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Scarves, Cowls, and Thanks

Last week, Annie delivered three bags full of scarves and cowls to our Seattle factory. A group of knitters nationwide had decided to knit them for our crew. Why? Just because they’re awesome. Well, that, and also because they have our knitting bags and wanted to show our crew how much they appreciate the design and fine workmanship that goes into them.

In the interest of fairness, we put numbers in a bowl and asked people to draw. Everyone got a scarf or cowl and there were even some extras; those will be included as prizes in the raffle at our company holiday lunch.

A big thanks goes to the knitters who made this happen. Everyone here has been working extra hard to make sure bags get made and shipped out in time for Christmas, and what did you did for us means a lot.

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Scarves, Cowls, and Amazing People | TOM BIHN

Holiday Shipping Guide 2013

Use this handy guide to help figure out which shipping method you need to choose to ensure your TOM BIHN order will arrive by or on December 24th. Note that our shipping cut-off time is 12:30pm PST. Need help? Wondering if an out of stock bag can get to you or your loved one in time? emailus@tombihn.com, call us at 1-800-729-9607 (+1-206-652-4123), ask us on Twitter, or on Facebook. We would be glad to help. Good thing to know: our Gift Certificates can be ordered and delivered instantly to your friend or family member’s inbox, along with a personalized gift message.

Orders shipping within the United States:

December 17th: Last day for folks on the East Coast and in the Mid-West to place an order with UPS Ground ($10) as their shipping method with guaranteed delivery by or on Tuesday, December 24th. Don’t worry: you can still place an order and choose expedited shipping ($20 and up) for December 24th delivery up until Monday the 23rd.

December 19th: Last day for those in Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, and Southern California to place an order with UPS Ground as their shipping method with guaranteed delivery by or on December 24th. Note to East Coast folks: this is the last day to select UPS 3 Day Select shipping for guaranteed December 24th delivery.

December 20th: Everyone: choose UPS 2nd Day Air as your shipping method for guaranteed delivery by or on December 24th. Exception: Washington State, Oregon, Utah, Northern California, Northern Idaho, Western Montana or Northern Nevada folks can still choose UPS Ground.

December 21st:We’re shipping UPS 2nd Day Air, Next Day Air, and International shipments, even though it’s a Saturday — UPS is working and that means we do too. For example: an order placed with Next Day Air shipping by 12:30pm on Saturday, December 21st will shipped on Saturday and received on Monday, December 23rd, while an order placed with 2nd Day Air shipping will be received on Tuesday, December 24th. UPS Ground and 3 Day Select orders will not ship until December 23rd.

December 23rd: Order today by 12:30pm and choose Next Day Air as your shipping method for guaranteed delivery on December 24th.

December 24th: Our Seattle factory showroom will be open 10am – 2:00pm for last minute shopping and we’ll be answering your phone calls and emails. Our shipping department will ship orders as usual, though they will not be delivered until after Christmas. Need a last minute gift? Order a Gift Certificate and have it delivered instantly to your friend or family member via email with a personalized gift message.

December 25th: We will be closed. Have fun — that’s what we’ll be doing! Orders received over the holiday will ship Wednesday, December 26th. P.S. There’s still the option of ordering a Gift Certificate with instant email delivery to your loved one’s inbox.

P.S. This UPS Time in Transit map might also help you plan your order:

timeintransit2013

Orders shipping outside of the United States:

For our customers in Canada, Japan, Germany, Australia and everywhere else outside of the United States: we recommend placing your order by or on Friday, December 13th for guaranteed delivery by or on December 24th. Note that we are adding a couple of days on to the usual 2-5 business day transit time because of customs and high package volume.

The Fur Test

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
1000d Cordura® after test

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
We made mittens out of 420 HT ParaPack, 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon, 1050d Ballistic, 1000d Cordura® and 500d Cordura®.

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
We then rubbed each one on a volunteer office canine (we are opposed to animal testing, but he seemed to rather enjoy the attention).

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
Results?

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
All fabrics picked up fur.

TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
But not equally so . . .
TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
Both of the Cordura® fabrics collected lots more fur than the smooth nylons.
TOM BIHN: The Fur Test
The difference between 1050d Ballistic, 420d HT ParaPack, and 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon; was negligible (though the fur is better camouflaged by the white Dyneema® ripstop grid.)
TOM BIHN: The Fur Test

The bottom line? If you have pets, or work in a place where people bring dogs to work and don’t vacuum as much as they should (ahem), or simply want your bag to collect as little lint/foozles/dust particles as possible, choose our 1050d ballistic nylon, 200d or 400d Dyneema/nylon, or 420d HT Parapack fabric over bags available in Cordura (500d or 1000d).

See also: Badger’s test comparing the pet hair resistance of our 200d Dyneema/nylon fabric and 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack. Note: our results differed from Badger’s in that the difference between Dyneema/nylon and the 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack was not significant. Neither collected nowhere near as much hair in our tests as the Cordura® fabrics. Results may vary on the breed or type of animal, and probably the amount of ambient static electricity. It’s also worth noting that in our results the hair that did collect on our Dyneema/nylon was quite difficult to see until we looked really closely (hence the close-up photo).

Gift Ideas

Someone has a new Guide's Pack...
Illustration by Mason Drumm

Just a few of the things we’re planning on giving this year. If you plan on giving something TOM BIHN and want help choosing the right thing, emailus@tombihn.com or give us a call — we’d be glad to help. Oh yeah: here’s our Holiday 2013 Shipping Guide. It’ll help you figure out when you need to place your order to guarantee delivery by or on December 24th.

Stenlight headlamp
The best headlamp out there.

The Guide’s Pack
An all-season pack for the person in your life who can’t be outdoors enough. It’ll accompany them on extended day hikes and short overnights. Works great as a commute bag in the big city, too.

The Guide's Pack
The Guide’s Pack in Olive

Synapse 19
It’s the backpack of choice for ultralight world travelers and day hikers alike.

Movie gift cards
Don’t know what to get someone? Get them one of these. In our experience, pretty much everyone ends up appreciating an excuse to go see a movie.

Shop Bag
Everyone we know ends up with at least two of these and always wishes they had more. The most comfortable and durable reusable shopping bag around.

Shop Bags Made in USA

3D Clear, Mesh, or Fabric Organizer Cubes
Another one of those “everyone can use one” kind of things. Used to organize toiletries, make-up, socks/underwear, computer cables, snacks, DIY FAK stuff — a million uses and counting.

Carbon Credits
This could be taken as the 2013 version of a lump of coal (or, uh, the opposite?) or as a thoughtful gift from someone that recognizes the recipients care for the environment, so tread carefully. For the right person, though, it can offset any holiday-related consumption guilt.

Pendleton Baby Blanket
Made in USA and timeless: a Pendleton blanket is a classic gift. This’ll be the baby blanket they hang on to.

Vitamix
More appreciation for finely Made in USA items. We even have a Vitamix at the Seattle factory. It’s great for baby food, smoothies, soups, ice cream, bread…

Skookum Dog stuff
It doesn’t get much better than a finely decorated tree, a bunch of friends and family hanging out drinking fine libations, and a dog sleeping comfortably on a memory foam Sheepskin Bed. There’s duffels for people and bats for pups. And something to feel good about: Skookum Dog donates 10% of its profits to The Petfinder Foundation and the National Forest Foundation.

Skookum Dog Sheepskin Bed

Travel Stuff Sacks
Use ’em as stockings or stuff ’em in stockings.

Tri-Star
For the business traveler. Checkpoint friendly laptop compatible.

Etsy Gift Card
It’s a great place to find and purchase affordable works of original art.

Time
Everyone we know wants more time. Time to do nothing, time to exercise, time to play with the dog, go on a trip, learn to make pie crust, whatever. Think of something you could help your loved one out with that’d give them more time to do whatever it is they want to be doing.

In stock: Tri-Star, Little Swift, Western Flyer, Cadet, more…

Thanks to our amazing crew, the following bags are back in stock and ship within one business day:

Cadet, all colors

Tri-Star, all colors

Little Swift, all colors

Western Flyer, all colors

Cache, Vertical, Size 6Z

Cache, Vertical, Size Air 11

Travel Stuff Sacks, all sizes and colors

Travel Stuff SackTravel Stuff Sacks

Badger: Overnight work trip with the Synapse 19

Check out everything Badger was able to fit in the Synapse 19 for an overnight work trip.

Badger: Overnight work trip with the Synapse 19

Items, clockwise from top left:

  • Synapse 19 in 200D Steel Dyneema, Solar interior
  • 15″ unibody MacBook Pro (I will slip into a sleeve for transport)
  • 27-ounce Klean Kanteen in Black (duh)
  • One-half pound of Colectivo Black and Tan whole-bean coffee, a belated birthday gift for a colleague
  • Moleskine notebook, hard-bound, size Large
  • Pilot G-2 Limited pen, Silver
  • Power brick for laptop
  • Organizer Pouch, size Small, in Steel Dyneema (contents: hand sanitizer, mints, and Advil. Lots of Advil.)
  • Stuff Sack, size 1, in Solar Dyneema (contents: contacts, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair product, shower gel, Q-tips, packet of tropical-flavor Emergen-C)
  • Western Flyer Small Packing Cube, All-fabric (contents: T-shirt, cotton-cashmere sweater, socks and chonies)” — Badger

See the entire thread in the Forums. See also: the Synapse 19.

 

radionokia’s Rad Patches

Take a cue from forum member radionokia: add a little personal flair to your Smart Alec by attaching some patches using Velcro strips.

radionokia's Rad Patches

radionokia's Rad Patches

Check out the rest of the thread in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Smart Alec.

A Week in Montreal: What did Zeek and Rachel take?

Things move pretty fast in the first part of this video (once again, from SHEP Films) we posted in early October, so in case you missed anything, we thought it might be helpful to list out all of the TOM BIHN stuff Zeek and Rachel brought along for their trip to Montreal. Here’s everything:

0:01 — Cache for the iPad; Size 2 Travel Stuff Sack, Ultraviolet; Size 4 Travel Stuff Sack, Wasabi

0:02 — Size 3 Travel Stuff Sack, Wasabi; Size 3 Travel Stuff Sack, Ultraviolet

0:03 — Synapse 19, Steel Dyneema/Steel; the Travel Stuff Sacks are then packed into the Synapse 19

0:06 — Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouch, Medium; End Pocket Packing Cubes, Aeronaut

0:07 — Large Packing Cube, Aeronaut

0:08 — Aeronaut, Steel/Wasabi

0:10 — 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel

0:11– Medium Café Bag, Linen/Steel

Check out some of the other videos from SHEP, as well as some of our own, on the Videos page.

Badger: Simplifying Your Packing List

Badger: Simplifying Your Packing List

Need some minimalist packing advice? Maybe some of the well thought out, über-informative  suggestions from forum member — and volunteer moderator — Badger could come in handy when find yourself preparing for your next trip.

Looking to simplify his life by reducing the amount of stuff he owned and trying to find the right bag, declutter listed the belongings he thought necessary to keep, but was open to advice on ways to reduce the load. Badger answered the call, dispensing a number of detailed bits of guidance. Here are some highlights:

  • “You probably already know this, but you’ll want to wear the heaviest and bulkiest items whenever possible to create space in your bag. If you do this, you can eliminate the hiking boots, one pair of boxers and socks, and 1-2 shirts from your packing list, since you’ll be wearing them.”
  • “If you need the thick wool socks for some reason, I’d highly recommend replacing the other four pairs of socks with just two pairs of Smartwool Outdoor Ph.D. low-cut socks. They actually stretch over your ankles and can be worn more than once before needing a wash. I’m wearing a pair right this minute.”
  • “You have a polo and a dress shirt, which seem to me like ‘going out in public’ options for your upper half. Since both of the items in your pic appear to be cotton, these might not be the best choice for long-term travel (they’re heavy, take forever to dry, and they will get rumpled fast). You could replace these items with just one lightweight long-sleeved shirt with a collar. Patagonia and Rohan make shirts from technical fabrics that don’t scream ‘safari tourist.'”

Head to the Forums for more sage advice and to view the rest of the thread.

 

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Forum member Toblerhaus has a two week trip to Spain coming up and plans to pack everything into two bags: the Aeronaut and Synapse 25. Here’s what she packed in each…

Inside the Aeronaut:

Medium cafe bag (to be carried as a purse once we arrive), tennis shoes, waterproof boots, blue slim packing cube for underwear and socks, medium raspberry packing cube for clothing, umbrella, red dot bag with dry toiletries, brown zip bag with misc emergency items, olive 311 bag with wet toiletries”

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Inside the Synapse 25:

“Hydroflask, 2 stuff sacks, side effect, organizer cube, iPad in Portenzo case, Kindle, Ziploc bag, clear organizer pouch with Eurorail passes and passports, camera bag for dSLR and 10-22 lens, 35 mm lens and neoprene pouch to hold it.”

Toblerhaus: Packing for 2 Weeks in Spain

Read the entire post in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Aeronaut and Synapse 25.

News Briefs

We’re retiring our Road Buddy Duffel 36 and Road Buddy Duffel 60 to make way for new designs. If you’ve been thinking about a Road Buddy, you may want to order soon, as we won’t be making further production runs.

We’ve updated our Planet page with additional efforts: we’re operationally carbon neutral, members of 1% For The Planet, we offer a vegetarian company lunch, and over 80% of our materials are bluesign® and/or OEKO-TEX® certified.

Mark your calendars! Our Seattle Factory Showroom will be open the following Saturdays: Dec. 14th 2019 and, in 2020, March 21st, June 20th, and September 19th.

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