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Western Flyer

Regular price $250.00
  • Original 400 Halcyon/Wasabi 200 Halcyon
  • Black 400 Halcyon/Island 200 Halcyon
  • Black 1050 Ballistic/Wasabi 200 Halcyon
  • Aubergine 1050 Ballistic/Wasabi 200 Halcyon
  • Navy 1050 Ballistic/Wasabi 200 Halcyon
  • Verde 1050 Ballistic/Ultraviolet 200 Halcyon
  • Verde 1050 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
  • Black 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
  • Black 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
  • Mars Red 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
  • Deep Blue 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
  • Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
  • Black 1050 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
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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.

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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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    Our masks are satisfaction guaranteed. Please emailus@tombihn.com if you're happy with your mask *or* there's something that doesn't work for you. We want to hear from you!

  • Our bags and face masks are designed and cut & 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 more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.

Materials:

U.S. high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon
— or —
bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® certified Ultralight 400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop
bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® certified 200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric lining
#10 YKK Aquaguard® Coil Zippers with lockable sliders on main compartment
#8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zippers on pockets
Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components
Bound-edge EV50 .375" / 10mm shoulder straps (EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® foam)
PORON® foam handle


Construction:

Made in USA with fabric from Korea / Japan / U.S.A.
100% finished seams


Specs:

Dimensions: 17.9" (w) x 12" (h) x 7.1" (d) / 455 (w) x 305 (h) x 180 (d) mm
Weight:
1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 2 lb 10 oz / 1200 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 2 lb 3 oz / 985 grams
Volume:
1600 cubic inches / 26 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
What's Included:
1x 8-inch Black Webbing Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
1x Black Zipper Pulls w/ Plastic Ends (8-Pack)
1x Sternum Strap Assembly
Total O-rings: 6 (2 in the front main compartment, 2 in the back main compartment, 1 in the top front zippered pocket, 1 in the bottom front zippered pocket)
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The smallest of our main carry-on travel bag options for short trips or uber-minimalist packers.

The Western Flyer might just be the ultimate overnight bag: classic lines, well-thought-out features, three comfortable carrying methods to choose among, zip-away backpack straps, and, of course, the materials and construction you've come to expect from TOM BIHN.

It's also the smallest of our four main carry-on travel bags. The Tri-Star is larger than the Western Flyer or the Aeronaut 30, and the Aeronaut 45 is largest of them all. You might also check out our personal carry-on size bags -- Co-Pilot, Pilot, and Stowaway -- as they pair well with the Western Flyer. Or, if you're a truly minimalist traveler, you could even use the Co-PilotPilot, or Stowaway as your one travel bag; all three meet U.S. and international carry-on sizing requirements and fit in the overhead compartment of CRJ commuter planes. But we digress... 

The Western Flyer has two main compartments of equal size. The front compartment has a vertical divider that zips out of the way if it's not wanted. Available for purchase separately are three sizes of Packing Cubes designed especially for the main compartments of the Western Flyer. Also available are the Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) and Packing Cube Shoulder Bag. Either half of the divided front compartment can fit a pair of shoes — Tom's (he wears size 12) personal Holy Grail in any travel bag. (You may want to first put your shoes in an All Fabric Packing Cube or a plastic bag.) The back compartment is large and undivided, and it's an ideal place to secure our Cache laptop sleeve. The Cache is available in sizes specifically for every Apple laptop and iPad; PC users, click here for our Laptop Bag Fit Guide.

For access to all things small-and-easily-lost, the front of the Western Flyer features three zippered pockets, all with #8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zippers (cord pulls are included at no charge). On the right is a subtle-but-clever curved zipper pocket: unzip it partially and it's a useful pocket for a boarding pass. Unzipped 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; unsnap them for greater access to the pocket.

On the left side are two horizontal zippered pockets. The top zippered pocket spans the full height of the bag; the second goes about halfway. Both horizontal zippered pockets have O-rings inside. To one of these O-rings, an included 8" Key Strap is attached, useful for tethering and keeping track of your keys, pocket watch, Swiss Army knife, or other small item.

A comfortable, padded handle sits directly above the center of gravity for a more balanced, comfortable carry. Two padded grab handles on the short ends facilitate pulling the bag out from the overhead compartment or a locker, or from under a seat.

The Western Flyer features comfortable hide-away backpack straps. For longer sprints through the airport or across town, the backpack straps (same as those on our Aeronaut and Tri-Star convertible carry-on travel bags) are comfortable and help one carry a heavy load more easily. The padded, contoured shoulder straps feature a removable/adjustable sternum strap and can be tucked away in their own compartment when not in use. (The sternum strap is included. Add a waist strap for $10.) Or, you can opt to carry the bag on your shoulder: two D rings accept our Absolute Shoulder Strap (almost anyone else's shoulder strap will work too).

The Western Flyer is made with an exterior of our U.S. made, 1050 denier, high tenacity ballistic nylon: twice the abrasion resistance of 1680 denier fabric. It's lined with our ultralight, super-tough, 200 denier Japanese Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric; a #10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zipper with lockable sliders closes the main compartment.

Take a trip: buy this bag and get out of here!

Choosing an Exterior Fabric

You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the Western Flyer is typically available* in two different exterior fabrics. Our Materials Glossary explains each fabric in great detail, but here are some quick facts that may help you decide which to choose. And we're always here if you have questions: emailus@tombihn.com

400d Halcyon
Weave: plain weave with 1/4” / 6mm ripstop
Fibers: 400 denier type 6 filament nylon (base fabric); 420 denier ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene ripstop grid
Coating: light urethane
Made in: Japan

Choose this fabric if:
  • You want a lighter weight alternative to traditional nylon fabrics that has remarkable tear strength and good abrasion resistance.
  • You're looking for a fabric with a modern, "technical" appearance.
  • You have pets: 400d Halcyon doesn't collect pet hair, reducing your monthly lint roller costs.

1050d High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon
Weave: 2x2 “ballistic” weave
Fibers: 1050 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon
Coating: medium urethane
Made in: U.S.A.

Choose this fabric if:
  • You want a super-tough fabric – originally designed for use in bullet-proof vests.
  • The weight of your bag isn’t a huge concern (though it’s worth noting that 1050d Ballistic is still lighter than cotton canvas or leather).
  • You want a smooth surface that won’t collect pet hair or sweater fuzz, slides easily into and out of the overhead bin, and fits in whether you're traveling for work or leisure.

*There may be times when one of the exterior fabrics mentioned here isn't available. Even with our best efforts, the demand for our bags occasionally outpaces our production capabilities: at times, some products, color combinations, or fabrics might be temporarily unavailable or "In Production." See the In Production color combinations as a guide to what our factory crew is making and what will be available next.


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1. Measure Your Laptop

Measure your laptop (or Google its make, model, and the word “dimensions” to find its listed dimensions).
Compare its measurements with the chart to the left (swap the Height and Width when measuring for a Vertical oriented Cache).

Laptop Measurements Diagram

2. Compare Those Measurements To These

Cache
Size Interior Width Interior Height Interior Thickness
08A (iPad Mini)7.76" / 197mm5.08" / 129mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm
10A (10.5" iPad Pro)9.76" / 248mm6.61" / 168mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm
10B (iPad or 9.7" iPad Pro)9.33" / 237mm6.46" / 164mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm
13E (11" Macbook Air)11.89" / 302mm7.44" / 189mm0.39-1.00" / 10-25mm

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