Miking: Using Magnets to Attach Patches to a Bag

Looking to add a patch to your bag, but don’t want the permanence that comes with stitching one on? Check out an awesome thread from forum member Miking that shows you how to add a patch using magnets. No sewing skills necessary!

Miking: Using Magnets to Attach Patches to a Bag

In stock: 13″ Ristretto, Brain Bag, Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, more…

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

Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Pro or Air, all colors

Brain Bag, all colors

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, all colors

Empire Builder, Black/Black/Steel and Black/Steel/Steel (Black/Black/Wasabi ships by the end of this week)

Side Effect, Aubergine/Wasabi and Black/Iberian (other colors are scheduled to ship early next month)

Camera I-O

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

moriond’s Expert Travel Accessories Advice

vaterp asked: “My question though is I am a little intimidated by all the accessories and packaging options that exist on this site alone. I’m looking for some best practices/use cases for all of this.”

And moriond responded:

“I suggest that you take a look at the Tri-Star Video page on the Blog, with a list of accessories that are shown in the video. The same video was posted in the forums, and there’s a link to the discussion thread.

In general, I’d suggest that you get the Tri-Star with the Absolute Strap (which you can/will use with other bags), and that at the very minimum you get the medium Tri-Star packing cube among the packing cubes. (I actually recommend the full set of small, medium, and large packing cubes, with a possible alternative of using the convertible packing cube backpack for the Tri-Star/Western Flyer in place of the large packing cube; plus using a 3D Clear organizer cube.)

The packing cubes make organization and packing really efficient, and are sized to the travel bags. The medium size cube for the Tri-Star is sized to the (larger) front zippered pocket. It also works well for a number of other bags, in case you want to convert your Synapse 19 or Synapse 25 for general 1 bag travel with clothes. The 3D Clear Organizer Cubes can be used as your 3-1-1 toiletry bag, but when they first came out, I found I was primarily using theses for laptop power bricks and cables. Now you can get the same size bags with mesh sides instead of clear, or in Dyneema as light weight, general carrying alternatives. They easily transfer to other bags– for example, into pockets in the now sold -out Imago messenger bags, into the side pockets of the Co-Pilot (possibly secured with key straps), into the bottom front zippered pocket of the Synapse 19 (and other places), etc. These are just very multi-purpose and handy, and transfer easily among the various bags.

If you want to use a pack-it folder or sleeve, the 18″ Eagle Creek pack-its will fit nicely into the back pocket (though they’re a bit too large for the Western Flyer). You can also forego the large packing cube if you’re only packing items like slacks that can easily be held in with the straps (as in the video) plus using a pack-it sleeve, although I personally prefer to use the large packing cube.

For a really large number of cables and electronics, you can use the Clear Quarter Packing Cube. That’s large enough to take two laptop sized hard drives side by side in each of the two clear compartments, without even accounting for the extra depth for cables, etc, but that kind of cube volume fits better in an Aeronaut or backpack with a large volume chamber. And an accessory like the Snake Charmer for cables and electronics also works best I settings like the Brain Bag or Smart Alec, or in the bottom front pocket of the Synapse 25. In most other instances I’d find it easier to use the 3D Clear Organizer cubes or their variants in mesh and/or Dyneema instead, especially for easy transfers to other bags.

Use padded pouches if you want the extra protection — for example, for a portable USB DVD or CD drive. One or two small organizer pouches are also generally useful here. A lot of the other accessories are most useful when used with briefcase style bags (e.g. Freudian Slips let you organize papers and other accessories so you can easily transfer them from (for example) a horizontal messenger bag like the ID bag in the case of a Horizontal Freudian Slip, to your Tri-Star. In large backpacks like the Brain Bag or Smart Alec, the Vertical Freudian Slip (which does not fit the Tri-Star) can be even handier at getting to selected papers/folders.

Then, too, some accessories can double up functions. The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag is a general packing cube (about the size of the Aeronaut end pockets), that can also be used at your destination to hold light jackets, guide books, etc. It also fits conveniently into the bottom of the Swift (tote bag), or into the (now-sold out) Imago. In a Tri-Star I’d use this as an additional packing cube in the middle compartment.

I don’t make much use of the Travel Tray, but this is good for quickly organizing loose items from your pockets or other pouches.”

Read the full thread here (with many more great responses and advice from other forum members.)

In stock: Travel Stuff Sacks, Aeronaut Packing Cube Backpack, more….

Busy. That’s what we’ve been. Back in stock and ready to ship within one business day are the…

Travel Stuff Sacks, all sizes and colors (including Solar)

Aeronaut Packing Cube Backpack, all colors

Smart Alec, most colors (Black/Black/Steel and Black/Navy/Iberian remain on backorder and are expected to ship by the end of August)

Aeronaut Packing Cubes, all sizes

Snake Charmer, all colors

Vertical Brain Cell, Size 6Z

Tri-Star, all colors

Synapse 19 and Travel Stuff SackSynapse 19 + Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2, in Steel w/our water filter.

In stock: Tri-Star, Synapse 19, Large Cafe Bag, Super Ego

Tri-Star, most colors (olors Black/Wasabi and Navy/Solar are available for backorder and ship by mid-August)

Synapse 19, all colors

Large Cafe Bag, all colors

Super Ego, all colors

TOM BIHN Synapse 19 backpackThe Synapse 19 in Steel Dyneema/nylon.

In stock: RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Shop Bag, more…

Happy Friday! The following bags are back in stock and ready to ship within one business day.

Shop Bag, sizes Small and Large, all colors
Clear Quarter Packing Cube, all colors
RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, all colors
Size 1 Vertical Brain Cell
Cache for Cadet, Size 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina
Medium Cafe Bag, all colors
Yarn Stuff Sacks, all colors (including Solar)
Key Strap, Solar

Medium Cafe Bag in Steel DyneemaMedium Cafe Bag in Steel Dyneema/nylon.

RWB Pocket Pouch

RWB POUCHES ARE SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who placed an order over the past couple of days; you’ve kept us pretty busy today! Note that we’re pretty much out of the limited edition RWB Pocket Pouch at this point and the window for ordering one is now over.

Limited Edition 4th of July Pocket Pouch

We came up with a limited edition RWB Pocket Pouch to celebrate Independence Day. It’s made out of our Cardinal Red U.S. 1050d ballistic nylon, features contrasting Sapphire Blue trim and is lined with Iberian Red Dyneema/nylon with its signature white ripstop grid. Just so there is no doubt about it, we added a “Made in USA” label just to remind everyone where we make our stuff.

Place an order over $20 now (today, Wednesday, July 3rd) through Friday, July 5th at 12:30pm Pacific Time, put “RWB Pocket Pouch” in the comments box during checkout, and we’ll include a complimentary RWB Pocket Pouch in your order. This applies to pre-orders or backorders as well: we’ll include the RWB Pocket Pouch in your order whenever your order ships.

(Remember that the colors red, white and blue are also the national colors of Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, the Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Liberia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Thailand, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. So even if you don’t live in the U.S., you might still like this pouch.)

The fine print: if the RWB Pocket Pouch proves even more popular than we expected, we could possibly run out. We’ll make more (as long as we have the materials to do so) but it might mean that your order will be delayed up to a few days while we catch up. Please note that we cannot add the RWB Pocket Pouch to existing pre-orders or backorders or orders placed prior to this announcement. This can be the unfun part of something otherwise so much fun — we love to be spontaneous and make something special to offer to everyone, but, no matter when we time the announcement or how much advance warning we give, some people will have ordered just before (or just after) the window for getting the special thing. The best we can offer: this won’t be the last time we do something like this!

And hey: hope you have a fun holiday!

Tao works on the LE Pocket Pouch

TOM BIHN 4th of July Pouch

TOM BIHN 4th of July Pouch

Fits an Apple mouse

4th of July Pouch fits a multitool

TOM BIHN - Made in USA

In stock: Co-Pilot, Side Effect (some), Q-AM, Modular Pockets

Thanks to our talented Seattle sewing crews, the following bags are back in stock and ready to ship:

Co-Pilot, all colors

Side Effect, Navy/Iberian, Steel Dyneema/Steel, Steel Dyneema/Wasabi, Aubergine/Wasabi, Black/Wasabi, and Black/Steel. (Other colors — Solar Dyneema/Solar, Navy/Solar, Wasabi Dyneema/Wasabi, and Black/Iberian are available for backorder and ship by mid-July.)

Q-AM Shoulder Strap

Smart Alec Lower and Upper Modular Pockets

Side Effect in a Smart AlecThe Side Effect in Steel Dyneema/Wasabi tethered to the side pocket of the Smart Alec backpack via a 16-inch Key Strap.

SMH: Fifty things we love about travel right now

The Aeronaut made the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of the “Fifty things we love about travel right now”

“The Bear Grylls of carry-on bags, this tough, stylish and lightweight nylon bag sneaks in under the maximum dimensions yet holds a whopping 45litres. It has no wheels, however, and the $US250 ($261) price tag limits its appeal to demanding frequent flyers with a penchant for quality engineering. See tombihn.com. MG”

Read the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald.

50 things to love about travel right nowAeronaut in China.

Photos: Little Swift in Cork after 3+ years of steady use

Our Cork fabric is a natural material. It’s made from real bark from cork trees that grow on the Iberian Peninsula and it has a life and an aging process of its own, not unlike leather. Over the years, the color of cork fabric will deepen in some areas and lighten in others; natural creases will appear, especially if the bag is folded; and an uneven texture, similar to the surface of tree bark, may develop. Even some minor flaking of bark can be expected.

Below are photos of a Little Swift in Cork that’s been in regular use for the past 3+ years.

TOM BIHN Little Swift in Cork

TOM BIHN Little Swift in Cork

Little Swift in Cork

Little Swift in Cork

Notice the natural creasing and wrinkling apparent in these photos, the well-earned marks of character.

Bags available in Cork:
Little Swift
Swift in Cork
Cork Organizer Pouches