“Thanks for making such an awesome bag. You literally made my trip.”

“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
iPad 2
Kindle
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
2 pens
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.”

– G.

MilesQuest Review: the Checkpoint Flyer

MilesQuest Review: the Checkpoint Flyer

“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.

ncb4: After all of five minutes with my new Synapse, I am in love

ncb4: After all of five minutes with my new Synapse, I am in love

“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.”

Read the full thread by ncb4 in the TOM BIHN Forums.

Made in USA Blog Review of the Aeronaut carry-on bag

“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.”

Read the full review at Made in USA Blog.

Family Ride blog on TOM BIHN messenger bags

Family Ride blog on our messenger bags

Family Ride blog on TOM BIHN messenger bags

“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!

Family Ride blog on TOM BIHN messenger bags

New One Bag, One World Review of the Tri-Star

One Bag One World Gear Review: Tom Bihn Tri-Star

“I’m going to cut right the verdict—this is a great bag. It is so versatile that almost anyone who wants to travel one-bag style would probably find this bag easy to use.”

Read the full review at One Bag, One World.

OBOW Review: The Tri-Star

See also: the Tri-Star

The Real Geeks Review of the Ristretto for iPad/iPad 2

“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.”

Read the full review by Ian at The Real Geeks.

Tynan: 2011 Gear Update (Style Edition)

Tynan: 2011 Gear Update (Style Edition) (the Synapse backpack)

Excerpts:
“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.”

Read the full review at Tynan.com

Tynan: 2011 Gear Update (Style Edition) (the Synapse backpack)

Gear Patrol Review: the Super Ego

Gear Patrol Review: the Super Ego

Gear Patrol Review: the Super Ego

“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.

ACADEMIchic review: the Tri-Star

academichic review: the Tri-Star

“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.

academichic review: the Tri-Star