatic bags you’ve seen. Available in multiple color combinations, it is a standout. Also, this is a large bag but it’s by no means overwhelming. The material itself is a high quality, dense nylon weave that stands up well to moisture and the elements. You’ll also take note of the interchangeable front strap insert, which adheres to the outer flap via velcro and elastic. With 19 color and material choices for this strap, you can customize your bag based on design preference and practicality.”
Read the entire review by Amos Kwon at Gear Patrol. See also: the Super Ego.
“It’s been just about six years since my husband and I discovered Tom Bihn, a company making cleverly designed bags from US Ballistic nylon in Seattle, Washington. Since then, we’ve been devoted fans, especially of our carry-on Aeronaut bags.”
Read the entire review at ACADEMIchic. See also: the Tri-Star.
“I sure appreciated both of them one time I had to hustle with the bag … I had the absolute strap across my body and kept the Aeronaut steady by holding on to the side handles. I was wearing a different backpack on my back, otherwise it would have been secured there!”
“I adore all the thought put into these awesome bags!”
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used all of those handles in various situations. My Aeronaut is my rock.”
Read more feedback on the Aeronaut grab handles — and post your own — on Facebook.
“I totally thought I would primarily be using this as my handlebar bag, but I took it on my trip to Seattle as my micro purse and I haven’t stopped carrying it. See even while swinging wildly with my 12 year old niece it’s so securely attached that it’s become as close as a part of my body. I guess that’s just a Side Effect of a great bag!”
Click here to search for “TOM BIHN” in Ask Metafilter and find out what the Hive Mind has to say about our bags.
Roger sent us this email:
“I’ve had your Ego bag for about 7 years now, and I was thinking of replacing it. Then I took a careful look, and it shows almost zero wear! This despite my using it as my only briefcase, usually 7 days a week including car, airplane, and bike travel. It’s really phenomenal. The only reason to get a new bag would be boredom with the color scheme!”
And it inspired us to ask folks on Facebook how long they’ve been using their TOM BIHN bags.
Alexey: “I finally retired a Bihn day pack last year after TWENTY years of use. Replaced it with a Synapse…”
Katherine: “My oldest Bihn bag was bought in the fall of 1992, so pushing twenty-years-old. I think it’s one of the earliest messenger bags. It’s still in great condition.”