Introducing the Travel Money Belt
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.)
Tomorrow: new bag for dog people ($5 to Old Dog Haven)
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’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
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.
Left to right: 11/iPad Cadet, 15/13 Cadet, and Zephyr.
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.
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.
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.
The Camera Insert Update: Part 2 (Using it with the Brain Bag on hikes)
In Part 1 of the Camera Insert Update, we showed you what the Camera Insert can fit. In Part 2, Tom describes hiking in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks with the Brain Bag fully loaded with the Camera Insert and equipment.
One of our first hikes of the trip was the Peek-A-Boo trail, which leaves the rim of Bryce Canyon at Bryce Point, descending several hundred feet and heading north just about a mile to the first trail junction. From there the trail descends a further 500 feet and heads east, then bottoming out and looping back west and south, climbing the roughly 1000 feet it dropped back to Bryce Point. The Peek-A-Boo Trail winds through numerous tunnels, cut through the sandstone. I remember looking down into Bryce Canyon when I was eight years old (see photo below) and those tunnels have fascinated me ever since. It was great to have finally hiked the Peek-A-Boo.
The Brain Bag was great: I won’t say it was like carrying nothing at all, but considering the heavy load, even I was surprised at how comfortable it was. We brought a water filter so we didn’t need to carry extra water, but Darcy’s camera stuff more than made up for that savings in weight. The mesh back panel of the Brain Bag didn’t eliminate sweat buildup but considering the heat in the upper 80s and the 30+ pound load, I had no complaints. Keep in mind that the Brain Bag was designed for rigorous everyday, urban use; our hikes in Zion and Bryce Canyon were above-and-beyond what the pack was intended for and yet the Brain Bag performed like a champ.
The next day we hiked the Northgate Peaks Trail, leaving from from the Wildcat Trailhead in the Kolob Plateau area. This is a relatively high-elevation trail and hiking was a bit cooler, but the elevation made the work harder, too. We did a bit of cross-country from the end of the trail, climbing to the top of a small knob just ’cause. It was great to get away from the crowds of Zion Canyon and the views were stunning.
Inside of the Brain Bag, we used a prototype of the Camera Insert. I’ve been developing the Camera Insert with the help of my brother Dan, who is a professional photographer in Colorado. With its adjustable dividers, the Camera Insert was able to carry Darcy’s Canon 7D body, Canon 50mm f/1.4, 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, and 70-200mm f/2.8L lenses, a Small Padded Organizer Pouch with memory cards, and a 3D Clear Organizer Cube containing a filter, battery charger, extra batteries, lens blower/brush, cleaning cloths, cleaning solution, and remote shutter release cord, all organized and easy to get at, safely protected from external impacts and each other. The padding of the Camera Insert along with the padding on the back of the Brain Bag protected me from all that equipment, too – essential for carrying such a load all day.
While we mostly used it inside of the Brain Bag on this trip, the Camera Insert has padded handles and attachment points for a shoulder strap so it can be used as a stand-alone camera/lens case when desired. Sometimes, the best opportunities to see and take photos of wildlife are from the road, and keeping the Camera Insert in the front seat of the car kept Darcy’s camera gear easily accessible.
We also used a tripod bag that is designed to attach to the Camera Insert when used alone, but we attached it to the front of the Brain Bag and that was perfect for our hikes.
We’re not ready to show you the actual Camera Insert – yet. I’m making a few materials changes that will change how the Camera Insert looks ever-so-slightly. Stay tuned for more updates as the Camera Insert comes closer to being available for pre-order.