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U.S. made high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon exterior
200 denier Halcyon®/nylon ripstop fabric lining
#10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zipper on main compartment
#8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zippers on pockets


Made in USA
100% finished seams


Dimensions: 16.25" x 12.5" x 4.5" / 410 x 320 x 115 mm
Weight: Cadet with Cache — 2 lb 2 oz / 940 grams
Volume (ASTM Standard Measure): 825 cubic inches / 13.5 liters
Total O-rings: 4 (2 in the main compartment, 2 in the contoured zippered compartment)

The strong, silent type of briefcase: straight-forward and handsome with lots of features inside.

The Cadet is a minimalist briefcase designed to fit your laptop, a few files or magazines, power supplies, pens, notebooks, and other small accessories.

Inside the main compartment of the Cadet are two unobtrusive webbing loops (that we call "rail loops") to which you can secure the optional Cache (available in sizes specifically for every Apple laptop and iPad; PC users, click here for our Laptop Bag Fit Guide). When you add the Cache, the Cadet becomes a "checkpoint-friendly" laptop briefcase. Here's how it works: on the back (or bottom, depending how you look at it) of the Cache are two parallel "rails" of 1" wide lightweight nylon webbing which extend from the top to the bottom. Included (and already attached for your convenience) when the Cache is ordered with the Cadet are two Gatekeeper Rail Clips: unclip the side that isn't clipped to the Cache, slip it through the webbing loops in the Cadet main compartment, and flip it shut. Slip the Cache inside the Cadet, 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 Cadet entirely while it is still encased in the protective Cache. Doing this at the airport security checkpoint means the X-ray machines (and TSA personnel) will have a clear, unobstructed view of your laptop — allowing you to keep your laptop in the Cache and the whole affair securely held together as one unit. (We think that's much better than having to remove your laptop and dump it in one of those buckets.) Many of us will appreciate this functionality on a daily basis as well: the rail system can be a convenient and quick way to remove one's laptop from the bag. If you can't find your laptop on that list, email us and we'll help.

The Cadet is made with an exterior of our U.S. made, 1050 denier, high tenacity ballistic nylon fabric, which has twice the abrasion resistance of 1680 denier fabric, and an interior of our ultra-lightweight 200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric, made for us in Japan. Between the exterior and the lining is .25" / 6 mm closed cell foam on the front, back, and bottom — this gives the Cadet its shape and provides additional protection for your laptop; if you choose to go au naturel (no Cache), this foam will provide some protection for an unprotected laptop.

The Cadet can be worn three ways: across-body (messenger style), on one shoulder, or carried in hand as a briefcase. Shoulder strap attachment points are on the left and right sides of the Cadet and feature our exclusive (designed by Tom), super-heavy-duty DuPont™ Delrin® eye-loops, tested to 260 pounds each. Our Standard Shoulder Strap is included with the Cadet. You have the option of upgrading to our Absolute Shoulder Strap for an extra $20. Two comfortable padded handles meet above the bag's center of gravity; when the Cadet is zipped shut, the handles come nicely together so you needn't fish for them when it's time to grab and go.

The Cadet features #10 and #8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zippers with metal pulls. Want cord pulls? You can buy our Cord Zipper Pulls separately here, allowing you to add them to the metal zipper pulls or replace the metal zipper pulls entirely.

The Cadet has three exterior-access compartments, six interior organizer pockets, and one exterior open-top pocket (on the back). The first of the exterior pockets is small horizontal zippered pocket. Like the other compartments of the Cadet, this pocket zips with a YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zipper. Behind the small zippered pocket is a contoured zippered compartment that opens to about half of the height of the bag, revealing organizer pockets sized for a Magic Mouse or similar-size device, cell phone, passport, plus three pen/pencil pockets. There's plenty of additional room in this compartment for a power supply and phone charger as well — even a small notebook or snack. Inside this front compartment you'll also find two O-rings.

Inside the main compartment is a large open-top pocket: your files or magazines won't come along for the ride when you slide the Cache out at the checkpoint. Of course, the Cadet works well as a briefcase for those who eschew laptops and just want to carry files or a book or two; you can buy it sans Cache and save $35.00. And if the Cadet's native organizational structure is not enough, you can add a Horizontal Freudian Slip so you can be the most organized person on the freakin' planet.

The outside back of the Cadet features a wide, quick-access pocket for a magazine or newspaper (it's the only external pocket on the Cadet that doesn't zip shut). The bottom of this pocket unzips so you can slide the Cadet over the handle of rolling luggage.

Tom designed the Cadet for people who want a thinner briefcase, straight-forward and handsome with lots of features: a safe place to carry a laptop, comfortable handles, and easy-access phone and magazine pockets. Yes, all this, plus the Cadet zips up for use in zero-gravity situations like being turned upside down in your car or under the seat of an airplane. I think we (mine wasn't the only brain working on this) thought of everything.

Everyday Commentary’s Review of the Cadet and Cadet Review Update include this great video demonstrating how they use the Cadet:

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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

Size Interior Width Interior Height Interior Thickness
Horizontal Size 4Z9.8" / 249mm14.3" / 364mm1.2" / 30mm
Horizontal 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina14.1" / 359mm9.7" / 247mm0.7" / 18mm
Horizontal Size 6Z9.1" / 232mm13" / 330mm1.1" / 28mm
Horizontal 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina12.4" / 314mm8.6" / 219mm0.7" / 18mm
Horizontal MacBook Air 138.9" / 232mm12.8" / 325mm0.7" / 17mm
Horizontal MacBook Air 117.6" / 192mm11.8" / 300mm0.7" / 17mm
Horizontal 12-inch MacBook7.9" / 200mm11.6" / 290mm0.5" / 12mm
Horizontal Surface Pro 3 or 4 w/ Keyboard11.5" / 292mm7.9" / 201.4mm0.5" / 13mm
Horizontal iPad Pro 12.9"8.9" / 225mm12" / 305mm0.4" / 9mm
Horizontal iPad Pro 12.9" w/ Keyboard12.1" / 307mm8.9" / 227mm0.6" / 15mm
Horizontal iPad Air OR Pro 9.7"9.5" / 240mm6.7" / 170mm0.3" / 8mm
Horizontal iPad7.3" / 186mm9.5" / 240mm0.4" / 9mm

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.

visible variant TB0321R


The Cache is a protective laptop or tablet sleeve that's available in many sizes. It protects your laptop with .25" thick foam padding and transforms the Cadet into a checkpoint friendly briefcase.

visible variant TB0555

Shoulder Straps

The Standard Shoulder Strap has a .25" / 6 mm texturized rubber pad, making it a good choice for those looking for some comfort but not needing the over-the-top comfort of the Absolute Strap. The Absolute Shoulder Strap has a unique, patented, internal control-stretch system, making it the ideal shoulder strap for those who carry hefty loads or simply want the most comfortable strap available.

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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