Mason’s Smart Alec + Co-Pilot Packing List Video

Thanks to Mason Drumm for sending us this video.

gochicken’s Knitting Tool Pouches review

“I just had a chance to try out the new Knitting Tool Pouches. They come in 4 sizes. Sizes 1, 2 and 3 are like short, medium, and long rectangular cases with reinforcements inside at both ends. The Size 4 is a 5.5” x 5.5” square that is perfect for interchangeable cables and stops.”

linenchicken's Knitting Tool Pouches review

Read gochicken’s full review — with many great photos — in the Forums.

New: Knitting Tool Pouches

Knitting Tool Pouches

Our Knitting Tool Pouches are the latest design to debut from our ongoing collaboration with Amy Singer, Editor of Knitty®.

Knitting Tool Pouches can be used on their own, or together as a system. They offer a new style of tool organization allowing for modular and expandable containment of as many or as few tools as you might use. Each pouch features an O-ring on its corner, allowing you to connect the Knitting Tool Pouches to our optional Double Carabiner or to a Key Strap or Handle Loop.

Though designed with knitting and crochet tools in mind, these handy pouches can be used to organize and store anything you can think of that’ll fit in them.

Knitting Tool Pouches. $13 – $15. Available for order now; in stock and ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN Little Swift and Knitting Pouches

Knitting Tool Pouches

P.S. The Little Swift is once again available for backorder in these color combinations: Aubergine/Aubergine/Wasabi, Black/Black/Ultraviolet, and Black Dyneema/Black Dyneema/Iberian.

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.

Badger: Simplifying Your Packing List

Badger: Simplifying Your Packing List

Need some minimalist packing advice? Maybe some of the well thought out, über-informative  suggestions from forum member — and volunteer moderator — Badger could come in handy when find yourself preparing for your next trip.

Looking to simplify his life by reducing the amount of stuff he owned and trying to find the right bag, declutter listed the belongings he thought necessary to keep, but was open to advice on ways to reduce the load. Badger answered the call, dispensing a number of detailed bits of guidance. Here are some highlights:

  • “You probably already know this, but you’ll want to wear the heaviest and bulkiest items whenever possible to create space in your bag. If you do this, you can eliminate the hiking boots, one pair of boxers and socks, and 1-2 shirts from your packing list, since you’ll be wearing them.”
  • “If you need the thick wool socks for some reason, I’d highly recommend replacing the other four pairs of socks with just two pairs of Smartwool Outdoor Ph.D. low-cut socks. They actually stretch over your ankles and can be worn more than once before needing a wash. I’m wearing a pair right this minute.”
  • “You have a polo and a dress shirt, which seem to me like ‘going out in public’ options for your upper half. Since both of the items in your pic appear to be cotton, these might not be the best choice for long-term travel (they’re heavy, take forever to dry, and they will get rumpled fast). You could replace these items with just one lightweight long-sleeved shirt with a collar. Patagonia and Rohan make shirts from technical fabrics that don’t scream ‘safari tourist.'”

Head to the Forums for more sage advice and to view the rest of the thread.

 

The new Cadet briefcase

TOM BIHN Cadet Briefcase

A new version of the Cadet — it now uses the same checkpoint-friendly laptop “rails system” as the Synapse 25, Synapse 19, Tri-Star, Brain Bag, and Smart Alec — in colors Black/Steel, Black/Wasabi, and Steel/Iberian is now available for backorder with a shipping date of late November.

More:
The Cache and the Rails System Explained
Every Day Commentary Reviews the Cadet

Bags in Black Dyneema/nylon in the wild…

gochicken's TOM BIHN Shop Bag in Black Dyneema
gochicken’s Shop Bag, Large in Black Dyneema/nylon next to her assortment of Organizer Pouches

Shop Bag, Large, in Black
Darcy’s Shop Bag, Large, in Black Dyneema/nylon

Bags in Black vs Steel Dyneema/nylon
Ms. Ferret shows the difference between our Steel and Black Dyneema/nylon.

More photos of bags in 400d Dyneema/420d nylon in the wild can be seen in the forums….

See also: Introducing Black 400d Dyneema®/nylon

Pre-order: Cache for the iPad Air

The Cache, Size iPad Air, in Horizontal and Vertical orientations is now available for pre-order.

The Cache is designed to protect your iPad Air against scrapes and scratches and is sized specifically to fit the iPad Air with or without a Smart Cover. The Cache protects your iPad Air with little bulk added and is ideal for those who don’t want their iPad Air sleeve to make their loads heavier or to take up a lot of space. It cradles the iPad Air in .25″ / 6 mm thick foam padding laminated with an exterior of heavy-duty polyester knit and an interior of brushed tricot. With no noisy Velcro® or zipper, the Cache closes by simply tucking a generous flap into the top opening.

$30. Available for pre-order; ships by mid-November.

TOM BIHN Cache specifically sized for the iPad Air

nomad: Visiting the store

nomad: Visiting the TOM BIHN Store

Forum member nomad recently visited Seattle for the first time and, of course, had to make a stop at our factory store.  She writes:

“My first trip to Seattle could not be complete without a trek out to the Tom Bihn store. I made it out there, met Scott and collected my haul: Aeronaut (Navy/Solar) w/Absolute Strap and Orange Whistle Sternum Strap, Packing Cube Backpack (Iberian), 2 Small Aeronaut Packing cubes, 2 Aeronaut End Packing Cubes (Mesh and All Fabric), Organizer Wallet (Wasabi), Large Clear Organizer Pouch (Ultraviolet), and Solar Key Strap.”

nomad: Visiting the TOM BIHN Store

See the entire thread (plus see more photos) in the TOM BIHN Forums.

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Forum member Toblerhaus has a two week trip to Spain coming up and plans to pack everything into two bags: the Aeronaut and Synapse 25. Here’s what she packed in each…

Inside the Aeronaut:

Medium cafe bag (to be carried as a purse once we arrive), tennis shoes, waterproof boots, blue slim packing cube for underwear and socks, medium raspberry packing cube for clothing, umbrella, red dot bag with dry toiletries, brown zip bag with misc emergency items, olive 311 bag with wet toiletries”

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Inside the Synapse 25:

“Hydroflask, 2 stuff sacks, side effect, organizer cube, iPad in Portenzo case, Kindle, Ziploc bag, clear organizer pouch with Eurorail passes and passports, camera bag for dSLR and 10-22 lens, 35 mm lens and neoprene pouch to hold it.”

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Read the entire post in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Aeronaut and Synapse 25.