“Tom Bihn Drives Me Crazy”

“I have one major complaint with Tom Bihn’s products. They are so good that I’ve ordered too many (not really, you can never own too much Tom Bihn stuff). Let’s start with the shipping—the only things that are padded are the bags. Unlike so many other on line add ons, the shipping fees are always accurate and honest. Secondly, there is no long wait and continual checking necessary; the shipping information comes quickly; in fact, it comes more quickly than any other company I’ve ever dealt with.

Now to my complaint—it takes an extra day of planning to decide which Tom Bihn items I’m taking on the next trip. I enjoy Maverick’s videos and they are well done and accurate. I only wish he’d make a series on “take this for this trip or that trip.” Alas, I’m rambling. In short: I deal with no other company in the U.S. that has better products, better customer service and a more genuine attitude toward creating satisfied customers. Even my cat Grendyl (see Riley’s friends) has a difficult time deciding which product to nap on. Presently he favors the Western Flyer but I just ordered a new Ristretto for my MacBook Air which may become his favorite after he explores it for a day or two. Or, perhaps he’ll go back to the Brain Cell. Who knows? Thanks for everything you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
– Richard

“For those that are on the edge, I highly recommend getting one!”

maverick's photo of the Imago in Steel/Cork/Wasabi.

Above: maverick’s photo of the Imago in Steel/Cork/Wasabi Philadelphia’s 30th street train station. See a larger version of the above photo — and another of the Imago– in the Forums.

“I just got my Imago this past Monday (it was a nice Valentine’s day gift!). I gave a quick review the other day of that and the Aeronauts my wife and I ordered.
The bag, at first glance, was smaller than what I am accustomed to; I’ve been using a canvas-style messenger bag that was large, but not well-built, and not even close to being as well-designed as the Imago.
That night I packed SO much into that little bag. It truly surprised me. I even fit my 15″ Vaio inside, even though I know it’s not the ideal size. It fit with tons of room left over. The standard strap is well made too; I’ve been pleasantly surprised. And the ballistic nylon, DANG! The material is so flippin’ nice! Sturdy, yet stylish. For those that are on the edge, I highly recommend getting one!”
- Posted by teacherman in the TOM BIHN Forums.

Gear Patrol: 9 Days in Vietnam, 9 Gear Essentials (the Aeronaut)

“Want to be taken away? Well, you must consider Vietnam. Take everything you’ve come to know or partially understand about the country as you’ve seen through the mass media and turn it all on its collective head.”

Read the full post — including a review of the Aeronaut and accessories — on Gear Patrol.
Gear Patrol: 9 Days in Vietnam, 9 Gear Essentials (the TOM BIHN Aeronaut)

San Francisco Chronicle Review of the Checkpoint Flyer

“There’s plenty of space for nearly anything else you need to carry on, and two back pockets make it easy to get to your reading material without having to open the bag.”

Read the full review by Jill K. Robinson at the San Francisco Chronicle.
San Francisco Chronicle Review of the Checkpoint Flyer

Whatever review of the Imago

Read the review at Whatever by Julie Okami.

TOM BIHN Imago reviewed by Whatever

See also: the Imago.

MILOfest Review: Empire Builder, Ristretto for iPad

Excerpt:
“There are some things about Tom Bihn bags that you should know. First, they are exquisitely designed. Everything about the placement of pockets, zippers, latchets, buckles and handles has been a deliberate choice by a top designer meant to benefit the user. There are no corners cut here.”

Read the full review by Victori Medina of MILOfest. See also: the Empire Builder, Ristretto for iPad.

TOM BIHN Empire Builder and Ristretto for iPad reviewed by MILOFest

TechnoBuffalo Review of the Ristretto for the 11″ MacBook Air

“I managed to pack my laptop, camcorder, laptop AC adapter, extra camera battery, and a bunch of cables and data cards into my Ristretto with room to spare. And between the lighter weight of the Air and the smaller size of the Ristretto, my gear bag was easily half the size and weight of the bag I took to last year’s CES.”

Read the entire review by Noah Kravitz at TechnoBuffalo.

Watch the video review:

Charles Apple on the Absolute Strap

Charles Apple on the Absolute Strap

“Although the folks at Tom Bihn offered — via Twitter, no less — to rush it to me in South Africa, I saved the shipping expense and had them send it to Virginia Beach. It was waiting for me when I got home.

And let me tell you, this strap is awesome. It’s wide and comfortable and stretchy. It places much less of a burden on my tired, aging shoulder than the [other manufacturers] strap ever did. All travel bags should come with the Absolute Shoulder Strap. Or something like it.”


Read the entire post.
See also: the Absolute Shoulder Strap.

Charles Apple on the Absolute Strap

The Knitting Doctor: TOM BIHN Christmas Presents

“I’m so excited. I’ve wanted one of these forever. I actually bought this for myself with a little Christmas bonus I had.”

Read the full post — with more photos — at The Knitting Doctor. See also: The Swift in Cork.
TOM BIHN Knitting Doctor Swift and Ristretto

Innovation in Travel Accessories: Tom Bihn Laptop Keyboard Cover

About.Com Europe Travel Blog on the TOM BIHN Laptop Keyboard Cover

Posted at: James’ Europe Travel Blog
By James Martin, About.com Guide to Europe
“I’m not a “cheap stuff” sorta guy. When I buy a bag or travel accessory, I want to make sure the design and manufacturing folks have thought things out. I don’t want the sort of industrial garbage in which innovation is measured by how much the company can save by removing features or using inferior material while maintaining the same price. Sometimes they even have the unmitigated gall to claim that the (new and improved!) hobbled product is better or safer because of it (think about that 6 inch cord on your toaster, for example).

So when a small company appears on my radar claiming real innovation, I’m happy to look into it and share.”

Find out what blogger and About.com Guide to Europe author James Martin thought of our Laptop Keyboard Cover.

See the Laptop Keyboard Cover:
TOM BIHN Laptop Keyboard Cover: Made in USA