“So, after a year with the bags, I’ve had a chance to get to know them fairly intimately and to test them out under a variety of loads. I’ve been in and through a dozen airports or more, in planes large and small. They’ve accompanied me to half a dozen conferences and been spilled on, dropped, dragged, used as a pillow and as a footrest. These are tough, good looking products that have done me well in a variety of situations and protected my junk all over the place. If that’s enough for you, you can head over to Tom Bihn’s site now to buy one. If you want a deeper look, read on.”
“Once or twice a month, I do something that a lot of folks think is crazy.
I wake up way too early, drive to the airport, and fly 2500 miles to San Francisco (where many of my clients are). I spend the day running from meeting to meeting before heading back to SFO and taking the five-hour redeye home. Frankly, I prefer this routine to staying overnight, as my body never gets a chance to adjust to the time change, and I don’t have to worry about jet lag when I get back.
For these trips, I needed a carry-on bag that met some pretty strict criteria….”
Len chose the Western Flyer as his carry-on bag. Read his full review, with many photos, in the Forums.
“Picture this: You’re busy crocheting a blanket with multiple colors. You just have one more row to go and all you need is the last bit of purple yarn and then you’re finished. You reach into your crochet bag and what you see is basically akin to a fresh hairball. Instant defeat. You know you’ll have to untangle anything you want out of there. That’s when you reach for a glass of wine and go on watching Doctor Who to forget about your crochet troubles.
I have good news for those of you who have ever experienced the fresh hairball, It’s called The Swift bag by Tom Bihn. This bag was designed by knitters for knitters. I am not a knitter but I crochet and this bag is perfect for me. Currently I have two projects going and there is ZERO mess. I can find yarn and hooks and anything else I might need. I really, REALLY, really love this bag. I know you will too. It is perfection. I literally have not found anything I dislike about it. The yarn stuff sacks it comes with are so useful. Who knew a simple stuff sack could solve all of my problems?”
“I just received my new Synapse (Navy/Ultraviolet) and Aeronaut (Navy/Wasabi) this last week. I am a research scientist and therefore incapable of making a purchase of this sort without extensive analysis, reading of reviews, and watching youtube videos of the various bags available (not just Tom Bihn bags – sorry) for comparison.”
“Because I often fly in and out of a smaller location, I typically end up on planes that are small, for at least some of the legs. On smaller planes, the overhead bins are smaller, and standard rollerboard carry on bags will not fit. Meaning you end up being forced to gate check your bag, whether you’d like to, or not. Fear not: the Aeronaut will fit in smaller overhead bins.”
“Dynamite bag. The Tom Bihn Ego delivers unique looks and an unheard-of level of customization. That customization comes at a price of course. As tested, the Ego topped out at more than $100 over the next closest bag. But, man do you get what you pay for – top fabrics, top components, top construction quality and a completely unique bag that stands out from the crowd.”