Finally: snow

Riley, Tom Bihn's dog, in the snow

Riley, Tom’s dog.

This weekend saw the first snow event in the lowlands of Western Washington. Up high, that means plenty of snow for snowshoeing and other fun stuff. The Synapse is a great daypack for many outings, though when you need to carry a lot of extra winter gear to be prepared, you might want to (because we do) use the Smart Alec or Brain Bag. All three backpacks have hydration tube clips on the front shoulder strap (useful for those of you who use a Camelbak or similar hydration system) which we’ll take some in-use photos of soon. If you have a specialized pack you use for outdoors stuff, more power to you, but if you want to get out and up, know your Synapse, Smart Alec, or Brain Bag can make the trip with you.

Synapse in the snow

It was pretty dark by the time we took this photo, so we used a headlamp as a light source.

Patti Digh: My Travel List on Pinterest

Patti Digh Travel List on Pinterest

Making Patti Digh’s Travel Pinterest List are the: Aeronaut, Guardian Light, 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Absolute Shoulder Strap, Packing Cube Backpack, Snake Charmer, Clear Quarter Packing Cube and Tri-Star. Visit Pinterest to see the full Travel list.

That’s a wrap

Thanks to Katy, Eliam, Brian, and our Seattle factory crew, your orders have arrived or are on their way to you. We’re closed Monday, December 26th, but we’ll be back at work shipping on Tuesday, December 27th. Happy Holidays!

And thanks to @abnb77 for sharing the above photo with us!

UPS Next Day Air 12/24 Saturday Delivery: $30

Now – Friday 12/23 at 3:00pm: We’re offering UPS Next Day Air with Saturday delivery for $30 (normally $35-$75 plus a $10 Saturday delivery charge) and we’re extending our shipping cut-off time until 3:00pm to allow for those last minute orders.

Want help picking out a gift? Email or call us (1-800-729-9607) — we’re here and ready to help.

2nd Day Air/Next Day Air Shipping Specials


Now – Thursday 12/22 until 12:30pm: We’re offering UPS Next Day Air (normally $35-$75) for a flat rate of $25 (Alaska & Hawaii $35) Another option is UPS 2nd Day Air with Saturday delivery for $20 (we’ll assume all 2nd Day Air orders want Saturday delivery, but you can add that in the comments box during checkout, too.)

And then:
Thursday 12/22 after 12:30pm – Friday 12/23 at 3:00pm: We’re offering UPS Next Day Air with Saturday delivery for $30 (normally $35-$75 plus a $10 Saturday delivery charge) and we’re extending our shipping cut-off time until 3:00pm to allow for those last minute orders.

Starting now: UPS 2nd Day Shipping $15

We’re offering UPS 2nd Day Air (normally $25-55) for $15 now through Wednesday 12/21 at 12:30pm. No coupon code necessary; simply select HOLIDAY SPECIAL UPS 2nd Day Air shipping during the checkout process for guaranteed 12/23 delivery.

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

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.