New: Glowire for the Smart Alec

Glowire for the TOM BIHN Smart Alec

Ride your motorcycle or bike or walk in the dark with your Smart Alec? Weave a 5′ / 1.5 m Glowire electroluminescent wire kit through the webbing loops on the front face of the Smart Alec and set its 360° glow (very similar to neon) to Constant, Slow Flash, or Fast Flash for increased visibility.

One really important thing: installing or uninstalling the Glowire is easy and takes only a few moments. We’ve seen other bags with built-in LED strips or electroluminescent wire: cool idea, but what happens when those lights reach their end of life? Though Glowire is a top-quality product, it’s unlikely to last as long as your Smart Alec. Tom’s design choice of allowing you to add or remove the Glowire with ease ensures not only that you can remove the Glowire on days or trips you don’t anticipate using it, but also that, should it fail, you can simply get a replacement Glowire instead of having to chuck the entire bag. Plus, if you tire of one color, it’s easy enough to swap it out for another.

TOM BIHN Glowire for the Smart Alec backpack

Included in the kit: 5′ / 1.5 m of electroluminescent wire in the color of your choice, connected to a 3-volt driver/power supply. Batteries aren’t usually included in Glowire kits, but we didn’t want you to have to run to the store to pick up batteries before you could even test it, so we’ve sourced and included two AA batteries (batteries made in USA).

Glowire. $18. Available in Lime Green, Aqua, or Yellow. In stock and ships within one business day. Made in China by Glowire.

New: Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount

New at TOM BIHN: Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount

Our Guardian Dual Function Light is now available in two versions — our current Guardian DF Light Original Base and the new Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount.

The Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount features a clever base that allows you to mount the light securely to either a 1″ / 25 mm or a 1.5″ / 38 mm webbing (strap). This is great for those who will use their Guardian DF Light primarily as an exterior light or safety beacon. For a forward-facing light, you can mount it on the 1″ / 25 mm webbing of your backpack shoulder strap, or mount it anywhere along a 1.5″ / 38 mm shoulder strap for a shoulder bag or messenger bag. For safety from vehicles approaching from behind there are numerous potential attachment points on the backside of most backpacks and other bags, TOM BIHN or otherwise. Note that the Brain Bag, Smart Alec, and Synapse 25 all have webbing loops added to the front designed specifically to work with the Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount. You can also attach a Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount to your dog’s 1″ / 25 mm collar or harness and set the light to flashing mode for added nighttime visibility and safety.

Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount. $18. Available in Red or White. In stock and ships within one business day. Made to military specifications in Canada.

TOM BIHN: Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount

We’ll continue to offer the Guardian DF Light Original Base; paired with its included TOM BIHN made lanyard, it makes for a great interior bag light.

New: Cafe Bag for Jung’s The Red Book (April Fools!)

Cafe Bag for Red Book

You guys have been begging us for over two years now to make a Cafe Bag sized specifically to carry Carl Jung’s The Red Book — and it’s finally here. Available for pre-order soon, the Cafe Bag for The Red Book is designed to allow you to carry The Red Book on a plane, to the park or grocery store, or on a first date or a job interview — anywhere that you might want to take a moment to delve into Jung’s experiment with active imagination. It’s also great for commuting via public transit: most folks will figure it’s best to ignore you completely, but those who talk to you will definitely liven up what could be an otherwise boring day.

Cafe Bag for The Red Book. $444. Available for pre-order soon.

Cafe Bag for The Red Book

Cafe Bag for Red Book

Cafe Bag for Red Book

In stock: Smart Alec, Ego, Co-Pilot, Aeronaut, + more

Thanks to our crew, the following bags are back in stock and ready to ship within one business day:

Smart Alec, all colors

Co-Pilot, all colors


Aeronaut, all colors (except for Black/Iberian and Black/Steel which ship by late April)

Vertical Brain Cell, Size 6Z
Vertical Brain Cell, Size 4Z

Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 6Z

Utility Straps

Co-PilotCo-Pilot in Navy.

Pre-order: 3D Clear, 3D Mesh Cubes in Dyneema/nylon

Due to (your) popular demand, the 3D Clear and 3D Mesh Organizer Cubes are now available for pre-order in 200d Dyneema/nylon. (No photos, though, until we actually make the first samples…)

New: Utility Strap

TOM BIHN Utility Strap for EDC items

The Utility Strap has a acetal snaphook on one end (designed to clip to the O-rings inside of our larger bags) and a acetal rectangular attachment point at the other end. The rectangular attachment point (think of a “D” ring except square rather than round) is designed to accept items with a belt clip, such as a flashlight, multitool, or knife. We’re sure you’ll find other uses for it as well.

$2. Available in 8″ or 14″ lengths. In stock and ships within one business day.

In stock: 3D Mesh Organizer Cube

The 3D Mesh Organizer Cube is a one-compartment organizer cube with mesh front and back panels that offer breathability and a moderate level of visibility of the contents of the Cube. Sold out for the past month, it’s now back in-stock thanks to our Seattle factory crew.

3D Mesh Organizer Cube. $22. Available in Black, Plum, and Olive.

3D Mesh Organizer Cube

New: Swift in Cork with Ultraviolet or Iberian Pockets

Due to (your) popular demand, the Swift in Cork is now available with your choice of Steel, Iberian, or Ultraviolet pockets. Note: the color of Yarn Stuff Sack, Medium, Clear Bottom included with the Swift in Cork is matched to the pocket color.

Swift in Cork with Iberian Pockets

New: 1″ Cafe/Ristretto Messenger Stabilizer

The 1″ Cafe/Ristretto Messenger Stabilizer is designed to keep your Cafe Bag, Imago or Ristretto bag close and prevent it from swinging around to the front when you’re riding your motorcycle or bicycle, or just moving fast on foot. It’s designed to work with the Small Cafe Bag, Medium Cafe Bag, Large Cafe Bag, Imago, and Ristretto for iPad, Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air, and Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Air or Pro. Uses one-half of your bag’s waist strap (the half with the male buckle); if your Cafe Bag, Imago, or Ristretto doesn’t have a waist strap, you can order one here. FYI, we didn’t come up with this concept — Andrew Hsu, a longtime customer, did. Read all about it here.

$4. In stock and ships within one business day.

1" Messenger Stabilizer by TOM BIHN

New: Parts

Slam your Ego male buckle in the car door? Lose the Gate Keeper clips for your Checkpoint Flyer? Need an extra set of Annex clips for a second Brain Cell? Misplace your Aeronaut sternum strap? Or maybe you simply want extra parts (if you’re going to do something DIY with them, be sure to
share the results with us). We’ve created a new Parts page where you can order replacement or additional parts or components. If there’s a part you need that isn’t listed in the drop-down selection menu to the right, let us know, and if it’s something we can offer, we’ll add it as an option.

Parts. $1 – $8. In stock and ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN Bag Parts
1″ Triangle Metal Hook (pair)