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)

New: 1″ Waist Strap (available for order separately)

The 1″ Waist Strap can be added to many of our bags; it offers extra stability when you’re hiking, riding your bike (push or motor), or running to catch the bus. Attaches with Gate Keepers and closes with a side release buckle that adjusts on both sides. Previously only available for order as an option when ordering a bag, it’s now available for order separately: great if you chose not to order a 1″ Waist Strap when you ordered your bag but now want one, or lost your 1″ Waist Strap and would like to order a replacement. $5. In stock and ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN 1" Waist Strap

Introducing Smart Alec Modular Pockets + Gate Keeper Straps

Tom (Designer and CEO) and Nik (our Production Engineer) have designed three new accessories — Modular Pockets & Straps — for the Smart Alec that offer additional (and customizable) organization and carrying capacity.

1″ Gate Keeper Straps:
You can replace the front bungee included with the Smart Alec with these straps (or leave the bungee in place and install the straps over the bungee). Useful for securing large/bulky items to the front or top of the Smart Alec: a yoga mat, snowshoes, raincoat, Christmas trees, or anything else too big or wet to go inside. Available individually or in sets of two or three; the Smart Alec has webbing loops for accommodating up to five 1″ Gate Keeper Straps. Wondering how many you need? Tom uses two 1″ Gate Keeper Straps to secure his snowshoes to the front of a Smart Alec. $5 for one; $10 for two; $15 for three. Available for pre-order and ships by mid-January.
1" GateKeeper Straps for the Smart Alec
Two 1″ GateKeeper Straps securing a pair of snowshoes to the front of the Smart Alec

Upper Pocket:
Adds an extra 2+ liters of volume to the Smart Alec. Inside there are four small organizer pouches sized for the things to which you need quick access: smartphone, keys, multitool, flashlight. Two interior O-rings so you can attach keys or pouches or what-have-you. It should be noted that in situ the six Gate Keeper attachments make the Upper Pocket look somewhat like the paw of a polydactyl tiger. Just saying. $40-$45, depending on whether you choose the 1050d Ballistic Nylon or 400d Dyneema/nylon version. Available for pre-order and ships by late January.
Upper Modular Pocket for the Smart Alec
Upper Modular Pocket in Steel

Lower Pocket:
Adds an extra 3+ liters of volume to the Smart Alec. Fits two 1-liter water bottles, or one water bottle and other stuff, or just a lot of other stuff. Inside are two o-rings and an open-top organizer pocket sized for a wallet. $40-$45, depending on whether you choose the 1050d Ballistic Nylon or 400d Dyneema/nylon version. Available for pre-order and ships by mid-February.
Smart Alec Lower Modular Pocket
Lower Modular Pocket in Cardinal, secured to a Black/Black/Steel Smart Alec

Note: Tom updated the design of the Smart Alec in October 2012 and added 1″ webbing loops to the top of the bag to accommodate the Upper Pocket and additional 1″ Gate Keeper Straps. If you purchased your Smart Alec pre-October 2012 and it doesn’t have the upper/top 1″ webbing loops, you won’t be able to attach the Upper Pocket to your bag. You will, however, be able to use the Lower Pocket and the 1″ Gate Keeper Straps (secured to the bottom half of the Smart Alec). Some earlier Smart Alecs (pre-2009 more or less) had 5/8″ webbing loops; very early Smart Alecs had no webbing loops. None of the new accessories will work with these older bags.

Smart Alec with Upper and Lower Modular Pockets
With Upper Modular Pocket and Lower Modular Pocket

New: Swift in Hemp/Recycled Rubber

Swift in Hemp/Recycled Rubber

The Swift is now available for order — and in-stock and ready to ship — in solid Hemp/Recycled Rubber. $110.

Note: this may be your last chance to order bags in Hemp/Recycled Rubber. Though we’ve used this wonderful fabric for years and it has been quite popular, the manufacturer has decided to no longer produce it. Currently available in Hemp/Recycled Rubber are the: Swift (Forest/Hemp), Imago (Cardinal/Hemp/Steel and Aubergine/Hemp/Steel), Little Swift (Hemp/Hemp), Clear Organizer Wallet, and the new Swift in Hemp/Recycled Rubber.