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Pilot

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Pilot

Materials:

Exterior of U.S. high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon — or — ultralight 400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop
Lined with 200 denier Japanese Halcyon/nylon ultralight ripstop fabric
#8 and #10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zippers
PORON® foam padded handle


Construction:

Made in USA
100% finished seams


Specs:

Dimensions: 15.4" x 11.4" x 5.1" / 390 x 290 x 130 mm
Weight:
1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 1 lbs 8 oz / 680 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 1 lbs 1 oz / 475 grams
Volume: 800 cubic inches / 13 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Shoulder Strap included
Large Packing Cube:
Dimensions: 14.2” x 10.6” x 2.6” / 360 x 270 x 65 mm
Weight: 3.7 oz / 105g
Volume: 374 cubic inches / 6.5 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Small Packing Cube:
Dimensions: 10.6” x 5.6” x 2.3” / 270 x 140 x 55 mm
Weight: 2.3 oz / 65g
Volume: 125 cubic inches / 2 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Meets domestic and international airlines' personal carry-on item size standard; easily fits in overhead compartment of CRJ commuter planes
Total O-rings: 4 (2 in the main compartment, 1 in the left zippered pocket, 1 in the right zippered pocket)


Personal carry-on briefcase. Fits up to a 13" laptop.

The Pilot is a personal item carry-on sized travel bag designed to fit the items you want close at hand and easily accessible during your flight or at the airport. It's a natural complement to our larger Aeronaut, Tri-Star, and Western Flyer carry-on travel bags. Ultralight travelers may choose to use the Pilot as their "one bag" travel bag, utilizing the Pilot's packing cubes for organizing clothing and a 3D Clear Organizer Cube for toiletries. Some may not even use the Pilot primarily for travel: it also serves well as an organized every day carry briefcase.

We listen, and the Pilot is proof of that: several years ago, we introduced the Co-Pilot, our original personal item travel bag. For many, the Co-Pilot was an ideal size, but some of you asked for a slightly larger version that would accommodate a 13" laptop. We heard you, and that larger Co-Pilot is here, with a few updates. Not simply content to upsize an existing design, we took a look at the extra space the Pilot offered and considered how we could best maximize its utility while retaining a proportioned look and feel.

The Pilot has three front zippered compartment, a main compartment, seven interior organizational pockets, and an open-top back pocket with a zipper that stops just short of the bottom, designed to allow you to slip the Pilot over the handle of rolling luggage.

The front right zippered compartment has a small organizational pocket sized to fit most phones and three pen pockets (wide enough to fit Sharpies and highlighters). It has one O-ring to which is affixed the included 8" Key Strap — a handy strap that keeps your keys securely tethered to the Pilot. (There are four total O-rings in the Pilot.) Included with the bag are five Cord Zipper Pulls, allowing you to add them to the metal zipper pulls or replace the metal zipper pulls entirely.

The front left compartment of the Pilot has an pocket sized to fit an iPad mini (with or without its SmartCase) or similarly sized tablet. Use the remaining open space of this pocket for more stuff or fit one of the Pilot Packing Cubes in here (a good size for socks, underwear, or rolled t-shirts/workout wear). Or, pack your toiletry kit (such as our 3D Clear Organizer Cube, designed to serve as a 3-1-1 bag) in this compartment. If you're choosing to use the 3D Clear Organizer Cube, here's something we think is pretty cool: clip it, via a long Key Strap to an o-ring in the Pilot — at the security checkpoint, you can unzip the front pocket of your Pilot and remove the 3D Clear Organizer Cube but leave it tethered to the Pilot, ensuring that you know exactly where it is.

The middle front compartment of the Pilot is designed to fit a small water bottle or compact folding umbrella. The bottom of this compartment has a grommet so any condensation, spills, or leaks won't puddle in the bag. A Size 2 Travel Stuff Sack also fits nicely in this compartment.

The main compartment serves at the ready to accept larger items; two open-top pouches of equal size inside this main compartment aid organization. Add a Cache laptop sleeve for your 13" MacBook Pro or MacBook Pro Retina, 13" Macbook, 11" MacBook Air, or other similarly sized laptop, and you'll turn the Pilot into a checkpoint friendly laptop briefcase. (The Cache secures to the interior of the Pilot in such a way that you can slide it out at the security checkpoint without removing your laptop from the Cache. Here's a video demonstrating how that works.) And/or, add Pilot Packing Cubes (one Large or two Small) to organize and keep neat your clothes.

The back of the Pilot has a wide, open-top pocket for a magazine or newspaper. The bottom of this pocket zips open so you can slide the Pilot over the handle of rolling luggage.

The handle of the Pilot is padded with high quality PORON® foam, directly above the center of gravity of the bag. Shoulder strap attachment points can be found on the left and right sides of the Pilot; our Standard Shoulder Strap is included with the Pilot. You have the option of upgrading to our Absolute Shoulder Strap for an extra $20.

The Pilot is made with an exterior of our U.S. made, 1050 denier, high tenacity ballistic nylon — which has twice the abrasion resistance of 1680 denier fabric — and an interior of our ultra-lightweight 200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric, custom produced for us in Japan. A version of the Pilot with an exterior of our heavier weight 400d Halcyon/nylon fabric (weighing in at 35% less than the ballistic nylon version) is also available. The front of the Pilot has piping to help it keep its shape and smart looks — no matter how full or empty it is. The Pilot features #8 and #10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zippers, sewn right-side-up.

Optional Packing Cubes sized for the main and front left and right compartments of the Pilot are available. From this page, you can order a Large or one Small Packing Cube. Visit the Packing Cubes page to order different quantities separately.

The Small Pilot Packing Cube is sized to fit the front left or right compartment of the Pilot; it'll fit a few pairs of socks and underwear or a few rolled t-shirts. The Large Pilot Packing Cube is sized to fit the main compartment of the Pilot; it'll fit a pair of pants and one or two shirts.

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Laptop Fit Guide

want help choosing the right size? emailus@tombihn.com

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

Cache
Size Interior Width Interior Height Interior Thickness
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

Cache

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 TB0926-SD

Halcyon Packing Cubes (Pilot)

The Small Pilot Packing Cube is sized to fit the front left or right compartment of the Pilot; it'll fit a few pairs of socks and underwear or a few rolled t-shirts. The Large Pilot Packing Cube is sized to fit the main compartment of the Pilot; it'll fit a pair of pants and one or two shirts.

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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