“As for carrying it around, the new Tom Bihn Breve is perfect ($55). It’s a simple well padded case with a zippered slot at the back for the iPad and two small pockets on the front for a charger or other stuff. I got it for my original iPad and it will continue in use for the iPad 2.”
“The Side Effect is still small enough to easily slip into your main carry-on or seatside bag (like the Co-Pilot) and keep your valuables in, but its versatility is what clinches it for me. The Side Effect gets my thumbs-up; I really like the utility of this bag.”
Recent customer feedback:
“I received the Ristetto today and promptly loaded it with my new 11″ MacBookAir, its external superdrive, power adapter, a tiny 500GB backup drive, and wireless mouse. Everthing fits perfectly without being cramped; yet it is quite a svelte and attractive package. I have lots of computer and camera bags to compare it with, including a couple of ____, three _____, a _____, and several ______. This bag is very well made, superbly engineered, and competes with the best of them. Just wanted you to know. I’ll look at Tom Bihn bags first when I need yet another bag.”
“I have recently decided to purchase a messenger bag, and while looking for the right one I realized that I should probably go with the same people who have made the backpack I’ve been using the last 10 years. And then I realized how amazing that is given my penchant for breaking things. So I don’t know if you folks use testimonials, but I figured I’d give one:
Back in 2001, when I was a sophomore in high school, I purchased an early Bihn bag to go with my (humongous) laptop. It came with a snap-in detachable laptop case and pockets everywhere, and enough room to cram virtually anything. The laptop is long gone, but I continued to use the backpack (which I still have) through High School and College both. I am very hard on my things, and this backpack is maybe my only everyday-use possession that has toughed it out through the wear and tear I’ve given it over the past decade.
Even now I don’t need to replace it, except that I don’t use a backpack as often.
So, thank you!”
“One of the best parts about this bag is that it’s not a backpack per se, but it can be worn as one with a similar amount of comfort by way of a pair of straps that zip inside when not in use. And when you set it down, it doesn’t do any of that clumsy tipping that annoys me so much about backpacks. It sits up like any suitcase you’ve ever seen ready to be grabbed and thrown into a tuk-tuk with a minimal amount of effort.”
“How does a bag manufacturer stand out in a field that’s cluttered with players and wannabe players?
With Tom Bihn, the recipe is simple: load your products with thoughtful features grounded in real-world experience; hand sew them in the U.S., using tough, high quality materials that reek of quality; and in a nod to (home) Seattle’s weather, equip them with YKK splashproof zippers so everything stays dry.”
Read the full review of the Synapse at Practical Hacks. See also: the Synapse.
Recent customer feedback:
“I just wanted to thank Tom Bihn for an excellent bag and excellent service. I saw the Synapse in a magazine and checked out your website – your bags are rather expensive but I figured I’d give one a try (Synapse). It arrived ahead of time (the grey was backordered but came much more quickly than anticipated) and is very high-quality in both materials and craftsmanship. Thank you for creating such an excellent, well-designed product, and for the great service. Looking forward to years of use!”
“I got one of your messenger bags a couple years ago, to carry my Mac back and forth to work. Since then, I was issued a PC laptop at work, and I use the bag they gave me. It’s coming apart. My wife says that I’m tough on things, and it’s true. I think that there needs to be a hardened line of products like “Toughskins”, or “Fisher-Price”, or “Tonka” for adults like me. Your bag is the “Toughskins” of messenger bags, because I’ve only broken it in, not broken it.
Thanks for the quality product!”
“I’ve had this bag [Super Ego] for awhile, but have only just recently been able to use it for it’s intended purpose – my employer finally got me a laptop!
An HP Elitebook 8740w now graces my desktop, as a replacement for a CAD workstation, which means this sucker is big, and HEAVY (almost 12 pounds! ). I was eager to put the Absolute Shoulder Strap to the test with this monster, which I did for the first time on Monday… And it performed beautifully!
No pinching, no pulling, no “rope burn” at the side of my neck; I was very impressed at how well the wide and long neoprene part of the strap acted as a cushion and shock absorber at the same time, making my daily stroll to and from the bus stops a breeze. I’m curious how it will feel this summer as I go jacket-less, ie. less padding between me and the strap.”
Above: A picture from the Imago Metrics evaluation of the Super Ego.
Recent customer feedback:
“I’m writing to extend my thanks and appreciation for the efforts of
I ordered an Empire Builder last month, hoping to take it on a business
trip this month. When the backorder was extended due to what I imagine
is justifiably high demand, I wrote back asking for help, and Eliam
worked with me to suggest other bags that might work for my purposes.
That in itself was an unexpected pleasure. Then, last Friday, he emailed
and called to say that there was an Empire Builder available. I was busy
arranging the trip I’m on now and couldn’t respond right away, but due
to his persistence I was able to get in touch with him before the
shipping deadline and my Empire Builder was waiting for me on Monday.
I’ve had a large cafe bag and other bits and pieces over the last few
years, so at this point I can hardly say that I’m surprised at the
quality of your products — but I was more than pleasantly surprised to
get such excellent, attentive, unstinting customer service, no fuss
Keep up the good work!”
“Hi wonderful folks at Tom Bihn! We’ve been so happy with our products!. On our recent trip to Istanbul,
we were sitting at the food court in Newark when we saw another traveler carrying a Steel Tri-Star, and
my husband whispers to me, “I think I like that color better.” His Tri-Star? The Indigo one. So guess what?
Hubby’s getting a Steel Tri-Star for Christmas! And the blue one? I’ll use it when I need to pack more than
what I can fit in my Western Flyer. That’s not often, but it can be, when we go on our cruises (darn those
formal nights!). Love always! Please say hi to Darcy for me. She is the best.”
- Lani from http://www.Travelite.org