Look for more news on the Tom Bihn Go bag in late September. If you have any suggestions for the Go bag, post in our forums.
Have you found yourself longing for more pictures of the Empire Builder? A full description of its pockets? An assessment of the pros and cons?
Look no further than the review of the Empire Builder at OhGizmo!written by Andrew Liszewski.
“The website claims the Empire Builder was three years in the design process and after using the bag for a few weeks now I don’t find that fact that hard to believe. When I first pulled the bag out of its shipping box I immediately noticed that this thing is covered in pockets and pouches and I have to say that’s one of the bag’s biggest strengths.”
And that’s only the beginning. Read the full review, and you’ll know almost as much about the Empire Builder as we do.
Note: The Empire Builder is (yet again) almost sold out. If you’d like one, we suggest you order now. The next batch will be available in late September.
On the Brain Cell
“Like most of us, I have to trust my instincts as to the robust nature of the laptop sleeve I choose.
Tom Bihn’s sleeve, aptly named the Brain Cell, is one of the few that inspires my confidence.” Read the full review.
On the Super Ego:
“Pockets on this bag are a dream. The main compartment is massive, plus it is behind the flap, so you do not have to unbuckle the bag to get at the computer. It easily held my laptop inside the well-padded and firmly reinforced Brain Cell sleeve. Additionally, I fit loads of papers and folders inside, and it felt like it could have taken much more. The secondary pocket under the flap holds all my power bricks in pockets, but also provides a well large enough for 25’ of Cat-5 cable and my lunch. Not my drinks, of course, those are held firmly in two large bottle holders with compression straps, on either side. For easy access, there are splash-proof zippered pouches on both sides of the center under the flap, and four large pouches for quick access.” Read the full review.
The must-have accessory for our Aeronaut maximum carry-on bag, the Packing Cubes keep you and your stuff organized. You can use the packing cubes with any travel bag, but they are designed specifically to work within the compartments of the Aeronaut.
“I’ve been using a Ruby Red Jimi iPod nano Case now for a couple of months, and all I have to say is this: cool. It adds lot o’ protection (I’ve
dropped the thing twice now with no injury to my iPod nano) and color too, with very little added bulk or weight. The Ruby color is a ringer for my
Duncan Imperial® yo-yo, a fact that makes me smile whenever I see it.
Have an iPod nano? Buy a Jimi case for it. Don’t have an iPod nano? Buy that first.”
From all of us at Tom Bihn to all of you, have a great 4th of July weekend.
Note: The Tom Bihn Customer Service Center, Internet Shipping Center, and Seattle Factory Showroom will be closed on July 4th. No orders will be shipped or delivered that day.
And just for the fun of it, here’s a cute picture of Riley:
Back in March, we gave you, our customers, a sneak peak and a few hints about the upcoming small messenger-style bag named the Imago that Tom was designing. You asked us questions. We gave you vague answers. We asked you what colors you’d like to see the Imago in. You told us. We liked the colors you picked and selected at least four Imago color combinations based on your color ideas. And our factory went to work on what I think is my favorite Tom Bihn bag ever.
The Imago is now available for order on our site and is in-stock and ships immediately. If you order the Imago before 2:00pm Pacific time today, it will ship out today. If you order the Imago after 2:00pm, it will ship tomorrow.
I’ve been using an Imago for about two weeks and it’s all I want to carry. It’s the perfect size (not too big, not too small) and I have plenty of pockets for my keys, wallet, checkbook, notebook, etc. On both sides of the Imago are small pockets lined with Ultrasuede(r) and closed by #8 YKK “splash-proof” Uretech(r) zippers. These pockets are where I put my cell phone (great for fast, easy access), and iPod or sunglasses. I don’t have to worry about my iPod or sunglasses being scratched because of the Ultraseude lining, and the pockets are really easy to access. One of the reasons I like messenger bags is that you can flip them around to your front and reach into the pockets while you’re on the move, and both of these side pockets are perfect for that.
In the main compartment, I can fit a liter bottle of water, a light sweater or jacket, a standard sized book, a 5″ x 3″ x 3″ accessory bag, and a small lunch, with a little bit of room leftover just in case I pick up something along the way.
The Empire Builder briefcase is now in-stock in all colors: Black/Black/Steel, Black/Black/Deep Blue, Black/Steel/Steel, Black/Steel/Wasabi, Black/Steel/Crimson, Black/Crimson/Steel, and Black/Crimson/Crimson.
If you’re wondering why the Empire Builder consistently sells out only weeks after it becomes available, check out some of these recent reviews.