Have you ever found the o-rings in your bag to be not quite big enough? Check out this thread in the forums from jwiegley showing how to utilize simple paracord to make a bigger o-ring. Very cool!
“So many different places claim to have “the best” of something. The best french fries. The best customer service. The best wine. Of course “the best” can really depend on personal preference and everyone may not agree. All that aside, I feel confident in proclaiming this to be the best carry-on bag and hopefully many of you will agree if you have one or buy one. ”
New forum member jwiegley recently posted a remarkably thorough review of the Smart Alec, attesting to the quality of the backpack’s construction and the surprising comfort of the straps. They write:
“My first thoughts on opening the box were that this is certainly a well-made product. My second thought was that the back straps seemed a little skimpy compared to other bags I’ve used. However, usage, and education about seam-stitching and bar tacks, has completely reversed me on that second thought. Simply put, these are the best back straps I’ve encountered, and the most comfortable that I’ve used on any bag. In fact, they are not just comfortable: my back actually feels better with the pack on than off! I’m not sure how that works exactly, but I look forward to putting it on each day. It has come to be one of my favorite things about the bag, which I would not have expected from the beginning.”
- Text, Phone, Email, or even Facebook (with the proper app) delivery notifications the day before and the morning of drop-off
- The chance to give “Leave At” instructions or even sign for packages online
- The ability to reroute or reschedule packages ($5 per use) or have packages held for pickup at a UPS facility (free)
If you’re somebody getting a lot of stuff shipped to you fairly regularly, upgrading to UPS My Choice Premium ($40/year) might be a worthwhile consideration. With a Premium membership you can get all the good stuff that comes with a free membership, but with unlimited rerouting and rescheduling, plus the ability to have your package delivered within a two hour window ($5 per use).
One of our goals for 2013 was to show you more about how our bags work in real life situations and give you a behind the scenes look at our company. The best way we could think of to do that was through videos, mostly working with the fine folks at SHEP. (Some videos we made in-house — Kieu’s Mad Bartacking Skills and Packing the Smart Alec Backpack for a Hike, amongst others — expect more of those later this year.)
The talented Daniel L.K. Caldwell scored the music for each video and you noticed — without fail, just about every video debut prompted the question: “Wow, who composed the music?”
Daniel’s made a compilation of the music he scored for each of our videos and you can download it here. Pretty awesome, yeah?
And the videos, if you’d like to see them (again):
Materials Testing TOM BIHN Style
Innovation in Fabrics
One Week in Montreal
How to tie cord zipper pulls
Adjusting the Internal Frame in The Guide’s Pack
The Guide’s Pack and Founder’s Briefcase
Synapse 25, Ristretto, Swift
Three Trips with the Aeronaut
Two Weeks in Japan Part I and Part II
Amy Singer, Knitty.com, and The Swift
The Smart Alec
Tom on Design
The Tri-Star Travel Bag
Just how much can you fit into one Aeronaut? Check out this packing list from i_clavdivs…
“Here’s my list:
Glasses cleaning cloth
Hoodies (wear 1, carry 1)
Jocks & Socks
Trousers (wear 1, carry 1)
Walking shoes (wear)
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Ear plugs and eyemask
Personal Laptop & Mouse
Chargers (Camera, iPhone, Laptop, Kindle)
Itinerary & directions
See the rest of the thread in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Aeronaut.
Just in time: Large Shop Bags are in stock and ready to ship.
Want your stuff delivered on Christmas Eve? Order now through Monday at 12:30pm PST and choose our $40 flat rate UPS Next Day Air shipping special.
In the Seattle area? Our Factory Showroom is open today until 4pm and on Tuesday from 10am – 2pm.
Seattle got some rare snow last night (above is the view from our factory). Don’t worry, though: no measly couple of inches of snow will stop us from shipping out expedited orders for Christmas Eve delivery!
Holiday Shipping Specials are available now through Monday at 12:30pm PST:
Now – Saturday 12/21 until 12:30pm (PST) we’re offering UPS 2nd Day Air for $20 (Christmas Eve Delivery)
Now – Monday Monday 12/23 at 12:30pm (PST) we’re offering UPS Next Day Air for $40 (Christmas Eve Delivery)