“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!”
Practical Hacks has an informative article on the newer U.S. passports that include a RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) chip. The article has photographs and a description of our new RFID Blocking Passport Pouch.
“Final thoughts on the Tri-Star? It is insanely well made, attractive and has a sort of bete noir charm that makes me feel a bit like a 40′s film star when I carry it around. A thousand little touches of organization and forethought that have gone into details as small as handle placement on this bag. This almost guarantees that you will love this bag as much as those that made it obviously do.”
Read the entire review (with more photos) at Restless Tech. Discuss the review with its author, jeffmac, in the TOM BIHN Forums.. See also: the Tri-Star.
We received this email from Sharon yesterday; we’re so glad that she and her husband survived this car crash without injury.
“Darcy, Tom, & the rest of the Tom Bihn crew,
Thank you for saving my MacBook Pro!
My husband & I were in a terrifying auto wreck this weekend and the car rolled. We both had seatbelts on which saved our lives, but my ID Messenger was tossed around the car. Because I’ve been using a Brain Cell with the ID for years I never even thought twice about it. That afternoon I pulled out my laptop to show the family some pictures I’d been working on and their reactions made me realize that what I’d taken for granted was actually something astonishing. It had honestly never occurred to me that my computer might NOT be ok! I think my family was as shocked that the computer worked as I would have been if it hadn’t! LOL.
Seatbelts save lives and Tom Bihn saves computers!
“I love this bag. I love this bag so much that I have used it nonstop since I bought it last fall and haven’t felt the urge to switch out or find a new one. As my husband will tell you, this is highly unusual as I have a closet full of abandoned bags. Some will too big, some too small, some awkward to carry, some too heavy, etc. But the Tom Bihn bag is just about perfect: the right number of pockets, a great strap, big enough to fit both MacBook Air and iPad, but not so big that things drown in it if I’m not carrying a computer, and a great color (I went with purple/wasabi, but they have a bunch of other color combinations).”
“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!”