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Tom Bihn (with Riley) works late on a new bag design

Popwuping: Tom Bihn on design (2009)

"The design process is always evolving and varies from one bag to the next. The constant operating principal behind the process is this: I don't want to make something that is already out there. It has to be unique - work better, look better, last longer, fills a niche that no one else has filled. I keep in mind that, because our products last (almost) forever, I have a responsibility to make them be very useful and as handsome as possible as well: I personally don't like being around things that are not please to the hand and eye, especially...

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Riley, Tom Bihn's dog, in the snow

Finally: snow

Riley, Tom's dog. This weekend saw the first snow event in the lowlands of Western Washington. Up high, that means plenty of snow for snowshoeing and other fun stuff. The Synapse is a great daypack for many outings, though when you need to carry a lot of extra winter gear to be prepared, you might want to (because we do) use the Smart Alec or Brain Bag. All three backpacks have hydration tube clips on the front shoulder strap (useful for those of you who use a Camelbak or similar hydration system) which we'll take some in-use photos of soon....

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