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Luminary 10

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Luminary 10


525 denier 2x2 Ballistic nylon exterior
210 denier 2x2 Ballistic nylon lining
Closed-cell foam back
EVAZOTE ® foam shoulder straps
82% nylon / 18% spandex knit shoulder strap wrap
Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components
#8 YKK Aquaguard ® water-repellent zippers


Made in USA with fabric from Korea / Japan / U.S.A.
100% finished seams


9.8" (w) x 15.0" (h) x 5.9" (d) / 250 (w) x 380 (h) x 150 (d) mm
1 lb 4.0 oz / 550 grams
610 cubic inches / 10 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Total O-Rings: 4 (2 in the main compartment, 1 in the left pocket, 1 in the right pocket)

The Luminary 10 is a small (10 liter) everyday pack designed primarily to be a small backpack for adults; it best fits those 5'10" and under. It's designed for an evening on the town, a day spent at museums, the commute to work and back, and traveling the world: wherever you go, the Luminary 10 has your back. Tom has made a few design updates to the Luminary 10, and you can read more about that on our blog.

Though the design may look straightforward, its simple lines hide its subtleties. While on first blush the Luminary 10 appears to have a single compartment, its long zipper with four sliders actually accesses the main compartment as well as two side pockets. Both side pockets are sized generously to fit most smart phones and even the iPhone Plus and or the HTC U Ultra: you can carry your phone in one and your wallet/keys/personal minutiae in the other. The side pockets have O-rings so you can tether keys, multi-tools, Organizer Pouches, whatever.

Handy too is the largely inconspicuous zippered padded back pocket that is sized to fit a 10.5" iPad Pro or similarly sized (or smaller) tablet. Your tablet is protected by the 1/4” / 6mm foam back padding, yet is easy to access via the vertical zipper. Inside the main compartment is a zip-away stretch mesh water bottle pocket/divider: when zipped into place, the divider creates three vertical spaces to help you organize your gear and control the load. If that’s not your idea of a good time, leave the divider unzipped and push it out of the way.

The shoulder straps are gracefully curved and feature soft knit edges and undersides; they are padded with 3/8" thick EV50 closed-cell foam. They may be the most comfortable shoulder straps ever. The top handle/grab loop is new too: it has soft rolled edges for greater comfort but isn’t padded and bulky. A 3/4” / 20mm sternum strap and 1” / 25mm waist strap are there if you want them and easily removed if you don’t. 

We’ve opted to make the exterior back panel from the same fabric as the rest of the bag. Though some users may find it not as cool as our Drylex® mesh back panels, because we intended this bag for less aerobic activities we kept the aesthetic simple and design elegant.

Stuff that's good to know:

Some folks are inclined to wear smaller backpacks low on the back by adjusting the shoulder straps to their maximum length. We don't recommend wearing the Luminary 10 this way. Why? The shoulder straps of the Luminary 10 are designed to conform to one's neck and shoulders when it’s worn relatively high on the back, y'know, like a proper backpack. If you let out the straps and wear the Luminary 10 low on your back, the padded portion of the straps won’t be adequately long, and the adjusting buckles will likely poke you in the wrong place. Additionally, the curve of the strap won’t ride correctly over your shoulder and the straps will tend to splay widely apart: you might think that the sternum strap will fix this, but it’s now too high on the strap to ride anywhere near your sternum.

If you’re a tall person, you might find that the above issues happen no matter what. Do not despair: Tom has completed the design of a new Luminary 14 and it is scheduled to debut in mid-2018. Read all about it here.

The Luminary 10 is designed for folks who carry a tablet and/or phone as opposed to a larger laptop, and the tablet is meant to be carried in the padded back pocket of the Luminary (it fits tablets up to the size of the 10.5" iPad Pro.) While laptops up to the size of the 12" MacBook or 11" MacBook Air in their respective Cache sleeves will fit in the main compartment of the Luminary, the bag itself does not have rail loops for the Cache. We do not recommend trying to fit laptops larger than the 12" MacBook in the Luminary 10.

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You can expect your TOM BIHN bag to give you years of hard service. Our bags are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the bag. That means if something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it at no charge.

Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and are most often evident while your bag is still new. Keep in mind that daypacks and briefcases are often subject to serious wear in everyday use. We often see TOM BIHN bags that are still solid and in use after five, ten, fifteen, even twenty or twenty-five years, with minor repairs needed here or there. But remember: only true love lasts forever.

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