A Tri-Star in Black 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Black 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Black 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic with an Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Black 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Black 525 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in the Navy 1050 Ballistic A Tri-Star in the Navy 1050 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic with an Moab (brick red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. A Tri-Star in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with an Tidal (pale blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with an Tidal (pale blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Tri-Star in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior.
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Color: Black 1050 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

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Three-compartment travel bag designed to rule the world (or at least the skies).

33 liters / 2000 cu. in.



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TLDR

The Tri-Star is a three-way carry travel bag designed with the super organized, minimalist business traveler in mind. It is part of our main carry-on travel bag options along with the Western Flyer, Aeronaut, and Techonaut

  • 3 main compartments of equal size and 9 O-rings
  • 4 exterior pockets in the front panel
  • Carry as a briefcase, backpack, or shoulder bag
  • Personal item carry-on friendly for most airlines

Full Description

Three Main Compartments

The Tri-Star has three main compartments of equal size. The front compartment has 2 O-rings and a vertical divider that zips out of the way if it's not wanted. We recommend storing your clothes in a Tri-Star Packing Cube which is designed to fit in these compartments. Either half of the divided front compartment can fit a pair of shoes in a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

With room for most sizes of our Cache laptop sleeve, the center compartment of the Tri-Star provides a secure and protected place for your laptop. Simply attach the Cache onto the two unobtrusive webbing loops and you're good to go. If you want to store a notebook, pens, and/or a small tablet, the Freudian Slip is a great organizational addition to the Tri-Star. There are also 2 O-rings in this compartment.

The back compartment is full of open space and is ready to accept a Large Tri-Star Packing Cube, a Small and a Medium Tri-Star Packing Cube, or your clothes just on their own. It also features two compression/tie-down straps to help keep your clothing in place and wrinkle-free. They're an alternative to the Packing Cubes. The compression/tie-down straps are removable (via Gatekeepers) so if you don't want or need to use them, you can leave them behind. 

4 Front Exterior Organizational Pockets

On the left are three horizontal zippered pockets with an O-ring in each. One of the O-rings includes an 8" Key Strap, which is useful for tethering and keeping track of your keys or your AirPods. On the other O-ring, you can attach our Mystery Organizer Pouches or Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches. The top zippered pocket spans the full height of the bag and the bottom pocket goes about halfway.

On the right is a curved zippered pocket that is useful for storing a boarding pass when unzipped partially. Unzip it entirely, it's an expandable water bottle pocket. The bellows that make the pocket expandable can be snapped up so your water bottle doesn't fall out, or unsnapped to allow greater access to the pocket. 

Ways to Carry the Tri-Star

Backpack

Want to carry the Tri-Star like a backpack? Untuck the hideaway backpack straps (same as those on our Aeronaut and Western Flyer) from the back compartment and snap on the bottom of the straps. They're our Edgeless Shoulder Straps and feature a 3/4" removable sternum strap and an optional (not included with this bag) 1" removable gatekeeper waist strap. Both the sternum and waist straps are simple webbing straps designed to help distribute weight and stabilize the bag to your body. 

Shoulder Bag

The attachment points for an optional shoulder strap are offset on the Tri-Star to provide the best balance and comfort, should you carry the bag with a shoulder strap. We recommend using the Absolute Shoulder Strap with the Tri-Star if comfort is your primary concern. You also have the option of using any shoulder strap you already have that attaches to D-rings. 

Briefcase

Two comfortable, padded handles made from PORON® foam sit directly above the center of gravity for maximum comfort, stability, and balance.

What's Included

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

If you plan to carry the Tri-Star as a shoulder bag, the Absolute Shoulder Strap is the only strap you'll ever need. 

Tri-Star Packing Cube

We recommend organizing your clothes and shoes in a Tri-Star Packing Cube. Cinch it down with the included tie-down straps for extra security. 

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

You can also store your shoes in a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag and store it on either half of the divided compartment. The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag will fit up to a size 12 in men's. 

Freudian Slip

Love organizing and want even more pockets? The Tri-Star/Western Flyer Freudian Slip adds an additional eleven organizational pockets to your bag. One side of the Freudian Slip has two folder pockets that can fit folders/papers horizontally or vertically. The other side has two flat zippered pockets, four pen slots, two pockets sized for your wallet or phone, and a credit card slot. 

Cache

The Tri-Star can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you want a little bit of extra padding for your laptop, we recommend adding a Cache.

The Tri-Star has three main compartments of equal size. The front compartment has 2 O-rings and a vertical divider that zips out of the way if it's not wanted. We recommend storing your clothes in a Tri-Star Packing Cube which is designed to fit in these compartments. Either half of the divided front compartment can fit a pair of shoes in a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

With room for most sizes of our Cache laptop sleeve, the center compartment of the Tri-Star provides a secure and protected place for your laptop. Simply attach the Cache onto the two unobtrusive webbing loops and you're good to go. If you want to store a notebook, pens, and/or a small tablet, the Freudian Slip is a great organizational addition to the Tri-Star. There are also 2 O-rings in this compartment.

The back compartment is full of open space and is ready to accept a Large Tri-Star Packing Cube, a Small and a Medium Tri-Star Packing Cube, or your clothes just on their own. It also features two compression/tie-down straps to help keep your clothing in place and wrinkle-free. They're an alternative to the Packing Cubes. The compression/tie-down straps are removable (via Gatekeepers) so if you don't want or need to use them, you can leave them behind. 

On the left are three horizontal zippered pockets with an O-ring in each. One of the O-rings includes an 8" Key Strap, which is useful for tethering and keeping track of your keys or your AirPods. On the other O-ring, you can attach our Mystery Organizer Pouches or Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches. The top zippered pocket spans the full height of the bag and the bottom pocket goes about halfway.

On the right is a curved zippered pocket that is useful for storing a boarding pass when unzipped partially. Unzip it entirely, it's an expandable water bottle pocket. The bellows that make the pocket expandable can be snapped up so your water bottle doesn't fall out, or unsnapped to allow greater access to the pocket. 

Backpack

Want to carry the Tri-Star like a backpack? Untuck the hideaway backpack straps (same as those on our Aeronaut and Western Flyer) from the back compartment and snap on the bottom of the straps. They're our Edgeless Shoulder Straps and feature a 3/4" removable sternum strap and an optional (not included with this bag) 1" removable gatekeeper waist strap. Both the sternum and waist straps are simple webbing straps designed to help distribute weight and stabilize the bag to your body. 

Shoulder Bag

The attachment points for an optional shoulder strap are offset on the Tri-Star to provide the best balance and comfort, should you carry the bag with a shoulder strap. We recommend using the Absolute Shoulder Strap with the Tri-Star if comfort is your primary concern. You also have the option of using any shoulder strap you already have that attaches to D-rings. 

Briefcase

Two comfortable, padded handles made from PORON® foam sit directly above the center of gravity for maximum comfort, stability, and balance.

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

If you plan to carry the Tri-Star as a shoulder bag, the Absolute Shoulder Strap is the only strap you'll ever need. 

Tri-Star Packing Cube

We recommend organizing your clothes and shoes in a Tri-Star Packing Cube. Cinch it down with the included tie-down straps for extra security. 

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

You can also store your shoes in a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag and store it on either half of the divided compartment. The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag will fit up to a size 12 in men's. 

Freudian Slip

Love organizing and want even more pockets? The Tri-Star/Western Flyer Freudian Slip adds an additional eleven organizational pockets to your bag. One side of the Freudian Slip has two folder pockets that can fit folders/papers horizontally or vertically. The other side has two flat zippered pockets, four pen slots, two pockets sized for your wallet or phone, and a credit card slot. 

Cache

The Tri-Star can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you want a little bit of extra padding for your laptop, we recommend adding a Cache.

Materials

Zippers

#10 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent coil zipper on main compartments
#8 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent coil zippers on all other pockets

Shoulder Straps

Edgeless EV50 1/2” / 12mm shoulder straps (EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® foam)

Handle

PORON® foam handle

Other Components

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

Specs

Dimensions

18.9" (w) x 13" (h) x 8.1" (d) / 480 (w) x 330 (h) x 205 (d) mm

Weight

1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 3 lb 6 oz / 1525 grams
525d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 3 lb 2.5 oz / 1433 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 2 lb 12 oz / 1255 grams

Volume

33 Liters / 2000 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

10 (2 in the front main compartment, 2 in the center main compartment, 3 in the back main compartment, 1 in the top front zippered pocket, 1 in the middle front zippered pocket, 1 in the bottom front zippered pocket)

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Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
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59 reviews
  • Emilio C.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality Finishings, Comfortable
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality Finishings, Comfortable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    All bases covered

    First of all, I must say that the folks at Tom Bihn go above and beyond to make certain we are fully informed on their products.

    I searched for several weeks, looking for the “perfect” travel bag and came across several contenders. I insisted on only purchasing products that are proudly made in the USA. This feature obviously limited my search, but I still managed to find a few here and there. I did purchase other products only to have them repackaged and returned. Just because a company is based in the USA doesn’t necessarily mean that all of their products are fabricated in the USA. I learned to do better research on my end.

    Then I came across Tom Bihn. I was extremely impressed with the all the details they provide for each and every item they have available on their website. I spent hours reading and learning about their products. Pictures, videos, customer reviews, and all the descriptions really helped me visualize what to expect. As soon as I made the purchase I was eager to hold Tom Bihn products in my own hands.

    Needless to say, they did not disappoint! Actually, they far exceeded my expectations! Very high-quality materials put together with top-notch craftsmanship is on full display with their products.

    Last but not least, I do want to extend my gratitude for all the help Mike and Matthew provided. Their Customer Service is second to none and complement their products very nicely. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase—thank you very much!

  • Andreas D.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Unique, Versatile
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Unique, Versatile
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Most anticipated Tom Bihn arrival yet - And did not disappoint!

    I bought my first Tom Bihn bag back in Feb-22 for my birthday - a Synik 30 - which I was excited to receive. But the Tri-Star was something else! It seemed like the perfect bag for business and leisure travel, by train, car or plane; it had all the features I was looking for... But it continued to be out of stock month after month. I looked at all the reviews multiple times, and I waited, and waited... and finally it was back on the production line, and my most preferred colour was on the list: Grey Steel exterior with Blue Fjord interior. So on restock day I was hunched over my latop, at 07:00 Seattle time (15:00 London UK) ready to hit the button as soon as the order book opened... and I was lucky to get my order through. A long week went past and my Tristar arrived - the most anticipated Tom Bihn arrival ever! And the bag is perfect - it has not disappointed. The sad truth is that I am still working from home (Covid) with no work trip opportunities on the horizon... so I waited for my wife to go work (she does not know the full extent my bag obsession) and I did 2 trials to test my Tristar. Trial 1: Work Trip, 1 night away: laptop, cables and chargers; ipad, freudian slip with pens and documents, 1 spare shirt and change of underwear; toiletries; gym kit. Everything fitted perfectly. The bag was not too heavy; and very comfortable to carry as a backpack (I walked up and down my street several times). Trial 2: Leisure weekend away to London with wife: …

  • Leah K.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Easily Adjustable
    Yesterday
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Easily Adjustable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    fantastic travel bag

    The Tri-star has long been my "dream bag" and it doesn't disappoint. The only thing I'd say is that it's definitely a bit on the large size, particularly for shorter people ... so, not an everyday carry bag for me, but great when I needed a larger bag. It also seems like it would be too big for a personal item for most airlines (but certainly a good carry on size). Love the multiple carry options (though wish it had a luggage pass through). Would also love a version of this bag that has all the carry options but is sized for everyday use.

  • Ryan H.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    High Quality and Versatile

    I was in need of a good quality travel bag that can handle my oversized laptop, and after over a month of intense research, I landed on the Tri-Star. This was my first Tom Bihn product, but it definitely won't be my last! The build quality is superb, and the design and functionality is exactly what I needed. I purchased the shoulder strap as well, which really added to the overall functionality and quality. Can't wait to start adding some more organizational accessories!

  • Bryant D.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Compact
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Compact
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Perfect Mid-Sized Travel Bag

    Proved it's worth on a week long trip to two cities. As always, the construction is impeccable and the design is marvelous. It’s so good we’re considering another one to make long weekends easier.

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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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