Practical Hacks review of the Synapse backpack

“How does a bag manufacturer stand out in a field that’s cluttered with players and wannabe players?

With Tom Bihn, the recipe is simple: load your products with thoughtful features grounded in real-world experience; hand sew them in the U.S., using tough, high quality materials that reek of quality; and in a nod to (home) Seattle’s weather, equip them with YKK splashproof zippers so everything stays dry.”

Read the full review of the Synapse at Practical Hacks. See also: the Synapse.

TOM BIHN Synapse Review by Practical Hacks

“Your bag is the “Toughskins” of messenger bags.”

Recent customer feedback:

“I just wanted to thank Tom Bihn for an excellent bag and excellent service. I saw the Synapse in a magazine and checked out your website – your bags are rather expensive but I figured I’d give one a try (Synapse). It arrived ahead of time (the grey was backordered but came much more quickly than anticipated) and is very high-quality in both materials and craftsmanship. Thank you for creating such an excellent, well-designed product, and for the great service. Looking forward to years of use!”
- R.

“I got one of your messenger bags a couple years ago, to carry my Mac back and forth to work. Since then, I was issued a PC laptop at work, and I use the bag they gave me. It’s coming apart. My wife says that I’m tough on things, and it’s true. I think that there needs to be a hardened line of products like “Toughskins”, or “Fisher-Price”, or “Tonka” for adults like me. Your bag is the “Toughskins” of messenger bags, because I’ve only broken it in, not broken it.
Thanks for the quality product!”
- P.

Pilar: My order is here! (Photos)

TOM BIHN Cafe Bag, Tri-Star photos by Pilar
Small Cafe Bag in Navy/Cayenne.

See more of Pilar’s photos in the TOM BIHN Forums.

New Seattle Store Update

Since our move to a new, larger Seattle factory space in late January, we’ve been working on ramping up production to meet the demand for our bags. That means hiring new sewers, figuring out which new sewing machines we need, and planning how to optimize our production schedule.

We’ve also been thinking of our Seattle retail store/factory showroom (the only place to buy a TOM BIHN bag besides through our website) and working to make real that vision of a larger showroom with enough wall space to showcase all of our designs while giving you enough table space to try them out. It’s a work in progress, and while we don’t yet have a Grand Opening date, we will open on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00am – 4:00pm for those of you who have been patiently waiting for our store to open. The new address is: 4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134. We’ll post directions and more information as April 16th approaches. Excuse our dust, and trust that, once the store and factory are finished, we will extend an invitation to you (and everyone else) to join us for a Grand Opening party. If you will be in Seattle from out of town between now and April 16th, or you really need to visit the store, email Katy and we’ll see what we can do. Thanks for your continued patience!

The TOM BIHN Super Ego Messenger Bag in Las Vegas. Picture by Imago Metrics.

Update on Ultraviolet Accessories

Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouches in Ultraviolet are now in-stock. Also available are colors Steel, Solar, and Iberian.

TOM BIHN Ultraviolet Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouches

And our Seattle factory crew is working on Yarn Stuff Sacks in all colors, including Ultraviolet. Some backorders have already shipped, and more will ship next week.

TOM BIHN Ultraviolet Yarn Stuff Sacks

TOM BIHN Ultraviolet Yarn Stuff Sacks

TOM BIHN Ultraviolet Yarn Stuff Sacks

Flinx: SuperEgo, woo!

Flinx posted:

“I’ve had this bag [Super Ego] for awhile, but have only just recently been able to use it for it’s intended purpose – my employer finally got me a laptop!

An HP Elitebook 8740w now graces my desktop, as a replacement for a CAD workstation, which means this sucker is big, and HEAVY (almost 12 pounds! ). I was eager to put the Absolute Shoulder Strap to the test with this monster, which I did for the first time on Monday… And it performed beautifully!
No pinching, no pulling, no “rope burn” at the side of my neck; I was very impressed at how well the wide and long neoprene part of the strap acted as a cushion and shock absorber at the same time, making my daily stroll to and from the bus stops a breeze. I’m curious how it will feel this summer as I go jacket-less, ie. less padding between me and the strap.”

Read the full post in the TOM BIHN Forums.

The TOM BIHN Super Ego Messenger Bag in Las Vegas. Picture by Imago Metrics.

Above: A picture from the Imago Metrics evaluation of the Super Ego.

Patti Digh: @tombihn, I love you. Regional Jet. Stuffed Tri-Star. (Photo)

Patti Digh — author of Life is a Verb — posted this photo via Twitter of her Tri-Star on a regional jet.

Patti Digh: @tombihn, I love you. Regional Jet. Stuffed Tri-Star. (Photo)

Patti Digh: @tombihn, I love you. Regional Jet. Stuffed Tri-Star. (Photo)

Veritrope: the Checkpoint Flyer in Luang Prabang, Laos

There’s still time (until 11:59pm, Eastern Time on Thursday) to participate in the Veritrope Help in Your Own Way Giveaway (you could win an Aeronaut.) Below are photos of Justin’s Checkpoint Flyer in Luang Prabang, Laos. Justin says: “It’s been such a great bag for me already — Walking along the Mekong River… through 30,000 miles (so far) of travel through airports, lounges, and scanners …. On the NYC Subway…. And never out-of-place anywhere.”

Justin of Veritrope: photo of his TOM BIHN Checkpoint Flyer

Justin of Veritrope: photo of his TOM BIHN Checkpoint Flyer

New Video by maverick: The Breve for Apple iPad and iPad 2

See also:

  • The Breve
  • Many, many bags back in-stock… (Aeronaut, Tri-Star, more)

    You really like our bags — so much so that we’re temporarily sold out of many of them. They’re available for backorder and we’re working overtime in our new factory space to get them back into stock as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience!

    The following bags are back in-stock and ship within one business day:

    Horizontal Cache in Air 11, iPad sizes
    Vertical Cache in Size 6Z
    3D Clear Organizer Cube in all colors
    Western Flyer Rolling Luggage Handle Pocket version, all colors
    Side Effect, all colors
    The Aeronaut in colors Steel/Ultraviolet, Steel/Solar, Crimson/Steel (colors Black/Steel and Steel/Steel ship by the end of the month.)
    Checkpoint Flyer, all sizes and colors
    Vertical Brain Cell in sizes 2S and 6Z
    Size 4Z Horizontal Brain Cell
    Packing Cube Shoulder Bag in all colors, including Ultraviolet
    Tri-Star in Black/Steel, Steel/Solar and all other colors
    Cork Organizer Pouches in all sizes