In late 2012, we introduced a new weight of our Dyneema/nylon ripstop fabric: 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon. It’s tough enough to serve well as an exterior fabric in our travel bags and backpacks yet it’s still ultralight in weight.
Our 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon was first introduced in colors Steel grey and Nordic blue. Now we’ve added a third color: Black
Smart Alec in Black Dyneema/Black Dyneema/Wasabi. Photo by Mason Drumm.
The great tear strength of our 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop and its surprising abrasion resistance comes from the grid of white Dyneema® yarns woven approximately every .25″ / 6 mm parallel to both the X and Y axes (the weft and warp), forming the distinctive “ripstop” pattern (the Dyneema® yarns don’t accept dye and hence remain their natural white color).
Ready to ship in Black 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop:
Aeronaut, Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Smart Alec, Black Dyneema/Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Side Effect, Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Synapse 19, Black Dyneema/Wasabi
Paralyzed by indecision, TOM BIHN Forum member erg approached his fellow posters with the following request: “Help me decide on the right bag configuration for business travel with a laptop.”
The primary obstacle was first figuring out which travel bag was going to fit all of erg’s stuff. Would the mid-sized Tri-Star be large enough (his preferred bag) or would he have to get the larger Aeronaut?
Eventually, erg posted his packing list, somewhat unsure as to the possibility of squeezing all that stuff into the Tri-Star:
5 knit short sleeved shirts
5 pairs of socks
1 pair of jeans
laptop + charger
misc. small electronics
2 or 3 granola bars
Owning a Tri-Star himself, forum member Mike kindly tested the packing list for erg, and even posted photos of the results so that everybody could see the results for themselves.
“Just finished a trip to Mt Kilimanjaro and used the Synapse 25 as my day bag.” — Macheezm0
Read Macheezm0′s entire post in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Synapse 25.
She writes of the design and material:
“The Co-Pilot has one main zippered compartment with two interior pockets and one D-ring. It has three front compartments: two on either side (with various pockets) with a D-ring each and a water bottle/umbrella holder in the middle. There’s also a back pocket that can be zipped open so the bag can rest on rolling luggage. First and foremost, I have to comment on the Dyneema. I know everyone comments on this, and I have to as well. I can’t say that I know the ins and outs of Dyneema, because I don’t. What I do know is that, although the material is thinner than ballistic nylon or Cordura, it looks and feels quite strong. As others have mentioned, I appreciate how much give the bag has. Also, the construction of TB is top notch! The interior of my bag is Solar and it is probably the happiest color EVER! Seriously! And it makes finding things in the bag a cinch!”
“I have to comment that Tom Bihn changed the way I pack my EDC. I’m very careless and usually just squeeze things in together as long as they fit. But I love the convenience and organization the organizer pouches and the d-rings provide. It makes my life a whole lot easier. A place for everything and everything in its place.”
“I think that this is the nicest general-purpose backpack that I have ever owned. Although a little larger than I was looking for, it’s still a great size and I’ve found the extra room very handy on a couple of occasions. It’s got the perfect amount of organization; I always know where my stuff is and I love that the main compartment doesn’t steal space from the front pockets.
I have found it to be quite comfortable for daily use. I bike to work 10 miles and back again each day, and even when I loaded the bag up with 25lbs (as a test, of course) it remained stable and comfortable each way.”
Looking to add a patch to your bag, but don’t want the permanence that comes with stitching one on? Check out an awesome thread from forum member Miking that shows you how to add a patch using magnets. No sewing skills necessary!