The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Black 210 Ballistic showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Black 210 Ballistic showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-BJ The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-WD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Iberian (bright blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-LD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan) 210 Ballistic showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan) 210 Ballistic showing the attachment points. Interior of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan) 210 Ballistic. The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Seapine Green (dark green) 630 Recycled showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Seapine Green (dark green) 630 Recycled showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-SR The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Logic Blue (light-medium blue) 630 Recycled showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Logic Blue (light-medium blue) 630 Recycled showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-LR The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Nebulous Grey (dark grey) 630 Recycled showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Nebulous Grey (dark grey) 630 Recycled showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-GR The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-ID The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-ND The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-UD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Acuity (light blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Acuity (light blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-AD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Sitka (forest green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Sitka (forest green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-KD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Tidal (faded blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Tidal (faded blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. An open interior shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Tidal (faded blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. An open interior shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Zest 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. visible variant TB0418-ZD visible variant TB0418-ZD visible variant TB0418-FD visible variant TB0418-FD visible variant TB0418-FD Handy Little Thing Size 1 in Seafoam 200 Halcyon. Handy Little Thing Size 1 in Seafoam 200 Halcyon. Handy Little Thing Size 1 in Cerise 200 Halcyon. Handy Little Thing Size 1 in Cerise 200 Halcyon. The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Island (blue) 210 Ballistic showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner.  The back of a Handy Little Thing size 1 in Island (blue) 210 Ballistic.  The inside of a Handy Little Thing size 1 in Island (blue) 210 Ballistic. The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Dawn (purple/grey) 210 Ballistic showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner.  The back of a Handy Little Thing size 1 in Dawn (purple/grey) 210 Ballistic.  The inside of a Handy Little Thing size 1 in Dawn (purple/grey) 210 Ballistic. new color / photo coming soon; an illustration of shears and a length of fabric. Photo Coming Soon! This bag/color combination is brand new! As soon as few finish the first production run here in our Seattle Factory, we'll put up an actual photo of the bag. 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Color: Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

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A clamshell organizer pouch with tons of pockets, webbing and elastic loops, and other spots for cords, pens, tools, and more.

1.5 liters / 85 cu. in. 

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TLDR

The Size 1 Handy Little Thing (HLT) is a sweet clamshell organizer pouch.

  • 1 exterior zippered pocket with an included 8" Key Strap
  • 2 small interior zippered pockets
  • 1 mesh zippered pocket
  • 6 O-rings
  • 10 interior elastic and webbing loops to retain your cords and tools
  • 2 Medium Swivel Double Carabiners clipped to the thumb loops on the exterior
  • 4 exterior loops to hook pens/flashlights/tools
  • Hidden slot under the mesh zippered pouch through which you can tuck a notebook cover
  • Attachment points for a 1" Gatekeeper Hip Belt or 1" Shoulder Strap

The HLT is available in two sizes: Size 1 and Size 2.

Full Description

The Size 1 Handy Little Thing (HLT) is designed to accessorize your bigger TOM BIHN bag or work on its own. This bag is a dream for the ultra-organized or will be the inspiration you needed to realize your organizing potential.

Here's a little background story: When Nik was designing the Synik, Darcy envisioned creating a new style of ultra organizer pouch that would work with the Synik (but also any of our other bags) and would be useful in a variety of ways and scenarios. And like the Synik, it would clamshell open. Nik thought she must have been joking because he was pretty busy with the Synik 22 and 30. Months later, and after several protoypes and much testing, we can now say that vision has become reality... or rather, a thing.

Use It As A Main Compartment Organizer

On the exterior of the HLT are two Medium Swivel Double Carabiners on the thumb loops. Simply clip the Carabiners on the O-rings inside the main compartment of the Synik.

Once your HLT is clipped in your Synik, you can either leave it zipped shut or zipped open — in the latter case, you'd use it as a sort-of Freudian Slip.

When you need to access items out of that open-top pocket in the Synik, slide the HLT (still connected to the O-rings) up and out of the top of the Synik.

Tuck In The Bottom External Pocket Of The Synik

The HLT 1 fits in the bottom external pocket of the Synik 22, but it also fits in either exterior side pocket of the Synik 30. Same goes for the Synapse 19 and the Synapse 25.

Carry As A Minimal Waist Pack, Sling, Or Shoulder Bag

If you've already got a 1" Gatekeeper Waist Belt from one of our other backpacks, then you can use it with the HLT.

You can also attach a 1" Shoulder Strap if you want to carry the HLT crossbody or over the shoulder. You might already have one of these if you have our Side Kick.

Clip To The Seat Pocket On The Airplane

You can also clip the included Swivel Double Carabiners to the back seat pocket on the airplane seat in front of you; this way, your in-flight items — earbuds, snacks, sleeping mask, utility cloth, pen, notebook, cables, wallet, phone — are easily within reach throughout your flights.

Use As A Write-In Notebook Holder Or Work-Out-Of-Tool Pouch

Slide your hand through the webbing handle loop on the back and tuck your thumb in one of the thumb loops and you have a notebook holder that rests securely in one hand* so you can take notes, write, or draw with the other hand. The notebook function works for both left-handed and right-handed people.

The HLT 1 fits smaller notebooks like the doane paper or Field Notes 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" (89 mm x 140 mm) size

*Since the Size 1 HLT is a small pouch overall, people with larger hands may only be able to get three fingers through the handle, but it will still work as a write-in notebook holder regardless.

On the exterior of the HLT are two Medium Swivel Double Carabiners on the thumb loops. Simply clip the Carabiners on the O-rings inside the main compartment of the Synik.

Once your HLT is clipped in your Synik, you can either leave it zipped shut or zipped open — in the latter case, you'd use it as a sort-of Freudian Slip.

When you need to access items out of that open-top pocket in the Synik, slide the HLT (still connected to the O-rings) up and out of the top of the Synik.

The HLT 1 fits in the bottom external pocket of the Synik 22, but it also fits in either exterior side pocket of the Synik 30. Same goes for the Synapse 19 and the Synapse 25.

If you've already got a 1" Gatekeeper Waist Belt from one of our other backpacks, then you can use it with the HLT.

You can also attach a 1" Shoulder Strap if you want to carry the HLT crossbody or over the shoulder. You might already have one of these if you have our Side Kick.

You can also clip the included Swivel Double Carabiners to the back seat pocket on the airplane seat in front of you; this way, your in-flight items — earbuds, snacks, sleeping mask, utility cloth, pen, notebook, cables, wallet, phone — are easily within reach throughout your flights.

Slide your hand through the webbing handle loop on the back and tuck your thumb in one of the thumb loops and you have a notebook holder that rests securely in one hand* so you can take notes, write, or draw with the other hand. The notebook function works for both left-handed and right-handed people.

The HLT 1 fits smaller notebooks like the doane paper or Field Notes 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" (89 mm x 140 mm) size

*Since the Size 1 HLT is a small pouch overall, people with larger hands may only be able to get three fingers through the handle, but it will still work as a write-in notebook holder regardless.

Materials

Specs

Dimensions

7.3” (w) x 4.5” (h) x 2.6” (d) / 185 (w) x 115 (h) x 65 (d) mm

Weight

200 Halcyon: 4.2 oz / 120 grams
210 Ballistic: 4.4 oz / 125 grams

Volume

1.5 liters / 85 cu. in. 

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157 reviews
  • Tonya
    2 years ago
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Love it but...

    I have the HLT size 2 and am about to pull the trigger on an HLT size 1 because I find it such a useful little pouch. It's exactly what the name suggests. However, I wish Bihn had made all the interior loops elastic. Some don't stretch and are fine if you insert something with a clip - like a knife or pen. But if you need any sort of elasticized holding power, these loops are useless. I get why Bihn did this... Molle loops aren't elastic. However, I don't want any Molle attachments inside a tiny minimalist carrier pouch. Instead, I'd prefer something with some gripping power. If Bihn would change this feature and make all the loops elastic, I'd be tempted to buy about 10 of these things for all avenues and areas of my life.

  • Melanie H.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Unique, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Unique, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Spacious, versatile - Amazing organization in a small package

    It's surprising how much fits into this bag. Every nook and cranny was clearly carefully thought out to maximize organization and functionality. At first glance it might appear as just another organization pouch, but upon use the subtle design elements really stand out, making this a highly functional and useful addition to your travel and everyday bag collection.

    Shown here attached with the included swivel carabiners to a Yeti Camino 35 (similar to how it will hang on an airplane seat back). Color is Fjord in Halcyon fabric, which feels a bit more flexible and forgiving than the ballistic fabric (minimal difference, so I think fabric is mainly a personal preference decision).

  • Julian G.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Unique
    8 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Unique
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Same same but different

    Just as wonderful as the larger one but in a more compact size. The only qualm I have is that this one does not have the inside pocket behind the mesh that the larger one has.

  • Robert S.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Made in USA, Compact, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Made in USA, Compact, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Handy little electronics organizer

    This is a perfect little size for building out my device / electronics kit. I use if for iPhone and iPad chargers, headphones, cables, external drive, and a device stand. Anyplace I go, I can take this with me and be ready for everything.

  • eliza m.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality Finishings, Compact, Durable
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality Finishings, Compact, Durable
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    almost great--

    if a bit bigger, i could have stashed

    all art materials for flight

    love the hooks for hanging from seat pocket

    elastics for brushes/pens too loose

    pockets just shy of paintbrushlength

    as a collagist, i carry a small vessel of matte medium & would like a spot to hold it still

    instead of tucking it inside, vulnerable to falling out

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