New: Knitting Tool Pouches

Knitting Tool Pouches

Our Knitting Tool Pouches are the latest design to debut from our ongoing collaboration with Amy Singer, Editor of Knitty®.

Knitting Tool Pouches can be used on their own, or together as a system. They offer a new style of tool organization allowing for modular and expandable containment of as many or as few tools as you might use. Each pouch features an O-ring on its corner, allowing you to connect the Knitting Tool Pouches to our optional Double Carabiner or to a Key Strap or Handle Loop.

Though designed with knitting and crochet tools in mind, these handy pouches can be used to organize and store anything you can think of that’ll fit in them.

Knitting Tool Pouches. $13 – $15. Available for order now; in stock and ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN Little Swift and Knitting Pouches

Knitting Tool Pouches

P.S. The Little Swift is once again available for backorder in these color combinations: Aubergine/Aubergine/Wasabi, Black/Black/Ultraviolet, and Black Dyneema/Black Dyneema/Iberian.

The new Cadet briefcase

TOM BIHN Cadet Briefcase

A new version of the Cadet — it now uses the same checkpoint-friendly laptop “rails system” as the Synapse 25, Synapse 19, Tri-Star, Brain Bag, and Smart Alec — in colors Black/Steel, Black/Wasabi, and Steel/Iberian is now available for backorder with a shipping date of late November.

More:
The Cache and the Rails System Explained
Every Day Commentary Reviews the Cadet

Pre-order: Cache for the iPad Air

The Cache, Size iPad Air, in Horizontal and Vertical orientations is now available for pre-order.

The Cache is designed to protect your iPad Air against scrapes and scratches and is sized specifically to fit the iPad Air with or without a Smart Cover. The Cache protects your iPad Air with little bulk added and is ideal for those who don’t want their iPad Air sleeve to make their loads heavier or to take up a lot of space. It cradles the iPad Air in .25″ / 6 mm thick foam padding laminated with an exterior of heavy-duty polyester knit and an interior of brushed tricot. With no noisy Velcro® or zipper, the Cache closes by simply tucking a generous flap into the top opening.

$30. Available for pre-order; ships by mid-November.

TOM BIHN Cache specifically sized for the iPad Air

Introducing Black 400d Dyneema®/nylon

In late 2012, we introduced a new weight of our Dyneema/nylon ripstop fabric: 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon. It’s tough enough to serve well as an exterior fabric in our travel bags and backpacks yet it’s still ultralight in weight.

Our 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon was first introduced in colors Steel grey and Nordic blue. Now we’ve added a third color: Black

Smart Alec in Black Dyneema/nylon
Smart Alec in Black Dyneema/Black Dyneema/Wasabi. Photo by Mason Drumm.

The great tear strength of our 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop and its surprising abrasion resistance comes from the grid of white Dyneema® yarns woven approximately every .25″ / 6 mm parallel to both the X and Y axes (the weft and warp), forming the distinctive “ripstop” pattern (the Dyneema® yarns don’t accept dye and hence remain their natural white color).

Black Dyneema and Steel Dyneema Aeronauts
Left: the Aeronaut in Black Dyneema and Right: the Aeronaut in Steel Dyneema.

Ready to ship in Black 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop:
Aeronaut, Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Smart Alec, Black Dyneema/Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Side Effect, Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Synapse 19, Black Dyneema/Wasabi

Available for pre-order in Black 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop:
Co-Pilot, Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Tri-Star, Black Dyneema/Wasabi

Pattern Water Bottle

TOM BIHN Pattern Water Bottle

Our patterns are templates for making our bags. Patterns make it possible for every bag we make to be as perfect as Tom’s final prototype. There’s an art to pattern making; a graceful pattern can mean the difference between a pocket that lays smooth or one that doesn’t, or a sewing process that is efficient or one that isn’t.

Just like the recently introduced 32oz Motto water bottle, our 24oz Pattern water bottle is Made in U.S.A. by Liberty Bottleworks.

$20. In stock and ships within one business day.

Our latest collaboration with Knitty.com and Amy Singer

Earlier this year, we decided it was time once again to collaborate with Amy Singer, Editor of Knitty®, on the design of new knitting bags and accessories. Yeah, we could’ve Skyped, but we thought it’d be even more fun to bring Amy out to visit us at our Seattle factory/company headquarters. And to celebrate the occasion, we hosted a knitting party at Metrix Create:Space. People brought their Swifts and showed us how they use them/what they carry in them, knitted, talked, we showed everyone the prototypes we’d been working on over the weekend… and Amy even tried to teach Tom how to knit (that didn’t go so well) and Tom showed Amy a couple of things on a sewing machine (that went well).

Here’s just one of the prototypes we came up with (a tool pouch):

Knitty and TOM BIHN working together

Read the story of Amy’s visit over at the Knitty.com blog — and learn how you can be entered to win one of the two very last Knitty Swifts available.

RWB Pocket Pouch

RWB POUCHES ARE SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who placed an order over the past couple of days; you’ve kept us pretty busy today! Note that we’re pretty much out of the limited edition RWB Pocket Pouch at this point and the window for ordering one is now over.

Limited Edition 4th of July Pocket Pouch

We came up with a limited edition RWB Pocket Pouch to celebrate Independence Day. It’s made out of our Cardinal Red U.S. 1050d ballistic nylon, features contrasting Sapphire Blue trim and is lined with Iberian Red Dyneema/nylon with its signature white ripstop grid. Just so there is no doubt about it, we added a “Made in USA” label just to remind everyone where we make our stuff.

Place an order over $20 now (today, Wednesday, July 3rd) through Friday, July 5th at 12:30pm Pacific Time, put “RWB Pocket Pouch” in the comments box during checkout, and we’ll include a complimentary RWB Pocket Pouch in your order. This applies to pre-orders or backorders as well: we’ll include the RWB Pocket Pouch in your order whenever your order ships.

(Remember that the colors red, white and blue are also the national colors of Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, the Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Liberia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Thailand, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. So even if you don’t live in the U.S., you might still like this pouch.)

The fine print: if the RWB Pocket Pouch proves even more popular than we expected, we could possibly run out. We’ll make more (as long as we have the materials to do so) but it might mean that your order will be delayed up to a few days while we catch up. Please note that we cannot add the RWB Pocket Pouch to existing pre-orders or backorders or orders placed prior to this announcement. This can be the unfun part of something otherwise so much fun — we love to be spontaneous and make something special to offer to everyone, but, no matter when we time the announcement or how much advance warning we give, some people will have ordered just before (or just after) the window for getting the special thing. The best we can offer: this won’t be the last time we do something like this!

And hey: hope you have a fun holiday!

Tao works on the LE Pocket Pouch

TOM BIHN 4th of July Pouch

TOM BIHN 4th of July Pouch

Fits an Apple mouse

4th of July Pouch fits a multitool

TOM BIHN - Made in USA

Welcome back, Solar

TOM BIHN Travel Tray in SolarTravel Tray in Solar.

We retired the Solar color of our ultralight 200d Dyneema/nylon ripstop fabric to introduce Wasabi; you lamented its passing. You told us how much you missed it and we listened — Solar is back. (Those of you who favor Wasabi have no reason to fear: it’s not going anywhere.) You won’t see Solar (or our other Dyneema/nylon colors: Wasabi, Steel, Ultraviolet, Iberian) anywhere else: it’s a color chosen by us and custom-dyed to our specifications by the mill we work with in Japan.

In stock and ready to ship:
Travel Tray, Solar

Available for pre-order and ships by late June:
Co-Pilot in colors 400 Steel Dyneema/Solar Dyneema, Navy/Solar

Available for pre-order and ships by mid-July:
Side Effect in colors Solar Dyneema/Solar, Navy Solar

Available for pre-order and ships by late July:
Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Solar
Shop Bag, sizes Small and Large, Solar
16″ Key Strap, Solar
Synapse 19 in colors Steel Dyneema/Solar Dyneema, Navy/Solar

Available for pre-order and ships by early August:
Smart Alec in Black/Black/Solar
Tri-Star in colors Black/Solar, Navy/Solar

Available for pre-order and ships by mid-August:
Travel Stuff Sack, all sizes, Solar
3D Dyneema Organizer Cube, Solar
3D Clear Organizer Cube, Solar
3D Mesh Organizer Cube, Solar
Yarn Stuff Sacks, Solar, all sizes
Aeronaut in colors Black/Solar, Navy/Solar

Available for pre-order and ships by late August:
Synapse 25 in colors Steel Dyneema / Solar Dyneema, Navy/Solar

TOM BIHN Co-Pilot in Navy/SolarCo-Pilot in Navy/Solar.

New: Motto Water Bottle

If it doesn't fit in your knapsack, leave it behind.

“If it doesn’t fit in your knapsack, leave it behind.”

$20. BPA-free coated aluminum water bottle made by Liberty Bottleworks in Yakima, WA. In stock and ready to ship.

The new Synapse 19

The recently introduced Synapse 25 wasn’t simply a larger version of the Synapse 19 — it also debuted five new design updates to the Synapse design. Four of those design updates have now been added to the Synapse 19 (the original size of Synapse.) If you already have or plan to place a backorder for the Synapse 19, rest assured that you’ll receive the new version.

The design updates include:

Webbing Loops for Cache with Rails system: Inside the main compartment are four unobtrusive webbing loops, two fore and two aft, to which you can secure the optional Cache with Rails (available in sizes specifically for Apple laptops and the iPad; most sizes fit PCs, too). When you add the Cache with Rails, the Synapse 19 becomes a “checkpoint-friendly” laptop backpack. You can even attach two laptops or devices inside the Synapse 19 (note that only one can qualify as “checkpoint-friendly” at the airport; for everyday use, it’s great). Note that all sizes of Cache with Rails fit in the Synapse 19 with the exception of the Cache with Rails, Size 4Z (for the 15″ MacBook Pro) which only fits in the larger Synapse 25.

Bottom Pocket Piping: The bottom pocket is now piped to help it keep its shape, even when empty.

Bottom Webbing Loop: Because we care about your safety, we’ve added a 1.5″ / 38 mm webbing loop on the exterior bottom of the Synapse 19 that’s ready to accept the Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount — highly recommended if you ride a bicycle or walk in the dark.

More O-rings: Yes, we listen — we’ve added several more O-rings to the Synapse 19, including one O-ring each in the water bottle pocket and top exterior front pocket.

Wondering what the design update was that we included in the Synapse 25 but not the 19? The reconfigured organizer pockets in the left front side pocket. In the Synapse 25 left side pocket, there’s one pen/pencil slot and two wider slots for multitools/knives. In the Synapse 19, we chose to keep the three existing pen/pencil slots just as they were.

The new Synapse 19. $160. Colors Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Black/Wasabi, Conifer/Steel, Olive/Steel, Indigo/Steel, Navy/Iberian, Navy/Ultraviolet, Nordic Dyneema/Steel, Steel Dyneema/Wasabi, Steel Dyneema/Steel are available for backorder and ship by late May. Color Steel Dyneema/Ultraviolet is available for backorder and ships by late June.

Photos of the new Synapse 19 will be posted soon.