Results 1 to 12 of 12
Like Tree42Likes
  • 19 Post By Paul7575
  • 8 Post By matsui
  • 6 Post By Pokilani
  • 2 Post By adalangdon
  • 1 Post By jess
  • 1 Post By Dandelion
  • 2 Post By Dandelion
  • 2 Post By ilikepie
  • 1 Post By Holly

Thread: I hope this is not the start of a dangerous relationship...

  1. #1
    Registered User Paul7575's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    An Australian living in South Korea
    Posts
    5

    I hope this is not the start of a dangerous relationship...

    Hi everyone,

    My name is Paul and I have been a bit of a lurker here for some time. I thought it was about time I pop a few lines together to explain how I go here.

    I suspect the story is not new, but I am quite facinated by how a pretty frugal guy like myself can part with (what I consider to be anyway) a considerable amount of money on 3 bags I have never seen 'in the flesh' (nor spoken to anyone about) from a company which is on the other side of the world. For me, this is a first.

    So, I came across an interview online with a couple of fellows who call themselves "The minimalists". They were doing this book tour of the US and what really struck me though was the fact that they were travelling with one bag each. Well, I wouldn't expect anything less from a couple of minimalist. What I loved though was their luggage.

    So, it is from there that I started my luggage search, plus a reducton in the amount of 'stuff' I have because like many folks, I have way too much 'stuff'. I can't claim to be a minimalist yet, but consider myself to be a poorly disciplined apprentice. But the right luggage will fix that, won't it? ;o)))

    I checked all the usual sites (One Bag, One World; Onebag.com, etc) and came to the same conclusion that some people do - for quality, it has to be either a Tom Bihn bag, or a Red Oxx.

    After checking the prices of the bags from Tom Bihn and Red Oxx (Aeronaut 30 and the Sky Train were the two bags I was immediatly drawn to), I decided I should have another look at the rest of the market as this was quite a lot of money to pay for hand luggage. (I was still thinking of the Aeronaut as *just* hand luggage at this stage - should I be ashamed?)

    Every group of reviews I read for bags of a similar design / style / purported purpose, there were usually a number of dissatisfied customers. Poor service (can maybe cope with that) and poor quality were the two biggest areas where people were not happy. And in the case of quality, I can understand their anger. Broken shoulder straps, handles with seams tearing, side stitching popping out. So, the question for me was:

    Do I aspire to be a happy minimalist with high quality travel gear which I will cherish because it continues to give its all, or do I aspire to be a cranky minimalist walking through Hong Kong airport with my hand luggage cradled in my arms because the shoulder strap broke and the handle tore from the bag on one side?

    So, I ended back at the start. Sky Train or Aeronaut 30.

    So, after far too much research - I won't go through the trials of this as many of you have definitely walked this path before: Well done Padawan - I found myself at the Tom Bihn site, registering and adding the Aeronaut 30 to the wish list. Thats right...the wish list, NOT the basket.

    Now there was another problem. I looked ata number of other bags which Tom Bihn makes and I realsied that the Aeronaut may not actually be for me.

    So, close to 2 more weeks were spent going through all the travel bags on the Tom Bihn site (with a few trips to Youtube in between) and I am so glad I took my time to get to know all the bags a lot better.

    So bringing this story to a close, after setting out to find a bag to travel with so I could just take hand luggage, I did the following:

    24th August 2014:
    • Purchased 1 x TriStar (Black/Wasabi) with Absolute Shoulder Strap and Horizontal Brain Cell.
    • Purchased 1 x additional Absolute Shoulder Strap because I have another bag which will benefit from a good shoulder strap.
    • Purchased 1 x Synapse 19 (Black/Iberian) which is a birthday gift for my partner. Her current backpack which she uses for work is on its last legs, so I hope she likes the Synapse...and the time I spent justifying its purchase


    24th August 2014...and about 3 hours after placing above order:
    • Realised I *needed* 1 x Travel Tray in ultra violet and Luke the Bag Guru sorted me out immediately.


    26th August 2014:
    Had got myself a bit worked up that my partner was getting a Synapse 19 and was not. (I have managed to convince myself the TriStar is a work-related item)
    • Purchased 1 x Synapse 19 (Black/Iberian) so I was not jealous.


    29th August 2014:
    • Changed my Synapse 19 from black to Navy / Ultraviolet.


    Today (31 August 2014)
    Spent the afternoon looking at packing cubes and trying to convince myself that I will be far more organised with such items. Managed to get away before the inevitable but am pretty sure Luke would have been more than happy to add it to my order. Dangerous indeed!!!

    So far, the Tom Bihn experience has been great. Thanks to the Tom Bihn staff (Luke) for their patience and to all of you for the immense amount of information on these forums. I mentioned at the start that I am not the type of fellow to spend this type of money sight-unseen, but the reviews and information which you, the members, have put together really gives me the confidence that this is the right purchase for me.

    I am really looking forward to giving my Tristar its first outing (with the Synapse 19 as my 'personal' item) and will be sure to keep you informed as to how it all goes.

    All the best and safe travels.

    Paul.

  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    19
    I am sorry but you are done - this will be the start of a dangerous relationship. Soon you will decide you want a smaller tristar (i.e. WF), a more versatile packing bag (i.e. aeronaut) and bigger this or a bigger that. Even worse are some who want a different color. I am sitting here on holiday and looking in front of me there is about 1000 USD of TB products that travelled with us. And there is quite a bit at home too. And it all started like you from an innocent purchase of a tristar two or three years ago... No hope for you I am sorry but TB is addictive :(

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    225

    I hope this is not the start of a dangerous relationship...

    I like to think of it as a beautiful love affair. You give TB your hard earned money and in return you get gorgeous and high quality products that bring you joy and keep you organized every time you use them. Win win.

  4. #4
    Registered User adalangdon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    385
    Quote Originally Posted by matsui View Post
    Even worse are some who want a different color.
    Yup, that's me. It's terrible. And it all started with a Side Effect and Iberian Large Organiser Pouch!
    ISO: Turquoise/Cayenne MCB, Pine SCB, Kiwi LS, Ultrasuede LS, Pink Swift, Ego seat-belt buckle stripe, anything in Sage, Hemp, Crimson ballistic & Indigo ballistic

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    170
    Nope sorry, you're done. Welcome to the TB addicts club. Soon we're going to start a thread about the second jobs we're getting to afford our bags, lol!

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Posts
    109
    And after your Tom Bihn fix there is Skookum Dog!

  7. #7
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    278
    Two co-workers independently told me it was the best choice for the expensive laptop I was about to start carrying around, and I bought from one of them my first Brain Bag and Brain Cell. That set the wheels in motion ...

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Posts
    109
    Another win -- Resale value holds in case, 6 months after a TB purchase you see another color you like better. Or, you purchase two of the same bag with the intention of ... wait for it..... returning one!!... and keep both only to find yourself with the need to unload one to .... wait for it.... purchase ANOTHER TB bag. It's a sickness in need of an intervention and 12-step. :P

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    45
    Amusing thread.

    From Paul:
    "26th August 2014:
    "Had got myself a bit worked up that my partner was getting a Synapse 19 and was not. (I have managed to convince myself the TriStar is a work-related item)
    "Purchased 1 x Synapse 19 (Black/Iberian) so I was not jealous."

    I like the way you think. Your report reads like the lab notes of a mad scientist.

    And matsui:
    "Even worse are some who want a different color."

    This may be the great divide between would-be minimalists and others. I stick to black for my big, or outer, bags, so I won't be tormented by too many colors.

    I do regret not buying up all the Kits as they were discontinued. They would have made great gifts for years to come.

  10. #10
    Registered User Paul7575's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    An Australian living in South Korea
    Posts
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by Dandelion View Post
    And after your Tom Bihn fix there is Skookum Dog!
    I am glad I didn't know about this site when we had a dog! fantastic, but one addiction at a time please. :o)

  11. #11
    Registered User Paul7575's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    An Australian living in South Korea
    Posts
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by Dandelion View Post
    Another win -- Resale value holds in case, 6 months after a TB purchase you see another color you like better. Or, you purchase two of the same bag with the intention of ... wait for it..... returning one!!... and keep both only to find yourself with the need to unload one to .... wait for it.... purchase ANOTHER TB bag. It's a sickness in need of an intervention and 12-step. :P
    This was my thought when I kept returning to the site, just to browse and, after closing said webpage a few hours later, would find a list with bag names, sizes and prices scribbled on it, lying casually by the computer. Oh dear!

  12. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Posts
    91
    Yep, you're a goner. However, rest assured that if you ever do want to part with one of your TB bags, their resale value (assuming the item is still in good shape) is higher than a Toyota, so (almost) infinitely tradeable/sellable.

Tags for this Thread


Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0