New: Tri-Power Safety Whistle w/Compass ($6)

Our Tri-Power Safety Whistle is designed to give you the best chance for survival in a disaster or life-threatening situation. Based on years of experience and testing in search-and-rescue situations, this Safety Whistle should be an essential item for any person looking for an inexpensive but effective tool for being rescued.

TOM BIHN Tri-Power Safety Whistle is waterproof
It’s waterproof.

Designed by search-and-rescue professionals, this is the whistle of choice for the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Forest Service and National Parks Service, US Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, and NASAR (National Association for Search & Rescue).

TOM BIHN Tri-Power Safety Whistle

Front has the TOM BIHN logo and a reminder that three sharp blasts signals for help. Back features a compass. Clips to the o-rings inside of our bags. Available in Orange, Red, Blue, and Black. $6. In stock and ships within one business day.

Orange Tri-Power Safety Whistle is highly visible
Our choice? The Tri-Power Safety Whistle in Orange. It’s highly visible.

New: Nikwax® Tent & Gear SolarProof® Bottle or Concentrated Pouch

Our bags are made with fabrics that are coated on the interior with urethane for water resistance and treated on the exterior with a durable water-repellent finish. Over time these surface treatments can wear, leaving your bag and its contents more exposed to rain and snow than you might like.

Using Nikwax® is an environmentally and ethically responsible way to renew the water-repellent exterior treatment. It is also recommended as an extra precaution for a new bag if you intend to use it in extremely wet environments.

We’ve made Nikwax® Tent & Gear SolarProof® available in two new sizes:

Nikwax® Tent & Gear SolarProof® 17 floz / 500ml bottle ($18. No need to dilute)

Nikwax® Tent & Gear SolarProof® Concentrated 150ml Pouch ($13. 3.5 times more concentrated than Nikwax in a bottle. Must be diluted before use)

Both are in-stock and ready to ship within one business day.

New: Mesh Ballistic Organizer Pouches

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A small accessory, yes, but it demonstrates why having our own factory is so much fun. A fellow emailed us and suggested we make a version of our Organizer Pouch with breathable mesh on one side. Great idea, I thought. I worked with my factory manager, our new production engineer and our factory crew to make some samples. All with the breathable mesh front, we made a Dyneema/nylon backed version; a Cordura backed version; and finally, a 1050d ballistic nylon version. We like the 1050d ballistic nylon version best and today it’s available for order. The really fun part? All of this happened over the course of about a day. There was an idea, we made it happen, and now it’s (almost) in your hands.

Mesh Ballistic Organizer Pouches. Small ($10) and Medium ($12). Various colors: Black, Steel, Aubergine, Cardinal, Forest, and Navy. Available for order now; in stock and ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN Mesh Ballistic Organizer Pouches

New: 13″ MacBook Pro Retina Bags

13" MacBook Pro Retina Bags made by TOM BIHN in USA
The Cache, Horizontal, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina

Bags sized specifically for the new Apple 13″ MacBook Pro Retina and available for pre-order now:

Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina
Vertical Brain Cell, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina
Cache, in Horizontal and Vertical, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina
Cadet, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina
Cache for Cadet, Size 13″ MacBook Pro Retina

Use this list as a guide to which sleeve or case fits in which of our bags:

Cache, Vertical, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina:
Synapse
Smart Alec
Brain Bag

Cache, Horizontal, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina:
Imago
ID
Empire Builder
Zephyr
Ego
Super Ego
Western Flyer
Tri-Star

Vertical Brain Cell, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina:
Smart Alec
Brain Bag

Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina:
ID
Empire Builder
Zephyr
Ego
Super Ego
Western Flyer
Tri-Star

Pre-order: Cache for iPad mini

Sleeve for the iPad mini -- Made in USA by TOM BIHN
Cache for iPad mini, Horizontal

The Cache for iPad mini is designed to protect your iPad mini against scrapes and scratches with little bulk added and is ideal for those who don’t want their iPad mini sleeve to make their loads heavier or to take up a lot of space. The Cache cradles your iPad mini in 1/4″ (6 mm) thick foam padding laminated with an exterior of tough 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.

$25. Available for pre-order; ships by early November.

TOM BIHN Cache for iPad mini sleeve
Cache for iPad mini, Vertical

The Cache for iPad mini fits in just about every one of our larger messenger bags, travel bags, briefcases, knitting bags, and backpacks. In many of our bags, there are existing pockets that fit the Cache for iPad mini like a glove. Below is a list of the bags that fit the Cache for iPad mini and which compartments fit it the best.

Cache for iPad mini, Vertical fits in:
Empire Builder (open top pocket under the front flap)
Zephyr (open top pocket under the front flap)
11/iPad Cadet (zippered front pocket)
15/13 Cadet (zippered front pocket)
Checkpoint Flyer (front left zippered flap pocket, main compartment open-top pocket)
Ristretto for iPad (main compartment)
Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air (main compartment)
Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Pro or MacBook Air (main compartment)
Horizontal Freudian Slip (paper pocket)
Vertical Freudian Slip (stretch mesh front pocket)
Western Flyer (top front zipper pocket)
Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) (front zipper slash pocket)
Brain Bag (front side zippered pockets)
Co-Pilot (main compartment open top pocket)
Synapse (main compartment open top pocket)
Buzz (zippered front compartment)
Smart Alec (side zipper compartments)
Vertical Brain Cell Sizes: 6Z, 4, 4Z, 15R, 1 (in front stretch mesh pocket)

Cache for iPad mini, Horizontal, fits in:
Tri-Star (front middle zipper pocket)
Medium Cafe Bag (main compartment)
Large Cafe Bag (main compartment or front zippered pocket)
Little Swift (main compartment)
Imago (main compartment)
Ego (front open-top pocket)
Super Ego (front open-top pocket)
Empire Builder (zippered front pocket)
Zephyr (zippered front pocket)
11/iPad Cadet (zippered front pocket)
15/13 Cadet (zippered front pocket)
ID (front zipper pocket)
Aeronaut (interior zippered mesh pocket)
Packing Cube Shoulder Bag (main compartment)
Horizontal Brain Cell Sizes: 6Z, 4Z, 15R, 1, 2S, 2XL (in front stretch mesh pocket)

The Cache is also available in sizes for the iPad, all Apple laptops, and many PC laptops.

Tom is also working on an additional new design for the iPad mini. Stay tuned.

Cache for Cadet now available for order separately from the Cadet

Inside the main compartment of our Cadet briefcase clips the Cache for Cadet: a specially modified version of our popular Cache laptop sleeve. Using two Gatekeeper clips, the bottom edge of the Cache for Cadet attaches to two vertical pieces of webbing sewn into the Cadet. When passing through a TSA checkpoint, you can easily slide your laptop/iPad (still in its protective Cache for Cadet) out of the Cadet for x-ray inspection; your laptop remains protected and attached to the Cadet.

At the time that you order a Cadet, you are given the option of choosing one size of Cache for Cadet. On the Cache for Cadet page, you can order additional sizes of Cache for Cadet (some folks have more than one laptop and switch between them) or a new size of Cache for Cadet if you’ve upgraded to a new laptop.

Cache for Cadet page. Available in sizes designed specifically to fit Apple laptops (fits some PCs, too.) $30. Ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN Cache for Cadet

Bags for the iPad Mini are in the works

TOM BIHN bags and sleeves for the iPad mini

The Cache protects the iPad mini with little bulk added, cradling the iPad mini in foam padding laminated with an exterior of tough 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. The Cache, Size iPad mini, will be available for pre-order on October 26th in Horizontal and Vertical orientations.

Tom is also designing a new kind of bag for the iPad mini — stay tuned.

20% lighter travel bags

The numbers are in: our Aeronaut and Tri-Star travel bags in 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon are 20% lighter than the same bags made out of our U.S. 1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon.

Weights:

Aeronaut in 1050d: 3 lb 0 oz / 1360 grams
Aeronaut in 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon: 2 lb 6 oz / 1075 grams

Bottom line: the 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon Aeronaut saves 10 oz / 285 grams in weight.

Tri-Star in 1050d: 3 lb 6 oz / 1550 grams
Tri-Star in 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon: 2 lb 12 oz / 1230 grams

Bottom line: the 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon Tri-Star saves 10 oz / 285 grams in weight.

Perspective: 10 oz / 285 grams = the weight of a down jacket in a Travel Stuff Sack, a light waterproof shell jacket, or an Icebreaker hooded sweater.

On airlines that impose a weight limit for carry-on luggage, such as Hawaiian Airlines, Ryanair, Easyjet, and Flybe, this savings in weight is a difference that can truly make a difference.

Learn more about our 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon.

It must be noted that while our new 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop is a very durable fabric, there is a compromise in choosing it over 1050 ballistic or Cordura® nylon: your bag will be lighter, but it won’t stand up to the all-out abuse these heavier fabrics can handle. You will need to exercise care and not drag or otherwise mistreat a bag made from 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop. It’s a compromise many will feel worthwhile, but it’s a compromise to consider.

TOM BIHN Aeronaut: a 20% lighter travel bag
The Aeronaut in Steel 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon.

Introducing 400d Dyneema®/nylon

Dyneema®/nylon ripstop: the ultimate fabric for making tough, ultralight travel bags

TOM BIHN Synapse backpack in Steel 400d Dyneema/nylonThe Synapse in our new Steel 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop.

When Tom was first introduced to the 200d Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric we now use extensively as a lining fabric, he began requesting a beefier version, along the lines of a 400 denier weight. While the 200d weight is a surprisingly tough fabric, Tom also wanted something even more durable, something that would make an outstanding exterior fabric. Tom wanted a fabric that would allow us to make ultralight carry-on luggage, daypacks, and more: a fabric that would offer
significant weight savings yet still have great tear strength and abrasion resistance.

After a few years of encouragement, the mill in Japan relented, and we received samples and began testing this new fabric: 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop. Like the 200d Dyneema®/nylon, its great tear strength and 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). The Dyneema® yarns in the new fabric are twice the weight and hence much stronger than the original 200d fabric.

TOM BIHN Synapse backpack
Synapse in our new Nordic 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop.

In both fabrics, the base fabric is nylon (the nylon accepts dye and hence is what you’ll see as the ground color). The nylon yarns in the new fabric are twice the weight as well (420 denier as opposed to 200 denier) and will offer just that much more durability. Over-all, the new 400 weight fabric is almost 50% heavier than the 200d weight. Additionally, the new 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop is a plain weave and thus lacks the fancy diamond pattern of the 200d; we feel this makes for a more straightforward, subtle, and visually appealing exterior fabric.

TOM BIHN Tri-Star in 400d Dyneema/nylon
Tri-Star in Steel 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop.

Like our 200d Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric, the new 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop is not a textured fabric: it will slide in and out of the overhead compartment as smoothly as our 1050 ballistic bags, and it won’t collect pet fur and other debris like Cordura® will.

TOM BIHN Aeronaut in 400d Dyneema/nylon ultralight ripstop fabric
Aeronaut in Nordic 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop.

TOM BIHN Aeronaut in Nordic/Steel Dyneema
Aeronaut in Nordic 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop. This photo shows the bag empty and flattened.

It must be noted that while our new 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop is a very durable fabric, there is a compromise in choosing it over 1050 ballistic or Cordura® nylon: your bag will be lighter, but it won’t stand up to the all-out abuse these heavier fabrics can handle. You will need to exercise care and not drag or otherwise mistreat a bag made from 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop. It’s a compromise many will feel worthwhile, but it’s a compromise to consider.

Ready to ship in 400d Dyneema/nylon:
Swift (Nordic/Steel and Steel/Steel)

Shipping soon in 400d Dyneema/nylon:
Synapse (Nordic/Steel and Steel/Steel) (Ships by mid-November)

Available for pre-order in 400d Dyneema/nylon:
Aeronaut (Nordic/Steel and Steel/Steel)
Tri-Star (Nordic/Steel and Steel/Steel)
Western Flyer, Backpack Straps (Nordic/Steel and Steel/Steel)
Western Flyer, Rolling Luggage Handle Pocket (Steel/Steel)
Co-Pilot (Nordic/Steel and Steel/Steel)

TOM BIHN Swift in 400d Dyneema/nylon, Steel
The Swift in Steel Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop.

Introducing Aubergine 1050d ballistic nylon

The TOM BIHN Aeronaut in Aubergine
The Aeronaut in Aubergine.

Made for us in the U.S. and dyed to our specifications, our 1050 denier, high tenacity ballistic nylon is extraordinarily abrasion-resistant (it has twice the abrasion resistance of 1680 denier fabric). It’s used as the main exterior fabric of our travel bags, laptop bags, messenger bags, and briefcases.

All of our 1050d ballistic nylon fabric is custom-dyed to our specifications. Navy, Cardinal, Forest, Steel, and even Black are colors chosen by us and perfected by the mills we work with. Now we’ve added a sixth color: Aubergine. Described by Amy Singer as a deep raspberry purple, Aubergine is almost iridescent. We think we’ve managed to find a shade of purple that goes well with just about every color. It pairs especially well with our Steel, Wasabi, and Ultraviolet Dyneema/nylon (the fabric most often used to line bags made with an exterior of Aubergine 1050d ballistic nylon).

These bags are in stock and ready to ship in Aubergine:
The Knitty® 10th Anniversary Swift
Aeronaut (Aubergine/Wasabi, Aubergine/Steel, Aubergine/Ultraviolet)
Kit
Ballistic Organizer Pouch (Small only)
ID (Black/Aubergine/Steel)

These bags are available for pre-order in Aubergine:
Tri-Star (Aubergine/Steel, Aubergine/Wasabi)
Clear Organizer Wallet
Imago (Aubergine/Hemp/Steel)
Little Swift (Aubergine/Aubergine)
Co-Pilot (Aubergine/Steel)
Western Flyer (Aubergine/Steel)
Ristretto for iPad (Aubergine/Steel)
Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air (Aubergine/Steel)
Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Pro or MacBook Air (Aubergine/Steel)

We may offer more bags in Aubergine in the future — stay tuned!

TOM BIHN Kit in Aubergine
The Kit in Aubergine.

TOM BIHN Aeronaut travel bag in Aubergine
The Aeronaut in Aubergine/Wasabi.