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The Guide's Pack is back with Edgeless EV50 1/2

The Guide's Pack is back with Edgeless EV50 1/2" Shoulder Straps

After being sold out for the last few months, The Guide's Pack has been restocked today with two updates: Edgeless EV50 1/2" Shoulder Straps in Coyote Conformity is overrated — except, perhaps, when it comes to shoulder straps. The edgelessness of this new strap allows it to more softly conform to your shoulder; we find that this increases comfort. Yet the straps aren’t too soft: the 1/2” thick EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® certified foam means the strap is robust enough to carry a heavy load. They're the ideal straps for a large daypack like The Guide's pack. Our new Edgeless EV50 1/2″...

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Updates to the Planet page

We've updated our Planet page with additional efforts: we're operationally carbon neutral, members of 1% For The Planet, we offer a vegetarian company lunch, and over 80% of our materials are bluesign® and/or OEKO-TEX® certified.

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New: Strap Keepers

New: Strap Keepers

Our Strap Keepers are designed to be the lowest-profile and easiest to use solution out there for bundling and securing excess backpack shoulder strap webbing. They can be used with any brand of backpack that uses 1" webbing; of course, they'll work perfectly with all TOM BIHN packs. It’s one of those to-may-to or to-mah-to kind of things: some folks don’t like the excess webbing from our backpack shoulder straps or waist straps and some of folks don’t even notice it. Those of you who aren’t into the excess webbing have been asking us if we could offer a solution...

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TOM BIHN Strap Keepers for excess webbing

Strap Keepers

Hey! We've come up with a new design of Strap Keepers and we'd like your help testing them. It’s one of those to-may-to or to-mah-to kind of things: some folks don’t like the excess webbing from our backpack shoulder straps or waist straps and some of folks don’t even notice it. Those of you who aren’t into the excess webbing have been asking us if we could offer a solution to wrangle it. We’ve been experimenting with different parts and options for a while now, and what we're calling our Strap Keepers (because you called them that!) is our favorite...

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Up close with the Synik

Synik 22/30 Pre-Production Batch Notes

The Synik 22 and Synik 30 pre-order opened on 08/13 and it sold out less than 12 hours later. We opened a second pre-order on 08/15 and it sold out this Monday 08/19. Pre-order is now officially closed and our factory crew has already started making the pre-ordered Syniks. Several weeks from now, after the pre-order bags are nearly completed, we will begin an additional production run of Syniks for stock; we expect those to be ready for order sometime early-mid December. Thank you to everyone who placed a pre-order for the Synik. We've all been working hard on the...

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Future Saturday Showroom Dates

Mark your calendars! Our Seattle Factory Showroom will be open the following Saturdays: Dec. 14th 2019 and, in 2020, March 21st, June 20th, and September 19th.

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Stand up meeting to discuss Synik Pre-order

2nd Synik Pre-Order Opens 08/15

Above: Lisa, Nik, Mike, Fong, and Ben meeting to discuss the production schedule, materials inventory, and other considerations related to offering a second pre-order for the Synik. Our new Synik 22 and Synik 30 backpacks sold out in less than 12 hours -- that's much sooner than we expected. It made for a very exciting day here at the factory: we've all been working hard on the project of the Synik (see our Credits) and that all of you liked what we were putting out there enough to order it means a lot to us. At the same time, it...

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The Synik 22 Backpack

The new Synik backpack (pre-order opens 08/13)

The Synik — available two sizes: 22 liters or 30 liters — is a variation of the original Synapse 19 / 25 and it was designed by Nik in collaboration with Tom. It includes many of the features some of you have been asking for; we added some additional features as well. Pre-order opens 08/13 and closes 08/20; sign up on either the Synik 22 or Synik 30 pages to be notified the moment the bags are available for pre-order. One of our goals is to give you as much information as possible about our bags so that you can...

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Using the Gatekeeper waist strap to secure the Synik to rolling luggage

Ways To Secure Your Bag to Rolling Luggage

Some of our bags -- such as the Cadet, Synik, Pilot, and Co-Pilot -- have built-in rolling luggage handle pass-through slots. But what do you do if your bag doesn't have a pass-through, or you have rolling luggage with a very thick, wide handle that can’t fit through the bag's built-in pass-through? There’s two solutions we can offer: Option #1 Use the Webbing Waist Belt On the Bag You Have This is admittedly a bit of a hack, but if you have one of our bags, you might already have what you need for it and, in that case, it’s...

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Synik on some rolling luggage

Synik 22/30 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Directory General Questions Why is it called the Synik? There's also a "Nik's Minimalist Wallet". Does Nik have a really big head/ego/whatever? Why is the Synik more expensive than the original Synapse? Can you share more about the fabric choices that the Synik is offered in? How much does the Synik weigh vs. the Synapse? What sizes of laptops fit in the Synik 22 and Synik 30? If I stuff my Synik completely full, or even overstuff it, will it be more difficult to use the built-in laptop compartment? Hey! I want a padded hip belt for my Synik. Is...

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