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Tam | TOM BIHN Bags

Q&A with Tam

Tam, we wanted to post Q&A with you on our blog. We’re grateful for your skills as a sewing machine mechanic and we think our customers would be interested to learn about what you do here. How did you learn to repair sewing machines? I learned to repaired sewing machines in Vietnam over the course of 4 years. During that time, I learned to repair all types of sewing machines — single needle or double needle, overlock, binding, bartack, etc. Pretty much all kinds of machines! You also sew and bartack in our factory. In what ways does your knowledge...

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Portable Culture Portrait Mausermama TOM BIHN Blog

Portable Culture Portrait: Mausermama

Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It’s inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member Mausermama. The previous editions featured Forum members platisc, ceepee, sea_otter3, NWHikerGal, widepipe, Rocks, JonC, cdh, Badger, haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin. What’s the most useful item that you carry? That’s a very challenging question for me! I guess if I had to distill it down to one item, it would be the key strap as paired with the magical o-ring. As a child,...

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TOM BIHN Blog | ceepee Fantastic Four

Portable Culture Portrait: ceepee

Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It’s inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member ceepee. The previous editions featured Forum members sea_otter3, NWHikerGal, widepipe, Rocks, JonC, cdh, Badger, haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin. What’s the most useful item that you carry? I would have to say my phone just because it is the single most used item I own. It has a place in my Side Kick but is rarely put away. By far the most used...

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TOM BIHN Blog | Antonia Sketch Kit

Portable Culture Portrait: sea_otter3

Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN community members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It’s inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features sea_otter3. The previous editions featured community members NWHikergal, widepipe, platisc, Rocks, JonC, cdh, Badger, haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin. What’s the most useful item that you carry? That’s the 3D Organizer Cube. In fact I have four of them – the Wasabi one is for all the small items in my daily carry, so I can easily move these little essentials from bag to bag...

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TOM BIHN Blog | NWHG S19

Portable Culture Portrait: NWHikergal

Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It’s inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member NWHikergal. The previous editions featured Forum members widepipe, Rocks, JonC, cdh, Badger, haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin. What’s the most useful item that you carry? The most useful item that I carry is my iPhone. Whether checking emails, mapping a run or bike ride, using travel apps, checking TB forums, or trying to beat the terrible Seattle traffic with navigation apps, I have...

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TOM BIHN Blog | widepipe Hydroflask

Portable Culture Portrait: widepipe

Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It’s inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member widepipe. The previous editions featured Forum members Rocks, JonC, cdh, Badger, haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin. What’s the most useful item that you carry? I’m going to skip over my iPhone, even though I don’t know what I would do without it. The item I pull out my bag more than any other is my Hydro Flask water bottle. When I’m at home, I...

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TOM BIHN Portable Culture Portrait - Rocks

Portable Culture Portrait: Rocks

Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It’s inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member Rocks. The previous editions featured Forum members JonC, cdh, Badger, haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin. What's the most useful item that you carry? The most useful item I carry is probably my iPhone. It has a lot of information, not to mention many diversions. Chief among them, Words with Friends. What's your most treasured item? The most treasured item that I carry is in...

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Portable Culture Portrait: JonC

Portable Culture Portrait: JonC

Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It’s inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member JonC. The previous editions featured Forum members cdh, Badger, haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin. What's the most useful item that you carry? The most useful item that I carry daily is my iPhone. Currently I use the iPhone 7 Plus and it helps out with many day-to-day activities, including planning work meetings and tasks, sharing shopping lists with my wife, project planning, photography, and...

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Portable Culture Portrait: cdh

Portable Culture Portrait: cdh

Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It's inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member cdh. The previous editions featured Forum members Badger, haraya, imahwaki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin. What’s the most useful item that you carry? Setting aside the obvious answers (phone, laptop, Kindle), the most useful item is probably my crossword puzzle book. It keeps me occupied for hours on the plane. What’s your most treasured item? I try not to treasure items, but I do like...

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Portable Culture Portrait: Badger

Portable Culture Portrait: Badger

Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It's inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member Badger. The previous editions featured Forum members haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin. What’s the most useful item that you carry? TOM BIHN item: The Organizer Pouch in Mini and Small. While I do have multiple pouches in other sizes, I find myself turning to the Mini and Small sizes again and again. They're just the right size for any bag, and can hold a lot...

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