It's official .... my first order of TB stuff heading down under.
I only recently discovered Tom Bihn bags, .... I didn't know they even existed, although I do live in Australia, so that's probably why.
I placed my first order for the medium café bag in Olive Green/Steel. I agonised over several colours and perused the forum for pictures of the various colour combinations. I liked the Black/Olive as well, but I thought why not add a little bit of colour. I was tempted to go the Burnt Orange/Navy, but just couldn't bring myself to commit. If Navy was available I would have seriously considered that as well. Due to one of the items being on backorder (packing cubes for NF) I still have time to get the Burnt Orange/Navy before it ships ... hmmmmm.
My second purchase was the Night Flight in Black/Wasabi with the 2 x packing cubes. Once again I nearly went with Coyote/Steel, but thought maybe the darker colour would hide any marks over the coming years. Plus at any airport I think its a good thing to blend in .. :).
I noticed quite a few people thought the NFTB is too small, but my wife and I pack very light whenever we travel. I usually use a 15 litre size carry on bag for trips away of one week to two weeks and wash as we go. We went to UK and Italy last year for 6 weeks and only took a 25 litre bag each as carry on ..... We actually posted home a couple of clothing items we weren't wearing. I'm hoping this is the bag for me ... it's a long way to send it back if it's not.
I initially came across TB bags by accident, in fact I don't remember how. I instantly liked the Ristretto bags. I thought they'd be ideal for carrying my sketching/watercolour stuff, but when I sent a photo of what I carry to Hanah at HO for advice, she recommended the café bag. I resisted as I really wanted the Ristretto. but her experience and common sense eventually won me over.
Anyway ... I have had a wonderful time reading all your posts and enjoyed your enthusiasm for colour and bags. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find such passionate people who love bags. Obviously I need to get out more.
Thank you all for inspiring me to take my initial step in becoming a TB'er. I can see us buying an A30 each before our next overseas trip, but we still have time to savour the café bag and night flight first.