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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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TOM BIHN Wild Limpet Backpack (early 1980's)

Our Thoughts On Load Lifters

A design of Tom's from the early-mid 1980s that had load lifters: the Wild Limpet. In use, Tom found that the load lifters didn't do much for this pack (except distorting the shape of it) because it didn't have a frame. Load lifters are somewhat ubiquitous on large internal frame and external frame packs and, on those packs, can be useful; their application or utility on smaller packs is, in our opinion, of dubious merit. From a guide to backpacks: “Load Lifters - Part of the shoulder strap and is used to lift the pack's weight off the shoulders.” There’s...

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New: Free Materials for DIY Projects

We've created a new page that invites you to "order" free materials that we can't make use of but maybe you can: Free Materials for DIY Projects

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Synik on some rolling luggage

Synik 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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Information About the TOM BIHN Synik 22 and 30

Updates and Changes Update 8, 08/01/2019: Here's a link to the in-progress Synik FAQ Update 7, 7/25/2019: 400d/200d & 525d/210d Synik 30 weights had errors. Errors have been corrected. [JUMP TO CHANGE] Update 6, 7/25/2019: Synapse 19 and 25 weights were in the wrong place, moved them from 400 Halcyon to 525 Ballistic/200 Halcyon. [JUMP TO CHANGE] Update 5, 7/24/2019: Laptop fit info. [JUMP TO CHANGE] Update 4, 7/24/2019: Release timeline. [JUMP TO CHANGE] Update 3, 7/24/2019: Full pre-order color list. [JUMP TO CHANGE] Update 2, 7/24/2019: So what if you have a roll-aboard with a handle that's too big?...

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Coming Soon: The Synik 22 and Synik 30 Backpacks

Coming Soon: The Synik 22 and Synik 30 Backpacks

An earlier version of the Synik. Photo taken in April 2019. Over the past week or so, the updated pack design Nik has been working on for the past year has been (somewhat) revealed. It's named the Synik (here's why). The Synik is a version of our Synapse 19 / 25 backpacks that includes many of the features some of you have been asking for; we added some additional features as well, which include: Full clamshell AKA panel zipper opening Removable internal tie-down straps Two-point access suspended laptop compartment Our new Edgeless EV50 1/2” shoulder straps Fully integrated yet removable...

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Retiring: Iberian and Wasabi 200d Halcyon, Nordic 400d Halcyon

We're retiring Iberian and Wasabi 200d Halcyon, as well as Nordic 400d Halcyon. More here.

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New! Super Mini Ghost Whale, Nik's Wallet #5, and new bags in 210d ballistic

New! Super Mini Ghost Whale, Nik's Wallet #5, and new bags in 210d ballistic

Packing Cube Backpack + Spiff Kit + Travel Stuff Sack + #5 Minimalist Wallet in 210d ballistic. We've got a few new-ish items available for order today. Have questions or feedback? Post here in our Forums or emailus@tombihn.com Super Mini Ghost Whale Organizer Pouch We die-cut the fabric to make our various organizer pouches using a die press and that means we order a specific size of die for every organizer pouch. When we ordered the die for our Mini Ghost Whale Pouch, our die maker goofed and sent us a die that was smaller than the Mini -- lucky...

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Brain Bag, Synapse 25, Side Kick Restock

Restocked this week: our Brain Bag and Synapse 25 backpacks and the Side Kick sling/waist/shoulder pack.

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Box art by Kat | TOM BIHN

Q&A with Kat

Kat is a Bag Expert here at TOM BIHN. If you've emailed us, chances are you've spoken with Kat. She's famous amongst our crew and the people who buy our bags for her service as well as her box art and doodles. What are your box art tools of the trade, so to speak? Usually I do an outline in pencil, do an outline with a sharpie and color in colored pencil. Colored pencils seem to show up the best on the boxes. Do you have an art style that you prefer to work in for box-art? I have a...

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