Me too on Lands End! I texted my Dad and referenced just that when I saw the new design!
MrDaisy wore out his LandsEnd brief - but it is still on the shelf next to the cadet et al - mainly because I bought it for him and he's a nostalgic sort..
I think perhaps there's a Founder's Brief in the future.
Weights: 135 grams / 4.8 oz
Volume: 5 liters
(Also now up on the Founder's Briefcase page.)
And the Packing Wedge does comfortably fit folders, full-size envelopes, and even legal paper.
Oh my god I hadn't even THOUGHT of that. Now I'll need to get one for specifically that use.
The new video introducing the Founder's line is beautiful.
The landscape, Tom's soothing voice and the bag designs, all have a nostalgic tone.
I was literally transported into the gorgeous vistas.
Darcy's wonderful still pictures are doing a fabulous job at highlighting the brand new genius features of the Guide Pack.
Who would have thought of adapting a piece of hardware first found in the Field Journal Notebook and tweak it to fit a backpack?
What about bringing back a classic fabric which was used broadly in the 60's and 70's when manufacture meant quality, not a race to cheapest stuff?
It is no surprise that I think the name of the new Pouches color, Coyote, is genius!
However, I have to do a roadrunner on that and do hope that some bags will be made with black trims.
Thank you for sharing Tom' memory lane and history of Tom Bihn Inc at the very beginning.
The video really make me want to go outdoors and enjoy autumn's beauty!
I think this Founders briefcase is great! I was looking for a new soft case that would accommodate my macbook and other electronics for my commute. I wish they had more picture of the other color options before I ordered for the December Delivery.
Hate to say this, but I thought the Empire Builder, Zephyr etc. resembles the "old world", big and ballistic, and no longer that relevant. I was going to push the trigger for a Timbuk2 Woolrich bag. Which seem to fit the fashion here in the SF Tech World a bit better.
I haven't visited Tom Bihn for a while.. and Guess what!!!!
Great Job Tom!
So.. Black or Olive?
One thing, the "new" Material that were popular many years ago. Is it still durable compared to the recent innovations like Dynema etc. ? ? or maybe I got it all wrong?
A different topic: Why don't you guys make specialized bags for the Brompton Foldable bike! That would be a perfect match!!
Keep up the good work innovating for the future!!
Can you tell me what color scheme the Founders Briefcase is in the video? And, I am really thinking of pulling the trigger on this one, but any chance of seeing pics of the different color schemes on this briefcase? Thanks guys.
I really like the navy. It is darker in person than it looks in the pictures of the Guide's Pack. I might again turn out to be a navy/blue guy above all!
The black is, well, black. I imagine the contrast between it and the coyote brown ballistic is a really, really good look. Because the Parapack is so light and has a nice sheen to it, bags made with it should look very different from the standard issue black ballistic, for those who are considering the Founder's Briefcase for a slightly conservative office setting but who want something a little more distinct.
The olive is a little lighter than I'm used to seeing in bags, largely because my image of green bags is so ingrained with the slightly darker classic military OD (Olive Drab) rather than an olive like one would see in men's dress clothing. Ultimately that's how I would describe the olive to someone: It's very close in shade, or possibly even a hair lighter still, than a traditional man's olive suit or dress slacks. Guide Pack in olive probably looks excellent. Founder's Briefcase in olive will be more casual than black or navy, for sure.
The steel is interesting. It is lighter and possibly a touch greener than my steel Dyneema/nylon mini organizer pouch. I think it'd also look really, really good on the Guide's Pack--I think I saw that trailhiker or Loaded Pocketz got steel? If so their pictures should give a definitive answer. With the Founder's Briefcase, I think steel will also be a little more casual looking than black or navy.
I like the material itself. It's very lightweight compared to the ballistic and cordura. To my hand, it feels like the weight and thickness of the Parapack is actually between the 200d and 400d/420d Dyneema/nylon materials. The 200d is definitely lighter feeling and the 400d/420d D/n and 420d Parapack are so close that the rip-stop pattern is influencing my sense of weight and thickness. The Parapack is much smoother than the 1000d and 1050d fabrics, although for different reasons. Smoother than the ballistic because of the significantly finer weave. Smoother than the cordura because of the lack of texture to the fiber.
The punchline of my thoughts on the Parapack in general, subject to change once I've seen a full bag made with it: I think people who don't like the white grid Dyneema pattern are going to absolutely love the Parapack as an alternative. It's nearly as lightweight and has a really nice look to it. It'll be interesting to see what variety of colors are offered in the future. I could honestly see steel, olive, and navy all being rotated in and out over time to make some space for something like plum, particularly for bags like the Cafe Bags and the Synapse. I imagine black is always going to be around because it has to be the best-selling and most universal of all bag colors.
I stand by my wish list item of a camera bag made in the same style as the two new bags and sized for a MILC system with a mid-sized body--as opposed to the ultra-compact bodies like the new Panasonic GM1, 3 or 4 lenses, depending on prime vs. zoom, and all the extras like spare battery, SD cards, filters, etc. And ideally it'd have some extra space for a light raincoat and/or water bottle and a way to carry a tripod--the already-existing quivers with annex clips to the back or bottom of the bag would probably work perfectly, as would the lashing straps for the Guide's Pack.
Incidentally, that raises an interesting question for those who might do photo hikes: Can the tripod quivers be attached with annex clips to the accessory strap holders on the back, bottom, or sides of the Guide's Pack?
Ok, Im a bit confused. In the vid and on the site, the FB is shown in something like a black canvas or paratarp material, with coyote brown straps and handles. Isn't steel more of a grey? Anyone clear this up for me? Thanks again