In stock: Tri-Star, Little Swift, Western Flyer, Cadet, more…

Thanks to our amazing crew, the following bags are back in stock and ship within one business day:

Cadet, all colors

Tri-Star, all colors

Little Swift, all colors

Western Flyer, all colors

Cache, Vertical, Size 6Z

Cache, Vertical, Size Air 11

Travel Stuff Sacks, all sizes and colors

Travel Stuff SackTravel Stuff Sacks

Badger: Overnight work trip with the Synapse 19

Check out everything Badger was able to fit in the Synapse 19 for an overnight work trip.

Badger: Overnight work trip with the Synapse 19

Items, clockwise from top left:

  • Synapse 19 in 200D Steel Dyneema, Solar interior
  • 15″ unibody MacBook Pro (I will slip into a sleeve for transport)
  • 27-ounce Klean Kanteen in Black (duh)
  • One-half pound of Colectivo Black and Tan whole-bean coffee, a belated birthday gift for a colleague
  • Moleskine notebook, hard-bound, size Large
  • Pilot G-2 Limited pen, Silver
  • Power brick for laptop
  • Organizer Pouch, size Small, in Steel Dyneema (contents: hand sanitizer, mints, and Advil. Lots of Advil.)
  • Stuff Sack, size 1, in Solar Dyneema (contents: contacts, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair product, shower gel, Q-tips, packet of tropical-flavor Emergen-C)
  • Western Flyer Small Packing Cube, All-fabric (contents: T-shirt, cotton-cashmere sweater, socks and chonies)” — Badger

See the entire thread in the Forums. See also: the Synapse 19.

 

radionokia’s Rad Patches

Take a cue from forum member radionokia: add a little personal flair to your Smart Alec by attaching some patches using Velcro strips.

radionokia's Rad Patches

radionokia's Rad Patches

Check out the rest of the thread in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Smart Alec.

A Week in Montreal: What did Zeek and Rachel take?

Things move pretty fast in the first part of this video (once again, from SHEP Films) we posted in early October, so in case you missed anything, we thought it might be helpful to list out all of the TOM BIHN stuff Zeek and Rachel brought along for their trip to Montreal. Here’s everything:

0:01 — Cache for the iPad; Size 2 Travel Stuff Sack, Ultraviolet; Size 4 Travel Stuff Sack, Wasabi

0:02 — Size 3 Travel Stuff Sack, Wasabi; Size 3 Travel Stuff Sack, Ultraviolet

0:03 — Synapse 19, Steel Dyneema/Steel; the Travel Stuff Sacks are then packed into the Synapse 19

0:06 — Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouch, Medium; End Pocket Packing Cubes, Aeronaut

0:07 — Large Packing Cube, Aeronaut

0:08 — Aeronaut, Steel/Wasabi

0:10 — 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel

0:11– Medium Café Bag, Linen/Steel

Check out some of the other videos from SHEP, as well as some of our own, on the Videos page.

Badger: Simplifying Your Packing List

Badger: Simplifying Your Packing List

Need some minimalist packing advice? Maybe some of the well thought out, über-informative  suggestions from forum member — and volunteer moderator — Badger could come in handy when find yourself preparing for your next trip.

Looking to simplify his life by reducing the amount of stuff he owned and trying to find the right bag, declutter listed the belongings he thought necessary to keep, but was open to advice on ways to reduce the load. Badger answered the call, dispensing a number of detailed bits of guidance. Here are some highlights:

  • “You probably already know this, but you’ll want to wear the heaviest and bulkiest items whenever possible to create space in your bag. If you do this, you can eliminate the hiking boots, one pair of boxers and socks, and 1-2 shirts from your packing list, since you’ll be wearing them.”
  • “If you need the thick wool socks for some reason, I’d highly recommend replacing the other four pairs of socks with just two pairs of Smartwool Outdoor Ph.D. low-cut socks. They actually stretch over your ankles and can be worn more than once before needing a wash. I’m wearing a pair right this minute.”
  • “You have a polo and a dress shirt, which seem to me like ‘going out in public’ options for your upper half. Since both of the items in your pic appear to be cotton, these might not be the best choice for long-term travel (they’re heavy, take forever to dry, and they will get rumpled fast). You could replace these items with just one lightweight long-sleeved shirt with a collar. Patagonia and Rohan make shirts from technical fabrics that don’t scream ‘safari tourist.’”

Head to the Forums for more sage advice and to view the rest of the thread.

 

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Forum member Toblerhaus has a two week trip to Spain coming up and plans to pack everything into two bags: the Aeronaut and Synapse 25. Here’s what she packed in each…

Inside the Aeronaut:

Medium cafe bag (to be carried as a purse once we arrive), tennis shoes, waterproof boots, blue slim packing cube for underwear and socks, medium raspberry packing cube for clothing, umbrella, red dot bag with dry toiletries, brown zip bag with misc emergency items, olive 311 bag with wet toiletries”

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Inside the Synapse 25:

“Hydroflask, 2 stuff sacks, side effect, organizer cube, iPad in Portenzo case, Kindle, Ziploc bag, clear organizer pouch with Eurorail passes and passports, camera bag for dSLR and 10-22 lens, 35 mm lens and neoprene pouch to hold it.”

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Read the entire post in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Aeronaut and Synapse 25.

Chris and Daniel’s Bags from the Two Weeks in Japan Videos

Back in late August, we posted a couple fantastic videos courtesy of Chris from SHEP Films (the folks who worked with us on our Smart Alec, Tri-Star, and Everyday Carry videos) in which he and his traveling companion, Daniel, detail what they packed for a two week family trip to Japan. Although Chris and Daniel mention the bags and accessories they use by name, we figured it would be handy to have everything compiled into one list along with at which point in the packing video these things can be found. See the packing video below, along with the list of everything used.

What Chris used…

0:04Aeronaut, Steel Dyneema/Wasabi

0:40RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Wasabi; Clear Organizer Wallet (for business cards)

0:44 — Small Padded Organizer Pouch;  Size 2 Travel Stuff Sacks, Ultraviolet and Wasabi (both for miscellaneous stuff like ear buds, a multi-tool, batteries, and memory cards)

0:56Co-Pilot, Steel Dyneema/Solar

1:02Travel Tray, Wasabi

1:053D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel

1:083D Mesh Organizer Cube, Black

1:10Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Wasabi

1:15 — Aeronaut End Pocket Packing Cube, All Fabric

1:19Cache, size 6Z

1:20 — Large Packing Cube for the Aeronaut

1:24Kindle Fire/Keyboard Pouch (for tablet)

and what Daniel used…

2:09 — Large Packing Cube for the Aeronaut

2:16Aeronaut, Black/Steel

2:183D Clear Organizer Cube, Wasabi Dyneema

2:31Synapse 19, Black/Iberian

2:3216-inch Key Strap; Kindle Fire/Keyboard Pouch, Padded

If you want to see all of this stuff in action along with some great shots of the bags, Japanese scenery, and delicious food, check out the second video below.

Side Effect as In-Flight Organizer

“Just got back from my first trip with my new Side Effect. During this trip I determined that 1 Side Effect + 2 S-Biners == great way to keep little fiddly things (earbuds, iPod, gum, pens, notebook, tissues, snacks, makeup bag, etc.) handy during a flight.” — Ms. Ferret

Side Effect as In-Flight Organizer

Check out the entire thread on the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Side Effect.

In stock: Shop Bag, Co-Pilot, Synapse 19, Clear Quarter Packing Cube, more…

Thanks to everyone’s hard work, the following bags are back in stock and ready to ship:

Co-Pilot, all colors

Synapse 19, all colors

Shop Bag, all colors, sizes Small and Large

Clear Quarter Packing Cube, all colors

RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, all colors

TOM BIHN Shop BagsLeft: Shop Bag, Small, in Steel and Right: Shop Bag, Large, Wasabi

Decisions, Decisions: Picking the Right Bag

Paralyzed by indecision, TOM BIHN Forum member erg approached his fellow posters with the following request: “Help me decide on the right bag configuration for business travel with a laptop.”

The primary obstacle was first figuring out which travel bag was going to fit all of erg’s stuff. Would the mid-sized Tri-Star be large enough (his preferred bag) or would he have to get the larger Aeronaut?

Eventually, erg posted his packing list, somewhat unsure as to the possibility of squeezing all that stuff into the Tri-Star:

5 knit short sleeved shirts
5 undershirts
5 underwear
5 pairs of socks
1 pair of jeans
athletic shoes
toiletries
medications
laptop + charger
misc. small electronics
2 or 3 granola bars

Owning a Tri-Star himself,  forum member Mike kindly tested the packing list for erg, and even posted photos of the results so that everybody could see the results for themselves.

Decisions, decisions: Picking the Right Bag  Everything from erg’s packing list, laid out

Decisions, decisions: Picking the Right BagPacked into the Tri-Star

Decisions, decisions: Picking the Right BagZipped up!

Read the full thread in the TOM BIHN Forums (and possibly add your 2¢). See also: the Tri-Star.