Night Flight and the Golden Hour

Mason captures the golden hour with a little help from his Night Flight: “It’s a fantastic camera bag and just the perfect size. I’ve only had it for two days but I think it’s probably one of the top bags you’ve made and already a favorite. Truly awesome.”

TOM BIHN | Night Flight Travel Duffle as a camera bag

Studying the bears of Katmai National Park

Field Journal Notebook and Bears at Katmai | TOM BIHN

Carl spent eight days studying the bears of Katmai, trusty Field Journal Notebook in tow. Should you ever be fortunate enough to do the same, he advises: “If you ever consider going there I highly recommend taking as much time at Brooks as you can, and doing a little homework beforehand on the individual bears. Getting to know the actors in the drama as individuals makes all the difference in the world, and makes you appreciate just how different bears can be from one another.”

Read Carl’s full post in the Forums. See also: Carl’s blog, the King Salmon Chronicle.

Scott’s Side Effect for Motor + Pedal Travel

TOM BIHN | Scott's new Side Effect

TOM BIHN | Scott's new Side Effect

Side Effect is the perfect companion for 2 wheeled funtimes, both motor & pedal powered” – @scottjpalmer

taminca’s many uses of the Double Organizer Pouch

taminca’s come up with 10 awesome uses for the Double Organizer Pouch (size Medium). Here’s three of our favorites; see all 10 in the Forums.

P.S. The Double Organizer Pouch in sizes Small and Medium is back in stock and ready to ship.

Vehicle Documents Pouch:

TOM BIHN | taminca's many uses of the Double Organizer Pouch customer photo

Travel Documents and Receipts Pouch:

TOM BIHN | taminca's many uses of the Double Organizer Pouch customer photo

Emergency Kit:

TOM BIHN | taminca's many uses of the Double Organizer Pouch customer photo

In April’s Swift

TOM BIHN | What's in my Swift #madewithpaper

@Knit4Love (aka April’s) #MadeForPaper illustration of what’s in her Swift.

Forum Round-up: Travels Far and Near

We’re lucky to have an active and enthusiastically informative forum, where members help new and long-time customers get answers to their questions about TOM BIHN bags and accessories, travel, and packing for any and all situations.  It’s also a place where people can speculate about new products on the horizon, obsess over Organizer Pouches, and deliberate over what color bag they should order.

Our members, who live all over the world and come from all walks of life, contribute dozens of bag reviews, pictures, questions, and useful suggestions, and are quick and generous with their willingness to help.  There’s no way to distill the wealth of their collective knowledge into a tidy package, but, starting this week, we will provide an occasional round-up of just a few threads from the previous week.  While not exhaustive, the round-up will clue in readers of this blog about some of the goings-on in our online community.

This week’s theme: Travels Far and Near

Spring is usually when travel season starts heating up, but our forum members travel all the time to locales both far and near, for business and pleasure, with others or solo.  We were stoked to receive a mention as one of The Wirecutter’s picks for traveling well (see here for the forum reaction), and forum members have had a lot to say about putting their bags through the paces of their travels.

Recently, dwright17 returned from her two-week trip to Israel flush with knowledge about the Holy Land and some good advice for those hoping to pack light for their next trip abroad (see here to see how her packing list started and then evolved).  New member JoeM logged on to tell us that his new Aeronaut was about to accompany him to sea for a 6-to-8 week period of work in southeast Asia.  Read on for a glimpse into life aboard a ship.  Closer to home, Janine reported that her two-night work trip to D.C. with her Synapse 25 and Pilot was a feat of light packing, and heparker let us know that his Pilot performed admirably as an everyday carry (EDC) bag (he’s also our Pic of the Week!).

People who use our bags put lots of thought into how and what to pack.  Some forum members wanted help finding solutions to traveling with their families: Travelmom4 wondered about the best accessory to carry passports for six people, and Jwalker was looking for the best in-flight bag to use with her children on their long-haul flight from the U.S. to New Zealand.  Forum members saikyo and jannilee asked for and received advice about products TOM BIHN doesn’t make: travel toiletry bottles and lightweight Bluetooth speakers.

Finally, the biggest news of the week: after much wailing and lamentation, the fires of forum members’ fantasies of travels far, near, and within carry-on regulations were fanned when Darcy announced that the new, scaled-down Aeronaut 30 is on the pre-order horizon.

And now for our Pic of the Week!
TOM BIHN | Forum Photo of the Week by herpacker
heparker’s brand new Pilot (Navy/Solar), Horizontal Cache, 3D Fabric Organizer Cube (Wasabi), Dyneema Organizer Pouches (Small Ultraviolet and Mini Iberian), and Ultraviolet Key Strap.

Daydreaming

TOM BIHN | Daydreaming, Guide's Pack

ViciousV: My Co-Pilot is…my co-pilot!

ViciousV: My Co-Pilot is...my co-pilot!

Posted by ViciousV in the Forums. See: the Co-Pilot.

Five pitches up at Spring Mountain

Five pitches up at Spring Mountain w/the Guide's Pack | TOM BIHN

With the Guide’s Pack. Thanks to Alex for the photo.

Nate Higgins and his Synapse 25

Nate Higgins and his Synapse 25

Thanks to athlete Nate Higgins for sharing this photo with us. Learn more about his inspiring story, here. See also: the Synapse 25.