“So what does Tom Bihn say is different between the Yarn Stuff Sacks and these new Travel Stuff Sacks? The difference is actually pretty subtle, but it makes a difference when you’re packing these in your main luggage. Unlike the Yarn Stuff Sacks, its Travel cousin has an oval (or oblong) bottom, which allows it to lie flatter.”
“The features of the bag itself speak volumes, however my personal story with the Ristretto may add another dimension to the many college students out there. I’m a current business student at Sacramento State University and have made it a goal this upcoming semester to go paperless. It won’t be easy by any stretch but this past semester I was able to accomplish a semi-paperless routine. Now that I’m going full on, this semester means no traditional note taking, all eBooks if possible, and limited use of paper unless absolutely required. I will be able to accomplish everything I need using either my MacBook Air or iPad. On a side note, I’m even taking the public train system and riding a scooter to school from the station. Bag and all.
The Ristretto bag is the perfect fit. Just enough space, comfortable to carry, and highly stylish I might add. It is the best bag I’ve ever owned for reasons beyond what can be highlighted in this review.”
“The beauty of the Aeronaut is that it is the absolute largest it can be while still qualifying as a carry-on bag. This meant that every aircraft, from the huge international carriers to the tiny domestic ones, allowed us to bring the bags on board and we were able to fit them into the carry-on compartment above our seats. This was especially important to us when flying overseas after our San Francisco trip, as we had our baby’s bed in the Aeronaut, to which we wanted access as soon as we arrived in Romania.”
“The interior is an “ultra-lightweight yet abrasion-resistant Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric” made for Tom Bihn in Japan, and I can attest to the the “rip-stop” claim. I jammed the Synapse full of product info, t-shirts, stuffed animals, and a dead zombie hand at E3, and the bag seemed to challenge me to force more in—my back would’ve given out before the bag would.”
“Tom Bihn spends a lot of time thinking of ways to make travel easier (though he has yet to make plane seats wider). The Seattle-based travel gear/luggage company that bears his name tackles both big and small jobs. One small but vital task that often gets overlooked though is the pesky task of keeping gadgets and goods together during TSA hoedown. The Tom Bihn Travel Tray conquers that task and gets high marks from us for its pure utilitarianism. Toss your keys, wallet and your other EDC items (sans knife) into the Travel Tray and send it on through. Then just pull up the outer flap, cinch the drawstring and away you go.”
See also: the Tri-Star
“While I’m not usually a user or fan of stuff sacks—I much prefer packing cubes—I agreed to give them a try. I’m becoming a convert. Not only are they well made but I’m finding uses for them that help to fill the nooks and crannies of my bag. (I like the fact they can be molded to fit almost any space. Not so with a packing cube.)”
What’s really cool: you can ask Frank II, author of the review, questions you have about the review or Travel Stuff Sacks in this thread in the TOM BIHN Forums.