Below is a picture that we’ve just added to the TOM BIHN Flickr Group of various TOM BIHN designs from ’83.
Above: A picture shows a 15″ Powerbook cradled in the four layers of protection that our Brain Cell hard-sided laptop case provides.
First layer: 500 denier Cordura. Cordura resists tears and abrasion like no other fabric of its kind, and is 3X more durable than standard polyester. We use the best Cordura available, woven and finished in the U.S.A.
Second layer: A strong-but-light-weight plastic corrugated to provide hard-sided protection. Die-cut to our specifications in
Third layer: Soft 8mm-thick Ether Foam absorbs shocks and wraps your laptop in the sling that suspends it off the bottom of the Brain Cell. U.S. made.
Fourth layer: Super soft poly-knit tricot fabric brushed for softness: cradles your laptop and keeps it free from scratches. Laminated to the Ether Foam for us in Washington state.
By coincidence, TOM BIHN Forums member Just had recently used that same combination of TOM BIHN bags three-day tour of the Grand Canyon.
“On the return trip, the Ego proved its worth by serving as sole carry-on, since an extra piece of checked luggage (the Aeronaut) was needed to bear the load of an overweight bag (yay to overpacking moms, but especially yay to my having prepared for this very situation by bringing both bags and hence no overweight luggage fee, and no sensitive/necessary for flight items in checked luggage).”
We recently sent Judie Lipsett Hughes, founder of Gear Diary and guardian of Avah the kitten and Gizmo the dog, a Zephyr briefcase for review. Little did we know that the shipping box the Zephyr was sent in would be used in Avah’s campaign against the innocently napping Gizmo.
The Zephyr briefcase is now in stock and ready to ship — almost a full month ahead of schedule thanks to the amazing TOM BIHN factory crew.
“I made my first errand trip on public transport with my Cafe Bag and it’s a dream. Because time was of the essence, the trip was really long, the weather really hot and the fare machines not cooperative, finding my stuff fast, making sure I got the right connection I needed efficient organization.
That back pocket is really really handy to slip in timetables and maps and putting my documents in and out of the main pocket was a snap.”
Read backpack’s entire post.
“I had to travel to NYC this past weekend. For a two day trip I definitely had more gear than clothes. The Ego and the Aeronaunt were perfect for the job. We’ll have a FirstUse write-up later on this month. We think most will be surprised at the amount of gear one can managed to pack in the Ego ” – Wan Chi Lau
“Bought my ultra-stylish tote-bag-loving niece an all-black LUX for her birthday. She adores it. Sophisticated enough to carry to a job interview (which she did just today). Stunningly roomy for such a sleek bag. She’s quite petite (just 5’2″) and even well-filled the LUX does not overwhelm her. She’s hooked (Oooooh noooo. The pun. I’m so ashamed.) on the convenience of the key strap. Delighted with the full-across pocket. Thinks it’s so cool that the bag stands up on it’s own. The LUX has definitely climbed in our personal Birthday Gift Hall of Fame.”
“It finally struck me that Tom Bihn and Apple, Inc. are definitely on the same wavelength, and have a lot of the same ideals. Tom’s bags are meticulously hand crafted, with design and functionality seamlessly blending into one. The workers on the floor obviously take pride in recreating the art pieces that Tom has designed. I emphasize again something that I pointed out last time with the Smart Alec review, the craftsman on the floor aren’t in another part of the world, where workmanship can be questionable and no oversight committees are needed to make sure things are done correctly. These people work alongside the actual designer in Seattle, Washington. That not only keeps quality high with fewer QC issues, but perhaps even inventiveness and innovation can spring from such a relationship, furthering these exceptional bags.”