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.

Happy New Year from the TOM BIHN crew

From all of us here at TOM BIHN: Happy New Year!

There’s so much in the works that we’d like to share with you: new designs, new fabrics, new videos, but one of our resolutions is going to be less hinting. We’ll start that… tomorrow.

Available for pre-order: Smart Alec in 400d Dyneema/nylon

Smart Alec backpack in 400d Nordic Dyneema/nylon

The Smart Alec in 400d Nordic Dyneema/nylon. Available for pre-order now and ships by early January.

New 3D Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouch

The 3D Dyneema/nylon Organizer Cube is a one-compartment organizer cube made of our ultralight 200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop. Our 200 Dyneema®/nylon fabric is custom produced just for us by a mill in Japan. 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).

Two O-rings on the left and right exterior sides of the 3D Dyneema/nylon Organizer Cube allow you to clip a Key Strap to the 3D Dyneema/nylon Organizer Cube and attach it to the O-rings inside your larger TOM BIHN travel bag, messenger bag, briefcase, laptop bag, knitting bag, or backpack.

$26. In stock and ships within one business day. Colors: Steel, Ultraviolet, Wasabi, Iberian

#5 YKK Aquaguard® water repellent coil zipper with plastic sliders
Dimensions: 7″ x 4.3″ x 2″ / 180 x 110 x 50 mm
Weight: 1.73 oz / 49 grams
Volume: 60 cu. in. / 1 quart / 1 liter (ASTM Standard Measure)

TOM BIHN 3D Organizer Pouch, Dyneema/nylon

3D Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouch
Tethered to the Co-Pilot via a Sapphire Key Strap

3D Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouch, Dyneema, Ultraviolet


TOM BIHN 3D Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouch, Iberian

Small Cafe Bag in 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop

Small Cafe Bag in Dyneema/nylon
Small Cafe Bag in Steel Dyneema/Steel Dyneema.

The Small Cafe Bag is now available in 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop: an ultralight yet abrasion-resistant material. (Learn more about our 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop here and here.)

The Small Cafe Bag in Steel Dyneema/Steel Dyneema and Nordic Dyneema/Ultraviolet Dyneema is in-stock and ship within one business day.

Small Cafe Bag by TOM BIHN
Small Cafe Bag in Nordic Dyneema/Ultraviolet Dyneema.

Tom’s Smart Alec Design Update

Tom's Smart Alec Backpack Design Update
Smart Alec in Black/Steel/Steel.

The details:

1) Tom nuanced the shape of the front of the Smart Alec. It’s a little bit slimmer at the top, which means it zips easier, and the front holds its shape better, even if the bag is empty.

2) More loops were added to the front top of the bag, making a total of 13. This means there’s more places and ways to use the included reflective front bungee (remember: you can also remove it entirely if you don’t want to use it) to secure a rain jacket, umbrella, yoga mat, or bike helmet to the front of the bag. In the near future, we’ll be offering accessory straps and modular pockets that attach to the front via these loops. Ride your motorcycle or bike or walk at night with your Smart Alec? Add a 5′ / 1.5m Glowire kit which you can weave through these new loops. Scott, our Shipping Lead, has been testing both the modular pocket and the Glowire kit on days he commutes to and from work on his bike, and both are working out great.

3) Tom replaced the 1000d Cordura bottom of the Smart Alec with our 1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: it’s just as durable, but less abrasive and less likely to attract lint and dog/cat hair.

Last but not least: the 1000d Cordura back has been replaced with a Breathable Drylex Aerospacer 3D mesh back panel. Tom uses his Smart Alec as a dayhiking pack and one thing he always wanted to add was a breathable mesh back panel.

These design changes were made in this latest batch of Smart Alecs, so all Smart Alecs available for order now have the design updates. Note: Black/Black/Steel has already sold out and is available for backorder with an expected shipping date of late February 2013. Other colors may also soon sell out.

Note: these improvements do add materials and labor costs to the Smart Alec. On Monday of next week, we will increase the price of the Smart Alec from $150 to $160. We know some of you have been waiting to order the Smart Alec until it was back in-stock and wanted to give you a heads-up so that you could order before we increased the price.

Tom's Smart Alec Backpack Design Update
The back is now made of Dri-Lex® Aero-Spacer® mesh and padded with 1/4″, high quality, closed-cell foam.

Tom's Smart Alec Design Update

New: Gift Certificates

Want to give someone a TOM BIHN bag but don’t know which bag (or which color) they’d like? A Gift Certificate might just be the right answer.

Gift Certificates are available in amounts of $20, $50, $55, $100, $150, $200, $250, and $300 and never expire.

Our Gift Certificates are delivered electronically via email.

You can choose for the Gift Certificate emailed to you so that you may present the Gift Certificate to the recipient at a time of your choosing or choose to have the Gift Certificate and a personalized gift message emailed directly and instantly (24/7, 365 days a year) to the recipient. (Makes for a great last-minute gift.)

American Made Holiday Gift Guide 2012

We’re just one of the companies featured in the American Made Holiday Gift Guide 2012 by Made in USA Challenge. Check it out.

Made in USA Challenge Gift Guide

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.