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.

In stock: Packing Cube Backpacks, Ristretto for iPad, more…

Ristretto for iPad, all colors

Western Flyer Packing Cubes

Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer), all colors

Packing Cube Backpack (Aeronaut), Steel, Iberian, and Ultraviolet (Wasabi ships by early July)

Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Steel, Iberian, and Ultraviolet (Wasabi ships by late July)

Size 5 Horizontal Brain Cell

Vertical Freudian Slip

Kindle Fire/Keyboard Pouch

Travel Stuff Sacks, all sizes and colors except for the Size 2 Travel Stuff Sack in Steel which is available for backorder and ships by early July.

Synapse 25 in some colors: Black/Wasabi, Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Navy/Iberian, Navy/Ultraviolet, Olive/Steel, Steel Dyneema/Steel, and Nordic Dyneema/Steel. All other colors ship by mid-late June.

Cache with Rails, all sizes

TOM BIHN Vertical Freudian SlipThe Vertical Freudian Slip.

Dan Bransfield: Sketches from Italy

Artist Dan Bransfield traveled to Italy for 12 days with two bags: his Tri-Star and Co-Pilot.

Dan Bransfield's sketches of Italy

See more sketches from Dan’s trip.

About Dan BransfieldDan with his Field Journal Notebook.

The (Essential Item) Doodles Are In

Doodlers Anonymous challenged you to draw your most essential item, the thing you’d take with you if you could only bring along one thing. The submissions are in and now it’s time to vote for your favorite. The winner gets a Synapse 19 backpack.

TOM BIHN / Doodlers Anonymous doodles are in Just one of the 70 submitted doodles. See all of them at Doodlers Anonymous.

Louis claims the Aeronaut

Louis claims the Aeronaut (Jets Like Taxis)

Louis claims the Aeronaut. Follow Ang, Ryan, and Louis as they travel the world full-time and blog about it over at Jets Like Taxis.

Gene Marks: 10 Ways to Get Through the Airport Quickly

Tip #4
“Don’t check bags. Yes, I’m telling you to be one of those annoying guys with the shoulder bag and the roller bag (Me? I’ve got an awesome Tom Bihn bag that holds a week’s worth of clothes and fits anywhere). It’s not just about the baggage fees. It’s about time. Even if you have to check your bag at the gate, you’ll get it as you come off the plane and that takes way less time than waiting (hopefully) at baggage claim.”

Read the full article over at The Philly Post.

TOM BIHN Tri-Star carry-on bag

In stock: Synapse 19, Snake Charmer, Cache with Rails

Synapse 19, most colors (Steel Dyneema/Steel, Steel Dyneema/Ultraviolet and Steel Dyneema/Wasabi continue to be available for backorder with an expected shipping date of late June)

Cache with Rails, Size 1 (fits in the Brain Bag)
Cache with Rails, Air11 (Synapse 25, Synapse 19, Brain Bag)

Snake Charmer, all colors

Synapse with the Cache with RailsThe Synapse backpack with the Cache with Rails.