Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) Ballistic. Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) Ballistic with Dusk (blue-grey with light blue-grey grid) 210 Cerylon interior. Pilot in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic Pilot in Burnt Orange Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic with Northwest Sky (grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) Ballistic. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Wasabi (green 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 Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Sangria (red with red grid) 210 Cerylon interior. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Moss (green with light green grid) 210 Cerylon interior. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black Ballistic with grey label. Pilot in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic with Moss (green with light green grid) 210 Cerylon interior. Pilot in Deep Blue (dark blue) 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 (greyish brown) Ballistic with Northwest Sky (grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Ursa (greyish brown) Ballistic with Dusk (blue-grey with light blue-grey grid) 210 Cerylon interior. Pilot in Taiga (green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon.. Pilot in Taiga (green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon.
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$185.00


Color: Aubergine Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

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Personal item carry-on travel bag/laptop briefcase.

13 liters / 800 cu. in.


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$51.00 - 10A (10.5" 2021 iPad/ iPad Air/Pro)
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TLDR

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

Full Description

Main Compartment

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. 

What's Included

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.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls
A set of pulls to extend or replace your metal pulls.
 

What's Optional

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.

Cache
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.  

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. 

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

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.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls
A set of pulls to extend 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.

Cache
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.  

Materials

Handle

PORON® foam padded handle

Other Components

Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions

15.4" (w) x 11.4" (h) x 5.1" (d) / 390 (w) x 290 (h) x 130 (d) mm

Weight

630d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 1 lbs 5 oz / 595 grams
630d high tenacity ballistic nylon, with Standard Strap: 1 lbs 10.8 oz / 760 grams

Volume

13 liters / 800 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

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)

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 192 reviews
94%would recommend this product
192 reviews
  • Eric S.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, Versatile
    2 weeks ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, Versatile
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A nearly perfect laptop/EDC bag

    After using this bag for several weeks, I am already convinced that it is the perfect bag for me. As background, my previous EDC bag was a Filson Original Briefcase that I bought in 2019. I used it for 5 years and finally sold it earlier in 2024 due to some "needs" (wants haha) that are perfectly addressed by the Pilot:

    1) Needs to "stand up" on its own, instead of being leaned against something

    2) Dedicated thermos storage

    3) Zipped pockets for storage of smaller items

    4) Lighter colored fabric to find stuff in darker environments

    5) Light weight but rugged

    6) Rolling luggage handle pass through (I travel frequently for work)

    The Pilot delivers on all of these in spades. Time will tell how rugged this is but Tom Bihn's customer service, similar to Filson's, is top notch. The ONE thing that I would suggest to Tom Bihn is to add a snap to the rolling luggage pass through so that when it isn't in use, the back flap of fabric can be snapped to the main body of the bag. This would clean up the overall look and improve the bag, in my humble opinion.

  • Byron B.
    Verified Reviewer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Comfortable
    3 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Comfortable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    My Ursa Ballistic Pilot bag is easy to love.

    I ran into a pile of my old computer bags this weekend while cleaning, and it made me realize just how great my Pilot bag is compared to them. For over a year I have used only this bag. The number and placement of the compartments is perfect and the materials feel good to the touch compared to my other bags. No wonder I use this one as my everyday bag now! The organizational potential has no limits in the Pilot. My laptop, over-the-ear headphones and some stationary items are staples, and I just switch out other personal items as needed depending on what I'm doing for the day. The bag is compact in stature yet feels spacially substatial in use and I really enjoy how easy it is to use.

  • William H.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Compact, Durable
    7 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Compact, Durable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Awesome compact bag with a lot of space

    After months of use, this compact awesome bag with a lot of space has been my companion at work and at my chemotherapy infusion sessions at the hospital. When you look at the bag, you think that it is small; but when you look at the interior, you soon realize that looks are deceiving-it can hold many things. The construction is solid. As a college professor, I have purchased many of bags of high end brands that were much more expensive. And after just a few months of use, these high end bags began to tear or the stitching began to come undone in several places. None of these high end bags stand up to the quality of Tom Bihn. In fact, I like this bag so much that I purchased another one in gray. I just wanted to spoil myself with another one in a different color. I highly recommend this bag. The quality is amazing and the price is great. What also makes this bag great is that it is made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty on manufacture defects. Many of the high end bags that I have owned in the past were three times more expensive, with a limited warranty, and manufactured in another country. Tom Bihn bags give me the confidence that I am receiving a quality product at a great price while supporting a great business here at home.

  • Mark S.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Good Storage Size
    9 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Both the Pilot and Co-Pilot are Great

    I've got both and they're perfect. The smaller one fit the MacBook Air 13 inch and the larger one fits either their 14 inch Pro and the 15 inch MacBook Air. As I lecture and usually want some water during the class period, the front middle pocket is perfect for a water bottle.

  • Joel M.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Unique, Good Storage Size
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Unique, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great bag

    An all around great alternative to a the backpack I was slogging around. It has an amazing Alina of room for its size and great little pockets everywhere. I haven’t traveled with it yet but I look forward to doing so.

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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?

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 since 1972 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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