Hoooray! I received my first Tom Bihn purchase yesterday afternoon. It was such a big big box and its contents were only half filled. I'm sure there is reason for such purpose.
Luckily TB provide affordable Shipping Fees. It might cost more than double of USD45 to ship with US Forwarder to my region - SE Asia.Refering TB's Return Policy.
Please ship the bag back to us in the original packaging if possible. If the original packaging is not available, package the bag in a generously sized, crushproof box: do not fold, roll, or otherwise stuff the a bag into a smaller container, as this can permanently damage the bag.
Just in case, someone is curious of the content or my purchase.
• Aeronaut 45 Navy/Solar
• 2 Brain Cells: Size 1 & M2
• 2 Travel Trays (Solar, Iberian)
• 2 Packing Cubes for A45 (Black Dyneema)
• 1 Large Organizer Pouch (420d Olive)
• 3 Key Straps (2 Black, 1 Solar)
• 1 Snake Charmer (420d Olive)
Right after I got home and opened the box like my 12th Birthday. Lol. I don't think I ever open such a gift box this big, though I had put such a big hole in my wallet with such big box purchase. Nevertheless, I'm very glad to join TB user base. TB's Quality is undoubtedly great.
I shared my unbox session with my siblings, my wife (she kept trying to convince me to expose the pricing of each bag/things that I unboxed) and my mum. They were impressed with the Quality and my sister really love the mechanics of A45 - hideable Backpacks straps and also its color. When she compare her newly purchase "set of Packing Cube", she was dumbfounded with my TB Cube. Hers really "China", one could feel it would break at anytime when you zip/unzip. Of course, the price of TB is more than quadruple of hers.
A few hours later when I still feel overly excited with my new TB A45 and also excitement to bring it to my next trip to Taiwan this September with my wife and siblings. No check -in. Just A45 and a my wife's backpack (non-TB). With full of excitement energy, I did a trial test with A45. I fitted the following.
• 6 Long/Short Pants include 2 Light Jeans
• 18 T-Shirts/Polo
• 12 Pairs of Stocking
• 12 Underwears
• 6 Bras
• 6 bottle 100ml Liquids
There are still plenty of space. However, its weight already hold at 8.2Kg. Maximum Carriage allow for Asia well-known budget airlines - Airasia is only 7Kg exclude an additional Personal Bag or Laptop Bag. It is alright, we could switch certain things to hand-carry Shop Bag.
While another non-TB carry by my wife will hold our Tablet, Cables, Snacks and other small things. I am hoping to get Dyneema Pilot/Co-Pilot for such purpose by next year. I believe Pilot/Co-Pilot are also great as a Baby Bag - hold bottle very well and those useful built-in compartments.
Well, I am pretty much happy with all purchased item except the two Brain Cells.
• Vertical Size 1 a bit too big than I anticipated. Still able to fit into my existing non-TB Bag though not in the manner of slide-in then lock. I have maneuver a bit and slowly zip up.
• The side pockets could hardly fit my large and heavy 180w Power Adaptor and Cord of my Dell Precision.
• The Side Pockets is expandable and the material used kinda worry me whether it will last.
• I couldn't find any O-Ring on the exterior.
I am currently thinking of whether to return the 2 Brain Cells, in exchange for Refund or Gift Card.
Shipping the Return will cost me about USD20-25 from Malaysia. Kinda not worth.
If you are curious why I did not upload/take/share photos of all the items I bought. I guess I may be too excited after checking it out the contents.
While for Snake Charmer and Double Organizer Pouch in the Photo, I temporarily loan to my wife and they really sort out her Everyday Handbag.
Please share your comment, especially whether to return or not.