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.

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.