Nate Higgins and his Synapse 25

Nate Higgins and his Synapse 25

Thanks to athlete Nate Higgins for sharing this photo with us. Learn more about his inspiring story, here. See also: the Synapse 25.

i_clavdivs: What’s in that Aeronaut?

i_clavdivs: What's in that Aeronaut?

Just how much can you fit into one Aeronaut? Check out this packing list from i_clavdivs…

“Here’s my list:
Day bag

Clothing
Buff
Glasses cleaning cloth
Hoodies (wear 1, carry 1)
Jacket (wear)
Jocks & Socks
Trousers (wear 1, carry 1)
4 T-shirts
Walking shoes (wear)
Cap/hat

Toiletries
Cotton buds
Deodorant
Lip Balm
Medicine Anadin
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Listerine Strips
EDT

Gadgets
Headtorch
Monocular
Sunglasses
Book/Magazine/Kindle
Driving License
Ear plugs and eyemask
Headphones
iPhone
Money
Passport
Personal Laptop & Mouse
Camera
Chargers (Camera, iPhone, Laptop, Kindle)
International adapter

Printouts
Car reservations
Flight reservations
Hotel reservations
Itinerary & directions
Route maps
Travel Insurance”

See the rest of the thread in the TOM BIHN Forums.  See also: the Aeronaut.

Looking Forward to 2014

TOM BIHN | 2014 Designs

We don’t really believe in resolutions, but we’re all for reflections, and as we wrote this list of things we’d like to accomplish in 2014, we realized it was something we could share with all of you.

- Thought/Design
You told us you liked the posts on the design of The Guide’s Pack and Founder’s Briefcase and we hear you; we want to work on more posts for more bags that explain the thought that goes into each pocket, each seam.

- Our Awesome Crew
This is something we work on/think about a lot — we’ve got one of the best crews in the business, from design to production to customer service to shipping, and we want to make sure they know they’re that great. We came up with (what we think) were some good ways of showing our appreciation in 2013 (better benefits, raises, more lunch parties) but we want to top that in 2014. One idea: a monitor/tv where in which your tweets and photos and posts complimenting our crew and the fine bags they make scroll past.

- More efficient
As you well know, our bags are often on backorder (demand is greater than production). We think with a few small tweaks (mostly, looking at how things work and stripping away the unnecessary stuff) we can get even more efficient and be able to make even more bags, as we continue to hire more/add to our Seattle factory crew.

- What’s Fun, What’s Not
A rule we often use around here: if we’re having fun doing X, great. If it’s a drag, why is it a drag? Maybe it’s something we shouldn’t be doing. Or, maybe it’s something someone else would be way better at, and we could hire that person to do that thing. Always a good rule to reassess with.

Looking Back At 2013

2013 | TOM BIHN

It sure felt like a busy year, but until we compiled this list, we didn’t realize just how much we’d accomplished.

New Designs:
Synapse 25
The Guide’s Pack
Founder’s Briefcase
Knitting Tool Pouches
Cache for iPad Air
Motto and Pattern Water Bottles
Cafe Bag for Jung’s The Red Book (April Fools)
Utility Strap
1″ Cafe/Ristretto Messenger Stabilizer
Smart Alec Modular Pockets + Gate Keeper Straps
Pilot (design completed December 2013; pre-order January 2014)

Updated Designs:
The Cadet
Synapse 19
Side Effect
Handle Loop

New Materials:
420 Denier High Tenacity “Parapack” Pack Fabric
400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop
Black 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop

Videos:
Materials Testing TOM BIHN Style
Innovation in Fabrics
All About the Red, White and Blue, While Being Green
One Week in Montreal
How to tie cord zipper pulls
Adjusting the Internal Frame in The Guide’s Pack
The Guide’s Pack and Founder’s Briefcase
Synapse 25, Ristretto, Swift
Three Trips with the Aeronaut
Our Materials
Two Weeks in Japan Part I and Part II
Amy Singer, Knitty.com, and The Swift
The Smart Alec
Packing the Smart Alec Backpack for a Hike
The New Side Effect
Tom on Design
The Tri-Star Travel Bag
How the checkpoint friendly Rails system works
Kieu’s Mad Bartacking Skills
Q-AM Shoulder Strap

Interviews:
The Setup
Modestics Meet the Maker: Tom Bihn

ScottE22: My first “What’s in my bag?” video

“Finally got around to my first ever TB video. It went a little long because, like others on the forum, I’m a nerd when it comes to describing my gadgets.”

Head over to the Forums for ScottE22’s packing list + a chance to ask him questions about his packing methodology.

Happy Holidays from the TB crew!

Whether it snows for six days and six nights or twelve days and twelve nights, here’s to you and yours having a good holiday. Merry Christmas from the TOM BIHN crew!

TOM BIHN | Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Shop Bags + Christmas Shipping Update

TOM BIHN | Shop Bags + Christmas Eve Delivery

Just in time: Large Shop Bags are in stock and ready to ship.

Want your stuff delivered on Christmas Eve? Order now through Monday at 12:30pm PST and choose our $40 flat rate UPS Next Day Air shipping special.

In the Seattle area? Our Factory Showroom is open today until 4pm and on Tuesday from 10am – 2pm.

Christmas Eve Delivery Still Available

Seattle Snow | TOM BIHN

Seattle got some rare snow last night (above is the view from our factory). Don’t worry, though: no measly couple of inches of snow will stop us from shipping out expedited orders for Christmas Eve delivery!

Holiday Shipping Specials are available now through Monday at 12:30pm PST:

Now – Saturday 12/21 until 12:30pm (PST) we’re offering UPS 2nd Day Air for $20 (Christmas Eve Delivery)

Now – Monday Monday 12/23 at 12:30pm (PST) we’re offering UPS Next Day Air for $40 (Christmas Eve Delivery)

In stock: ID, Snake Charmer, Synapse 19, Knitting Tool Pouches, more…

Synapse 19 backpack | TOM BIHN
Synapse 19. Photo by Mason Drumm.

Thanks to our hard working crew, the following bags are back in stock and ready to ship. Want to receive them by or on Christmas Eve? Check out our Holiday Shipping Specials.

Synapse 19

Knitting Tool Pouches

Tri-Star Packing Cubes

3D Clear Organizer Cube

Brain Bag (some colors; others ship by late January)

Snake Charmer in Black Cordura, Wasabi Cordura, and Black, Olive, and navy 420d Parapack

Horizontal Brain Cell and Vertical Brain Cell, Size 6Z

Cache, Vertical, Size Air 13
Cache, Horizontal, Size 15″ MacBook Pro Retina

Holiday Shipping Specials

If you’re like us, you still might have some holiday shopping to do. We want to help make it as easy as possible to place an order with us for guaranteed delivery by or on December 24th (UPS will be delivering Ground and Air packages by the end of the day on Christmas Eve), so we’re offering the following Holiday Shipping Specials. Want help figuring out which shipping method you need to choose? emailus@tombihn.com, call us, or use our Holiday Shipping Schedule.

$15 Flat Rate 3 Day Select
Wednesday 12/18 after 4:30pm – Thursday 12/19 at 12:30pm (PST)
We’re offering UPS 3 Day Select (normally $18 – $30) for $15. (Order by Thursday at 12:30pm for Dec. 24th delivery.)

$20 Flat Rate 2nd Day Air or $40 Flat Rate Next Day Air
Thursday 12/19 after 12:30pm – Saturday 12/21 until 12:30pm (PST)
We’re offering UPS 2nd Day Air (normally $22-$120) for $20. UPS is working Saturday, so we are too. Orders shipped on Saturday via UPS Next Day Air ($40) will be delivered on Monday, December 23rd while orders shipped on Saturday via UPS 2nd Day Air ($20) will be delivered on Tuesday, December 24th.

$40 Flat Rate Next Day Air
Saturday 12/21 after 12:30pm – Monday 12/23 at 12:30pm (PST)
Last day to get something delivered on Christmas Eve!

People in Hawaii and Alaska: we’re offering you Next Day Air for $50 (normally $70) and 2nd Day Air for $30 (normally $45).

To take advantage of these special shipping rates, simply select them in the shipping method box during the checkout process. No special code is needed.

And remember: Gift Certificates are available with immediate electronic delivery 24/7, 365 days a year.