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Holiday Inventory Update + Seattle Factory Showroom Open Saturday

Holiday Inventory Update + Seattle Factory Showroom Open Saturday

Seattle folks: come hang out with us! Our Factory Showroom will be open Saturday, December 8th from 10:00am until 2:00pm. We’ll have hot coffee, Darcy’s homemade chocolate chip cookies (gluten-free, vegan, and we swear they’re still really good), Tom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies Tom’s homemade biscotti (definitely lots of dairy and gluten and also very good) and, of course, bags. This is the only Saturday we’re open all year. Hope you can come down and join us! Kat and Cody have decorated the showroom with lots of reindeer. Apparently, reindeer are as fond of O-rings as we are. Holiday Inventory...

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Top-Loader Backpacks: a Blast From the Past

Top-Loader Backpacks: a Blast From the Past

Any sort of bag or backpack that needs to get closed up tight requires, well . . . a closure. It’s likely that the very earliest closure used was a draw cord threaded through holes punched in the top edge of the bag’s material (which was likely animal skin), then pulled tight by the user and tied shut. If Ötzi had carried a backpack, it likely would have utilized a drawcord closure. Things bumped along this way for thousands of years; somewhere along the line some clever person added a flap over the opening to keep the contents of the...

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New: Nik's Minimalist Wallets, Road Buddy Duffels, Shadow Guide + Tom's Firewood Carrier

New: Nik's Minimalist Wallets, Road Buddy Duffels, Shadow Guide + Tom's Firewood Carrier

A true test of patience: the dogs wait for green beans as patiently as we've been waiting to share these new designs with you. In this photo: the Road Buddy 36 (along with a Yeoman Duffel). Meet our latest designs.... Click the name to go directly to the pages for the new designs to see all the details: photos, specifications, full descriptions and more. Click "Full Summary" or keep scrolling to read on below for a summary of each of the new designs. You can also sign up on the individual pages for each new design to be notified the...

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The Synapse 19 Freudian Slip in Grass

New: Freudian Slips in Grass, Island, Cloud

The Synapse 19 Freudian Slip in Grass. Previously available in Black only, our Freudian Slip organizational insert will soon be available in three new colors: Grass, Cloud, and Island* The new colors make it even easier to see the contents of the Freudian Slip inside your bag and offer you a chance to either match or contrast the lining color of your bag. Keep it neutral with Cloud or go primary with Grass or Island. You can sign up now on the Freudian Slip page to be notified the moment we add them to the website for order (that'll be...

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Update on the New Luminary Backpacks

Update on the New Luminary Backpacks

Victor, Fong, Lisa, and Nik discuss the shoulder straps on the Luminary 14. As we shared back in May, Tom has been working on new versions of the original Luminary 10 and the new size Luminary 14. An update on the progress of the Luminary was included in our recent blog post on the design process. After we posted that update, Tom took additional feedback into account and added yet another feature and another design update to the bag, which added to the bag’s development timeline. As of today, both the Luminary 10 and Luminary 14 designs are complete. Yay!...

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Road Trip Snacks

Tote Bags: Frequently Asked Questions

Road trip snacks in The Truck. Below is a list of questions (and answers) that we’re asked -- or anticipate we will be asked -- about our various tote bag designs. If you have a question that wasn’t answered here, feel free to emailus@tombihn.com. You offer five different tote bag designs (not counting different sizes). Can you tell me a little about each of them? Which of the tote designs is right for me? Why do you offer so many different tote bag designs? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a tote bag with a zipper top? What are...

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New: Aeronaut Internal Frame and Padded Hip Belt

New: Aeronaut Internal Frame and Padded Hip Belt

We present for your use two new accessories for the Aeronaut 30 and Aeronaut 45 convertible travel bags: the Aeronaut 30 or 45 Internal Frame and the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt. Tom and Nik designed both accessories to work with all versions of Aeronauts. Both frame and belt are designed to add comfort and structure to the experience of carrying a more heavily-packed Aeronaut in backpack mode while waiting in long lines (well, let's hope not) at the airport or choosing to make a long trek across town to one's hotel on foot. We figure most folks will pair the...

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The Aeronaut Travel Bag: Frequently Asked Questions

The Aeronaut Travel Bag: Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions (and answers) that we’re asked -- or anticipate we will be asked -- about the Aeronaut 30 and Aeronaut 45 travel bags. If you have a question that wasn’t answered here, feel free to emailus@tombihn.com How did Tom come up with the design of the Aeronaut? What does Tom consider to be some of the more unique features and aspects of the Aeronaut design? How many design updates have been made to the Aeronaut over the years? Tom designed the Aeronaut so that the end user could carry it via three different methods. In...

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Previously unreleased videos (Part II: Synapse 25 and Western Flyer)

In this series, we’re sharing some packing videos we’ve had but never posted.  In Part I, we featured the Aeronaut 45 and Aeronaut 30.  Today we’re bringing you Part II: Synapse 25 and Western Flyer. The Synapse 25 and the Western Flyer are organizational powerhouses.  They both have clever internal and external compartments and pockets that make them easy to pack and carry with little forethought or additional accessories.  We show them here with a number of cubes and pouches** to give you an idea of what they can hold and different ways you can use them. ** Click the links below to see updated versions of this...

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TOM BIHN Limited Edition Cafe Bag for Birds & Beans

Birds, Coffee, and a Limited Edition Cafe Bag

The limited edition Birds & Beans Cafe Bag out in the wild. I grew up on the central coast of California, and remember being particularly excited to see any birds of prey. Mostly I’d see red-tail hawks and sparrow hawks—now called American Kestrels. At the time I didn’t realize that all was not as it should be in the world of raptors; I didn't know that these were the days when farmers still used DDT, and the paucity of birds of prey was the sad effect of DDT’s biomagnification. Happily DDT was banned in the U.S. in 1972, and now...

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