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
First Aid Kit
Emergency Blanket
Emergency Fire Starter Kit
Multitool (tethered to an 8-inch Utility Strap)
Flashlight (tethered to a 14-inch Utility Strap)
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”
Hand warmers
Hydration bladder
Bobo’s Oat Bar
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

Video: One Woman’s Minimalist / Ultralight Synapse Packing List

Video by Allison Levine of Off The Blueprint. Read her detailed packing list and advice here and/or discuss the video with Allison in the Forums. See also: the Synapse 19.

Video: the Tri-Star

One bag travel with our Tri-Star carry-on bag.

Backcountry Treks: A Bag to Travel the World (Synapse 25)

Justin Lukasavige of Backcountry Treks reviews the Synapse 25:

“In the video above I traveled to Seattle for a three day trip, packing everything (including laptop) in only one bag. This summer I’ll be traveling throughout Asia and again, only bringing the Synapse 25.”

Video: the Side Effect

Starring Lulu (Quality Assurance) and Scott (Shipping Lead and editor of this video) and shot on location in our Seattle factory.

Think of the Side Effect as a deluxe, tricked out, fully organizable 3D Organizer Cube. The main compartment zips with two sliders; inside the main compartment are two O-rings set dead center and two open-top organizer pockets sized for your phone, a small notebook, or a wallet. The open space in the main compartment can fit larger items: 8-oz water bottle, small camera, sunglasses, power supplies, souvenirs. And it can be carried four different ways: via the included 5/8″ Shoulder Strap, the optional Waist Strap, optional Handle Loop, or clipped inside of a larger bag via a Key Strap.