Posted by knifed in the TOM BIHN Forums:
Dear TOM BIHN,
I'm not sure if you are a real person. Perhaps you are a mythological creature that doesn't exist. Perhaps you are a 8th realm bag God from another galaxy. Or maybe you're from the future. Either way, thank you.
For the past 10+ years I have been looking for a bag that I don't need to replace in 6 months. I'm ashamed to say that I'm a bit of a bag addict. I've tried them all. The ________, the ________, the ________, the ________, the ________, the ________ of the world and much more. I must have spent at least $3-4k over the years; A drug addiction may have been cheaper. This was a dark time in my life.
A few months back a friend of mine told me to checkout the Tom Bihn Synapse. I heard of Tom Bihn but for some reason never gave it the time of day until then. As soon as I saw the Synapse I relapsed and ordered it in black/wasabi. I also ordered a Tri-star to use as my all purpose bag for travel and gym.
Upon receiving these bags and running through the basic routine -- taking them out of the box, playing with the zippers, smelling the fabric, wearing it empty, wearing it with heavy load, etc. -- I realized these were unlike any other bag I've had. The quality was top notch, the zippers were amazing, the dyneema interior felt tough and looked great, the shape of the bags was sleek, there were tons of configuration options (thanks to plenty of pockets and glorious o-rings), they both sat comfortably on my back. I've had other bags that ticked off some of these features... but never all of them. And unlike every other bag I've purchased, there was no regret. I was in love.
So thank you Tom Bihn for curing me of my addiction. Thanks for saving me from spending more money on other inferior bags. I know I have found the pinnacle of bag engineering and there is no higher summit. Now if only you made jackets...