The Travelite® FAQ on our new Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon

“The cardinal red color was introduced today on Bihn’s blog. While Bihn fans may already be familiar with his previous crimson ballistic nylon, his blog entry includes a photo comparing the two reds side by side, and it’s obvious that the new cardinal red is a much deeper hue. If you’re looking for a travel bag that’s not your ordinary neutral tone, but you shy away from the really bright colors, you’ll want to take a look at the cardinal. It’s a big pop of color, but it’s deep and rich. If you’re looking for a bag with standout color, the cardinal red is an instant classic.”

Read the entire post on Travelite®.

The Travelite® FAQ on our new Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon

Design Features Explained: Aeronaut Grab Handles

The grab handles at either end of the Aeronaut were designed to be in the right place at the right time. Specifically, they provide an inviting and obvious place to grab and give the Aeronaut a yank to extract it from an overhead compartment of a plane or other tight spot. They’re reinforced, so if you need to pull hard, go ahead, and because they’re padded, the whole process will be as comfortable for your hands as possible.
– Tom

TOM BIHN Design Features Explained: Aeronaut Grab Handles

The Setup: What does Mark Jardine use to get stuff done?

The Setup: What does Mark Jardine use to get stuff done?

The Setup is a collection of nerdy interviews, asking people from all walks of life about the software and hardware they use. Mark Jardine, known for his work at Tapbots, responds: “When I’m on the go, I choose between my second generation iPad or my 11” Macbook Air depending on the type of work I plan to get done. It’s a good thing they both fit into my tiny Tom Bihn Ristretto bag (though not at the same time). I also never forget my Shure SE530 earbuds to drown out the outside world.”

In stock: Aeronaut, Yarn Stuff Sacks, 4Z Vertical Brain Cell

The Aeronaut is now in-stock in all colors: Navy/Iberian, Navy/Solar, Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Steel/Steel, Steel/Solar, and Steel/Ultraviolet.

All Yarn Stuff Sacks are now shipping.

The Size 4Z Vertical Brain Cell is now shipping.

Veritrope: A Tour of the New TOM BIHN Factory

“Walking around the factory, Tom and Darcy also talked about taking pride in growing good jobs for people, the joys of being able to immediately flesh out new concepts and projects, and being a part of an environment that they feel connected to (the Factory’s new location is near an estuary filled with the wildlife they love). In essence, they’ve built their business around two things: being able to make things that they’re proud of and being themselves.”

Read Justin’s entire post on Veritrope. It was great to meet Justin and Lauren and give them a tour of our factory. We could go on about how cool and smart and interesting they are, though we really just hope you get to meet them someday, too.
Kartika's Large Cafe bag at Halebid temple complex South India


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  • In stock: Brain Bag, Kit, Synapse, Breve, Crimson Key Strap, Packing Cubes

    Now shipping:

    Brain Bag in all colors: Black, Steel, Crimson, Olive, and Navy.

    Kit in all colors: Black, Steel, Kiwi, Navy.

    Synapse in all colors: Conifer/Steel, Plum/Solar, Olive/Solar, Navy/Solar, Black/Steel, Black/Ultraviolet, Steel/Steel, Ultraviolet Dyneema/Steel Dyneema, Iberian Dyneema/Steel Dyneema, and Steel Dyneema/Solar Dyneema.

    Breve in all colors: Black, Steel, and Kiwi.

    8″ Color Key Strap in Crimson (last chance to get one; when they’re gone, they’re gone.) All other colors are also in-stock.

    The Tri-Star Packing Cubes in sizes Medium and Large.

    In stock: Clear Organizer Wallet

    The Clear Organizer Wallet is now in-stock in all colors.

    TOM BIHN Clear Organizer Wallets in Cork, Ultrasuede, Kiwi, and Vulcana Hemp/Rubber.

    Available for pre-order: Synapse in Iberian, Steel Dyneema

    The Synapse is now available for pre-order in Steel/Solar Dyneema and Iberian/Steel Dyneema. It is expected to ship by mid-June.

    The TOM BIHN Synapse in Dyneema

    Daniel Beltrá’s SPILL: Images from the Gulf

    Daniel Beltrá's SPILL: Images from the Gulf

    We’re a fortunate company: among our customers are some of the most innovative, talented and accomplished people we’ve ever had the opportunity to meet.

    One of those customers is Daniel Beltra, an award-winning conservation photographer and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). You may have seen one of Daniel’s aerial photographs of the Gulf Oil Spill in Raffi Khatchadourian’s article, “The Gulf War”, in the March 14, 2011 edition of “The New Yorker.”

    An exhibit of Daniel’s photos from the Gulf Oil Spill — SPILL– Images from the Gulf — is featured at the Seattle Aquarium from April 20th – August 7th, and on May 5th, Daniel will take part in a discussion on health of the world’s oceans and marine life as part of the “Sound Discussions” series at the Seattle Aquarium.


  • A great article from Seattlest on Daniel’s career and the SPILL exhibit

  • Daniel Beltra Photography on Facebook
  • In stock: Ego, Size 1 Horizontal Brain Cell, iPad/iPad 2 Horizontal Cache

    Now shipping:

    The Ego messenger bag, all colors.

    The Size 1 Horizontal Brain Cell.

    The iPad/iPad 2 Horizontal Cache.

    News Briefs

    We’re retiring Iberian and Wasabi 200d Halcyon, as well as Nordic 400d Halcyon. More here.

    Restocked this week: our Brain Bag and Synapse 25 backpacks and the Side Kick sling/waist/shoulder pack.

    EveryDayCommentary, Fatih Arslan, and Living One Handed have new reviews Nik’s Minimalist Wallet. Dominique reviewed the Synapse 19. Shoba Narayan reviewed the Aeronaut 30 + Synapse.

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