Can’t show you the prototype packs we’re testing…

But here’s the view from the trail.

TOM BIHN prototype pack testing

iPads in Higher Education on the Ristretto

“I’ve had the bag for three weeks and I’ve got to say, it is a perfect bag to grab and go on a daily basis. It’s going to hold everything I need to help professors get up to speed using Mobile Learning, and my everyday back and forth to work.”

Read the entire review at iPads in Higher Education. See also: the Ristretto.

iPads in Higher Education on the TOM BIHN Ristretto

Loaded Pocketz reviews the Packing Cube Backpack

“I normally take a day pack in addition to my carry-on when I travel so that I can use it for EDC once I reach my destination, but I was determined to keep things simple this time. Luckily, one of my favorite bag companies had just the solution. The Tom Bihn Packing Cube Backpack pulls double duty. In transit, as the name suggests, it’s a large packing cube. Once unpacked, it converts into an 18 Liter, 1,100 cubic inch backpack made out of tough 200 denier Dyneema® nylon that weighs only 9 ounces.”

Read the full review at Loaded Pocketz.

Loaded Pocketz reviews the TOM BIHN Packing Cube Backpack

Does the Aeronaut fit overhead on regional jets?

Excerpts from the “Aeronaut on regional jets” thread posted in our Forums:

travls: “I mostly fly United and have now successfully and easy fit my loaded Aeronaut into the overhead bins on all versions of their Canadair 700 and 200’s. The overheads are really small and to look at it you might not think it would work, but even with a full bag there’s been no problem.”

gmich: “I second this. On at least four occasions in the past several months I’ve been on a regional jet and have been able to fit my full Aeronaut in the tight overhead bin each time. Once I was the last person on the plane and watched as two other passengers tried to fit their carry-on in the only remaining bin spot and couldn’t do it — they both had to go tag their bags. But my Aeronaut slid right in.”

BJ Nemeth: “I only fly on regional jets about twice a year, but my Aeronaut has fit in the overhead bin every time. Meanwhile, *most* of the other passengers are forced to check their carry-on bags at the gate.”

nukediver: “I just flew round-trip to Nashville two weeks back on Embraer ERJ-145s and was literally the only person who didn’t gate check a bag. I had plenty of room in the overhead for my Aeronaut and plenty of room at my feet for my Co-Pilot. Granted, my Aeronaut was about half-full (can you say “time for a Tri-Star!”?) – I had my Co-Pilot in it until I got on the plane. Here’s a couple of blurry (sorry) pics I snapped while the other passengers were staring at me.”

The Aeronaut fits on regional jets - nukediver

Releaux: “I’ll throw another bag experience into this thread. The Brain Bag fits quite easily into the Embraer and Canadair United jets. On the CRJs, I have had to turn it sideways, but it fits “end-in” on the Embraer’s.”

dgarbutt: “Echoing the same sentiments here. I managed to fit my packed Aeronaut on a UA CRJ 200 in the overhead while many had to gate check their bag.”

Paul56: “My July flight experience with the Aeronaut on Delta… CRJ200 the bag fits fine in the overhead bins on a length orientation. If the bag is overstuffed it may be a squeeze. A319 the bag slides into the overhead bin on a width orientation very nicely leaving plenty of space in the bin.”

Mason Drumm’s Co-Pilot Review

Mason's TOM BIHN Co-Pilot review

“In short, I love this bag. As desired, it has enough compartments and organization options for me to always know where somethings at, and it is small enough for me to throw over my shoulder and carry along in any situation.

Aesthetically, it’s a very versatile bag. Being an English teacher at an elementary school, most of the time (in the summer season at least) I’m in slacks and a polo. The Co-Pilot has no problem fitting in.

When I need to be more dressed up and ready for a meeting at my City’s Board of Education… fine. The Co-Pilot has an appearance that works well with a suit and tie that doesn’t try and draw attention to itself.”

Read the entire review by Mason Drumm. See also: the Co-Pilot.

Synapses at Iguazu Falls

We emailed Jeff to thank him again for a photo he’d sent us a few months ago and he responded with this:

“It’s funny you should get in touch because I’m actually on a trip to Argentina with my girlfriend, and we’re using one 19L and one 25L Synapse for the journey!”

TOM BIHN Synapse in Argentina

Smart Alec at the amphitheater rice terraces, Batad, Philippines

Smart Alec at the rice terraces

Photo posted by Zero in the Forums. See also: the Smart Alec.

RhoFro: What came today

“2 Large Shop Bags, 1 Small Shop Bag, 2 Travel Trays, 1 RWB pouch, 1 Co-Pilot, 1 Aeronaut (and a partridge in a pear tree)*. Synapse on the way and hopefully box art!

I‘ve read a lot about how ‘small’ the Co-Pilot is, but I am absolutely delighted with it. In Nordic it’s super snappy and has so much room as an everyday carry bag; especially with the extra give of dyneema. Love it! Funny how the item I added to the back-order – just out of Wait Anxiety – is my favorite toy in the box.

Happy happy day.”

Read the entire post by RhoFro in the Forums.

RhoFro: the TOM BIHN bags that arrived today unboxing

Nli: Guardian Light Strap Mount version review

“I love all of my TB products but have really found useful the strap-mounted version of the Guardian DF Light.”

I have one light attached to the closure strap on my hemp Swift. Hanging most of the time as shown, it serves as a safety light. When flipped over inside it’s really useful to find contents lost in the depths of the bag.”

Little Swift with the Guardian Light

The Guardian DF light with strap-mount base also attaches nicely and securely to the waist strap attachment points at one end of the SE [Side Effect] and is readily available when needed. I have not checked to see it the light will fit with the waist strap attached as I use the SE with the wrist strap.”

Side Effect with the Guardian Light

Read the full post by Nli in the Forums.

Pattern Water Bottle

TOM BIHN Pattern Water Bottle

Our patterns are templates for making our bags. Patterns make it possible for every bag we make to be as perfect as Tom’s final prototype. There’s an art to pattern making; a graceful pattern can mean the difference between a pocket that lays smooth or one that doesn’t, or a sewing process that is efficient or one that isn’t.

Just like the recently introduced 32oz Motto water bottle, our 24oz Pattern water bottle is Made in U.S.A. by Liberty Bottleworks.

$20. In stock and ships within one business day.