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How to Choose a Bag to Give as a Gift

How To Choose A Bag As A Gift | Made in USA Gifts | Made in Seattle Gifts

In this guide, we share some of our favorite bags to give as gifts (hey Pop Tote, Yeoman Duffel, Travel Cubelet and The Guide’s Edition Synapse 25 — we’re talking about you!) and what to do if you aren’t sure which bag to choose for the lucky recipient.

New: Guide’s Edition Synapse 25, Pop Tote, and Synapse Internal Frames

Meet our three latest designs…

The Guide’s Edition Synapse 25

The Pop Tote

Synapse 19 or Synapse 25 Internal Frame

Our Guide To Backpack Frames

Tom and Nik in the Seattle Factory

As with many things in life, deciding whether to use an internal frame—or if you even need one—is subjective: it’s based on how you plan to carry your backpack, what you plan to carry in it, and how carefully you’re willing to pack it. A lot of folks will find an internal frame useful, but not everyone will, and certainly not everyone needs one, especially those who carry smaller/lighter packs or less gear.

Our Hero’s Journey, Guide’s Pack, and Guide’s Edition Synapse 25 backpacks all come with internal frames included. Versions of the same internal frame are optional for our Synapse 19 and Synapse 25 backpacks. But just because we offer internal frames doesn’t mean they’re required; our goal with this guide is to give you the facts as we know them (experientially, theoretically, and historically) so you can make the decision as to what’s best for you and your carrying comfort.

Introducing The Travel Cubelet

Meet the Travel Cubelet—we humbly present it to you as the elusively perfect mini travel purse (maybe not so humbly after all…). ​It’s not too big…and not too small. It has ​lots of pockets—four, to be exact—but not so many pockets that they would confound in use.

In Production. Ships on Friday, October 27th at 8:00am Pacific Time. Sign up to be notified on the Travel Cubelet page.

The First Bag I Made

Tom Bihn's G.I. Joe External Backpack and Ice Axe

The very first bag I ever made was when I was about 10 years old: it was an external frame backpack for my G.I. Joe.

One Month In Italy

Zeke — the filmmmaker behind many of our videos — documented a 30 day trip through Northern Italy with his wife and son. In the videos he captured, he shares with us how his family packed for the trip, his favorite travel hacks, and takes us on a tour of Italy.

Summer 2017 Debut Guide

June 2017 Debut - TOM BIHN

Today’s Debuts Stowaway Personal Carry-on Convertible Travel Briefcase / Backpack Stowaway Packing Cubes Luminary Backpack Yeoman Duffel Packing Cubes Cubelet Airplane Baseball Cap, Cotton or Wool Updated (O-ring placement was changed to accommodate the new Pouchkins) First/Second Aid Pouches with optional new First/Second Aid Pouchkins And last but not at all least… two new fabrics…

Design Update: Aeronaut 45

TOM BIHN Aeronaut 45 Design Updates

You know us: we can’t leave good enough alone. Our Aeronaut 45 maximum carry-on travel bag has been updated with a couple of new features and a few materials updates. All Aeronaut 45s available for order have these new features. #10 YKK Aquaguard Coil Zippers with Lockable Sliders We’ve changed the #10 zipper sliders on…

Design Update: Parental Unit

TOM BIHN Parental Unit Design Updates

Tom has made several design updates to our Parental Unit diaper bag inspired by feedback posted on our Forums, shared with us by friends and family who use the P.U., and Tom’s observations of it in use. All Parental Units available for order include these new features and updates. We’ve also introduced a new accessory…

Debut! Side Kick, Little Swift, Snake Charmers, Aeronaut 30 Packing Cube Backpack

November 28th Debut | TOM BIHN

Side Kick The Side Kick is a larger version of our Side Effect, a bag that evolved directly from user feedback (mostly from folks on our Forums). Though twice the volume, the Side Kick is still of modest size, and is overall a highly useful little bag. We’ve added more internal pockets for further organization,…

News Briefs

After selling out within days of its debut, the Pop Tote is back in-stock and ready to ship.

Seattle folks! Join us for a rare Saturday opening of our Factory Showroom on December 16th from 10:00am – 2:00pm. We’ll have hot coffee, homemade cookies, and, of course, bags.

The first batch of Pop Totes has sold out. We’re making more and they will ship before December 14th.

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