“I had a surprisingly pleasant TSA experience yesterday, even though it involved two items that needed to be inspected.
The first was my 16oz LifeFactory water bottle, which was zipped in the water bottle compartment of my Tri-Star. The agent said he saw what looked like a glass bottle but had to check to make sure it was empty. I was able to direct him to the appropriate pocket, he examined the bottle, and then tucked it back in.
Next he asked to look at the keys in my Small Cafe Bag (which I ran through the machine separately even though I was able to fit it into the Tri-Star for true one-bagging). My house and car keys were clipped into the Tri-Star, so I knew he was referring to the USB flash drive and tiny flashlight I have clipped to the end of a key strap. I was able to direct him to the correct Color Key Strap (other key straps lead to my organizer wallet, an organizer pouch, and my point-and-shoot camera in its case). He found them quickly, examined them, and ran the bag through the machine again with the keystrap outside of the bag.
The agent was extremely courteous and apologetic, making the experience better than most of the times when I’m not stopped! He also complimented my organization and commented on how it easy it was for him to find the things he needed to examine. Tom Bihn products make it easy!”
Available for pre-order in our new Navy 1050d ballistic nylon:
Aeronaut in Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian (Shipping by early June!)
Tri-Star in Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian
Little Swift in Navy/Navy
Super Ego in Black/Navy/Cayenne
Swift in Navy/Steel
Checkpoint Flyer in Black/Navy (13″, 15″, and 17″ sizes only)
We’ve received shipment of our new custom 1050d ballistic nylon color: Navy. A rich, deeply hued blue, Navy is the result of months of back-and-forth with our fabric mill, ensuring the color met our exacting standards. We’ll introduce various bags for pre-order in Navy tomorrow (there may even be a few photos of actual bags to show you) but wanted to give you a sneak peak at the new color today.
More about our custom-produced fabrics:
We use only the best quality 1050 denier ballistic nylon. It’s made in the U.S.A and finished (dyed and coated) to our specifications. This cloth is available off-the-shelf in Black, but because there’s virtually no domestic demand for colors, colors other than black are made only to order. The minimum quantity we need to have dyed (a “dye lot”) is relatively quite large, especially for a small company like ours that enjoys offering a wide variety of colors. Currently, that’s over 21 different colors and fabrics, and we plan to add more.
Candi, Irma, and Tom inspect our new Navy fabric.
The high-tenacity nylon yarns from which 1050d ballistic nylon are woven can be very difficult to dye, compared to, for example, the standard nylon typically found in imported 1680 “ballistic”. (One of our fabric mills tested our 1050d ballistic nylon against the 1680 stuff; see the results of that test here.) We’ve had to reject more than a few batches of 1050d because it was streaky, too soft, or simply not the exact color we envisioned. And because we can’t just run down to the corner fabric store and pick up a roll in some stock color, we’ve decided not to announce new colors until we actually have them in-house and they’ve met our strict standards.
We’re very impressed with the quality of our new 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy and plan to share more photos with you over the next weeks as various bags become available in the new fabric.
“The uniqueness of this light is the ability to keep it close and hands free. You can use the belt clip to attach it to your belt or strap of your messenger bag or backpack.”