New: Ballistic Organizer Pouches in Black

TOM BIHN 1050d Ballistic Organizer Pouches

Our Ballistic Organizer Pouches are now available in Black in all sizes: Mini, Small, Pen/Pencil and Medium. Also available are Mini in Cardinal, Small in Navy, Pen/Pencil in Steel and Medium in Forest. Made for us in the U.S.A. and dyed to our specifications, our 1050d ballistic nylon is extrodinarily abrasion-resistant (it has twice the abrasion resistance of 1680 denier fabric) and used as the main exterior fabric of many of our travel bags, laptop bags, messenger bags and briefcases. Ballistic Organizer Pouches are in stock and ship within one business day. $9-$13.

High Tenacity 1050d Ballistic Nylon Organizer Pouches

Ballistic Nylon Organizer Pouches

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Restless Tech: Travel Tray Review

Restless Tech Reviews the Travel Tray

“It also makes a perfect portable tray for stuff that can’t go through security at the airport. Unload your pockets into the travel tray and then pull the flap over the top and pull the drawstring. Every thing is secure and goes through the X ray to be recovered on the other side. Then you can just pop the whole thing into the pocket of your luggage to reassemble everything when you are safely at your gate.”

Read the full review at Restless Tech.

See also: the Travel Tray, which is currently on backorder but should ship by the end of this week.

Restless Tech reviews the TOM BIHN Travel Tray

Introducing the updated Ristretto

The Ristretto is a vertical messenger bag available in three sizes designed specifically to fit the iPad or iPad 2, 11″ MacBook Air or 13″ MacBook Air or 13″ MacBook Pro and a minimum amount of accoutrements (power supply, pen, notebook, wallet, phone, magazine). It’s great for realizing the dream of a mobile office: work at the coffee house, on the light rail, at the airport or on the plane.

Tom has updated the design of the Ristretto in three key ways:

Tom makes three updates to the design of the Ristetto

The Ristretto is now made with an exterior U.S. 1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon and an interior lining of our ultralight Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric from Japan. Both fabrics are made specifically for us. Previous, the Ristretto was made with an exterior of 1000d Cordura® and an interior of 500d Cordura®. For the time being, we will continue to offer one Cordura® color combination — Olive/Cayenne — in all three sizes of Ristretto. Why the switch in fabrics? Our 1050d ballistic nylon has a stiffer hand and a rich weave and we like the way it reflects light. We work with our fabric mills to get this fabric just the way we want it. Our Japanese ultralight Dyneema/nylon fabric saves weight and is as tough as nails. And it’s quite handsome to boot.

Tom updates the design of the Ristretto for iPad, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

A curved, #8 YKK Uretek® splash-proof zipper on the front compartment (under the flap) replaces both the zippered front pocket and open-top pouch in the previous version. Inside of this front compartment is an organizer with pockets for pens, iPhone and passport or wallet. There’s also plenty of room inside this pouch for your power supply, phone charger, and sunglasses.

Tom updates the design of the Ristretto

The back (or top) grab handle, previously a webbing loop, is now a 1050d ballistic nylon handle padded with Poron® foam. Poron® is our foam of choice for handles because it simply doesn’t break down, even after decades of use.

Behind the scenes, Tom’s updates included several rounds of new patterns and prototypes constructed by Tom, Lisa, and Fong in our Seattle factory. Using 1050d ballistic nylon as the exterior fabric means the Ristretto takes a little longer to sew, but our expert crew is up to the task.

And because of the change in fabrics, new color combinations are available in the Ristretto: Black/Steel, Steel/Iberian, Forest/Steel, Navy/Solar, Cardinal/Steel (Ristretto for iPad or iPad 2 only), and Olive/Cayenne (Cordura®).

See the: Ristretto for iPad or iPad 2, Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air, and Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. All three sizes are available for pre-order and ship by early-late April. Note: the Original Style Ristretto is still available in some sizes and colors.

Snow Day Wednesday?

TOM BIHN Seattle Snow Day

Seattle is expecting eight or more inches of snow tomorrow, so we’re preparing for the possibility that our staff might not be able to safely get to work to ship your orders. We’re staying late today to process as many late-in-the-day orders as we can and we’re preparing to answer phone calls and emails from home. If tomorrow ends up being a snow day, we’ll let you know right away. Thanks for your understanding and, as always, if you have questions, just ask.

Seattle Store open Weds/Thurs/Fri/Sat this week

Our Seattle retail store/factory showroom is open four days this week: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am – 4pm and Saturday from 12pm – 5pm. See you here!

4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

Seattle Store Open Wednesday and Saturday

One Bag, One World Review: the Cadet

One Bag One World Gear Review: Tom Bihn Travel Tray

“I so hoped this bag would finally be the first poorly designed Tom Bihn bag. The one I could tear apart. The one I would find fault with. The one that would allow me to belittle a Tom Bihn creation.

But that didn’t happen. In fact, just the opposite. The faults I found with some of his other bags—flaps, lack of zippers—weren’t there.

Then they sent me one for review. I opened the box. I gave the Cadet a once over. I quickly realized that my hoped for creative, harsh, critical review would have to wait. This was a nice bag.

Darn you, Tom Bihn.”

Read the full review at One Bag, One World.

Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos

First User Review of the Citizen Canine

First User Review of the Citizen Canine

“Awesome! The front zippered pocket held my 3-year-old Samsung phone (so smaller than a smart phone, but in a faux leather case with a broken belt clip attachment on the back that sticks out), my driver’s license, health insurance card, $5, and lip balm. The treat section held a ziplock bag with Charlie Bears and two small Zuke’s treat bags. It sat nicely and comfortably on the waist strap on my hips, with the drawstring was partially open so that the treats wouldn’t fall out. Dang if that Dudley didn’t poop and didn’t give me chance to try the poop bag dispenser.

The only thing I couldn’t find room for were some tissues, and I think I just need to rearrange the DL and stuff to the smaller pocket in the back (body side) and put them in the larger pocket up front.

I’ve tried other bags, even one handmade for me by a nice woman in an obedience class many years ago, and none have worked as well as the Citizen Canine. I am completely gobsmacked by the bag–it’s so well designed and thought out, it’s clear Tom is a dog lover.”

See more great photos of people and dogs with the Citizen Canine on our Facebook page. And don’t forget to send us your photos and reviews of the Citizen Canine — you’ll be entered in our monthly drawing to win a Krebs Recycle leash.

Photo: Brain Bag doubling as a camera bag in Provoo, Finland

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“Bought the Brain Bag for a two month trip to Finland, one I’m currently on. It is my fourth, no fifth, TB bag. (Not counting the shopping bag which is getting a workout here in Finland as well.) And it has performed superlatively. From schlepping multiple laptops for work on the train to navigating the streets of Tallinn as a camera/souvenir tote, it’s been great and comfortable. Needless to say I continue to be very pleased with your products.”
– Matthew

Practical Hacks Review of the Cadet

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Read the full review (with a video) at Practical Hacks.

DIY Logo Gift Wrap

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This year we are offering a DIY Logo Gift Wrap Kit consisting of a 36″ x 48″ sheet of natural Kraft paper with our logo Farman F-121 Jabiru airplane printed in black. Also included is a small roll of clear tape. You can order the DIY Logo Gift Wrap Kit here, or add it to your order on most product pages. $2.

Watch maverick’s video demonstrating our DIY Logo Gift Wrap.

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A Cafe bag and Kit wrapped

Why are we offering a DIY Gift Wrap Kit instead of offering to wrap your package for you? First of all, we suggest that you wrap the box in which your TOM BIHN order arrives, after removing the extra items you ordered for yourself and/or adding whatever surprises you want to further personalize your gift box. Second, we’re really good at making bags but wrapping gifts isn’t our strong suit — and we are almost positive that our customers can do a better job than we can. Lastly, if we wrap your package, we then need to consume even more resources to then box the wrapped package. You wrapping your own TOM BIHN box saves about 33% in packaging, which at least Tom thinks is pretty cool.
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Decorated with Color Key Straps