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Introducing the Citizen Canine

Introducing the Citizen Canine

Introducing the Citizen Canine

The Citizen Canine is a small bag designed to come along when you take your best friend for a walk. The treat compartment makes up the top two-thirds of the bag; the top edge of the pouch is stiffened to remain open for easy access, but closes with a drawstring so the treats stay inside otherwise. The treat portion is also big enough to fit a tennis or similar sized ball (or toy) if your buddy is more inspired by fetch than by food.

Introducing the Citizen Canine

Poop bags dispense discreetly from a soft plastic grommet on the lower back side of the Citizen Canine; there’s zippered access to the inside of the Citizen Canine where a clever metal pin assembly retains the roll of bags so they can roll easily. We ship the Citizen Canine with one roll of compostable BioBags; more are available for purchase here.

Introducing the Citizen Canine

On first glance it may seem like a simple little bag, but on further inspection you’ll be impressed how many cool features we’ve packed in to such a small amount of real estate. For us, making such a small, feature-filled bag is a bit like working in nano-technology: the cutting and sewing gets more challenging as it all gets smaller.

Introducing the Citizen Canine

There’s a front zippered pocket sized to fit an iPhone (room enough for ID/credit card/cash too) AND a back zippered pocket sized for keys, change, or a clicker, so you can go out with the Citizen Canine and nothing more. Plus, below the label on the front of the bag is a loop of nylon webbing so you can attach a Guardian Light for use after dark.

  • $55. Includes shoulder strap and one roll of BioBag compostable dog waste bags.
  • We will donate $5 for every Citizen Canine purchased to Old Dog Haven, an organization that finds foster or permanent homes for senior dogs, through Dec. 31st, 2011
  • Available for pre-order; ships by December 7th
  • Available in colors: Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Steel/Ultraviolet, Kiwi/Ultraviolet, Navy/Solar, Forest/Steel, and Cardinal/Steel
  • Optional Krebs Recycle leash clips to shoulder or waist strap for when you and your dog have off-leash fun
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    Introducing the Travel Tray: Don’t sweat the small stuff (don’t lose it.)

    Introducing the Travel Tray: Don’t sweat the small stuff (don’t lose it.)

    Introducing the Travel Money Belt

    Pop the Travel Tray out of your luggage when you arrive at your destination and drop in your keys, coins, wallet, cell phone — all that small stuff that you don’t want to have wander off while you sleep.

    Introducing the Travel Money Belt

    Unlike other travel trays, our Travel Tray pulls shut with a drawstring so it can be used for more than just organizing the top of your bureau. Need to depart with some degree of alacrity? Simply leave some or all of those little things in the tray, pull the drawstring and hit the road.

    $22. In stock, ships within one business day. Available in four colors: Steel, Solar, Ultraviolet, and Iberian.

    Watch a video demonstrating the Travel Tray.

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    Introducing the Travel Money Belt

    Introducing the Travel Money Belt

    Introducing the Travel Money Belt

    The Travel Money Belt is a simple and clever way to discreetly carry cash, traveler’s cheques and/or a photocopy of your passport. It’s made of 1-1/4″ / 32mm heavy nylon webbing with a simple plastic buckle, which means no moving parts to break. Concealed on the underside of the belt is a 20″ / 500mm #3.5 YKK coil zipper with a plastic zipper slider. The pocket created by the zipper can hold up to 15 US $100 bills: three stacks of five bills, folded into thirds or quarters. Because the Travel Money Belt has no metal parts, you can wear it through some airport security checkpoints (not Advanced Imaging Technology, though.)

    $20. In sizes Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large (want a bigger size? Email or call us and we’ll make one for you.) Available for pre-order; ships by December 2nd.

    Introducing the Travel Money Belt

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    Open tomorrow for Small Business Saturday

    Open tomorrow for Small Business Saturday

    Every Swift now comes with a TOM BIHN Ruler

    Every Swift now comes with a TOM BIHN Ruler

    We’ve decided to start including a complimentary TOM BIHN ruler in every Swift, Swift in Cork and Little Swift. Order any Swift now and into the future and you’ll find the ruler inside one of the clear pockets. Sound good?

    Every Swift now comes with a TOM BIHN Ruler

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    Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos

    Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos

    Thanks to our Seattle factory crew, some Cadet pre-orders shipped yesterday and more will ship today and next week. You’ll receive an email notification with your tracking number when your order ships. If you’d like an update on when your Cadet pre-order will ship, email us.

    Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos

    Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos
    Left to right: 11/iPad Cadet, 15/13 Cadet, and Zephyr.

    Update on Cadet pre-orders + more photos

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    Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

    Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

    TOM BIHN: Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

    Tom designed The Cadet for people who want a small-ish briefcase, simple with lots of features: a safe place to carry a laptop, comfortable handles, and easy-access phone and magazine pockets. Yes, all this plus the Cadet zips up for use in zero-gravity situations like being turned up-side-down in your car or under the seat of an airplane.
    I think we thought of everything.

    TOM BIHN: Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

    The Cadet is available is two sizes: 15/13 and 11/iPad. Both sizes feature a removable protective laptop sleeve (called the Cadet Cache) in sizes designed specifically to fit Apple laptops and the iPad: the 15/13 size fits both the 15″ and 13″ MacBook Pro, the 13″ MacBook, and the 13″ MacBook Air, while the 11/iPad size fits the 11″ MacBook Air and the iPad/iPad 2. While designed to fit Apples, there are many PC laptops that will fit, too.

    TOM BIHN: Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

    The Cadet is available for pre-order in colors Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Steel/Solar, Forest/Steel, Navy/Solar, and Cardinal/Steel. The 15/13 size will ship by mid-November while the 11/iPad size will ship by late November. $170. Includes the Cadet Cache laptop sleeve and our Standard Shoulder Strap.

    TOM BIHN: Introducing the Cadet laptop briefcase

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    The Camera Insert Update: Part 2 (Using it with the Brain Bag on hikes)

    The Camera Insert Update: Part 2 (Using it with the Brain Bag on hikes)

    In Part 1 of the Camera Insert Update, we showed you what the Camera Insert can fit. In Part 2, Tom describes hiking in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks with the Brain Bag fully loaded with the Camera Insert and equipment.

    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1

    One of our first hikes of the trip was the Peek-A-Boo trail, which leaves the rim of Bryce Canyon at Bryce Point, descending several hundred feet and heading north just about a mile to the first trail junction. From there the trail descends a further 500 feet and heads east, then bottoming out and looping back west and south, climbing the roughly 1000 feet it dropped back to Bryce Point. The Peek-A-Boo Trail winds through numerous tunnels, cut through the sandstone. I remember looking down into Bryce Canyon when I was eight years old (see photo below) and those tunnels have fascinated me ever since. It was great to have finally hiked the Peek-A-Boo.

    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1

    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1

    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1

    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1

    The Brain Bag was great: I won’t say it was like carrying nothing at all, but considering the heavy load, even I was surprised at how comfortable it was. We brought a water filter so we didn’t need to carry extra water, but Darcy’s camera stuff more than made up for that savings in weight. The mesh back panel of the Brain Bag didn’t eliminate sweat buildup but considering the heat in the upper 80s and the 30+ pound load, I had no complaints. Keep in mind that the Brain Bag was designed for rigorous everyday, urban use; our hikes in Zion and Bryce Canyon were above-and-beyond what the pack was intended for and yet the Brain Bag performed like a champ.

    The next day we hiked the Northgate Peaks Trail, leaving from from the Wildcat Trailhead in the Kolob Plateau area. This is a relatively high-elevation trail and hiking was a bit cooler, but the elevation made the work harder, too. We did a bit of cross-country from the end of the trail, climbing to the top of a small knob just ’cause. It was great to get away from the crowds of Zion Canyon and the views were stunning.

    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1
    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1
    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1
    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1
    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1

    Inside of the Brain Bag, we used a prototype of the Camera Insert. I’ve been developing the Camera Insert with the help of my brother Dan, who is a professional photographer in Colorado. With its adjustable dividers, the Camera Insert was able to carry Darcy’s Canon 7D body, Canon 50mm f/1.4, 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, and 70-200mm f/2.8L lenses, a Small Padded Organizer Pouch with memory cards, and a 3D Clear Organizer Cube containing a filter, battery charger, extra batteries, lens blower/brush, cleaning cloths, cleaning solution, and remote shutter release cord, all organized and easy to get at, safely protected from external impacts and each other. The padding of the Camera Insert along with the padding on the back of the Brain Bag protected me from all that equipment, too – essential for carrying such a load all day.

    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1
    While we mostly used it inside of the Brain Bag on this trip, the Camera Insert has padded handles and attachment points for a shoulder strap so it can be used as a stand-alone camera/lens case when desired. Sometimes, the best opportunities to see and take photos of wildlife are from the road, and keeping the Camera Insert in the front seat of the car kept Darcy’s camera gear easily accessible.

    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1
    We also used a tripod bag that is designed to attach to the Camera Insert when used alone, but we attached it to the front of the Brain Bag and that was perfect for our hikes.
    The Camera Insert Update: Part 1
    We’re not ready to show you the actual Camera Insert – yet. I’m making a few materials changes that will change how the Camera Insert looks ever-so-slightly. Stay tuned for more updates as the Camera Insert comes closer to being available for pre-order.

    – Tom

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