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.”
“Last week I ordered the Ristretto for MBA from Tom Bihn and had it shipped 2nd Day Air via UPS. It arrived this past Tuesday and so far, I really love the bag. It holds both the MBA and the iPad with plenty of room for a small Tom Bihn bag for carrying cables, earphones, etc. In addition, there are a number of extra pockets and space for other accessories such as pens, clothes, etc.”
“I can’t believe that I have to be the one to say this. Tom Bihn has got to be stopped. He needs to go down. His blatant disregard for the laws of physics and particularly the law of conservation of matter are deeply troubling. Newton and Einstein are rolling over in their graves because of him and I am sure that the physics task force will be knocking on his door very, very soon. Or maybe just Gene Roddenbery’s ghost will give him a call to figure out how he accomplishes it!
I mean, really…there is no possible way that you should be able to get this much stuff in a bag! I made the mistake of referring to the Zephyr as a Bag of Holding to my wife and now she knows what a nerd I was before she met me.”
“The Tom Bihn Large Cafe Bag is a multi-functional, multi-purpose bag that is good for daily use, business use (assuming you don’t work with people who wear three piece Brooks Brothers suits,) and for travel. It can hold an amazing amount and is now my “go to” bag for most journeys—near and far.”
The best backpack I’ve ever owned, hands down.
I have been using urban backpacks (as in non camping) ever since they were first put in the market. I have used many brands and many size of backpacks hence my screen name.”
Read backpack’s entire post in the Brain Bag VS. Smart Alec? thread in the TOM BIHN Forums.
“I cannot effectively put into words my trip to Tom Bihn, meeting Tom, Darcy, Katy and Brian, seeing the team of the rest of the employees hard at work, my personal tour and shopping experiences. I will just say it was amazing!
My little family of bags has grown, and I have a even greater sense of satisfaction in my purchases knowing; the thought that goes into each one, the fact that they are made for an honest wage, the company really cares for its employees, the company’s philosophies are a part of how they operate, not lip service or an outward statement and lastly, I feel like I “get” Tom so much more now. The designs are worked over so thoroughly to ensure that the product that is delivered is one that is at it’s fullest potential. There is nothing half hazard in the process of design here.
I have personally made suggestions, and have seen many made for combinations of certain fabrics for certain bags and seen that there is no movement forward to produce said bag, the thing that we don’t see on the purchasing end is that many of them have already been made/tried and didn’t meet the standard of quality that Tom, and the team of employees puts into what the name Tom Bihn is labeled onto, so those options aren’t available. The same can be said for designs in progress.
It’s great to invest in this kind of all around quality and the products are worth it. They last through real use and time and come out on the other side often looking no worse for wear. Often looking even nicer from the patina of use!”
“The materials it is made with are top notch and the bag just looks incredible. My fiance actually started laughing at me when she saw me open the box and watched as my eyes bulged out of my head! I was just so impressed (and excited about the extra accessories!) by the initial look of the bag.”
Jeff Mac posted this response to themacfanatic’s review:
“Nice quick review, I am looking forward to the video run through! You should be warned that Tom Bihn bags are like Lays Potato chips and you will NEVER be able to stop at one!
They also last forever, so while the up front cost is high… the actual cost of owning one is not.
I have not pounced on a Ristretto yet as I am fiddling with which lap top case they make will be perfect for me.”
“I had a surprisingly pleasant TSA experience yesterday, even though it involved two items that needed to be inspected.
The first was my 16oz LifeFactory water bottle, which was zipped in the water bottle compartment of my Tri-Star. The agent said he saw what looked like a glass bottle but had to check to make sure it was empty. I was able to direct him to the appropriate pocket, he examined the bottle, and then tucked it back in.
Next he asked to look at the keys in my Small Cafe Bag (which I ran through the machine separately even though I was able to fit it into the Tri-Star for true one-bagging). My house and car keys were clipped into the Tri-Star, so I knew he was referring to the USB flash drive and tiny flashlight I have clipped to the end of a key strap. I was able to direct him to the correct Color Key Strap (other key straps lead to my organizer wallet, an organizer pouch, and my point-and-shoot camera in its case). He found them quickly, examined them, and ran the bag through the machine again with the keystrap outside of the bag.
The agent was extremely courteous and apologetic, making the experience better than most of the times when I’m not stopped! He also complimented my organization and commented on how it easy it was for him to find the things he needed to examine. Tom Bihn products make it easy!”