A Week in Montreal: What did Zeek and Rachel take?

Things move pretty fast in the first part of this video (once again, from SHEP Films) we posted in early October, so in case you missed anything, we thought it might be helpful to list out all of the TOM BIHN stuff Zeek and Rachel brought along for their trip to Montreal. Here’s everything:

0:01 — Cache for the iPad; Size 2 Travel Stuff Sack, Ultraviolet; Size 4 Travel Stuff Sack, Wasabi

0:02 — Size 3 Travel Stuff Sack, Wasabi; Size 3 Travel Stuff Sack, Ultraviolet

0:03 — Synapse 19, Steel Dyneema/Steel; the Travel Stuff Sacks are then packed into the Synapse 19

0:06 — Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouch, Medium; End Pocket Packing Cubes, Aeronaut

0:07 — Large Packing Cube, Aeronaut

0:08 — Aeronaut, Steel/Wasabi

0:10 — 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel

0:11– Medium Café Bag, Linen/Steel

Check out some of the other videos from SHEP, as well as some of our own, on the Videos page.

Chris and Daniel’s Bags from the Two Weeks in Japan Videos

Back in late August, we posted a couple fantastic videos courtesy of Chris from SHEP Films (the folks who worked with us on our Smart Alec, Tri-Star, and Everyday Carry videos) in which he and his traveling companion, Daniel, detail what they packed for a two week family trip to Japan. Although Chris and Daniel mention the bags and accessories they use by name, we figured it would be handy to have everything compiled into one list along with at which point in the packing video these things can be found. See the packing video below, along with the list of everything used.

What Chris used…

0:04Aeronaut, Steel Dyneema/Wasabi

0:40RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Wasabi; Clear Organizer Wallet (for business cards)

0:44 — Small Padded Organizer Pouch;  Size 2 Travel Stuff Sacks, Ultraviolet and Wasabi (both for miscellaneous stuff like ear buds, a multi-tool, batteries, and memory cards)

0:56Co-Pilot, Steel Dyneema/Solar

1:02Travel Tray, Wasabi

1:053D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel

1:083D Mesh Organizer Cube, Black

1:10Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Wasabi

1:15 — Aeronaut End Pocket Packing Cube, All Fabric

1:19Cache, size 6Z

1:20 — Large Packing Cube for the Aeronaut

1:24Kindle Fire/Keyboard Pouch (for tablet)

and what Daniel used…

2:09 — Large Packing Cube for the Aeronaut

2:16Aeronaut, Black/Steel

2:183D Clear Organizer Cube, Wasabi Dyneema

2:31Synapse 19, Black/Iberian

2:3216-inch Key Strap; Kindle Fire/Keyboard Pouch, Padded

If you want to see all of this stuff in action along with some great shots of the bags, Japanese scenery, and delicious food, check out the second video below.

A Week in Montreal

Zeek and Rachel packed their bags and took off on a week-long trip to Montreal earlier this year.

When he’s not in Montreal doing karaoke, Zeek is the Director at SHEP Films, the people who worked with us on our Smart Alec and Synapse/Ristretto/Swift videos.

See also: Rachel and Zeek’s trip to Hawaii. (Rachel’s Large Cafe Bag makes an appearance.)

Two Weeks in Japan (packing and trip videos)

Chris and family went on a two week trip to Japan; here’s the trip in video. Gear laid out, packing lists, getting on the plane, sleeping on the plane, eating lots of amazing food…..

When he’s not going on awesome trips to Japan or packing for overnight work trips, Chris is the writer and producer at SHEP, the people who worked with us on our Tri-Star and Synapse videos.

Our latest collaboration with Knitty.com and Amy Singer

Earlier this year, we decided it was time once again to collaborate with Amy Singer, Editor of Knitty®, on the design of new knitting bags and accessories. Yeah, we could’ve Skyped, but we thought it’d be even more fun to bring Amy out to visit us at our Seattle factory/company headquarters. And to celebrate the occasion, we hosted a knitting party at Metrix Create:Space. People brought their Swifts and showed us how they use them/what they carry in them, knitted, talked, we showed everyone the prototypes we’d been working on over the weekend… and Amy even tried to teach Tom how to knit (that didn’t go so well) and Tom showed Amy a couple of things on a sewing machine (that went well).

Here’s just one of the prototypes we came up with (a tool pouch):

Knitty and TOM BIHN working together

Read the story of Amy’s visit over at the Knitty.com blog — and learn how you can be entered to win one of the two very last Knitty Swifts available.

Caro Hardy: Matériel de voyage 2013 édition nomade

Via Thomas Carney:
“My girlfriend has been travelling long term only with the 19L Synapse Bag. She loves it! Here is a list + video of her travel gear (in French) for ultra light travellers.”

More at Caro Hardy (in French). Google translation to English here.

Backcountry Treks: Field Journal Notebook Review

More at Backcountry Treks. See also: the Field Journal Notebook

Video: We’re TOM BIHN

Watch more.

Video: Packing the Smart Alec for a hike

Bags + accessories:
Smart Alec in Black/Black/Wasabi
Vertical Brain Cell, Size 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina (unclipped/removed in the beginning)
8-inch Utility Strap
14-inch Utility Strap
Travel Stuff Sack, Size 4, Wasabi
Travel Stuff Sack, Size 3, Steel
Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2, Iberian
Whistle Sternum Strap Half in Bright Orange

Packing List:
Wool hat
Jacket
First Aid Kit
Emergency Blanket
Emergency Fire Starter Kit
Multitool (tethered to an 8-inch Utility Strap)
Knife
Compass
Flashlight (tethered to a 14-inch Utility Strap)
Gaiters
Rain/snow pants (in a Travel Stuff Sack, Size 4, Wasabi)
Water filter (in a Travel Stuff Sack, Size 3, Steel)
Stove fuel
Burner (in a Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2, Iberian)
Mountain House “Chicken and Rice” and Natural High “Brownies”
Camera
Bandana
Hand warmers
Hydration bladder
Spork
Bobo’s Oat Bar
Pen
Notebook
Crampons
Map
Whistle Sternum Strap Half in Bright Orange

Stephan’s bags/accessories from the Tri-Star video

Tri-Star "one bag" travel luggage

After we posted the Tri-Star video in the Forums, adamwebb asked for a list of the accessories shown. Great idea, we thought. Here’s that list:

Stephan’s bags: Tri-Star in Steel Iberian, Absolute Shoulder Strap, Tri-Star Packing Cubes in Large, Medium, and Small All Fabric, two Size 1 Travel Stuff Sacks in Steel, Horizontal Brain Cell Size 15″ MacBook Pro Retina, Travel Tray in Steel, 3D Clear Organizer Cube in Navy, the included (with the Tri-Star) 8″ Key Strap in Black, an additional 8″ Key Strap in Black, 16″ Key Strap in Black, Cache for iPad mini, Clear Organizer Pouch in Mini, and RFID Blocking Passport Pouch.

Times in the video you can jump ahead and see specific accessories/how they’re used:

0:22 – Packing Cube, Tri-Star, Large

0:35 – Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 15″ MacBook Pro Retina

0:38 – Size 1 Travel Stuff Sack, Steel

0:48 – Travel Tray, Steel

0:49 – Two Size 1 Travel Stuff Sacks in Steel are put on one side of the Horizontal Brain Cell in the main compartment of the Tri-Star

0:53 – The Travel Tray, cinched shut, is put on the other size of the Horizontal Brain Cell in the main compartment

1:00 – Packing Cube, Tri-Star, Medium

1:01 – Packing Cube, Tri-Star, Small All Fabric (with a pair of Size 12 Merrells)

1:07 – 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Navy

1:09 – 16″ Key Strap in Black clipped to an o-ring inside of the Tri-Star clipped to the 3D Clear Organizer Cube

1:13 – Cache for iPad mini

1:16 – Clear Organizer Pouch, Mini (with earbuds)

1:19 – RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Steel, tethered with an 8″ Key Strap in Black

1:32 – Absolute Shoulder Strap

And once more: the Tri-Star video