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

In stock: Aeronaut, 3D Clear and Dyneema/nylon Organizer Cubes

The backorders have shipped and the following bags are back in stock:

Aeronaut, all colors (except for Steel Dyneema/Wasabi, which ships by late July)

3D Clear Organizer Cube, all colors

3D Dyneema/nylon Organizer Cube, all colors

Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 1

3D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel Dyneema3D Clear Organizer Cube in Steel Dyneema.

Stephan from our Tri-Star video

The guy in our Tri-Star video? That’s Stephan Bernard, who served as our broker back in 2011 when we were searching for a new, bigger factory location. Stephan found the building we’re in now and it’s awesome — brighter and lighter with more room to grow. After the ink was dry — in part as thanks and in part because we got to talking about travel (business and pleasure) and bags as we got to know Stephan — we sent him home with a couple of our travel bags. He’s been using them ever since, so it only made sense for him to be in our video about the Tri-Star.

Three interesting things about Stephan: he’s originally from France, he was a pilot in Alaska, and he knows pretty much everything there is to know about forklifts.

Tom and StephanTom and Stephan on the day(s) of our move to the new factory space.

What fits: accessories for the Synapse 19

Packing Cubes, Organizer Pouches, Key Straps… there’s myriad of ways to customize the interior organization of the Synapse 19 backpack. Here’s just one example of which accessories fit where:

What fits: accessories for the Synapse 19 backpack

Bottom exterior pocket: 3D Mesh (3D Clear or Dyneema/nylon would also fit) Organizer Cube in Steel Dyneema/nylon, tethered with a Key Strap in Wasabi Dyneema/nylon.

Left exterior front pocket: Pocket Pouch, Utility Strap in 14″.

Right exterior front pocket: Mini Clear Organizer Pouch and the included Key Strap, Black, in 8″.

Top exterior pocket: Nothing. As you can see, it’s zippered shut. It’s small enough that you might not need further organization. That said, you could fit a Pocket Pouch here or add an 8″ Key or Utility Strap to tether your keys, flashlight, knife, or other small items.

Exterior water bottle pocket: Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2, in Iberian.

Main compartment: Two Tri-Star Medium Packing Cubes would fit, but we chose instead to use one Tri-Star Medium Packing Cube, one Tri-Star Small Packing Cube, and a Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2, in Wasabi. We liked how the Travel Stuff Sack fit nicely on the other side of the Tri-Star Small Packing Cube. Yet another option would be one Tri-Star Medium Packing Cube and two Clear Quarter Packing Cubes (one in front of the other). And don’t forget the open-top pocket inside of the main compartment of the Synapse 19: put your tablet (in a case or sleeve) here, or a Medium Organizer Pouch. Last but not least, there’s a 3D Clear Organizer Cube in Black, tethered with a Key Strap in Wasabi, that’ll fit/rest on top of the Packing Cubes.

Legal Nomads: World Travel Resources

Legal Nomads World Travel Resources

Jodi Ettenberg quit her job in 2008 to travel the world. Five years later, she’s still traveling, and has compiled a list of the top tips, tricks and resources she’s learned in that time. That’s everything from advice on pre-trip planning and insurance to what clothing to take to bags. Jodi’s bag? The Synapse 19. Of it, she says: “I went through a slew of different daypack options over my 5 years of travel but have ended up with a 19L Synapse bag from Tom Bihn. It’s small but holds more than you would think, it is really well built and they even have a safety whistle on the sternum strap. Friends recommended them heartily and I tried them out only in 2012, but I’m very happy with my purchase.”

More: World Travel Resources @ Legal Nomads

Legal Nomads World Travel ResourcesThe Synapse 19 backpack.