With 30% more volume than the Co-Pilot, the Pilot is a medium, personal item carry-on travel briefcase designed to fit your work essentials.
- Main compartment that fits a 14" laptop or tablet
- 2 interior open-top pockets and 2 O-rings
- 3 exterior front pockets with independent volume and 1 O-ring in each
- Rolling luggage handle pass-through pocket on open-top pocket bottom
- Carry as a briefcase or wear as a shoulder bag
- Fits under the seat in front of you on the airplane
The main compartment is large enough to store clothes or a 14" Macbook Pro or smaller tablet in a Cache. Inside, there are two open-top pockets of equal size — perfect spot to store an organizer, like our Clear 3D Organizer Cube or Vertical Packing Cubelet. On one interior side of the main compartment are 2 O-rings so that you can attach our Mystery Organizer Pouches and Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches. On the other interior side are a set of Cache loops for you to attach an optional Cache, stored with your device inside.
3 Front Exterior Organizational Pockets
The Pilot has three front zippered pockets with an O-ring in each. The front left compartment also has a small organizational pocket.
The middle front pocket is designed to fit a small water bottle or compact folding umbrella. The bottom of this pocket has an eyelet so any condensation, spills, or leaks won't puddle in the bag.
The front right pocket has four pen pockets and one O-ring which includes a Key Strap. It's the same size as the left pocket and it's perfect for storing things like a digital camera, snacks, or even a light wind shell or down vest in a Travel Stuff Sack.
Rolling Luggage Handle Pass-Through
We know many of you like to use our bags as personal items alongside roller luggage when traveling, so the pass-through pocket is tucked on the bottom of the open-top back pocket.
The pocket also has a zipper on the bottom side so when you are not utilizing it for a luggage pass-through, you can just zip it up and store quick-access items in there.
Standard Shoulder Strap
1.5" / 38 mm nylon webbing strap, includes .25" / 6mm texturized rubber pad and heavy-duty plastic snaphooks.
8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.
Cord Zipper Pulls
A set of pulls to extend, quiet, or replace your metal pulls.
Absolute Shoulder Strap
Upgrade from the included 1.5” strap to an Absolute Shoulder Strap if you anticipate carrying a heavy load.
3D Clear Organizer Cube
The 3D Clear Organizer Cube is the perfect organizer for your toiletries and is specifically designed to meet the TSA 3-1-1 liquids-program requirements. If you want a faster and smoother security checkpoint experience, use the Cube as your go-to toiletries bag.
The Pilot can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you plan on putting a laptop or smaller tablet in the interior banded open-top pocket, we recommend adding a Cache.
- AmyBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, Compact1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, CompactRated 5 out of 5 starsThe perfect minimalist overnight bag
I bought this to use as a super-minimalist bag for a quick weekend plane trip, where my Synik 30 would have been too big. Going through airport security has never been easier! While everyone else fiddled with overstuffed backpacks and rolling luggage in the security line, I breezed through at lightning speed with just this little bag. I sprang for the absolute shoulder strap, and it was well worth it – it really does lighten the load. I am a 5’3” woman and I never felt like the Pilot was too big or bulky.
For my weekend trip, I packed a shirt, pajamas, socks, and underwear in the main compartment, along with my Bose headphones and two 3D Organizer pouches in the inner pockets for liquids and makeup. One front pocket carried miscellaneous essentials and the other carried my phone, wallet, keys, and books for the plane. The water bottle pocket is a game changer. The entire bag fits under the plane seat, keeping everything at hand during the flight and also saving time not having to pull your bag down from the overhead compartment upon landing.
I didn’t travel with any technology – no laptop or tablet – and it probably would have been too much to pack all of the above with any sort of tech. But for me, it was a fun challenge to see how lightly I could pack! As a business briefcase, a personal item, or packed out for an entire weekend, the Pilot is built to last and has more organization than you can shake a stick at.
- Rafael Martinez de C.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Good Storage SizeRated 5 out of 5 starsPilot flight bag
As a corporate pilot for more than 14 years I’ve been used a lot of flight bags during this time, and believe this one is the one ! Quality, great storage, practicity , comfort and many positive adjectives I can describe to this bag.
I can list all the stuff fits on it but will be to long.
It’s perfect for all the storage and all the stuff and gadgets that I need.
- Joshua B.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality FinishingsRated 4 out of 5 starsGreat bag—just not quite what I need
I’m a big fan of this bag. The organization and capacity of it are brilliant—best I have seen. So are the materials, workmanship, and customer service. For me, however, it needs a protective laptop sleeve and more structure so that it holds its shape when carried by the grab handle or set down. Fully loaded, it sags in places and leans or falls to one side. The luggage handle pass-through gapes open. This was true of both the halcyon and ballistic fabric, but less so on the latter. I would strongly recommend this bag if you are not concerned by these issues.
- Briz G.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful DesignRated 5 out of 5 starsPerfect for a one night business trip
The Pilot is perfect for a one night business trip. I had been using a backpack but found myself carrying it by one strap or trying to carry it by my side. The Pilot is a great replacement. It is also perfectly sized as a personal item for a plane. I take one change of clothes in a packing cube on one side, and my Tom Bihn Standard Spiff kit on the other side. I used a laptop sleeve in the main compartment for the laptop and iPad. I opted for the Absolute strap which made long terminal walking easy. The only addition that would make this bag better would be two o-rings in the open pocket in the back. I could better clip and access a passport pouch in that area. I will be adding organization pouches to fully optimize the bag. Thanks Tom Bihn.
- Heather R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage SizeRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat work bag
I always think that my TB bags are smaller than they actually turn out to be. When I got the bag, I set it aside and continued to use my Makers bag because I thought the pilot would be too small. I was wrong. It’s a great, well-sized bag.
It holds my 13-inch laptop, pens, iPad, keys, phone, lunch, umbrella, and if I leave it unzipped, my 40-ounce insulated water bottle. With more structure than my other bag.
Very happy with my purchase.
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