The Ristretto is in-stock in all sizes

The updated Ristretto is now in-stock in all three sizes: Ristretto for iPad, Ristetto for 11″ MacBook Air, and Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Air/MacBook Pro.

However, Black/Steel is already on backorder in the Ristretto for iPad and Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air. We expect Black/Steel to sell out in the Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Air/MacBook Pro soon. The other colors — Steel/Iberian, Olive/Cayenne, and Navy/Solar — are close to selling out, too.

As always, when a color sells out, we make it available for backorder with an estimated shipping date. When you place a backorder with us, your credit card won’t be charged until your order actually ships. It’s often a good idea to place a backorder because backorders are typically shipped out well in advance of a bag officially being back in-stock.

Ristretto Vertical Messenger Bag for 11" Apple MacBook Air in Olive/Cayenne

In stock: Tri-Star, Travel Tray, Packing Cubes, Ristretto

Thanks to our Seattle factory crew, the following bags, previously on backorder, are now in-stock and ready to ship.

Tri-Star, all colors, except for Crimson/Steel which ships by late April
Travel Tray, all colors
Western Flyer Packing Cubes
Aeronaut Packing Cubes
Clear Organizer Wallet, all colors and materials
Padded Organizer Pouches
New Ristretto for the 11″ MacBook Air, all colors
New Ristretto for the iPad, all colors, except for Black/Steel, which ships by late April
15″ MacBook Pro size Cadet
Size 6X (13″ MacBook Air) Horizontal Brain Cell
RFID Blocking Passport Pouch
ID, all colors
Clear Quarter Packing Cube, all colors

TOM BIHN ID messenger bag

The ID messenger bag in Black/Black/Steel.

Forums: Women Traveling Solo

Women Traveling Solo thread in the TOM BIHN Forums

Photo by notmensa.

This New York Times interview with Jodi Ettenberg – solo traveler extraordinaire and author of Legal Nomads – made us wonder how many of you are women who travel solo. As a solo traveler, do you place some level of trust in the universe and go with your gut? Do you take precautions? And if so, what are they? Has your consideration of the risks of a trip ended in your decision not to go? What are the benefits of traveling solo?

Post your thoughts and experiences in the TOM BIHN Forums thread “Women Traveling Solo”. And this is pretty darn cool — Jodi Ettenberg has joined the discussion and is ready to answer your questions.

Brain Bag might sell out soon

If you were thinking of getting a Brain Bag, you may want to place your order soon: we’re close to selling out of colors Black, Steel, and Navy. Once those colors sell out, they will be made available for backorder. Our Seattle factory will begin work on the next batch of Brain Bags soon.

TOM BIHN Brain Bag Backpack

macfilos: Ristretto and MacBook Air thefts — Athens sleuths get their men

“It’s the cool of the evening in Athens and I am back home to reflect on the day’s excitement and tales of derring-do. It’s not often you get an iPad and a MacBook Air stolen, then follow the exciting chase block by block through a city before the culprits are apprehended.

My devices and the hardy Ristretto bag are now back in my possession, thanks to Sergeant Hanis and his colleagues at the Glyfada police station, and are seemingly none the worse for their exciting adventures.”

Read the full story at macfilos. In addition to Find My iPad, what helped the Athens police track down the stolen Ristretto and its contents was bag’s Cocoa color. Mike of macfilos notes: “They recognised them because of my description of the Ristretto, which is in a coffee colour and stands out from all the black bags.”

See also: macfilos review of our Empire Builder briefcase.

In stock: Aeronaut, Vertical Freudian Slip, Travel Tray, Snake Charmer, more

Thanks to our Seattle factory crew, the following bags are back in-stock and ready to ship within one business day:

Brain Bag, all colors
Aeronaut, all colors
Vertical Freudian Slip
Travel Tray, all colors
Snake Charmer, all colors
Size 6Z Vertical Brain Cell
Travel Money Belt
Size 2M Horizontal Brain Cell

The Aeronaut in Black/Black/Iberian

In stock: 4Z Vertical Brain Cell, Synapse, Smart Alec, Side Effect

Previously on backorder and now shipping within one business day are the:

Size 4Z Vertical Brain Cell
Synapse
Smart Alec
Side Effect
Yarn Stuff Sacks in Ultraviolet
Size 2M Horizontal Brain Cell
Swift

And by the end of the week, the Brain Bag will be in-stock in all colors.

We’re back at work

TOM BIHN crew back at work at our Seattle Factory

One last (for now) lowland snow snowshoe hike with the Smart Alec.

We’re here at the Seattle factory shipping orders received over the last two days while we were stuck at home due to the winter storm. There shouldn’t be any more delays shipping orders as the snow is supposed to melt today through this weekend. Thanks again for your patience and understanding. We’re glad to be back at work. (Special thanks to Katy, Eliam, and Brian for their great work today getting here.) As always, you’re welcome to email or call us (1-800-729-9607) with any questions.

Update on shipping and the Seattle winter storm

We had hoped that temperatures would rise today, melting the snow and ice that made it impossible for us to safely get to our Seattle headquarters yesterday. Unfortunately, the winter storm has continued and Seattle is getting more snow and freezing rain today. We hope tomorrow will be a different story. Until then, we’re answering your emails and phone calls (make sure to leave us a voicemail if we don’t pick up so we can return your call) from home but are unable to ship orders until we’re back at our Seattle headquarters. Everyone who placed an order due to be shipped today will be individually contacted. Questions? Email us.

Thanks for your understanding and support — we’ve received countless emails from you wishing us safety and warmth, and we truly appreciate it.

Still a snow day in Seattle

Some people are still enjoying the winter weather.

In stock + reviews: Smart Alec, Travel Tray

The Smart Alec backpack designed and made by TOM BIHN

The Smart Alec backpack is now shipping in all colors: Black/Black/Steel, Black/Black/Iberian, Black/Forest/Ultraviolet, Black/Steel/Solar, and Black/Cardinal/Steel.

Read two recent reviews of the Smart Alec on Rands in Repose and The Brooks Review.

Also: the Travel Tray is now shipping in all colors: Steel, Solar, Iberian, and Ultraviolet.
Check out Restless Tech’s review of the Travel Tray.