New Designs

New: Aeronaut Internal Frame and Padded Hip Belt

We present for your use two new accessories for the Aeronaut 30 and Aeronaut 45 convertible travel bags: the Aeronaut 30 or 45 Internal Frame and the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt. Tom and Nik designed both accessories to work with all versions of Aeronauts.

Both frame and belt are designed to add comfort and structure to the experience of carrying a more heavily-packed Aeronaut in backpack mode while waiting in long lines (well, let’s hope not) at the airport or choosing to make a long trek across town to one’s hotel on foot.

We figure most folks will pair the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt with the Aeronaut Internal Frame, but some may use just the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt or just the Aeronaut Internal Frame. For more about all of that, see our Aeronaut: Frequently Asked Questions post.

Aeronaut 30 or 45 Internal Frame

The Aeronaut 30 or 45 Internal Frames are made of die-cut 0.055” / 1.4mm thick High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), with a nylon webbing sleeve sewn down the center that encases a 1” / 25mm wide 6061 aluminum stay pre-bent to achieve a generic spinal curve.

Both sizes of frame feature four pie-slice cut-outs that save a bit of weight, but more importantly allow the frame to flex/twist with you as walk.

Installing the Aeronaut 30 and 45 Internal Frames is pretty straight-forward; see our step-by-step instructions here.

Both Aeronaut Internal Frames are in-stock and ready to ship.

Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt

The Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt is designed to allow you to carry some of the weight of a loaded Aeronaut on your hips rather than on just your shoulders.

Tom and Nik worked together to engineer a design solution that allows one to add the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt to any version/generation/era of Aeronaut while offering a truly integrated carrying experience — almost as if the Padded Hip Belt was integrated into the design of the Aeronaut all along.

Note that the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt will perform best for folks between 5’2″ – 6’0″—depending, of course, on the length of the person’s torso. If you’re on the shorter end of that range and have a short torso, the Padded Hip Belt may hit you a little lower than you’d like. If you’re on the taller end of that range with a longer torso, the Padded Hip Belt may ride a little higher than you’d like.

The Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt is in-stock and ready to ship.

More reading:
Aeronaut Frequently Asked Questions
How to Install the Aeronaut Internal Frame + Padded Hip Belt
Our Guide to Internal Frames
History of Padded Hip Belts

New Luminary Backpacks Are In The Works


Tom sews one of the new Luminary prototypes in his design studio.

Tom has made a couple of design updates to the original Luminary. Most notably, he’s made the right side pocket large enough to fit phablets such as the iPhone Plus and the HTC U Ultra; the left side pocket is a bit bigger too (wider actually) than the first iteration of the Luminary. The asymmetrical height of the pockets makes the main compartment zipper extend further down one side than the other, which we think looks kinda cool. Yet Tom was able to nudge things around so that the new Luminary’s main compartment zipper still opens just as wide as the older version – about 44 cm or 17.4”.

Concurrent with the redesign of the Luminary was the development of a new, larger Luminary—the Luminary 14. Its shoulder straps and over-all height are intended to better fit taller and/or broader folks, and its padded back compartment can fit up to a 13” laptop. The Luminary 14 can hold noticeably more than the original Luminary (henceforth to be known as the Luminary 10), yet is still quite a modest sized pack. (For those paying close attention: we re-measured the volume of the original Luminary when we were measuring this new size, and the original came in at a perfect 10 liters. Both were measured using our new volume measurement protocol, so we feel very confident abut these numbers — more on that some other time….).

Both the Luminary 10 and Luminary 14 are in the final stages of their creation: pattern adjustments are being made and Tom is working with Lisa, Fong, and Nik to ensure both bags are efficiently manufacturable. We expect the new Luminaries will be available for order sometime soon-ish (emphasis on the ish).

To sign up to be notified when the new Luminary 10 is available, visit the Luminary 10 page.

To be notified when the Luminary 14 is available for order, subscribe to our general mailing list or to our blog posts (that sign-up box is on the right). 


Various Luminary prototypes on Tom’s drafting table.

New Passport Pouches

Passport Pouch that fits four passports

We’ve increased the size of our original Passport Pouch so that it fits passports in protective plastic sleeves, thick passports with many pages, or as many as four passports—without making it too big to comfortably wear cross-body or around one’s waist. (The Passport Pouch can also simply be stowed inside of a bag.)

The previous dimensions of the Passport Pouch were 5.0″ (w) x 6.3″ (h) / 125 mm (w) x 160 (h).
The dimensions of the new Passport Pouch are 5.5″ (w) x 7.1″ (h) / 140 (w) x 180 (h) mm.

We also now offer our Passport Pouch in two versions:

Passport Pouch, Standard
A simple, straight-forward and well-made passport pouch, it gets the job done well. $22. Ships by April 13th.

Passport Pouch, RFID Blocking
Underneath its interior lining of Aether fabric, this version features a layer of a special metalized fabric that will effectively block detection or reading of RFID chips. $25. Ships by around late April.

You can sign up on the Passport Pouch page to be notified via email the moment either version of the Pouch is ready to ship.

Many thanks to Walker, Artdime, pammy, Cristina, and  habanero for providing feedback in the Forums about our Passport Pouch sizing.

Passport Holder by TOM BIHN

Passport and Document Wallet

Recently in Photos

Here are a few of the photos you shared with us recently in the forums! (Thanks!)

 

TOM BIHN Blog | Recently in Photos bartleby Caldera Colorada

A cool shot at Caldera Colorada with the Guide’s Edition Synapse 25.

Posted in the Forums by bartleby

 

Last Week in Photos -- Cafe w/ HJ

“I walked from Frankfurt Haptbonoffe to a cafe called ALEX to enjoy a delicious cappuccino.”

Posted in the Forums by maverick

 

Last Week in Photos - SCB Ghent

Slaynie’s view at a cafe in Ghent.

Posted in the Forums by Slaynie

 

Last Week in Photos - Co-Pilot Bike

Cuica’s handlebar Co-Pilot hack.

Posted in the Forums by cuica

 

Last Week in Photos - Charlie

Awesomepants’ cute rescue pup Charlie.

Posted in the Forums by Awesomepants

 

Last Week in Photos - Road Trip

The start of MJMEBLOM’s road trip down to Seattle!

Posted in the Forums by MJMEBLOM

 

Last Week in Photos - Hobonichi

Mausermama showing off her setup for this year’s Hobonichi planner.

Posted in the Forums by Mausermama

 

TOM BIHN Blog | Recently in Photos | Artdime Destin

Artdime’s Co-Pilot enjoying the beach in Destin, FL.

Posted in the Forums by Artdime

 

TOM BIHN Blog | Recently in Photos | G42 SE Heavenly Falls

“SE contemplating the ‘Heavenly Falls'” at the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park, Portland, OR.

Posted in the Forums by G42

New Packing Cubes

Our new Packing Cubes combine two of our light fabrics—Mesh and Aether—to achieve our goals of a Packing Cube design that doesn’t weigh much, allows one to see the contents of the Packing Cube without revealing too much and provides enough body and structure to make packing the cube easier. 

They’re available — in-stock and ready to ship — in sizes designed specifically to maximize the space and packing efficiency of our Aeronaut 45, Aeronaut 30, Tri-Star, and Western Flyer travel bags.

Wondering about the differences between our various Packing Cube options? Check out our Packing Cube Guide + Frequently Asked Questions.

Mesh

Our high-quality U.S.-made Mesh fabric offers two main benefits: first off, it allows you to see what’s inside the Packing Cube, but doesn’t make the contents so visible that the person behind you in line at the TSA checkpoint will know if you prefer boxers or briefs. Secondly, it is a fabric that is, like our Aether, light-in-weight.

Aether

Aether is an ultra-light, 100% nylon fabric from Japan. It has a unique and complex construction, combining 30 denier monofilament (warp and weft) with both 100 denier and 200 denier yarns in a micro-ripstop weave to further increase its tear strength. Aether is very light in weight yet provides an almost paper-like structure that we find helps to add some body to our Packing Cubes—which, in turn, makes them easier to pack.

New: Aeronaut 30 and 45 Laundry Packing Cubes
You asked for a Packing Cube version of Tom’s Laundry Stuff Sack, and here it is in two varieties: Small (fits t-shirts, socks, underwear, swimwear) and Large (fits pants, dresses, skirts and shirts). Basically, it’s a Packing Cube with two zippered compartments: one side is Mesh, one side is Aether, and between the two sides is an Aether divider. Clean clothes go in the Mesh side and dirty clothes go in the Aether side.

New: Island Aether
When the color swatches for our Aether fabric in Island came in, we knew we had a winner: not too dark, not too light, yet as vivid and inviting as tropical lagoon. It’s a perfect, utopian blue, and an excellent match to our 200d Halcyon in Island (though it’s worth noting that the Aether Island lacks the white grid of the 200d Halcyon and hence might be perceived as a bit darker). Island Aether joins our other colors of Aether: Wasabi, Violet, and Carbon.

New Packing Cubes: Full List of Colors, Sizes, and Varieties

Tri-Star, Large, Island
Tri-Star, Large, Violet
Tri-Star, Large, Wasabi

Tri-Star, Medium, Island
Tri-Star, Medium, Violet
Tri-Star, Medium, Wasabi

Tri-Star, Small, Island
Tri-Star, Small, Violet
Tri-Star, Small, Wasabi

Western Flyer, Large, Island
Western Flyer, Large, Violet
Western Flyer, Large, Wasabi

Western Flyer, Small, Island
Western Flyer, Small, Violet
Western Flyer, Small, Wasabi

Aeronaut 30, Large Laundry, Island
Aeronaut 30, Large Laundry, Wasabi

Aeronaut 30, Large, Island
Aeronaut 30, Large, Violet
Aeronaut 30, Large, Wasabi
Aeronaut 30, Large, Carbon

Aeronaut 30, End Pocket, Island
Aeronaut 30, End Pocket, Violet
Aeronaut 30, End Pocket, Wasabi
Aeronaut 30, End Pocket, Carbon

Aeronaut 30, Small Laundry, Island
Aeronaut 30, Small Laundry, Wasabi

Aeronaut 30, Small, Island
Aeronaut 30, Small, Violet
Aeronaut 30, Small, Wasabi
Aeronaut 30, Small, Carbon

Aeronaut 45, Large Laundry, Island
Aeronaut 45, Large Laundry, Wasabi

Aeronaut 45, Large, Island
Aeronaut 45, Large, Violet
Aeronaut 45, Large, Wasabi
Aeronaut 45, Large, Carbon

Aeronaut 45, End Pocket, Island
Aeronaut 45, End Pocket, Violet
Aeronaut 45, End Pocket, Wasabi
Aeronaut 45, End Pocket, Carbon

Aeronaut 45, Small Laundry, Island
Aeronaut 45, Small Laundry, Wasabi

Aeronaut 45, Small, Island
Aeronaut 45, Small, Violet
Aeronaut 45, Small, Wasabi
Aeronaut 45, Small, Carbon

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

Click the above links to go directly to the pages for the new designs to see all the details: photos, videos, specifications, full descriptions and more. Or, read on below for a summary of each of the new designs.

All three new designs are in production at our Seattle, Washington, USA factory. They will be available for order on Monday, November 27th at 8:00am PT and will ship the same day if ordered before 12:30pm PT (as long as they’re still in stock).

The Guide’s Edition Synapse 25

Status
In Production in Seattle, Washington, USA

Ready To Order / Ships On…
Monday, November 27th at 8:00am Pacific Time

Colors
Mars Red, Deep Blue, or Black (all with coyote trim and lining)

Sign Up To Be Notified When The Guide’s Edition Synapse 25 Ships
Go to the Guide’s Edition Synapse 25 page, click on any In Production color combination, and add your email address to the input field that appears below.

The Guide’s Edition Synapse 25 takes all of the same clever features, bountiful organization, and top-shelf build of the original Synapse 25 and walks it all a bit further up into the mountains, a bit deeper into the woods.

Rather than the all-too-common black zippers, hardware and webbing, the Guide’s Edition Synapse 25 has gone terrestrial: it’s trimmed and lined in Coyote brown. The resulting aesthetic might be taken as an homage to another time, but to our sensibilities, bags trimmed in Coyote seem to be a little more at home in the great outdoors. Brown blends in more readily with natural surroundings and doesn’t show dirt as much. When it does get a bit dusty or dirty, it looks like it’s supposed to. You might also find that the Guide’s Edition S25’s rugged good looks solicit more than a few smiles of appreciation when you’re back wandering the canyons of Gotham.

And it’s not just about the practical and handsome coyote trim–we’ve added several features to the Guide’s Edition Synapse 25 that allow you to carry gear specific to slightly more adventurous outdoor adventures:

— Included Removable/Adjustable Internal Frame with Pre-Bent Aluminum Stay

— Ice Axe Loop

— Accessory Strap Holders

See the Guide’s Edition Synapse 25 for more on these new features.

The Pop Tote

Status
In Production in Seattle, Washington, USA

Ready To Order / Ships On…
Monday, November 27th at 8:00am Pacific Time

Colors
Mars Red, Black, Olive, Cloud, Deep Blue, or Alphaviolet

Sign Up To Be Notified When The Pop Tote Ships
Go to the Pop Tote page, click on any In Production color combination, and add your email address to the input field that appears below.

People have been requesting that Tom design a zip-top tote bag since, well, since before the turn of the century. He always thought it was a good idea, but none of his prototypes were substantially better than all the other zip totes out there—there were plenty of those, and if folks wanted them, there they were.

But in the spring of 2017, Tom again applied himself to the task. The challenge of making a open-top bag that can zip securely shut is not perhaps self-evident, as Tom explains:

“The zipper and surrounding fabric—that is, all the material that allows the thing to shut up, also gets in the way when you desire a bag with a big, wide opening. Somewhat of a Catch-22. But sitting at my sewing machine with some scrap fabric and scissors, and finally a bit of time on my hands, I was able to create what I think is a successful compromise.”

By the end of summer Tom was satisfied. More than satisfied, he was stoked. Pop!

Synapse 19 or Synapse 25 Internal Frame

Status
In Production in Seattle, Washington, USA

Ready To Order / Ships On…
Monday, November 27th at 8:00am Pacific Time

Sign Up To Be Notified When The Synapse 19 or Synapse 25 Internal Frame Ships
Go to the Synapse 19 or Synapse 25 Internal Frame page, choose the Synapse 19 or Synapse 25 Internal Frame in the drop-down selection menu, and add your email address to the input field that appears below.

We present for your use these optional, removable internal frames with aluminum stays for the Synapse 19 and Synapse 25 backpacks. They’re designed to work with any generation of Synapse 19 or Synapse 25 that has rail loops.

The frames are made of die-cut .055” thick High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), with a nylon webbing sleeve sewn down the center that encases a 1” / 25mm wide 6061 aluminum stay that’s pre-bent to a generic spinal curve.

See also: our Guide To Backpack Frames.

Introducing The Travel Cubelet

The Travel Cubelet

Status
In Production in Seattle, Washington, USA

Ready To Order / Ships On…
Friday, October 27th at 8:00am Pacific Time

Colors
Island Halcyon, Northwest Sky Halcyon, Viridian, Mars Red, Grass, Black, Alphaviolet, Dawn

Sign Up To Be Notified When The Travel Cubelet Ships
Go to the Travel Cubelet page, click on any In Production color combination, and add your email address to the input field that appears below.

Shipping Options
U.S. — UPS Ground ($10) or USPS First Class or Priority Mail for orders under $49 ($7)
International — UPS Expedited ($30) or USPS First Class International for orders under $49 ($14)

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, including the main compartment—but not so many pockets that they would confound in use.

But wait, let’s go back to the beginning of the story! This summer, we introduced the Cubelet, a new style of Organizer Pouch. You guys liked it as much as we did, and gave us some feedback too: “The Cubelet is great. I’d like one that’s slightly bigger to fit my phablet” and “maybe with a little more organization” and “can you make it fit my 15-inch MacBook Pro?”

When we heard all that (well, except for the last one), a lightbulb went off: perhaps a larger Cubelet, with more organization, could be our elusive mini-travel-unicorn-bag?

Prototypes were made. Prototypes were tested. And we found our answer: yes.


It’s amazing how much can fit in the Travel Cubelet. In the photo above, it’s packed as an in-flight amenities bag.


The flight is over, you’ve reached your destination, and a few items are swapped out to make the Travel Cubelet your main carry.


The Travel Cubelet needn’t be stored away waiting for its next trip: it can also be used as an every day carry.

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 in many new colors!
525d HT ballistic nylon
210 HT ballistic nylon

525 colors: Mars Red, Deep Blue, Black, Cloud, Alphaviolet, Olive
210 colors: Viridian, Dawn, Canyon, Grass, Cloud, Black

Debut Items That Are Ready to Ship…
Cubelet
Yeoman Duffel Packing Cubes
Airplane Baseball Cap, Cotton or Wool
First/Second Aid Pouch
First/Second Aid Pouchkins

Debut Items That Are In Production…
The Stowaway (Estimated Shipping Date: Early August)
Stowaway Packing Cubes (Estimated Shipping Date: Early August)
The Luminary (Late July)
Synapse 19 in 525 / 210 HT ballistic nylon (Late August)
Synapse 25 in 525 / 210 HT ballistic nylon (Mid-August)
Shop Bag in 210 HT ballistic nylon (Early September)
Small Cafe Bag in 525 / 210 HT ballistic nylon (Late July – Mid-August)
Medium Cafe Bag in 525 / 210 HT ballistic nylon (Late July – Mid-August)

New Videos
maverick’s Stowaway video
Stowaway
Stowaway Features
Luminary
Luminary Features
First/Second Aid Pouch + Pouchkins
Small and Medium Cafe Bag Features
525d HT Ballistic Nylon video for our Materials Glossary
210d HT Ballistic Nylon video for our Materials Glossary

The Debut In Photos

Stowaway

The Stowaway | TOM BIHN

Luminary

The Luminary | TOM BIHN

Cubelet

The Cubelet | TOM BIHN

Small Cafe Bag in 525 / 210 ballistic nylon

Small Cafe Bag in 525 ballistic nylon | TOM BIHN

Medium Cafe Bag in 525 / 210 ballistic nylon

Medium Cafe Bag | TOM BIHN

First Aid Pouch with Pouchkins

First Aid Kit | TOM BIHN

Second Aid Pouch with Pouchkins

Second Aid Kit | TOM BIHN

Airplane Baseball Cap, Cotton

TOM BIHN Cotton Baseball Cap

Airplane Baseball Cap, Wool

TOM BIHN Wool Baseball Cap

Yeoman Duffel Packing Cubes

Yeoman Duffel Packing Cubes

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 the main compartment and both end compartments of the Aeronauts to be the same #10 YKK Aquaguard Coil Zippers with lockable sliders found on the Hero’s Journey — you can now easily add a luggage lock to any or all of these compartments. You might want to do this to add some security when your Aeronaut is unattended or out of sight. For example: leaving it with a concierge, walking with it on your back in crowds, or checking it with the airline. We recommend any of the commonly available TSA certified luggage locks. Don’t ever lock your bag? Es bueno — simply don’t use this feature.

TOM BIHN Aeronaut 45 with Locking Luggage Zippers

#8 YKK Aquaguard Coil Zippers

The diagonal end pocket zippers now feature #8 zippers, which are a bit easier to open and close than the #10 zippers. Nice when you’re trying to access those pockets when your Aeronaut is wedged into an overhead bin or under a seat. They’re still water repellant AquaGuard zippers, so we’ve got you covered.

TOM BIHN Aeronaut 45 #8 YKK Zipper

Interior Grab Handles

We added two simple webbing loop handles that are accessible only when the main hatch is unzipped. Tom noticed he wanted grab handles when he needed to move his Aeronaut in the middle of packing/unpacking it, like from the bed to the bureau. They drop to the inside and are only there when you need them.

TOM BIHN Aeronaut 45 Interior Grab Handle

3/8″ / 10mm Thick Removable Back Panel Foam Padding

The back panel foam padding is now 3/8″ / 10mm thick (it was originally 1/4″ / 6mm): this will provide you a bit more comfort if you’ve any pokey items in your Aeronaut. The additional thickness also translates into a tad more vertical stability/rigidity — it’s not an internal frame, but will provide a more comfortable carry when carried as a backpack. The foam wraps around the bottom a bit more as well, which yet again adds a bit more comfort when it’s on your back. It also is removable/swappable (thanks to a zipper hidden inside the lining) so you can replace it if it ever gets creased or crushed (unlikely, but foam can age over time with lots of heavy use), and/or remove it entirely if you don’t find you need it and want to save the weight/bulk.

Aeronaut 45 Padded Back Panel

#5 YKK Vislon® Molded Tooth Zippers

Finally, the short zippers that create and define the interior compartments are now molded tooth Vislon rather than coil. You’ll find they are a bit easier to zip and unzip, in case you do that sort of thing much.

#5 YKK Vislon® Molded Tooth Zipper TOM BIHN Aeronaut 45

The new Aeronaut 45 is also the first bag to mark the return of our Portable Culture logo label; more on that here.

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 — Wheelchair or Stroller Straps — that allows one to hang the Parental Unit on the back of a stroller. As the name indicates, the Wheelchair or Stroller Straps can also be used to hang a bag on the back of a wheelchair. The straps work with any of our bags that have 1-1/2″ d-ring shoulder strap attachment points; see the Wheelchair or Stroller Straps page for a complete list of those bags. We’re working on photos and videos that demonstrate this new accessory in use with both strollers and wheelchairs: stay tuned!

Interior Handles
The updated P.U. has two simple 1” / 25mm webbing handles, just inside the zipper of the main compartment. These two handles give you an easy way to grab and move or carry the P.U. while its main compartment is zipped open. This is mostly to use while loading/unloading the Parental Unit, moving it from kitchen to nursery for example. Because the handles are sewn inside, they politely disappear when you zip the bag shut; they give you a nice way to hang the P.U. up on a coat hook as well. (New Aeronauts have similar handle loops to facilitate moving while packing.)

TOM BIHN Parental Unit Design Updates: Interior Grab Handles

Longer Main Compartment Zipper
Tom has extended the length of the main compartment zipper by over 4” / 100mm. This will not only make packing and unpacking your stuff easier, but allows a better view as you down into the depths of the bag. That main zipper now has two sliders as well.

TOM BIHN Parental Unit Design Updates: Longer Main Compartment Zipper

Snap Divider Becomes Zipper Divider
The main compartment divider has changed from a snap closure to a zipper closure, much like the one in the front compartments of the Western Flyer and Tri-Star. This closure, as you may recall, joins the two interior pouches together to form a divider: if you choose to use it, the main compartment of the Parental Unit goes from one big expanse to four smaller divisions – depending on your packing style, it can be an nice option. It’s a #5 YKK Vislon® molded tooth zipper, in case you were taking notes.

TOM BIHN Parental Unit Design Updates: Snap Divider Becomes Zipper Divider

A Little Wider, A bit More Volume
The bottom of the original P.U. was about ~7.1” / 180mm thick; we pushed that out to ~7.9” / 200mm. This of course gives you a tiny bit more room (13.5 liters / 825 cu.in. as opposed to 13 liters / 795 cu.in.), and depending on what you pack and how you pack your P.U., it will now tend to stand upright better on its own.

TOM BIHN Parental Unit Design Updates: More Volume

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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