Scarves, Cowls, and Thanks

Last week, Annie delivered three bags full of scarves and cowls to our Seattle factory. A group of knitters nationwide had decided to knit them for our crew. Why? Just because they’re awesome. Well, that, and also because they have our knitting bags and wanted to show our crew how much they appreciate the design and fine workmanship that goes into them.

In the interest of fairness, we put numbers in a bowl and asked people to draw. Everyone got a scarf or cowl and there were even some extras; those will be included as prizes in the raffle at our company holiday lunch.

A big thanks goes to the knitters who made this happen. Everyone here has been working extra hard to make sure bags get made and shipped out in time for Christmas, and what did you did for us means a lot.

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Sketches from Japan

For the rest of the trip, visit Dan Bransfield’s blog. You can also discuss the trip with Dan in our Forums.

Dan Bransifled Sketches from Japan • Autumn 2013

TOM BIHN| Sketches from Japan • Autumn 2013 - Dan Bransfield

First Reviews of The Guide’s Pack

LoadedPocketz :
“The retro styling is cool, it has great modular organization with the addition of the side pockets and non-proprietary diamond lash points, and in general it’s great to have choices depending on different carry requirements.”

Loaded Pocketz on The Guide's Pack

Read the full review at LoadedPocketz.

The Man’s Man
“The Guide’s Pack is a high quality backpack that looks great and can hold a lot of gear. The structure of the bag is made to align itself with the natural spinal shape. The bag is customizable and can be restructured according to the user’s preference.”

The Guide's Pack as reviewed by The Man's Man

Read the full review at The Man’s Man.

Trailhiker:
“There is a lot of beautiful architecture to the Guide’s Pack and the Lead’s Pockets, giving yourself time to allow it to wash over yourself as you sort thru and absorb it. (I ordered an olive Guides Pack and 3 Leads Pockets) It’s like moving into a large home..”

Trailhiker’s Guide’s Pack threads:
Initial impressions after just receiving my Guides Pack!
Lead’s Pocket Comparison Photos
Guides Pack out in the wild

Trailhiker on The Guide's Pack

Modestics Meet the Maker: Tom Bihn

Modestics Meet The Maker: TOM BIHN

Modestics recently interviewed Tom for their Meet the Maker series.

Modestics: When did you feel like you were a “real company”?

Tom Bihn: It all felt pretty serious, though very small, when I first rented commercial space back in Santa Cruz. Otherwise, our growth has been slow, steady, and mostly self-funded. Rather than owing money to a bank or venture capitalist, our loyalty is to the folks who believe in us enough to buy what we make: still friends and family, just a bigger circle.

Read the full interview over at Modestics.

The Guide’s Pack in Japan

Guide's Pack in Japan
The Guide’s Pack. Photo by Mason Drumm.

Holiday Shipping Guide 2013

Use this handy guide to help figure out which shipping method you need to choose to ensure your TOM BIHN order will arrive by or on December 24th. Note that our shipping cut-off time is 12:30pm PST. Need help? Wondering if an out of stock bag can get to you or your loved one in time? emailus@tombihn.com, call us at 1-800-729-9607 (+1-206-652-4123), ask us on Twitter, or on Facebook. We would be glad to help. Good thing to know: our Gift Certificates can be ordered and delivered instantly to your friend or family member’s inbox, along with a personalized gift message.

Orders shipping within the United States:

December 17th: Last day for folks on the East Coast and in the Mid-West to place an order with UPS Ground ($10) as their shipping method with guaranteed delivery by or on Tuesday, December 24th. Don’t worry: you can still place an order and choose expedited shipping ($20 and up) for December 24th delivery up until Monday the 23rd.

December 19th: Last day for those in Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, and Southern California to place an order with UPS Ground as their shipping method with guaranteed delivery by or on December 24th. Note to East Coast folks: this is the last day to select UPS 3 Day Select shipping for guaranteed December 24th delivery.

December 20th: Everyone: choose UPS 2nd Day Air as your shipping method for guaranteed delivery by or on December 24th. Exception: Washington State, Oregon, Utah, Northern California, Northern Idaho, Western Montana or Northern Nevada folks can still choose UPS Ground.

December 21st:We’re shipping UPS 2nd Day Air, Next Day Air, and International shipments, even though it’s a Saturday — UPS is working and that means we do too. For example: an order placed with Next Day Air shipping by 12:30pm on Saturday, December 21st will shipped on Saturday and received on Monday, December 23rd, while an order placed with 2nd Day Air shipping will be received on Tuesday, December 24th. UPS Ground and 3 Day Select orders will not ship until December 23rd.

December 23rd: Order today by 12:30pm and choose Next Day Air as your shipping method for guaranteed delivery on December 24th.

December 24th: Our Seattle factory showroom will be open 10am – 2:00pm for last minute shopping and we’ll be answering your phone calls and emails. Our shipping department will ship orders as usual, though they will not be delivered until after Christmas. Need a last minute gift? Order a Gift Certificate and have it delivered instantly to your friend or family member via email with a personalized gift message.

December 25th: We will be closed. Have fun — that’s what we’ll be doing! Orders received over the holiday will ship Wednesday, December 26th. P.S. There’s still the option of ordering a Gift Certificate with instant email delivery to your loved one’s inbox.

P.S. This UPS Time in Transit map might also help you plan your order:

timeintransit2013

Orders shipping outside of the United States:

For our customers in Canada, Japan, Germany, Australia and everywhere else outside of the United States: we recommend placing your order by or on Friday, December 13th for guaranteed delivery by or on December 24th. Note that we are adding a couple of days on to the usual 2-5 business day transit time because of customs and high package volume.

Founder’s Briefcase in Olive, Navy, Steel

Founder's Briefcase | TOM BIHN
Navy

Founder's Briefcase | TOM BIHN
Steel

Founder's Briefcase | TOM BIHN
Olive

Note that one exterior side of the Founder’s Briefcase has two zippered pockets, and the other side has naught: there’s a TOM BIHN label on both sides, so there really isn’t a front and back, but rather two fronts.

The Fur Test

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
1000d Cordura® after test

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
We made mittens out of 420 HT ParaPack, 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon, 1050d Ballistic, 1000d Cordura® and 500d Cordura®.

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
We then rubbed each one on a volunteer office canine (we are opposed to animal testing, but he seemed to rather enjoy the attention).

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
Results?

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
All fabrics picked up fur.

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
But not equally so . . .
TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
Both of the Cordura® fabrics collected lots more fur than the smooth nylons.
TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
The difference between 1050d Ballistic, 420d HT ParaPack, and 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon; was negligible (though the fur is better camouflaged by the white Dyneema® ripstop grid.)
TOM BIHN: The Fur Test

The bottom line? If you have pets, or work in a place where people bring dogs to work and don’t vacuum as much as they should (ahem), or simply want your bag to collect as little lint/foozles/dust particles as possible, choose our 1050d ballistic nylon, 200d or 400d Dyneema/nylon, or 420d HT Parapack fabric over bags available in Cordura (500d or 1000d).

See also: Badger’s test comparing the pet hair resistance of our 200d Dyneema/nylon fabric and 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack. Note: our results differed from Badger’s in that the difference between Dyneema/nylon and the 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack was not significant. Neither collected nowhere near as much hair in our tests as the Cordura® fabrics. Results may vary on the breed or type of animal, and probably the amount of ambient static electricity. It’s also worth noting that in our results the hair that did collect on our Dyneema/nylon was quite difficult to see until we looked really closely (hence the close-up photo).

Video: Three Trips with the Aeronaut

Featuring Beth Whitman and Jon from Wanderlust and Lipstick, Ahna and Ryan of 3form LightArt, and our very own tCook and Libby with their Aeronauts and various accessories.

Gift Ideas

Someone has a new Guide's Pack...
Illustration by Mason Drumm

Just a few of the things we’re planning on giving this year. If you plan on giving something TOM BIHN and want help choosing the right thing, emailus@tombihn.com or give us a call — we’d be glad to help. Oh yeah: here’s our Holiday 2013 Shipping Guide. It’ll help you figure out when you need to place your order to guarantee delivery by or on December 24th.

Stenlight headlamp
The best headlamp out there.

The Guide’s Pack
An all-season pack for the person in your life who can’t be outdoors enough. It’ll accompany them on extended day hikes and short overnights. Works great as a commute bag in the big city, too.

The Guide's Pack
The Guide’s Pack in Olive

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It’s the backpack of choice for ultralight world travelers and day hikers alike.

Movie gift cards
Don’t know what to get someone? Get them one of these. In our experience, pretty much everyone ends up appreciating an excuse to go see a movie.

Shop Bag
Everyone we know ends up with at least two of these and always wishes they had more. The most comfortable and durable reusable shopping bag around.

Shop Bags Made in USA

3D Clear, Mesh, or Fabric Organizer Cubes
Another one of those “everyone can use one” kind of things. Used to organize toiletries, make-up, socks/underwear, computer cables, snacks, DIY FAK stuff — a million uses and counting.

Carbon Credits
This could be taken as the 2013 version of a lump of coal (or, uh, the opposite?) or as a thoughtful gift from someone that recognizes the recipients care for the environment, so tread carefully. For the right person, though, it can offset any holiday-related consumption guilt.

Pendleton Baby Blanket
Made in USA and timeless: a Pendleton blanket is a classic gift. This’ll be the baby blanket they hang on to.

Vitamix
More appreciation for finely Made in USA items. We even have a Vitamix at the Seattle factory. It’s great for baby food, smoothies, soups, ice cream, bread…

Skookum Dog stuff
It doesn’t get much better than a finely decorated tree, a bunch of friends and family hanging out drinking fine libations, and a dog sleeping comfortably on a memory foam Sheepskin Bed. There’s duffels for people and bats for pups. And something to feel good about: Skookum Dog donates 10% of its profits to The Petfinder Foundation and the National Forest Foundation.

Skookum Dog Sheepskin Bed

Travel Stuff Sacks
Use ‘em as stockings or stuff ‘em in stockings.

Tri-Star
For the business traveler. Checkpoint friendly laptop compatible.

Etsy Gift Card
It’s a great place to find and purchase affordable works of original art.

Time
Everyone we know wants more time. Time to do nothing, time to exercise, time to play with the dog, go on a trip, learn to make pie crust, whatever. Think of something you could help your loved one out with that’d give them more time to do whatever it is they want to be doing.