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Western Flyer

Regular price $240.00
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Western Flyer


U.S. high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon — or — ultralight 400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop
200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric lining
#10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zippers on main compartment
#8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zippers on pockets
EVAZOTE® foam shoulder straps
PORON® foam handle


Made in USA
100% finished seams


Dimensions: 18" x 12" x 7" / 455 x 305 x 180 mm
1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 2 lb 10 oz / 1200 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 2 lb 3 oz / 985 grams
1600 cubic inches / 26 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Optional, removable 1" / 25 mm waist strap
Total O-rings: 6 (2 in the front main compartment, 2 in the back main compartment, 1 in the top front zippered pocket, 1 in the bottom front zippered pocket)

The smallest of our main carry-on travel bag options for short trips or uber-minimalist packers.

The Western Flyer might just be the ultimate overnight bag: classic lines, well-thought-out features, three comfortable carrying methods to choose among, zip-away backpack straps, and, of course, the materials and construction you've come to expect from TOM BIHN.

It's also the smallest of our three travel bags. The Tri-Star is larger than the Western Flyer, and the Aeronaut is larger than the Tri-Star; check out our carry-on Co-Pilot travel bag, too. It meets U.S. and international carry-on sizing requirements and fits in the overhead compartment of CRJ commuter planes.

The Western Flyer has two main compartments of equal size. The front compartment has a vertical divider that zips out of the way if it's not wanted. Available for purchase separately are three sizes of Packing Cubes designed especially for the main compartments of the Western Flyer. Also available are the Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) and Packing Cube Shoulder Bag. Either half of the divided front compartment can fit a pair of shoes — Tom's (he wears size 12) personal Holy Grail in any travel bag. (You may want to first put your shoes in an All Fabric Packing Cube or a plastic bag.) The back compartment is large and undivided; it has Annex Clips that can either be removed or used to clip our Horizontal or Vertical Brain Cell laptop case securely inside the Western Flyer. Consult our Laptop Bag Fit Guide to determine which size of Brain Cell you need for your laptop.

For access to all things small-and-easily-lost, the front of the Western Flyer features three zippered pockets, all with #8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zippers (cord pulls are included at no charge). 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; unsnap them for greater access to the pocket.

On the left side are two horizontal zippered pockets. The top zippered pocket spans the full height of the bag; the second goes about halfway. Both horizontal zippered pockets have O-rings inside. To one of these O-rings, an included 8" Key Strap is attached, useful for tethering and keeping track of your keys, pocket watch, Swiss Army knife, or other small item.

A comfortable, padded handle sits directly above the center of gravity for a more balanced, comfortable carry. Two padded grab handles on the short ends facilitate pulling the bag out from the overhead compartment or a locker, or from under a seat.

The Western Flyer features comfortable hide-away backpack straps. For longer sprints through the airport or across town, the backpack straps (same as those on our Aeronaut and Tri-Star convertible carry-on travel bags) are comfortable and help one carry a heavy load more easily. The padded, contoured shoulder straps feature a removable/adjustable sternum strap and can be tucked away in their own compartment when not in use. (The sternum strap is included. Add a waist strap for $10.) Or, you can opt to carry the bag on your shoulder: two D rings accept our Absolute Shoulder Strap (almost anyone else's shoulder strap will work too).

The Western Flyer is made with an exterior of our U.S. made, 1050 denier, high tenacity ballistic nylon: twice the abrasion resistance of 1680 denier fabric. It's lined with our ultralight, super-tough, 200 denier Japanese Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric; a #10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zipper closes the main compartment.

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Laptop Fit Guide

want help choosing the right size?

1. Measure Your Laptop

Measure your laptop (or Google its make, model, and the word “dimensions” to find its listed dimensions).
Compare its measurements with the chart to the left (swap the Height and Width when measuring for a Vertical oriented Cache).

2. Compare Those Measurements To These

Brain Cell
Size Interior Width Interior Height Interior Thickness
Horizontal Size 6Z13" / 330mm9.1" / 232mm1.1" / 28mm

Build your own organization

your bag already has great built-in organization. that said, you may want to add these optional organizational accessories to further organize and protect what you carry.

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Brain Cell

The Brain Cell provides superior hard-sided protection for your laptop.

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Freudian Slip

Adds eleven pockets of organization to the Western Flyer — four pen/pencil pockets, two flat zippered pockets, two large open top pockets for file folders, two wallet or phone sized pockets and one credit card sized pocket.

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Gatekeeper Waist Strap

The optional 1" / 25 mm Gatekeeper Waist Strap can attach to the bottom of the lower (unpadded) part of the shoulder straps of the Western Flyer. The waist strap is meant not so much as a weight-bearing "hip belt" but rather a simple way to further secure the Western Flyer on your body.

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Halcyon Packing Cubes (Western Flyer)

Make the most efficient use of your packing space — and keep your clothes neater — with Packing Cubes. Use two Small Packing Cube in each main compartment of the Western Flyer, use two Small in either compartment and one Large Packing Cube in the other compartment, or use a Large in both compartments. Note: The Small Packing Cube is available in either Fabric/Fabric or Fabric/Mesh. The mesh version allows you to easily see what's inside while the fabric version keeps items like shoes separate from other items.

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Shoulder Straps

The Absolute Shoulder Strap has a unique, patented, internal control-stretch system that's a lifesaver when carrying a heavy bag. It's the ideal strap for those who carry hefty loads or simply want the most comfortable strap available.

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Travel Stuff Sack

Our Travel Stuff Sacks serve a variety of purposes: they stow and compress items like down/polyfill jackets and vests (constraining them to a smaller amount of space) and some folks prefer to use them for packing clothing that doesn't need to be folded, like underwear — we don't fold our underwear — do you? (On second thought, let's not go there.)

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Whistle Sternum Strap Half

Our Whistle Sternum Strap Half features a nearly impossible-to-lose whistle integrated into the male (usually the left) half of the sternum strap buckle. It replaces the male half of the sternum strap included with your Western Flyer.

Lifetime Guarantee

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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