After the disconcerting loss of my Imago to mercury contamination (it was declared hazmat) I reflected on what makes that bag so endearing. It was in part the all ballistic nylon exterior of the bag. My lost (but not forgotten) bag was in Steel/Steel/Cayenne (a combo no longer offered) and was all Ballistic on the outside with the magnificent cayenne lining on the inside. What a treasure! What a loss!
In my reflection, I realized that one of the things that really appealed to me about that bag was the all ballistic exterior. I have a Super Ego, and while a great bag, my preference was to use my Imago when I could. After ruminating on the matter I realized I am drawn to the all ballistic exterior design, preferably in one solid color. That Steel was magnificent, it shined, it shimmered, it danced with sunlight. I miss my friend. To those uninitiated to the Bags of Tom there is little chance they will get this. The initiated feel my pain.
But onto the matter of this post. I would like to see more Tom Bihn bags offered in all-ballistic exteriors. I would also like to see the classic Steel/Steel/Cayenne Imago return to the line. What a bag, what a design! This was a bag that would have been properly displayed at MOMA. I have lost a precious work of art. It still stings.
The only solution is to buy another Tom Bihn bag of course. :) Vacillating back and forth between the Zephyr and the Empire Builder, it dawned on me that my Imago's all ballistic exterior was an element that I was longing for. The Co-Pilot is smaller than the Imago but does have the all Ballistic exterior. I would love to grab one up in Crimson to match my Aeronaut. Any available or coming back in Crimson?
But perhaps a new bag design may be in the offing? Perhaps an update of the Imago? I noticed that the great Imago isn't offered in as many varieties as once it was and wonder if it is heading toward the discontinued file. If a new bag is on its way, one that will take the Imago's niche, I hope it is offered in an all ballistic exterior option, particularly Steel. I miss that Steel. Wow, I really miss that bag.