A Tri-Star in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with an Fjord (dark blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Navy (blue) 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Black 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Aubergine 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic with an Moab (brick red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with an Tidal (pale blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A Tri-Star in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Black 525 Ballistic with an Fjord (dark blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon. A Tri-Star in Mars Red 525 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Black 525 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Black 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Black 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic with an Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) 525 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior.
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Tri-Star

$360.00

Mid-sized travel bag designed to rule the world (or at least the skies.)

33 liters (2000 cu. in.)

Steel 1050 Ballistic/Fjord 200 Halcyon
Black 1050 Ballistic/Taiga 200 Halcyon
Coyote 1050 Ballistic/Moab 200 Halcyon
Black Ballistic/Fjord 200 Halcyon
Deep Blue Ballistic/Taiga 200 Halcyon

Description

Carry-on friendly, three compartments, tie-down straps, room for a laptop; this could be your one bag.

The Tri-Star is a midsize carry-on travel bag replete with useful features — it may just be a business or pleasure traveler's dream bag. With room for most sizes of our Cache laptop sleeve, the center compartment of the Tri-Star provides a secure and protected place for your laptop. Add Packing Cubes for clothing and shoes in the outer compartments and a Freudian Slip to the center compartment, and you may not need to come back to your home or office for quite a while. The Tri-Star measures 19" x 13" x 8" (480 x 330 x 205 mm), putting it between the Western Flyer and the Aeronaut / Techonaut in size. It's a perfect size carry-on for use in Europe and Australia, where airlines' carry-on sizing requirements are more conservative than in the United States. The size of the Tri-Star also works well for travelers who find they don't need a carry-on as large as the Aeronaut / Techonaut, but can't or don't want to limit their packing list enough to anything smaller.

The front of the Tri-Star features four zippered pockets, all zipping shut with #8 YKK Racquet-coil water-repellent zippers.

On the right is a subtle-but-clever curved zipper pocket: unzip it partially and it's a useful pocket for a boarding pass. Unzipped entirely, it's an expandable water bottle pocket. The bellows that make the pocket expandable can be snapped up so your water bottle doesn't fall out, or unsnapped to allow greater access to the pocket. (Note that with a water bottle in the pocket, the bag may no longer meet the most strict size regulations: we assume you'll remove your water bottle as you board the plane.)

On the left side are three horizontal zippered pockets. The top zippered pocket spans the full height of the bag; the second goes about halfway; and the third is the shallowest of the three. All three horizontal zippered pockets have one O-ring inside for attaching a Key Strap (one 8" Key Strap is included with the Tri-Star) or other organizational accessories.

The big pocket can hold a New York Times Best Seller (even a hardback) or a Kindle. The middle pocket can fit sunglasses or a laptop power supply. The small pocket can help keep your wallet, keys, passport, and other smaller items handy. Black piping bordering the front panel of the Tri-Star gives it a finished appearance and helps it retain its shape and size — no matter how much stuff you put in it.

The Tri-Star has three main compartments of approximately equal size, and each has two O-rings. The front compartment can be further divided left and right, with a zip-out divider. Depending on what you pack and how you like to organize, you may find this divider quite useful. Once divided, one side is larger than the other: the larger side can accommodate a three-ring binder; the smaller side handles a pair of shoes (inside a Packing Cube or not, your choice).

In the middle compartment are two unobtrusive webbing loops (that we call "rail loops") to which you can secure the optional Cache

The back compartment is full of open space and is ready to accept one Large Tri-Star Packing Cube, a Small and a Medium Tri-Star Packing Cube, or your clothes just on their own. (This depends on how you like to pack: some people don't need or want Packing Cubes, while others would never travel without them.) The back compartment of the Tri-Star also features two compression/tie-down straps to help you keep clothing in place and wrinkle-free. They're an alternative to Packing Cubes. The compression/tie-down straps are removable (via Gatekeepers) so if you don't want or need to use them, you can leave them behind. 

Also available is the dual-purpose Packing Cube Shoulder Bag. In preparation for and during your journey, use them to organize and pack your clothing. When you reach your destination and it's time to leave the Tri-Star at your hotel, hostel, or Airbnb, repack the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag with a light jacket, wallet, lunch or small water bottle, and map, and add a shoulder strap: you're ready to go out and explore, and you've saved space by not having to bring a separate bag for day use.

The Tri-Star is made with an exterior of urethane-coated, 1050 denier or 630 denier ballistic nylon. It's lined with our ultralight 200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric (made in Japan). We choose to use ballistic nylon as an exterior fabric because we believe it is superior for travel, as its smooth texture allows you to more easily stow and retrieve the Tri-Star from overhead compartments. Ballistic nylon also naturally attracts less fuzz/pet hair than other fabrics. Our 1050 denier and 630 denier ballistic nylon is custom-dyed for us in the United States. Our Halcyon/nylon ripstop is the lining fabric of choice, as it's ultra lightweight (every ounce counts in one-bag travel) yet extremely tough.

The attachment points for an optional shoulder strap are offset on the Tri-Star to provide the best balance and comfort, should you carry the bag with a shoulder strap. We recommend using the Absolute Shoulder Strap with the Tri-Star if comfort is your primary concern. You, of course, have the option of using any shoulder strap you already have that attaches to D rings. The two PORON® foam padded handles of the Tri-Star are positioned for maximum comfort, stability, and balance — they are designed not just to meet at the top dead center of the bag, but kiss there too, so no fishing for the second handle. Grab both handles, and your Tri-Star is a balanced load.

Empty, the Tri-Star stands up on its own. Depending on how you pack it, it can continue to stand up on its own.

The Tri-Star comes with metal zipper pulls. Included with the bag is a package of Cord Zipper Pulls so you can choose between metal and cord. If you prefer the quieter Cord Zipper Pulls, you can cut off the metal zipper pulls and replace them with Cord Zipper Pulls. For instructions on how to do that, visit the Cord Zipper Pulls page.

The back of the Tri-Star features hideaway backpack straps. Want to carry the bag as a briefcase or shoulder bag, or stow it in the overhead compartment for a flight? Unsnap the bottom of the backpack straps and tuck them into the back compartment — you'll never know they were there. To turn it into a backpack, simply reverse these steps. The backpack straps are padded and contoured, and they feature a removable sternum strap and an optional removable waist strap. Both the sternum and waist straps are simple webbing straps designed to help distribute weight and stabilize the bag to your body.

Both the left and right ends of the Tri-Star have padded grab handles that allow you to easily grab and pull your bag out of the overhead compartment.

Materials

Zippers

#10 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent coil zipper on main compartments
#8 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent coil zippers on all other pockets

Shoulder Straps

Edgeless EV50 1/2” / 12mm shoulder straps (EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® foam)

Handle

PORON® foam handle

Other Components

Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions

18.9" (w) x 13" (h) x 8.1" (d) / 480 (w) x 330 (h) x 205 (d) mm

Weight

1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 3 lb 6 oz / 1525 grams
525d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 3 lb 2.5 oz / 1433 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 2 lb 12 oz / 1255 grams

Volume

2000 cubic inches / 33 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

10 (2 in the front main compartment, 2 in the center main compartment, 3 in the back main compartment, 1 in the top front zippered pocket, 1 in the middle front zippered pocket, 1 in the bottom front zippered pocket)

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Sewn in Seattle

Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?

Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.

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Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.

If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.

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Great travel bag/backpack

Beautifully made, sturdy and strong. Love it!

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Nice bag but no buy

A very nice bag but three things made me return this bag.

The orientation of the bag. I like to wear my bag over my right shoulder and the bag's orientation should ideally be the mirror image for it to work for me.

Size. Think it would be slightly too small for my use case.

No luggage pass through.

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Tom Binh always amaze me

I bought this bag because I need something for my laptop and my devices and this is the perfect bag when I’m traveling overseas, especially when you can transform it from a duffel like to a backpack cmon. I know this is a review for the tri star, but Tom Bihn makes high end quality bags, like you can’t go wrong. The only drawbacks is that sometimes they don’t have the color I want, and I’m not feeling most of the colors.

This is a true story, I was going through the airport with my Aeronaut 45, and I had girls come up to me giving me compliments about my bag. I mean what a conversation starter. Tom Bihn makes the best bags and they’re unique. Real review!

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Most anticipated Tom Bihn arrival yet - And did not disappoint!

I bought my first Tom Bihn bag back in Feb-22 for my birthday - a Synik 30 - which I was excited to receive. But the Tri-Star was something else! It seemed like the perfect bag for business and leisure travel, by train, car or plane; it had all the features I was looking for... But it continued to be out of stock month after month. I looked at all the reviews multiple times, and I waited, and waited... and finally it was back on the production line, and my most preferred colour was on the list: Grey Steel exterior with Blue Fjord interior. So on restock day I was hunched over my latop, at 07:00 Seattle time (15:00 London UK) ready to hit the button as soon as the order book opened... and I was lucky to get my order through. A long week went past and my Tristar arrived - the most anticipated Tom Bihn arrival ever! And the bag is perfect - it has not disappointed. The sad truth is that I am still working from home (Covid) with no work trip opportunities on the horizon... so I waited for my wife to go work (she does not know the full extent my bag obsession) and I did 2 trials to test my Tristar. Trial 1: Work Trip, 1 night away: laptop, cables and chargers; ipad, freudian slip with pens and documents, 1 spare shirt and change of underwear; toiletries; gym kit. Everything fitted perfectly. The bag was not too heavy; and very comfortable to carry as a backpack (I walked up and down my street several times). Trial 2: Leisure weekend away to London with wife: …

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The perfect travel bag

I’ve been looking for the perfect travel bag for my professional needs for years now. I had many requirements and this is the only one that I have found that checks all the boxes. I needed a side opening bag with several compartments, but it had to be convertible to a backpack with straps that tuck away. That is the Tri-star to a T! The zippers are rugged and durable, it has just the right number of pockets. Add a Freudian slip and a cache, and it’s the most organized bag out there as well. I’ve been waiting a long time to get this, but the wait was so worth it. My new favorite travel bag!

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