The Updated Brain Bag

Before we began our next production cut of Brain Bags, we decided to make a few minor updates to the design. (Just one of the many reasons we have our own factory here in Seattle: we have the power to have a good idea and make it real.)

— You asked for it: six more (nine total) o-rings! Two additional in each main compartment and one o-ring each in the front left and right exterior pockets.

— The best combination of fabrics we can imagine: an exterior main body of 1000d Cordura with a 1050 HT ballistic nylon bottom and an interior of 420d Parapack.

— Reconfigured front left organizer pocket (fits your iPhone better).

And that’s it. The Brain Bag is solid, classic, and true; the longest standing design of our current offerings. We didn’t want to mess (too much) with a good thing.

The Brain Bag. $190. Available for backorder in colors Burnt Orange, French Blue, Olive, Navy, and Black. Ships by early August.

New: Double Organizer Pouch in Size Large

When we introduced the Double Organizer Pouch in size Small, it sold out in less than a month. Figuring that meant everyone liked it as much as we did, we introduced the Double Organizer Pouch in size Medium. And it too quickly sold out — a couple of times, in fact. Without further ado: meet the Double Organizer Pouch in size Large. Hope you like it as much as we do.

Double Organizer Pouch. Available in sizes Small, Medium, and Large. $14-18. In stock and ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN | Double Organizer Pouch in Size Large

TOM BIHN | Double Organizer Pouch in Size Large

Introducing the Aeronaut 30 and Four More Designs

Aeronaut 30 | TOM BIHN

We’ve been hinting for the last couple of months that we expected five new designs to debut this summer. And you’ve been amazingly patient with us. Before the reveal, we just wanted to take a moment and say thanks for your excitement and support. It’s meant a lot to us as we worked really hard getting these five new designs ready for debut—no small feat for a company our size. Design patterns had to be finalized, names decided, pages built, videos shot, photos taken. You’d be amazed at how much of this came down to the wire; we even decided to change the name of one of the bags on Friday.

And without further ado, meet the five new designs (seven if you count their Packing Cubes) debuting today:

Aeronaut 30
The little brother of the original Aeronaut (now the Aeronaut 45). You know the saying: don’t mess with what’s good, and we didn’t. Mostly, it’s the same Aeronaut people have come to count on as the carry-on bag, just smaller and better suited to travel on North American regional commuter jets, intra-European flights, or for folks who want to pack less and don’t need a maximum carry-on sized travel bag. Though the Aeronaut 30 is smaller in capacity, its fit is the same as the Aeronaut 45. In other words, if the original Aeronaut (45) fit you well, the Aeronaut 30 will as well. It’s no small feat to make a bag that is 20% smaller yet still fits those 6′ and taller (and shorter, of course). All that said, there were a few good things in the design of the Aeronaut that Tom realized he could make great. Design updates in the Aeronaut 30 you’ll find include: both exterior end pockets are zippered, the main compartment snaps have been replaced with zippered dividers, allowing you to turn the Aeronaut 30 into a one or two compartment bag when you need it to be, and the Aeronaut 30’s YKK Aquaguard® waterproof coil zippers have been flipped to be “right side up”, which basically means they’ll last even longer. (If you’re wondering: these design updates will make their way to the Aeronaut 45 in the next 2-3 months.)

The Aeronaut 30 Carry-On Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

$270. Available for pre-order in eight color combinations, including the new Coyote/Steel. First production run ships by mid-August; second production run ships by late September.
Packing Cubes for the Aeronaut 30 are available for pre-order here.

Night Flight Travel Duffle
Tom’s had the Night Flight concept on his (very crowded) design board for some time. So, when United Airlines announced their size new requirements for “personal items,” it was simply a matter of a few adjustments, some late nights, and the Night Flight Travel Duffle was made real. That the Night Flight Travel Duffle looks suspiciously like a scaled-down version of an Aeronaut is no mistake: we took some of the same winning design elements from our most popular travel bag and morphed them into a small yet totally fetching duffle bag. Worth noting: Packing Cubes for the Night Flight are an option, as are Padded Organizational Dividers that allow you to organize and protect stuff like smaller cameras (you can even configure them for a DSLR) and noise-cancelling headphones as well as snacks and other stuff.

Night Flight Travel Duffle | TOM BIHN

$180. Available for pre-order in eight color combinations, including the new Coyote/Steel. First production run ships by mid-August; second production run ships by late September.
Packing Cubes for the Night Flight Travel Duffle are available for pre-order here.

Travel Laundry Stuff Sack
Based on a design from Tom’s archives (circa 1981) and inspired by his time hosteling around Europe, the Travel Laundry Stuff Sack works like this: start your trip off with the sack full of clean clothes, and as they become dirty, put them in other end of the same sack. A floating divider midway keeps the clean and the dirty clothes separated. The volume of the clothing doesn’t change, but the ratio of clean to dirty does.

Travel Laundry Stuff Sack | TOM BIHN

Available for pre-order in two sizes —Aeronaut 45 ($45) and Aeronaut 30 ($40)—in colors Steel and Ultraviolet. Ships by mid-August.

Daylight Backpack
Your solid, ultralight, and true companion for hikes, travel, even the daily commute. Similar to the Packing Cube Backpacks, though more pack and less cube. We want to point out a design feature we’re quite proud of: shingled internal pouches/compartments that, when packed with two pieces of clothing, say, a shell jacket and a fleece or sweater, effectively create a padded back panel. We have tested the Daylight Backpack on hikes long and short, hiking up to where the trees are smaller yet older, and then down to secret lakes, and it’s proved itself time and again.

The Daylight Backpack by TOM BIHN

$80. Available in seven color combinations, including Black Dyneema and Burnt Orange. In stock and ready to ship.

Q-Kit
One day, Kieu (our Bartack Operator — see her work) surprised June and Darcy with two of these small pouches. Its shape is reminiscent of the Kit, a retired design, but the Q-Kit is much smaller. June and Darcy liked their Q-Kits so much that they thought we should make more and let you guys give ‘em a try. Clever and awesome (just like Kieu!), the Q-Kit is great for keeping track of very small stuff: coins, keys, phone adapters, as well as charms, hair things, and gewgaws of all kinds.

Q-Kit Organizer Pouch | TOM BIHN

$14. Various colors, all 1050d ballistic nylon. In stock and ready to ship.

Even after all of that, we bet you have questions. Head over to our forums, post ‘em, and we’ll do our best to respond.

Forum Roundup: Long Live Nordic (in Pictures)

Nordic 400d Dyneema fabric has enjoyed great popularity, and now that it’s being retired it seems appropriate to dedicate a Roundup to recent Forum pictures featuring Nordic.  Enjoy, and if these photos get you hankering for a bit of Nordic for yourself, fear not!  As of today, there are a few items remaining in Nordic: Shop Bags, Pocket Pouches, Packing Cube Backpacks for Aeronaut and Tri-Star, and Travel Trays.

Nordic Family Photos:

Hollie's Nordic family photo

Hollie‘s Nordic family photo

RDR3's Nordic family photo

RDR3‘s Nordic family photo

ncb4's recent Nordic haul

A new Pilot joins ncb4‘s Nordic collection

trailhiker's bivvy of Nordic Shop Bags

trailhiker‘s bevy of Nordic Shop Bags

Accessories:

A Nordic Side Effect atop RhoFro's big haul (click here to see the box it all arrived in)

A Nordic Side Effect atop RhoFro‘s big haul (click here to see the box it all arrived in)

kkintea's Nordic collection with the Travel Tray in focus

kkintea‘s Nordic collection, with the spotlight on the Travel Tray

Pocket Pouch Linings:

moriond's Kiwi/Nordic Pocket Pouch

moriond‘s Kiwi/Nordic Pocket Pouch

dorayme's Aubergine/Nordic Pocket Pouch, with contents

dorayme‘s Aubergine/Nordic Pocket Pouch, with contents

Nordic with Dogs:

WMW40's canine buddy with a Nordic Medium Cafe Bag

WMW40‘s canine buddy rocking a Nordic Medium Cafe Bag at agility class

Darcy's Smart Alec with partial doggie photobomb

Darcy’s Smart Alec with partial doggie photobomb

Nordic in the Wild:

maverickWFregionaljet

maverick‘s Western Flyer, taking up very little room in the overhead compartment of a regional jet

Forum Roundup: Sweating the Small Stuff

There’s little doubt that everyone on the forum loves TB accessories, so this week’s roundup is dedicated to those little things that blow our collective hair back.

Forum member Moose kicked off a very popular thread this week when she asked, “What do you keep in your Side Effect?”  Read on for over a dozen answers and some terrific photos by ncb4, tizi and Ilkyway.  chautime wanted to know what would happen if shampoo or some other liquid toiletry were to leak inside the 3D Clear Organizer Cube.  Would the cube contain the spill? Read on for forum member testimonials.  In other 3D happenings, icebeng discovered some pretty cool things happen if you turn your 3D Clear Organizer Cube inside out.  Be sure to also check out the 3D hacks courtesy of sturbridge and SusanM.

PaulT00 rejoiced over the brand-spanking new Travel Trays that wended their way to England to live with and him and the Travel Trays already in residence.  On the newest accessory front, K9TB wrote in to announce that the Small Double Organizer Pouchmakes a great wallet, especially if you’re traveling to a bunch of different countries and need to carry multiple currencies.  Keep reading to see more pics of the SDOP in the wild.

Finally this week, dorayme made the compelling case that bags and accessories can be works of artkkintea‘s little friend seems to agree, wouldn’t you say?

So many Shop Bags!

So many Shop Bags!

 

Forum Roundup: Ask the Forum Hive Mind

A theme emerged on the Forum this week: several members were looking to buy a bag or accessory, but weren’t sure which one.  They all turned to fellow forum members for advice about not just what to get, but why they should get it.  Member haraya thought she might need a Synapse for an upcoming trip, but which model, the 19 or the 25?—And was the Synapse actually the best choice?  Click here to see what she needed to carry, and read on for the advice.  Perseffect wanted to know if a Small Cafe Bag would be a good “My First Bihn” bag for her five-year-old daughter, and forum members responded with anecdotes and some insanely cute pictures.  And new member DubbySmurf asked for opinions about the ideal accessories for a college student’s Brain Bag. Read on for suggestions about the accessories forum members recommend most.

Just for fun, dwright17 asked people what they keep in their Stuff Sacks.  Answers so far?  Everything from cables and chargers to first aid kits to knitting projects.  Sometimes, members take it upon themselves to demonstrate potential uses for accessories.  Check out taminca’s photo essay on uses for the new Small Double Organizer Pouch (and stay tuned for her ideas on the soon-to-be-released Medium Double Organizer Pouch).  Finally, Volunteer Moderator maverick wondered if multiple sizes exist for the Synapse and now the Aeronaut, could there be room in the Tom Bihn Bags lineup for a smaller Smart Alec?  Read on for Volunteer Moderator moriond’s historically contextualized reply—and to see pictures of Smart Alec colors from the past!

And now here’s our Pic of the Week:

FJNflower

Proctor’s Field Journal Notebook and a jaunty daffodil.

New: Medium Double Organizer Pouch

TOM BIHN | Medium Double Organizer Pouch

Just a month after we debuted the Double Organizer Pouch in size Small, it’s already sold out. We figured that meant you guys liked the Double Organizer Pouch as much as we did, so we went ahead and added a new size for pre-order: Medium

Medium Double Organizer Pouch. $16. Various 1000d Cordura, 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack, or 1050 denier HT ballistic nylon colors. Available for pre-order and ships by mid-May.

(APRIL FOOL’S) New: Flocculent by TOM BIHN

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

We’ve heard from many of you just how much you appreciate that our filament (non-texturized nylon, e.g. 1050d HT ballistic nylon and 420 high-tenactity Parapack) fabrics are much less likely to collect pet hair than 500 and 1000d Cordura.

But we’ve also heard from some of you that simply miss the… hair. You know who you are: you’re the kind of person that “forgets” to use a lint brush because you think a healthy addition of dog or cat hair completes any look. Maybe it makes you feel a little more wild, a little more in touch with your “animal” side.

And that’s why we’re introducing a new line — Flocculent by TOM BIHN. First to debut is the Hairy Swift, complete with a matching Faux Baby Albino Seal Fur Yarn Stuff Sack.

Here’s Ben modeling the Hairy Swift. Roomy enough for his tools, soft and plush enough to warm his hands after working on a job site on a cold day — it’s the perfect bag for any handy guy. And it’s so eye-catching that his girlfriend insists that he leave it at home when they go out, lest anyone might try to steal it.

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014

TOM BIHN | April Fools 2014
There’s even room for his lunch!

Hairy Swift w/Faux Baby Albino Seal Fur Yarn Stuff Sack. $1000. Available pending resolution of a few minor legal issues. May be further regulated by local authorities, state authorities, federal authorities, good taste and common decency.

New: Double Organizer Pouch

One day we found ourselves wondering: what could be better than a Small Organizer Pouch? And we thought: well, maybe a Small Organizer Pouch with an extra zippered pocket that has a clear urethane front. A month later, here it is: the Double Organizer Pouch.

TOM BIHN | Double Organizer Pouch

420d HT nylon Classic Parapack back/pocket lining. .016″ clear urethane front. #5 YKK coil zippers with plastic sliders.

Double Organizer Pouch. $14. Available in Small (other sizes to follow, assuming you guys think it’s as cool a pouch as we do) and in various colors (Olive, Navy, Steel, Black). In stock and ready to ship.

Thoughts on the Pilot

Initial reactions to the new PilotPhoto courtesy of kkintea.

“My pilot came! The UPS man came and I snatched the box from his hands. I love the size. It is perfect. Big enough but not too big.” –atarango1

“As far as size, I think this could easily be a bag to use for a 3 to 4 day trip, especially if the trip is to a warmer climate where you have no need to dress up. I’m not sure how/where I’d squeeze in an extra pair of shoes (as light as I pack, I always like an extra pair) but I bet you could squeeze in a pair of flip flops for the beach very easily. But of course, this bag is really the ultimate size for a personal carry on and will certainly be able to hold enough stuff to keep you occupied even on the longest of flights.” –WMW40

“I can’t wait to start packing it for my upcoming conference. I specifically want to see if I can get away with only taking the Pilot. I will have to look “professional”, travel by plane (thus I will want to bring knitting), and will have to carry stuff with me all day (hotel is offsite from main events).” –gochicken

“It crosses over nicely from travel bag, overnight bag, work bag, knitting bag, and EDC. Of course, to each his own. That’s why I love Tom Bihn. He makes bags that appeal to many different types of people for all their varying needs!” –Mausermama

“I carried the Nordic pilot to a business meeting where everyone was wearing suits, so formal end of the spectrum. No one seemed to find it unusual. And the color really popped against my black suit. ” –Yoda Sloth

“This Pilot is sick!! I am able to fit more than I imagined and the Eagle Creek large packing sac, which can fit a change of clothes, fits like a dream in the Pilot. I am more than happy with this bag and so glad I splurged on the absolute strap.” –MelissaL

“I love my new (Navy/Solar) Pilot! It’s perfect for every day carry for my 11″ MBA plus some misc. stuff. It also works decently well (though not as well as a Packing Cube Messenger Bag (PCMB) would!) in the center of a Tri-Star. Alternatively, I can fit my (Lumix GH1) micro 4/3 camera in a small Crumpler Haven AND MBA in there without it looking too funny. Finally, I did a test pack, and for a casual 1-2 night trip (without the camera, but with the laptop), I can get everything I need. It’s like 4 bags in one!” –jmoz

“I got my Pilot yesterday – Black/Wasabi. It’s early, but my first impression is that it’s wonderful. It’s exactly the size I hoped for to use as my work bag.” –smj

Thanks to everybody for the marvelous feedback! Check out the Pilot for yourself and maybe you’ll be inspired to leave your own feedback in the Forums.