You can replace the front bungee included with the Smart Alec with Smart Alec GateKeeper Straps (or leave the bungee in place and install the straps over the bungee). Useful for securing large/bulky items to the front or top of the Smart Alec: a yoga mat, snowshoes, raincoat, Christmas tree, or anything else too big or wet to go inside. The Smart Alec has webbing loops to accommodate up to five 1" Gatekeeper Straps. Wondering how many you need? Tom uses two 1" Gatekeeper Straps to secure his snowshoes to the front of a Smart Alec.
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.
THE BIHN Guarantee
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.
- Dylan W.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Versatile, Easily Adjustable3 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Versatile, Easily AdjustableRated 5 starsGreat for snowshoes
Very handy to attach my snowshoes while on winter hikes.
- Paul N.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, Sewn in USA, Unique, High Quality Finishings, Easily Adjustable6 hours agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, Sewn in USA, Unique, High Quality Finishings, Easily AdjustableRated 4 starsWorks as intended
My only complaint about this product is that the buckles are almost too large. This is good for ergonomics, but they are a little awkward when you store them compressed on the bag.
- Michael R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Unique, Durable, Thoughtful Design, Good Storage Size, Versatile3 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Unique, Durable, Thoughtful Design, Good Storage Size, VersatileRated 5 starsHandy for yoga mat.
It works though it's a little time consuming to get on and off.