Post By ykang2375
Initial review of the Tristar:
I received my Tom Bihn Tristar bag about 3 weeks ago and wanted to share my initial impressions of it. What really surprised me was how substantial it was, when you pick it up you know it's something special. I also ordered some packing cubes and the absolute strap.
I haven't used it yet, I'm heading to Thailand in about a week and I plan on putting the Tristar through its paces. I chose Steel and Iberian, it's a beautiful gray that's not too light or too dark with a nice sheen. I could take it on a weekend trip wearing jeans and a t-shirt or carry it on a business trip wearing a suit and it would look appropriate for either occasion.
The Tristar's 1050d exterior feels super tough, I think the only way to damage it would be to take a sharp blade to it or throw it off a mountain top. The interior dyneema is light but tough. The construction is impeccable, you can tell a lot of care went into the crafting of the bag.
Yes, it's an expensive bag but I don't mind paying a premium price for a premium bag. Especially since Tom in-sources most of the materials used in his bag, cares about his employees and the environment. I could have gotten a cheaper, inferior bag for half the cost but wouldn't support any company that use inferior materials, cheap labor abroad and only cares about profits over everything else.
I did a lot of research on travel bags before I found Tom Bihn. I actually found a reference to Tom Bihn in a Amazon review of a bag that I was considering many months ago. I did my research and was hooked as soon as I visited the website. In my eyes Tom Bihn has no competition, most of the wannabes out there are a cheap knock off of Tom's designs and are kind of sad when you see them.
I definitely plan on writing a detailed review after my trip to tell you how the Tristar fared. Judging from the reviews I read I'm guessing it will exceed my expectations. Don't change a thing Tom, keep being unique and creating elegant US made bags and I'll spread the word and continue to buy TB bags.
while traveling, Bag is very important and Tristar is very comfortable in travel. I like it. I like most look and colors of this bag.
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