One Bag, One World Review: Travel Money Belt

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“All of the other belts are “one size fits all.” They only come in one big size. If too big, the manufacturers suggest you cut the belt down to size.

Cut the belt down to size? Even I who doesn’t sew, or knit, or know any of the needle crafts, knows that if you cut the end of a belt like this, it will eventually fray and come loose. It will look terrible.

But the Tom Bihn [Travel Money Belt] is different. It comes in a range of sizes from XS to XL. No need to cut. (And if XL isn’t big enough, send them an email and they’ll cut one to size.)”

Read the full review at One Bag, One World.

Introducing the Citizen Canine

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The Citizen Canine is a small bag designed to come along when you take your best friend for a walk. The treat compartment makes up the top two-thirds of the bag; the top edge of the pouch is stiffened to remain open for easy access, but closes with a drawstring so the treats stay inside otherwise. The treat portion is also big enough to fit a tennis or similar sized ball (or toy) if your buddy is more inspired by fetch than by food.

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Poop bags dispense discreetly from a soft plastic grommet on the lower back side of the Citizen Canine; there’s zippered access to the inside of the Citizen Canine where a clever metal pin assembly retains the roll of bags so they can roll easily. We ship the Citizen Canine with one roll of compostable BioBags; more are available for purchase here.

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On first glance it may seem like a simple little bag, but on further inspection you’ll be impressed how many cool features we’ve packed in to such a small amount of real estate. For us, making such a small, feature-filled bag is a bit like working in nano-technology: the cutting and sewing gets more challenging as it all gets smaller.

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There’s a front zippered pocket sized to fit an iPhone (room enough for ID/credit card/cash too) AND a back zippered pocket sized for keys, change, or a clicker, so you can go out with the Citizen Canine and nothing more. Plus, below the label on the front of the bag is a loop of nylon webbing so you can attach a Guardian Light for use after dark.

  • $55. Includes shoulder strap and one roll of BioBag compostable dog waste bags.
  • We will donate $5 for every Citizen Canine purchased to Old Dog Haven, an organization that finds foster or permanent homes for senior dogs, through Dec. 31st, 2011
  • Available for pre-order; ships by December 7th
  • Available in colors: Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Steel/Ultraviolet, Kiwi/Ultraviolet, Navy/Solar, Forest/Steel, and Cardinal/Steel
  • Optional Krebs Recycle leash clips to shoulder or waist strap for when you and your dog have off-leash fun
  • Introducing the Travel Tray: Don’t sweat the small stuff (don’t lose it.)

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    Pop the Travel Tray out of your luggage when you arrive at your destination and drop in your keys, coins, wallet, cell phone — all that small stuff that you don’t want to have wander off while you sleep.

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    Unlike other travel trays, our Travel Tray pulls shut with a drawstring so it can be used for more than just organizing the top of your bureau. Need to depart with some degree of alacrity? Simply leave some or all of those little things in the tray, pull the drawstring and hit the road.

    $22. In stock, ships within one business day. Available in four colors: Steel, Solar, Ultraviolet, and Iberian.

    Watch a video demonstrating the Travel Tray.

    Introducing the Travel Money Belt

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    The Travel Money Belt is a simple and clever way to discreetly carry cash, traveler’s cheques and/or a photocopy of your passport. It’s made of 1-1/4″ / 32mm heavy nylon webbing with a simple plastic buckle, which means no moving parts to break. Concealed on the underside of the belt is a 20″ / 500mm #3.5 YKK coil zipper with a plastic zipper slider. The pocket created by the zipper can hold up to 15 US $100 bills: three stacks of five bills, folded into thirds or quarters. Because the Travel Money Belt has no metal parts, you can wear it through some airport security checkpoints (not Advanced Imaging Technology, though.)

    $20. In sizes Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large (want a bigger size? Email or call us and we’ll make one for you.) Available for pre-order; ships by December 2nd.

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    Tomorrow: new bag for dog people ($5 to Old Dog Haven)

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    Skookum waits for a treat

    If you’re waiting for our new bag designed for people with dogs to debut, your patience will be rewarded tomorrow. And to celebrate its debut, we will donate $5 from every sale of the new bag to one of our favorite organizations, Old Dog Haven.

    Open tomorrow for Small Business Saturday

    We’ll be open tomorrow, November 26th for Small Business Saturday. Katy and Eliam will be at the store ready to help you find the right bag. See you there! 12-5pm.

    4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

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    Happy Thanksgiving

    We’re winding things down for the day and getting ready to enjoy a four day weekend with our friends and family. We’ll be back on Monday replying to emails, answering phones, shipping orders, cutting fabric, and sewing bags.

    From all of us at TOM BIHN: Happy Thanksgiving!

    Every Swift now comes with a TOM BIHN Ruler

    We’ve decided to start including a complimentary TOM BIHN ruler in every Swift, Swift in Cork and Little Swift. Order any Swift now and into the future and you’ll find the ruler inside one of the clear pockets. Sound good?

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    Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos

    Thanks to our Seattle factory crew, some Cadet pre-orders shipped yesterday and more will ship today and next week. You’ll receive an email notification with your tracking number when your order ships. If you’d like an update on when your Cadet pre-order will ship, email us.

    Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos

    Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos
    Left to right: 11/iPad Cadet, 15/13 Cadet, and Zephyr.

    Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos

    Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

    TOM BIHN: Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

    Tom designed The Cadet for people who want a small-ish briefcase, simple with lots of features: a safe place to carry a laptop, comfortable handles, and easy-access phone and magazine pockets. Yes, all this plus the Cadet zips up for use in zero-gravity situations like being turned up-side-down in your car or under the seat of an airplane.
    I think we thought of everything.

    TOM BIHN: Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

    The Cadet is available is two sizes: 15/13 and 11/iPad. Both sizes feature a removable protective laptop sleeve (called the Cadet Cache) in sizes designed specifically to fit Apple laptops and the iPad: the 15/13 size fits both the 15″ and 13″ MacBook Pro, the 13″ MacBook, and the 13″ MacBook Air, while the 11/iPad size fits the 11″ MacBook Air and the iPad/iPad 2. While designed to fit Apples, there are many PC laptops that will fit, too.

    TOM BIHN: Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

    The Cadet is available for pre-order in colors Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Steel/Solar, Forest/Steel, Navy/Solar, and Cardinal/Steel. The 15/13 size will ship by mid-November while the 11/iPad size will ship by late November. $170. Includes the Cadet Cache laptop sleeve and our Standard Shoulder Strap.

    TOM BIHN: Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase