Pilot in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic Pilot in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Black 1050 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 1050 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Night Walk (grey-blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Night Walk (grey-blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior.
Pilot in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic Pilot in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Black 1050 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 1050 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Night Walk (grey-blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Night Walk (grey-blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Close shot of the zipper on the Pilot. Overhead shot of the Pilot. The main pocket of the Pilot with a laptop. A close shot of the Pilot side pocket zipper. The side compartment of the Pilot with a notepad and marker inserted into the interior pocket. The side compartment of the Pilot with phone and pen inserted into the interior pockets. A reverse shot of the Pilot. A close shot of the snaphook attachment point with a snaphook attached. A close shot of the zipper of the main compartment of the Pilot. The Co-Pilot and Pilot side-by-side. A ski trip loadout. A person carrying a Pilot through the airport. A person carrying a Pilot. Profile shot of a person carrying a Pilot. A person carrying a Pilot. A profile shot of a person holding a Pilot. A person holding a Pilot. Thumbnail for a video of the Pilot.
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Pilot

$165.00

Personal item carry-on travel bag/laptop briefcase.

13 liters (800 cu. in.)

Black 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Black 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Mars Red 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Coyote 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Ursa 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Original 400 Halcyon/Island 200 Halcyon
Taiga 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Aubergine 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Black 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Night Walk 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Close shot of the zipper on the Pilot. Overhead shot of the Pilot. The main pocket of the Pilot with a laptop. A close shot of the Pilot side pocket zipper. The side compartment of the Pilot with a notepad and marker inserted into the interior pocket. The side compartment of the Pilot with phone and pen inserted into the interior pockets. A reverse shot of the Pilot. A close shot of the snaphook attachment point with a snaphook attached. A close shot of the zipper of the main compartment of the Pilot. The Co-Pilot and Pilot side-by-side. A ski trip loadout. A person carrying a Pilot through the airport. A person carrying a Pilot. Profile shot of a person carrying a Pilot. A person carrying a Pilot. A profile shot of a person holding a Pilot. A person holding a Pilot.

Description

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 AeronautTri-Star, and Western Flyer carry-on travel bags. Ultralight travelers may choose to use the Pilot as their "one bag" travel bag, utilizing 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 compartments, 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 five total O-rings in the Pilot.) Included with the bag are eight 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 a 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 other stuff. 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.

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.

Materials

Specs

Sewn in USA with globally sourced materials 100% finished seams

Dimensions: 15.4" (w) x 11.4" (h) x 5.1" (d) / 390 (w) x 290 (h) x 130 (d) mm
Weight:
1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 1 lbs 7.5 oz / 665 grams
1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon, with Standard Strap: 1 lbs 13.3 oz / 830 grams
525d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 1 lbs 5 oz / 595 grams
525d high tenacity ballistic nylon, with Standard Strap: 1 lbs 10.8 oz / 760 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 1 lbs 1.8 oz / 475 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop, with Standard Strap: 1 lbs 6.6 oz / 640 grams
Volume: 800 cubic inches / 13 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Meets domestic and international airlines' personal carry-on item size standard; easily fits in overhead compartment of CRJ commuter planes
What's Included:
1x Standard Shoulder Strap, May be Upgraded to Absolute Shoulder Strap
1x 8-inch Black Webbing Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
1x Black Zipper Pulls w/ Plastic Ends (8-Pack)
Total O-rings: 5 (2 in the main compartment, 1 in the left zippered pocket, 1 in the water bottle pocket, 1 in the right zippered pocket)
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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?

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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 Greg H.
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Rated 5 out of 5

This Bag Is Just Small Enough To Be Perfect for Minimal Travel

Let’s get one thing out of the way: every TB product is more impressive than its counterpart in the rest of the market, *and* that last Tom Bihn product you pulled out of the box. it’s a hallmark of superlative design that every single product seems even better than the last. So, I love my Western Flyer; it’s the PERFECT bag. I love my TriStar(s); each is perfect. Something as simple and small as a Grab Bag seems more holistically zen than whatever came before it. So it is with the Pilot, my new(est) one-bag travel bag. At 13 liters, it is tiny compared even to the Synik 22 I last used before it for the same extended weekend to SoCal. Into my Night Walk/Northwest Sky Pilot went my TSA kit, my non-TSA dop kit, my coffee kit [Keurig pods, bulletproof creamer packets, sweetener, frothier, etc., electronics bag, iPad mini, packing cube of underwear, dinner clothing, socks, etc., Davek Mini umbrella, Handy Little Thing One for AirPods (and iPhone & wallet going through security), magazines and paperback (gifts for an elderly relative) stuff sack of snacks. Truth be told, cramming this thing full will make it a little chunky. But it’s still comfortable to carry. The single handle has just enough padding to make it comfortable. I didn’t use a shoulder strap, but if I was going to be be gone for more than 3-4 days, I would. I could have added more, and I could have trimmed some of what I had. Would I want this to be everything for 28 days? Maybe not. But it could be, and that’s…

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Rated 5 out of 5

Amazing capacity for the size

I thought I would be giving up space when moving from a classic Timbuk2 messenger bag to the Pilot -- NOT SO. Right now my Pilot has two 13 inch laptops (MacBook and Fujitsu), 2 power supplies, external disk drive, coffee thermos, water bottle, a bunch of cables and connectors, some personal items, face masks and some files - all inside with zippers closed. I still have room for more in the outside back pocket. And the strap makes the load more comfortable on my shoulder. I credit intelligent design, compartments that can be packed vertically in the small pouches and great expandability (yep, it can get fat).

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Rated 5 out of 5

Best EDC bag EVER!

This bag is great for everything! It's my every day carry to work or anywhere else. It's also great for a personal item and a day bag while traveling. It fits great under an airplane seat and it's so easier to access while on the move than a back pack. It fits way more than you would expect and the organization is amazing. I love the water bottle pocket and the two front pockets are perfect for the small things that I need to carry with me.

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Reviewed by Margaret T.
Rated 5 out of 5

A super-solid bag that's served me well for many years.

I've had a blue nylon Pilot for about five years now. It's constantly been one of my go-to bags for a day in the city, bouncing between cafes and parks and annoying my cubicle-bound friends by posting scenic photos of my "office" online. It's kept my stuff dry in both Seattle's constant drizzle and New Orleans' occasional monsoons. When I'm sitting on a park bench or the grass, it's solid enough to plop my Wacom tablet on top of, and have a steady surface at a nice height for drawing since it's such a boxy thing. It's got my keys and a multitool and a little collapsible shopping bag lurking inside on key straps, it's got my to-do/diary in a front pocket most of the time, it's got a couple bags for my cables, it's ended up with my bike tools since I've shifted to cycling everywhere... everything I need for an average day lives in there. It's still hanging together super well, too, just a few stains and a few stray threads on the central zip because my water bottle's a little big.

if I could change anything about this bag I would consider a heavy o-ring just below the shoulder strap hooks; I like to occasionally hang hats and shopping bags off of that area. I've adapted by working a carabiner into each strap attachment loop and leaving it there for good, with another one dangling off, but it still feels a little awkward. Or maybe a couple of strap loops near the bottom so I could also carry a second strap for occasional ad-hoc backpack mode? It's damn fine as is though.

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