iPhone J.D. Review: the Ristretto for iPad/iPad 2

iPhone J.D. Review: the TOM BIHN Ristretto for iPad

“If you are looking for a bag for your iPad to use to and from work every day and every time you travel, I encourage you to seriously consider spending the extra money for the Ristretto. It is fantastic.”
Read the full review at iPhone J.D.

iPhone J.D. Review: the TOM BIHN Ristretto for iPad

Photo by Beck Tench: Ristretto at the Met

Your Friday Fortune

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Your Friday Fortune

Your Friday Fortune

New: Ballistic Nylon Organizer Pouches

We make Organizer Pouches in Clear, Cordura, Padded, Cork, and Dyneema, so when gmanedit and others from the TOM BIHN Forums suggested that we make 1050d ballistic nylon Organizer Pouches, it made total sense. Ballistic Nylon Organizer Pouches are now available for pre-order and ship by mid-July. Choose from Mini (Cardinal), Small (Navy), Medium (Forest), and Pen/Pencil (Steel). In addition to adding extra organization to any bag, Ballistic Organizer Pouches are a great way to see small samples of our new Navy, Forest, and Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon fabrics.

Introducing TOM BIHN Ballistic Nylon Organizer Pouches

Introducing TOM BIHN Ballistic Nylon Organizer Pouches

Introducing the Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard

Introducing the TOM BIHN Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard

You asked, we listened, and it’s here: Tom has designed a size of Cache specifically to fit the Apple Wireless Keyboard. The Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard is tapered to follow the wedge shape of the keyboard and provides a snug, secure fit for the keyboard. Its 1/4″ (6mm) thick foam padding, with an exterior of Black 4-ply Taslan, is lined with super-soft brushed tricot to cradle your keyboard. No noisy Velcro┬« or zipper; the Cache closes by simply tucking a generous flap into the top opening.
$30. Available for pre-order now; ships by mid-July.

Introducing the TOM BIHN Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard

Introducing the TOM BIHN Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard

Introducing the TOM BIHN Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard
Fits nicely inside of our Ristretto for iPad.

Tom Explains Materials: Straight Slit and Bias Cut

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
Olive, Wasabi, Cayenne, Sapphire, Storm, and Plum straight slit 500 and 1000d Cordura.

The fabrics we use to trim or edge our bags are often the same as our other fabrics but slit up into specific widths. Some materials are either “straight slit” (cut with the weave of the fabric, parallel to the warp) while others are “bias cut” (cut at 45 degrees to the weave). The bias cut trim goes around corners better (like on the flap of the ID); the straight slit is used where crazy curves aren’t an issue like on the handles of the Swift or the Color Key Straps. The specific width the fabric is slit to will depend the end use, and will match the size of the specialized folder on the whichever sewing machine is being used for that specific assembly.
- Tom

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
Straight slit 500 denier Cordura in Cayenne, ready to be sewn up in to Color Key Straps.

ChrisG: Empire Builder and Aeronaut on a Cross-Country Train Trip

“As promised, here’s a review and some pictures from my recent cross-country train trip using my new Empire Builder and Aeronaut.

My daughter and I rode Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Emeryville, CA (across the Bay from San Francisco) to Omaha, NE. Well, technically we rode it past Omaha to Creston, IA because the Omaha station was closed due to the flooding on the Missouri River.

I received my new bags a few days before the trip. The EB is my new EDC bag for work, but the Aeronaut was pretty much purchased because of this trip.”

Read ChrisG’s entire trip report in the TOM BIHN Forums.

ChrisG: Empire Builder and Aeronaut on a Cross-Country Train Trip

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon

“In the summer of 1973, I hiked the West Coast Trail on the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I carried a backpack I had made for the trip — it was forest green, and I always thought it was the most perfect shade of green. That particular color will, in my mind, always be linked to that adventure, and is the inspiration for our new Forest Green 1050d ballistic nylon. Maybe our Aeronaut or Tri-Star in Forest Green will be a part of your next adventure.”
- Tom

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon

Available for pre-order in Forest:
Aeronaut in Forest/Steel or Forest/Ultraviolet
Tri-Star in Forest/Steel or Forest/Ultraviolet
Kit
ID in Black/Forest/Cayenne
Empire Builder Black/Forest/Steel
Super Ego in Black/Forest/Cayenne
Breve
Co-Pilot in Forest/Steel

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Kit

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Tri-Star

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Aeronaut

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Tri-Star in Forest/Steel

Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
The Aeronaut in Forest/Ultraviolet

In stock: Tri-Star, Swift, 4Z Brain Cell, Small Cafe, more

In-stock and ready to ship:

Tri-Star in Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian, Steel/Ultraviolet, and Steel/Solar.

Swift, all colors: Cocoa/Olive, Olive/Plum, Olive/Linen, Plum/Black, Black/Black, Kiwi/Black, and Navy/Steel.

Size 4Z Horizontal Brain Cell

Small Cafe Bag, all colors: Olive/Wasabi, Black/Steel, Black/Wasabi, Cocoa/Wasabi, Plum/Wasabi, Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Steel, Linen/Olive, Crimson/Steel, and Conifer/Steel.

3D Clear Organizer Cube, all colors: Black, Steel, Indigo, Olive, Conifer, and Plum.

Swift in Cork

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Black/Iberian.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Steel/Solar.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Steel/Ultraviolet.

Visit the Aeronaut (our maximum carry-on travel bag) page. Click through Read More to see photos of Black/Steel, Navy/Iberian, Navy/Solar, and Steel/Steel.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors

Black/Steel.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Navy/Iberian.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Navy/Solar.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Steel/Steel.