Starting Now: UPS 3 Day Select Shipping $10

To help make sure you get your order on December 23rd, we’re offering UPS 3 Day Select shipping (normally $17-$55) for a flat $10 anywhere in the continental U.S. (hey Alaska and Hawaii: UPS 3 Day is technically a “ground” service, so…) through Tuesday, Dec. 20th at 12:30pm PST — simply select Holiday Special 3 Day Select shipping during checkout.

Questions? Email us, call us (1-800-729-9607) or ask us on Twitter — we’re here and happy to help.

Holiday Shipping Update

Monday, December 19th by 12:30pm PST: Last day for folks in the Mid-West to place an order with UPS Ground as their shipping method with guaranteed delivery by or on December 23rd. East Coast folks: you’ll need to select UPS 3 Day Select as your shipping method to ensure December 23rd delivery. Tomorrow is the last day for West Coast folks not in Washington or Oregon to choose UPS Ground.

Questions? Want to make sure your order arrives in time? Email us or call us (1-800-729-9607) — we’re here and happy to help. As always, we strongly recommend putting the exact date you need your order by in the comments box during checkout.

Bob’s “Aeronauts in Italy” Poster

I set up my friends Bob and Susan with Aeronauts for their honeymoon trip to Italy. Their shared love of art (Bob was an amazing artist), good food (Susan is an amazing cook), and other cultures made Italy an obvious choice for a destination. Upon returning from their trip, Bob gave me a watercolor showing their two Aeronauts in front of a montage of noteworthy Italian sites: The Dolomites, Florence, Torino and Venice.

Sadly, Bob died in 2010. He left to Susan his journals, full of stories, art, and recollections. Bob isn’t the kind of guy you’d ever forget, but his journals help us remember him in fine detail. To celebrate Bob’s artistry, we are offering fine-art quality giclée prints of his “Aeronauts in Italy” watercolor. All proceeds from the sale of the poster will be donated to the Bob Boardman memorial scholarship at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

– Tom

Gifts for….. + Holiday Shipping Update

Gifts for..... + Holiday Shipping Update
The Kit is popular amongst gift-givers this year.

If you’re shopping with us for the holidays, note that you can shop care-free until December 16th at 12:30pm Pacific Time. After that, you’ll want to check out our Holiday Shipping Schedule to make sure your order arrives on or before December 24th. But if you’re a last minute shopper kinda person, don’t worry: we’ll be here shipping all the way until the afternoon of December 23rd for delivery on the 24th.

Travelers: Travel Tray, 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Aeronaut, Tri-Star, RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Western Flyer, Co-Pilot, Kit, Clear Quarter Packing Cube

Students: Clear Organizer Pouches, Brain Bag, Smart Alec, Freudian Slip, Snake Charmer, Super Ego, Field Journal Notebook

People with dogs: Citizen Canine and a Krebs Recycle leash

Knitters: Swift, Swift in Cork, Little Swift, Yarn Stuff Sacks, Clear Organizer Pouches, and Travel Tray

People with laptops: (if you know the make/model of their laptop) Cadet, Cache, ID, Brain Cell, Empire Builder, Brain Bag, Super Ego

Those who might already have a TOM BIHN bag: Color Key Straps, Cork Organizer Pouches, Clear Organizer Wallet, Guardian Light

Difficult people: Organizer Pouches. We haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like them.

Secret Santa gifts: Cork, Clear, Ballistic, Padded, Dyneema/nylon or Cordura Organizer Pouches, Guardian Light, Shop Bag, Travel Tray, Kit, Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth

Gifts that’ll they’ll use for years to come: everything we make.

In stock: Ristretto for iPad, Synapse, Little Swift in Cork

Now in-stock and shipping within one business day:

The Ristretto for iPad 2 in all colors, including Black/Steel and Olive/Cayenne

The Synapse in all colors, including Black/Ultraviolet and new color Steel/Solar

The Little Swift in Cork

The Zephyr in all colors, including new colors Black/Navy/Wasabi and Black/Forest/Steel

Tom’s true Halloween story

“Sometime around 1987 or 1988, I was living in an old house on Beach Hill in Santa Cruz, California. That year I had a small Halloween party at my house. Guests were trickling in, and at some point I looked out the front window and down the driveway. Keep in mind, this house was about 100 years old and the window glass was quite rippled.

Through the window I thought I saw a giant TOM BIHN backpack coming down the drive. I immediately looked around the the front room in which I was standing, to see which of my packs was being so strangely reflected and distorted in the window glass.

There was no pack like the one I had seen coming down the drive in the room, so I looked out the window again. There, coming down the drive, was a TOM BIHN backpack the size of a human, five or six feet tall.
I thought to myself “I must be sewing too many packs – I’m imagining things.” I looked again and the human sized backpack was stepping up to the door and ringing the doorbell.

To my great surprise and delight, my friend Juanita Parker had made her Halloween costume to be a large-scale model of her royal blue and black TOM BIHN Limpet pack, accurate enough to fool even the designer himself.
Let that be a lesson to you all!”
– Tom

Seattle GiveCamp

100 Software Professionals to Come Together for 48 Hours to Build Software for Non-Profits

Seattle GiveCamp

Seattle GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, database administrators, social media gurus, and other software professionals donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. Seattle GiveCamp is a part of National GiveCamp, where information professionals in 15 cities will all work their magic during one special weekend this fall, all at no cost to the non-profit organizations.

We’re supporting Seattle GiveCamp in our own small way: each volunteer will receive a Mini Clear/1050d Cardinal ballistic nylon Organizer Pouch from us, along with a thanks for all of their great work. For more information on GiveCamp, or how to volunteer, click here.

Very sad news about Steve Jobs. The creativity, clarity and foresight he brought to Apple remain an inspiration to many of us, most certainly the many millions who use Apple products, but also those, who like me, were inspired by the human touch he gave both Apple technology and Apple business. Thank you, Steve, for the countless ways you enriched our lives. We will miss you.
- Tom

In stock: Swift in Turquoise, Azalea

The Swift is in-stock in two new colors: Turquoise and Azalea.

In stock: Swift in Turquoise, Azalea

In stock: Swift in Turquoise, Azalea

In stock: RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Shop Bag, Packing Cubes, +more

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

Empire Builder, all colors
RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, all colors
Shop Bag, all colors
Packing Cubes, all sizes
Medium Cafe bag, all colors
Smart Alec, all colors
Size 6X Horizontal Brain Cell
Tri-Star in Black/Steel and Steel/Solar (other out of stock colors will ship soon)