Updates to the Brain Bag (and Smart Alec and Synapse)

We’ve added a heavy-duty clip to the front of the Brain Bag, just under the top-most zippered pouch. It’s a handy spot to clip a water bottle, umbrella or even an insulated coffee mug. Because it has a low profile, it’s not in the way when you’re not using it.

We’ve also added a hydration tube clip to all three backpacks: the Brain Bag, the Smart Alec and the Synapse. If you use any of these bags for hiking or cycling, you’ll appreciate the ability to keep the business end of your hydration system conveniently attached to the shoulder strap. It works with most of the popular hydration sacks and fits tubes up to 3/8″ or 10mm. It attaches to the vertical sternum strap adjustment strap on the shoulder straps, and is easily removable if you don’t need it, or if you just want to move it to the opposite strap.

Updates to the Brain Bag (and Smart Alec and Synapse)
The new clip on the front of the Brain Bag.

Updates to the Brain Bag (and Smart Alec and Synapse)
The new hydration tube clip.

Updates to the Brain Bag (and Smart Alec and Synapse)
A Lifefactory bottle in Graphite clipped to the front of the Brain Bag.

Update on Ultraviolet Accessories

Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouches in Ultraviolet are now in-stock. Also available are colors Steel, Solar, and Iberian.

TOM BIHN Ultraviolet Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouches

And our Seattle factory crew is working on Yarn Stuff Sacks in all colors, including Ultraviolet. Some backorders have already shipped, and more will ship next week.

TOM BIHN Ultraviolet Yarn Stuff Sacks

TOM BIHN Ultraviolet Yarn Stuff Sacks

TOM BIHN Ultraviolet Yarn Stuff Sacks

New Photos: Padded Organizer Pouches in Black

Due to popular demand, our Padded Organizer Pouches are now available in Black.

TOM BIHN Padded Organizer Pouches

New: Breve for iPad 2 (pre-order now)

The new Breve for iPad is a streamlined way to protect and carry your iPad or iPad 2, charger, phone and not much else. Made with an exterior of U.S. 1050d ballistic nylon and an interior of padded open-cell foam laminated to super-soft brushed nylon, the Breve for iPad provides padding and scratch protection for all sides of the iPad. The front of the Breve for iPad features two zippered pockets faced with soft Ultrasuede® to protect your electronics; one pocket is sized to fit your iPhone or other cell phone, while the other fits the iPad charger, earbuds, and our Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth.
Made in Seattle. Lifetime Guarantee. Available for pre-order; ships by mid-April. $55.

TOM BIHN Breve for iPad 2 sleeve

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TOM BIHN Breve for iPad 2 sleeve

TOM BIHN Breve for iPad 2 case

The Brooks Review: the Ristretto

The Brooks Review of the TOM BIHN Ristretto

“Early one morning I was going through OmniFocus to see what I needed to change into a project and what I needed to delete from my life. I was brain dumping a bunch of stuff for my upcoming adventure to SXSi and I realized that the kit I wanted to carry around with me, while in attendance, doesn’t fit in my current bag. Crap.

At the very least I determined that I needed to carry my iPad, MiFi, and Canon G9 with me (iPhone in my pocket). I have two bags and even the biggest one is too small to carry the bulky Canon G9. I was stuck trying to decide if I should get a new camera or a new bag to carry this stuff. Common sense won out and I decided that if I get anything it should be a new bag…”

Read the full review at The Brooks Review.

The Brooks Review of the TOM BIHN Ristretto

New: Bags available for pre-order in Ultraviolet

We’ve added several new bags as available for pre-order in our new Ultraviolet Dyneema/nylon fabric or with Ultraviolet lining:

Aeronaut in Steel/Ultraviolet
Tri-Star in Steel/Ultraviolet
Clear Quarter Packing Cube
Packing Cube Shoulder Bag
Packing Cube Backpack (Aeronaut)

TOM BIHN Bags in Ultraviolet available for pre-order

Above: Araceli and Irma prepare Ultraviolet for cutting.

Introducing Ultraviolet Dyneema/nylon fabric

TOM BIHN New Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric in Ultraviolet

We’re excited to share with you a new color of our custom-produced Japanese Dyneema/nylon ultra-light rip-stop fabric. Ultraviolet — a purple that is saturated but not dark, with an equal mix of red and blue– is available for pre-order now in the Shop Bag, Yarn Stuff Sacks, and Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouches. In the coming months, it will be used as a lining fabric in various larger bags.

TOM BIHN New Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric in Ultraviolet

TOM BIHN New Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric in Ultraviolet

TOM BIHN New Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric in Ultraviolet

TOM BIHN New Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric in Ultraviolet

TOM BIHN New Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric in Ultraviolet

Introducing 16″ Color Key Straps in Wasabi and Cayenne

TOM BIHN Key Strap Accessory in Wasabi
In the beginning of December, we introduced 8″ Color Key Straps in Plum, Crimson, and Olive. You liked them (we even briefly sold out) but also wanted a 16″ version. Here they are: Color Key Straps in 16″ length in colors Wasabi and Cayenne. $3. Available for order now; ships immediately.

TOM BIHN Key Strap Accessory in Wasabi

TOM BIHN Key Strap Accessory in Cayenne

Photo Hint at New Accessory Debuting Tomorrow…

Can you guess what it is? Find out tomorrow at 11:00am PST. It’s something many of you have asked for.

TOM BIHN Prototype “Checkpoint Friendly” Bag: Success!

Recently, Tom and Darcy flew to a select U.S. airport to consult with
TSA staff, testing Tom’s prototype of a new checkpoint friendly
briefcase.

Quoting the TSA:
“One project we’re currently working on that has been widely discussed
on the Internet and several blogs is a “checkpoint friendly” laptop bag.
This bag would allow our officers a clear, unobstructed view of the
laptop and allow passengers to keep the laptop in the bag during
screening.”

At the airport, we were given exclusive access to an x-ray machine and
conveyor for the testing process. We tested Tom’s prototype briefcase in
every way we could, from the best to the worst case scenerio. We also
tested the Archetype case (with Darcy’s 15″ MacBook Pro inside) — an existing bag that already meets the
“checkpoint friendly” requirements. (See below for more. Note that, until the TSA launches the “checkpoint friendly” program, you still must take your laptop out of your bag when going through security.)

The results? The prototype briefcase is a success: in multiple
configurations, it provided x-ray images that met the TSA screening
standards.

Tom continues to refine the design of the as-yet unnamed prototype
checkpoint-friendly briefcase. We expect the briefcase to be available
for pre-order within weeks.

Tom also has designs in process for a “checkpoint friendly” backpack and
messenger bag.

These bags aren’t and won’t be just checkpoint friendly: they will offer
the same tough materials and handsome, cleverly engineered design that
you’ve come to expect from a TOM BIHN bag. We think that you will also
appreciate that your TOM BIHN checkpoint friendly bag, specifically
designed to go through U.S. airport security, was also designed and
manufactured in the U.S.A. under the watchful eyes of our Seattle
factory crew.

Two current TOM BIHN laptop cases — the Archetype molded laptop case
and the Soft Cell laptop sleeve — are already “checkpoint friendly.”

That means that sometime in August/September — when the TSA officially
initiates the “checkpoint friendly” program — you can leave your laptop
in your Archetype or Soft Cell while it goes through the x-ray machine,
protecting your laptop from scratches and bumps. (Note: these bags will
meet the new TSA requirement as long as you put *only* your laptop in
the case, no accessories.)

Our experiences testing Tom’s prototype “checkpoint friendly” briefcase
revealed the potential this program offers that will save you, the
traveler, both time and hassle as well as protect your laptop.