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Cache

$48.00

Protective, padded sleeve for your laptop or tablet. Clips in our backpacks and briefcases.

Size
10A (10.5" 2021 iPad/ iPad Air/Pro)
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10B (9.7" iPad or iPad Pro)
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11A (11" iPad Pro)
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12A (12" Macbook)
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12B (2018 12.9" iPad Pro)
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13D (13" Macbook Pro Touchbar or 13” Macbook Air Retina)
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15D (15" Macbook Pro Touchbar)
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16A (2021 16" Macbook Pro)
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17B (Razer Blade Pro)
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8A (all iPad Minis)
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13A (Pre-2018 13" Macbook Air)
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13C (2021 14" Macbook Pro)
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13F (iPad Pro 12.9” W/Magic Keyboard + Pencil)
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15A (Some 15" PCs)
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15B (Some 15" PCs)
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15C (Pre-2017 15" Macbook Pro)
A laptop in a Cache being opened on the horizontal zipper side. A laptop in a Cache being opened on the vertical zipper side. A Cache attached to a Synapse using the included rail clips. A Cache pulled out of the Synapse attached using the included rail clips. A close shot of the zipper of the Cache. A close shot of the zipper pull tabs. A Cache attached to a Cadet using the included rail clips. A Cache attached to a Cadet using the included rail clips. A Cache pulled out the Cadet attached using the included rail clips.

Description

Protects your laptop or tablet with .25" thick foam padding; securely clips or fits in many of our backpacks, briefcases, and travel bags. 

The Cache is a protective laptop or tablet sleeve that's available in many sizes. It's designed to protect your device against scrapes and scratches.

The Cache protects your laptop or tablet with little bulk added and is ideal for those who don't want their device case to make their loads heavier or to take up a lot of space. It cradles your device in .25" / 6 mm thick foam padding laminated with an exterior of heavy-duty polyester knit and an interior of brushed tricot.  Note: if you have a plastic protective case on your laptop, you'll need to order the next size up of Cache. Want help with that? emailus@tombihn.com, give us a call, or live chat with us.

The Cache features a #5 YKK coil zipper with two plastic sliders: important because the plastic won’t scratch your device. The zipper wraps around two of its four sides, allowing the Cache to work well in both portrait and landscape orientations. The zipper opens at the top (shortest side) for use in vertically-oriented bags like backpacks, but also zips open on its widest side when in use in horizontally-oriented bags like briefcases and messenger bags.

The Cache can be used in any bag; when you pair a Cache with one of our backpacks, travel bags or briefcases that has rail loops, the Cache becomes part of a clever checkpoint-friendly protective laptop solution. Here’s how it works:

On both sides of the Cache are two parallel "rails" of 1" wide, lightweight nylon webbing (exception: Size 08A iPad Mini is just too small to have rails) which extend from the top to the bottom. One side of the Cache has vertical rails while the other side of the Cache has horizontal rails; this, plus the clever zipper opening, allows you to conveniently use and secure the same Cache in our briefcases and backpacks.

Included with the Cache are two removable Gatekeeper Rail Clips. To attach the Cache to one of our larger bags with the compatible rail loops simply unclip the side of the Gatekeeper Rail Clip that isn't clipped to the Cache, slip it through the webbing rail loops in the larger bag's main compartment, and flip it shut. Slip the Cache inside the larger bag, and pull it back out: you'll see that the Gatekeeper Rail Clips ride the rails of the Cache, allowing you to remove your laptop from the larger bag entirely while it is still encased in the protective Cache. We think the rail system is a convenient and quick way to remove one's laptop from the bag.

Curious which sizes of Cache fit in our various travel bags, backpacks, and briefcases? Go to the page of the bag you’re wondering about — for example, the Synapse 25 — and look at the sizes of Cache offered in the drop-down menu under 'Add a Size of Cache'.  Only the sizes of Cache that fit the Synapse 25 will be listed.

Depending of course on the size of Cache, it will securely clip in the following bags:
CadetDaylight Briefcase, and Empire Builder briefcases
Synapse 19Synapse 25, and Brain Bag backpacks
Tri-StarWestern FlyerStowaway and Pilot travel bags

The Cache fits (but doesn’t clip) in the following bags:
Maker’s BagParental UnitMedium Cafe Bag, and Small Cafe Bag messenger bags
Daylight BackpackGuide's Pack and Hero's Journey backpacks
Pop Tote and Swift tote bags
Aeronaut 45Aeronaut 30, and Co-Pilot travel bags
 

And, of course, as long as it’ll fit, you can use the Cache in a non-TOM BIHN bag.

Here's a handy list that displays the dimensions of every Cache. Have any questions about what will fit? emailus@tombihn.com and we'd be happy to help you choose a size.

Materials

Fabric

.25" / 6 mm thick foam padding laminated between black, heavy-duty polyester knit and brushed tricot

Zippers

#5 YKK coil zipper with plastic sliders

Specs

Dimensions

For the interior and exterior dimensions of each size of Cache, click here.

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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.

THE BIHN Guarantee

Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business for over 30 years 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 Product

I wanted added protection for my Dell Inspiron 15 laptop and this fit the bill perfectly! It is the perfect size and has excellent padding with a low profile.

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New Laptop-Trusted Cache

Whenever i get a new laptop, one of my first purchases is a Tom Bihn Cache for my backpack.

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disappointed

I was really curious to see the "rail" system described on the website. I just couldn't picture it, and the videos didn't really show it. I get it now, and while it's somewhat ingenious, it's also a disappointment. On my first flight with the cache installed in my Cadet bag, the TSA folks would not settle for me sliding the cache out of the bag. They said I had to take remove the whole thing. After fumbling with the clips for a minute with a crowd breathing down my neck, the security person said "Just take it out!" So I had to unzip the laptop and remove it altogether, the old fashioned way. Other than this, the cache is nicely made and functions as an easy in-and-out protective sleeve if I leave it unzipped.

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TOM BIHN

Thanks so much for taking a few minutes to share this feedback! This is really valuable and it has sparked a conversation on how we might re-work this language on our site. I'm really sorry for the frustration this caused you! I've sent you a separate email in follow up to this too.

While it has changed some over the years, it is current protocol that laptops need to be in their own bin- meaning the Cache system doesn't work as it was initially designed years ago. That said, we do hear that it still works for some folks too. I think we can all relate that every airport and TSA agent has their own ideas for how to apply the current rules and I think that's why it works sometimes.

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Nice replacement for Vertical Brain Cell

After many years of using the Vertical Brain Cell so I needed a replacement for it as newer laptop I have doesn't fit so I bought the Cache to replace it. The Cache fits & protects my laptop well. It fits in my Brain bag well with the included clips & much as stand alone bag for my laptop.

Only thing missing is pockets in the Cache so I can store cords & power adapters outside scratching the laptop inside.

Nevertheless, the Cache is great for storing the laptop.

Nevertheless the Caches

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Perfect laptop sleeve

Bought this for my new MacBook Pro 14. Fits like a glove, slides super easily in and out of my Brainbag as well. Love the zippers to open/close.

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