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A profile shot of the Luminary 15 in Mars Red 525 Ballistic. A reverse shot of the Luminary 15 in Mars Red 525 Ballistic. The Luminary 15 in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Luminary 15 in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic. A profile shot of the Luminary 15 in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic. A reverse shot of the Luminary 15 in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic. The Luminary 15 in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Luminary 15 in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. A profile shot of the Luminary 15 in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. A reverse shot of the Luminary 15 in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. The Luminary 15 in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with a Coyote (brown) 210 Ballistic interior. The Luminary 15 in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Luminary 15 in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic. A profile shot of the Luminary 15 in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic. A reverse shot of the Luminary 15 in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic. The Luminary 15 in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with a Coyote (brown) 210 Ballistic interior. The Luminary 15 in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. A profile shot of the Luminary 15 in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. A reverse shot of the Luminary 15 in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. The Luminary 15 in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue) 210 Ballistic interior. The Luminary 15 in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic with an Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. A profile shot of the Luminary 15 in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic. A reverse shot of the Luminary 15 in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic. The Luminary 15 in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic with an Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Luminary 15 in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. A profile shot of the Luminary 15 in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. A reverse shot of the Luminary 15 in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. The Luminary 15 in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. A close shot of the top zipper on the interior of the main pocket. A close shot of where the side pocket and main pocket zippers meet. A close shot of the sternum strap attached to the shoulder straps. A close shot of the bartacking on the shoulder straps. A close shot of the nylon grab handle. A phone in the small side pocket. A phone in the small side pocket. A tablet in the padded pocket. A laptop in the padded pocket. A water bottle, organizer pouch, scarf, and book in the main pocket. A chapstick and vial of perfume in the top interior zippered pocket. 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The Luminary 15

$140.00

A smaller backpack designed for the urban experience: museums, cafes, restaurants, pubs, galleries.

15 liters / 915 cu.in.

Black 525 Ballistic/Island 210 Ballistic
Black 525 Ballistic/Island 210 Ballistic
Wilderness 525 Ballistic/Coyote 210 Ballistic
Wilderness 525 Ballistic/Coyote 210 Ballistic
A close shot of the top zipper on the interior of the main pocket. A close shot of where the side pocket and main pocket zippers meet. A close shot of the sternum strap attached to the shoulder straps. A close shot of the bartacking on the shoulder straps. A close shot of the nylon grab handle. A phone in the small side pocket. A phone in the small side pocket. A tablet in the padded pocket. A laptop in the padded pocket. A water bottle, organizer pouch, scarf, and book in the main pocket. A chapstick and vial of perfume in the top interior zippered pocket. A person carrying the Luminary 15 via the backpack straps A profile shot of a person carrying the Luminary 15 via the backpack straps A person pulling their laptop out of the Luminary at a cafe. A close shot of a laptop being removed from the Luminary 15 at a cafe. A person removing some earbuds and a protein bar from the top interior zippered pocket, also showing a jacket held in the main pocket. A person working on their laptop at a cafe with the Luminary 15 leaned up against their chair. A person slipping their Luminary 15 on at a crosswalk. A person carrying their Luminary 15 via the backpack straps at a crosswalk. A person carrying the Luminary 15. A person carrying the Luminary 15 at a wharf. A person on a gangplank carrying the Luminary 15. A person walking in a park with a Luminary 15. A person at an outdoor table knitting with the Luminary 15 by their side. A person writing notes on a park bench with the Luminary 15 at their side. A person placing a pocket notebook in the small side pocket of the Luminary 15.

Description

The Luminary 15 (L15) is the bigger sibling to our popular Luminary 12 (L12) backpack. To better fit taller and/or broader folks, we took the L12 and stretched it to be taller and a tad wider. We also lengthened and adjusted the contour of the shoulder straps. Otherwise, feature for feature, the L15 and the L12 are the same, so we ask in advance for your forgiveness if the product description below seems a bit familiar.

Like we said, the Luminary 15 is approximately 15% taller, 10% wider, and an inch or two more in depth (as it projects away from your back) than the original Luminary 12.

You’ll get more capacity from the L15 of course (approximately 15 liters vs 12 liters) and you’ll be able to carry a slightly larger device in the back padded device pocket of the L15. The 13” MacBook Pro fits great in the padded device pocket as does the Dell XPS 13. 

While we designed the two sizes to best fit different sized people, we know some will choose the L15 simply for its greater volume, and in most cases, this will be just fine. The Luminary 15 fits a far greater variety of people than the Luminary 12, which is primarily designed for those who are petite. We’ve provided a few pictures of a variety of people wearing both sizes to help you choose between the L15 and the L12; if you’d like additional help figuring out which size is best, emailus@tombihn.com

The Luminary is an everyday bag intended primarily to be a small backpack for adult humans. It's designed for an evening on the town, a day spent at museums, the commute to work and back, and traveling the world: wherever you go, the Luminary has your back.

Though the design may look straightforward, its simple lines hide its subtleties. While on first blush the Luminary appears to have a single compartment, its long zipper with four sliders actually accesses the main compartment as well as two side pockets. Both side pockets are sized generously to fit most smart phones and even the iPhone Plus or the HTC U Ultra: you can carry your phone in one and your wallet/keys/personal minutiae in the other. One side pocket is a bit taller than the other, allowing it to accommodate bigger phones/phablets; this makes the main opening a bit asymmetrical, but that’s OK, we promise. The side pocket zippers now close to the top (rather than to the bottom, as did the original Luminary); the juncture where the zipper goes from main compartment to side pocket closure now features a small fabric “garage” to better seal contents from the weather. Both side pockets have O-rings so you can tether keys, multi-tools, Organizer Pouches, whatever.

Handy too is the largely inconspicuous zippered padded back pocket that is sized to fit a tablet or small laptop (see below). Your device is protected by the 1/4” / 6mm foam back padding, yet is easy to access via the exterior, vertical zipper. Inside the main compartment is a zip-away stretch mesh water bottle pocket/divider: when zipped into place, the divider creates three vertical spaces to help you organize your gear and control the load. If that’s not your idea of a good time, leave the divider unzipped and push it out of the way. A small (read: very small) pocket inside the main front panel has been added by popular demand: Nik’s Minimalist Wallet, tiny notebook, pen, lip balm, not more.

The shoulder straps are gracefully curved and feature soft knit edges and undersides; they are padded with 5/16” / 8mm thick EV50 closed-cell foam. They may be the most comfortable shoulder straps ever. The top handle/grab loop is our new soft handle webbing: easy on the digits but isn’t padded and bulky. A 3/4” / 20mm sternum strap and 1” / 25mm waist strap are there if you want them and easily removed if you don’t.

We’ve opted to make the exterior back panel from the same fabric as the rest of the bag. Some users may find it not as cool as our spacer mesh back panels, but as we did not intend this bag for serious aerobic activities, we chose instead to keep the aesthetic simple and the design elegant. 

Stuff that's good to know:

Some folks are inclined to wear smaller backpacks low on the back by adjusting the shoulder straps to their maximum length. We don't recommend wearing either Luminary this way. Why? The shoulder straps of the Luminary are designed to conform to one's neck and shoulders when it’s worn relatively high on the back, y'know, like a proper backpack. If you let out the straps and wear your Luminary low on your back, the padded portion of the straps won’t be adequately long, and the adjusting buckles will likely poke you in the wrong place. Additionally, the curve of the strap won’t ride correctly over your shoulder and the straps may tend to splay widely apart: you might think that the sternum strap will fix this, but the sternum strap will likely be too high on the strap to sit anywhere near your sternum. 

The Luminary 15 is designed to carry a slightly larger device in the back pocket than the Luminary 12 can accommodate: the 13” MacBook Pro and the 13” Air will squeeze in, though you may find you’ll need to do a two-point turn to get either in position (note: that’s without any protective sleeve – add a sleeve and these laptops will not fit). Slightly larger laptops in their respective Cache sleeves  (or other minimalist sleeve/case) will fit loose in the main compartment of the Luminary (note that the bag itself does not have rail loops for the Cache). How about a 15” MacBookPro? Pfft – no way.

Materials

Zippers

#8 Racquet Coil water-repellent zippers with metal sliders (all other exterior zippers)

Back

Closed-cell foam back

Straps

Edgeless EV50 5/16" / 8mm shoulder straps (EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® foam)

Components

Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Sewn in USA with globally sourced materials 100% finished seams

Dimensions

11" (w) x 16.5" (h) x 7.9" (d) / 280 (w) x 420 (h) x 200 (d) mm

Weight

1 lb 8 oz / 680 grams

Volume

915 cubic inches / 15 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

Laptop Compartment Maximum Dimensions

 12" x 8.4" x 0.7" / 305mm x 214mm x 18mm

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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Reviewed by Joyce
Rated 5 out of 5

A Design Marvel

Packed out my Luminary 15 with a 28oz water bottle, 12oz reusable coffee cup, knitted wool cardigan, 13 inch MacBook Pro, iPad Mini, Handy Little Thing 2, 3D Organizer Cube and some various small items. I'm amazed at how it still maintains a slim profile even at maximum capacity. The zip-away stretch mesh divider is a nifty feature which gives just enough organization for all my items in the main compartment. The L15 unobtrusive, lightweight and well made from quality materials - features that I value highly in a backpack. I personally love the Edgeless shoulder straps as they're more comfortable for me when carrying heavier loads over long periods. Due to its design, the main compartment's opening is rather small - something to consider if you've a preference for a backpack to open wider. Overall, it's a great EDC backpack for a full day's adventure.

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Wow I love this beautiful, versatile and well made small-for-me EDC.

I have only used this bag a handful of times but each time I do, I wonder at how much I love it! I was drawn to it by the sleek look and low-profile. I purchased it to use as a daybag while urban traveling (lots of walking, sightseeing and public transpo). I have used it as such locally several times as a trial. I love the edgeless straps on this bag; they are narrower and more comfortable for me than on the Synik - which I returned due to discomfort. But on the L15 - HEAVEN. I have a long torso and this bag is PERFECT. It has a lovely low profile, and feels like nothing on your back. It can fit a fair few things in there, including two Side Effects (or SE-like objects), a standard water bottle and my Side Kick purse on top. The small side pockets hold quite a bit - easily my quick grab items like wipes, sanitizer bottles, sanitizer spray, hand lotion tube, folding shop bag, key on strap, pen. Love the tablet sleeve on the back, and use it for my ipad mini 5 and my 8x5 planner.

Looking forward to many more adventures with my L15s! I had to get a couple of colors... they are all so beautiful! What about a halcyon version, guys?

As with all TB items: high quality materials and craftsmanship make this and all items worth the investment!

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