New Designs

New: Padded Hip Belt for Smart Alec and Synapse Backpacks

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Due to popular request, we’ve come up with a 1” Padded Hip Belt designed to work with the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec backpacks — three of our most popular backpacks used for travel, every day carry, and day-hiking.

If you already use the included 1” Webbing Gatekeeper Waist Strap on your Synapse 19, Synapse 25, or Smart Alec and it works for you but you’d like to upgrade to a padded version, then the 1” Padded Hip Belt is likely to make your day.

Sold as a matching left and right pair, the pads attach via Gatekeeper clips to the 1″ webbing loops which normally accept the simple webbing waist belt (the one that comes standard with the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec). Made of .375″ / 10mm EVA closed cell foam with a protective laminated cover of heavy duty polyester knit, the set of two pads joins front and center with a sturdy, dual adjust side release buckle. The pads are contoured and, when attached to the above mentioned backpacks, form a slight conical shape, encouraging the belt to ride on top of your hip bones.

The 1” Padded Hip Belt is available in one size that adjusts to fits hips measuring between 33″ / 84cm and 50″ / 125cm. Want a different size? We’d be glad to see what we can come up with in the factory: emailus@tombihn.com

The 1″ Padded Hip Belt is available for purchase here. It can also be ordered with the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, or Smart Alec.

Good things to know:

The benefits of utilizing webbing or padded hip belts or even a sternum strap, especially in smaller packs, are subjective. Some folks swear by it and others don’t find that it makes much of a difference for them. Our goal is to give you as many options as we can (within the confines of good design) so that you can create the best carrying experience and set-up for yourself.

Using a pack like the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, or Smart Alec with a padded hip belt isn’t an invitation to carry more weight than is reasonable. Think of it instead as a way to potentially shift a bit of the weight of the bag onto your hips to make your carrying experience that much more comfortable. Taller people (those 6’2″ and taller) in particular may find that the overall length of these three bags do not predispose them to fully utilizing the weight carrying abilities of a padded hip belt. If you make good use of the webbing waist belt included with your Synapse or Smart Alec want a more comfortable version better capable to offset the weight of your pack, the 1″ Padded Hip Belt could be a great option for you.

The Synapse 19, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec do not have internal frame sheets with aluminum stays like The Guide’s Pack and Hero’s Journey do. (A frame sheet without a stay? It’ll keep pointy objects from poking you, but doesn’t provide significant vertical rigidity, but that’s for another time.) Because of that, the efficacy of the 1″ Padded Hip Belt may be limited for some depending on the weight they carry, how they pack, and their height. Will we add frame sheets with stays to these three bags? Unlikely. Oftentimes, frame sheets/internal frames are used in smaller bags because of two things: they allow you to overstuff a backpack without experiencing the back of the overstuffed backpack barreling or curving out against the spine and they allow you to toss your gear inside without as much consideration for comfort (it’s okay if the pokey water bottle is against your back.) The trade-offs, however, are these: frame sheets/internal frames add weight and they make bags stiff, which can make it more difficult to squeeze them into an already-full overhead bin, under the seat in front of you, or in other tight spaces. Frame sheets can also let us get away without truly feeling our packing list and meditating on what we’re carrying and where we’re packing it: for some folks, this works, and for others, it removes the part of the process in which we exercise discernment in what we carry and how we carry it (which can totally be part of the fun!) In short, frame sheets would make these bags very different than what they are, and we might love them less because of that.

Our Aeronaut 30, Aeronaut 45, Tri-Star, and Western Flyer travel bags all have 1” webbing loops that can accept the 1” Padded Hip Belt. If you’ve been hoping for a Padded Hip Belt for your TB travel bag, then this may be your best option. We’re not officially recommending the 1” Padded Hip Belt as an option for these bags because the aforementioned travel bags are larger and do not have internal frames, and because the attachment point for a waist belt is somewhat high, the 1” Padded Hip Belt can end up riding high on some folks, especially those who are taller. Same advice we gave earlier applies here: if you already use the included 1” Webbing Gatekeeper Waist Strap on your travel bag it works for you but you’d like to upgrade to a padded version, then feel free to give the 1” Padded Hip Belt a whirl, and let us know how it works for you (maybe you’ll change our minds!)

Padded Hip Belt for the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec | TOM BIHN
1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Synapse 25 backpack.

Synapse 19 Padded Hip Belt | TOM BIHN
1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Synapse 19 backpack.

Synapse 19 Padded Hip Belt | TOM BIHN
1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Synapse 19 backpack.

Smart Alec w/the Padded Hip Belt | TOM BIHN Bags
1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Smart Alec backpack.

smart-hip-blog1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Smart Alec backpack.

Introducing The Hero’s Journey Travel Backpack

Introducing The Hero's Journey Travel Backpack

It’s here! The Hero’s Journey is in-stock and ready to ship in colors Black Halcyon/Northwest Sky and Nordic Halcyon/Northwest Sky. Colors Black Halcyon/Iberian and Nordic Halcyon/Wasabi are in production with an estimated shipping date of mid-November.

Our new Hero’s Journey is convertible travel luggage that allows you to fly to your destination, and then backpack or hut hop, all without checking baggage. If you are familiar with our Aeronaut 30 and 45 travel bags, you’re already aware of the advantages of a carry-on bag that can be worn as a backpack: unlike wheeled bags, a backpack frees you from the smooth sidewalk and the paved path, allowing you move adroitly over any surface your feet can handle. The Hero’s Journey takes this mobility even further, encouraging you to realize the dream of a fast and light escape to wide exotic mountain vistas and windswept highlands.

The Hero’s Journey is actually two bags that work both together and alone: when properly configured and reasonably packed, the main bag meets the maximum FAA recommended dimensions for carry-on luggage, and the smaller Top Pack easily qualifies as a “personal carry-on item.” Upon reaching your destination airport or the beginning of your hike, zip the two components together, attach the hip belt (and optional Side Pockets if desired), and you’ve got a 55 liter internal frame pack, suitable for short-to-medium range backpacking trips or hut hopping.

More Photos
NWHikergal’s Hero’s Journey test trip report
gochicken’s photos in the Forums
Ilkyway’s photos in the Forums
mrbrown’s photos in the Forums

More Videos
How To Configure Your Hero’s Journey
Tom’s Backcountry Pasta
An Interview With Tom About The Design Process

Introducing The Pocket Travel Pillow

Our new Pocket Travel Pillow | TOM BIHN

Travel pillows can be so very comfortable, but they can also be so very bulky. Our new Pocket Travel Pillow, on the other hand, lets you make use of the clothing you’re already packing to create a cozy rest for your head whether you’re on a plane or train, in your tent, or under the stars.

The Pocket Travel Pillow is a simple case made of ultralight sleeping bag fabric. Stuff in your jacket, sweater, or extra layers and you can enjoy the comforts of home. If you’ve been making due wadding up your jacket into a pillow, we promise: this is much more comfortable.

When you’re not using it as a pillow, the Pocket Travel Pillow tucks away into its own little pocket, complete with a small loop to secure it to a Key Strap so it’s easy to find. And it weighs almost nothing, so why not bring it along?

Here’s a quick video we made that demonstrates how the Pocket Travel Pillow works:

New Colors! Webbing Key Straps

New Colors of Webbing Key Straps | TOM BIHN Bags

We’re happy to introduce our Key Straps in five bold and new (yet familiar) colors of nylon webbing.

Key Straps have long been available in Black webbing and, later, in Coyote webbing. For several years now we’ve also made Key Straps from our Halcyon fabric, and though they work just fine, I’ve never really been satisfied with the aesthetic.

About two years ago, we started kicking around the idea of having color-matched webbing made for us, but then I got distracted, had lunch, designed a bunch of new bags, went for countless hikes, and generally forgot about the whole thing. But every once in a while I’d find myself using a Halcyon Key Strap, and I’d think to myself “This has got to change—these are great, but we can do even better.”

We finally did follow through, and now here they are: Key Straps in five new colors of nylon webbing. Wasabi, Northwest Sky, Iberian, Island and Ultraviolet. So along with Black and Coyote, there’s now seven colors of Key Strap, each in two lengths and two varieties (Snaphook/Snaphook or Snaphook/O-Ring).

For those of you uninitiated into the world of Key Straps: they’re handy short straps that attach to O-rings sewn inside all our bags, and they allow you to tether small stuff that might easily sneak out of a pocket or compartment, like when you’re removing larger items or otherwise not paying attention. Key Straps allow you to be double sure that important items (your keys, for example) are not only inside your bag, but further tethered to it as well. Of course you can color code all that stuff too, and we’ve just given you even more options for that—or if you’re like me, you’ll just have another excuse to add more color to life.

Our new Island, Wasabi, Ultraviolet, Iberian, and Northwest Sky Key Straps are in-stock, ready to ship, and available for order on the Key Strap page.

– Tom

P.S. For more photos of the new colors of Key Straps, check out this post by Ilkyway in the Forums.

New Colors of Webbing Key Straps | TOM BIHN Bags

New Colors of Webbing Key Straps | TOM BIHN Bags

New Colors of Webbing Key Straps | TOM BIHN Bags

New Colors of Webbing Key Straps | TOM BIHN Bags

New Colors of Webbing Key Straps | TOM BIHN Bags

New Colors of Webbing Key Straps | TOM BIHN Bags

New Colors of Webbing Key Straps | TOM BIHN Bags

New Colors of Webbing Key Straps | TOM BIHN Bags

Up Close with the Aeronaut 45 in Black Halcyon 400d

TOM BIHN Aeronaut 45 in Black Halcyon

Halcyon 400 denier is the big brother of our Halcyon 200 denier, and in a way, a cousin to 420HT Parapack. Made for us in Japan, it’s a ripstop fabric woven of 420 denier nylon (base fabric) with a square grid of 400 denier UHMWPE (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene) yarns every .25″ / 6mm. UHMWPE is one of the strongest fibers known to man, and is almost impossible to tear.

The Aeronaut 45 is now in stock and ready to ship in the following Halcyon 400d exterior color combinations:

Black Halcyon/Ultraviolet
Black Halcyon/Wasabi
Black Halcyon/Northwest Sky
Nordic Halcyon/Iberian
Nordic Halcyon/Northwest Sky

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Aeronaut 45 Maximum Carry-On Size Travel Bag by TOM BIHN

Introducing The Sprout Kid’s Backpack

The Sprout Kid's Backpack by TOM BIHN

We’ve found that if you talk with kids, rather than down to them, you might learn a thing or two. Like that not all of them want teddy bears, princesses and super heroes on their backpacks — some kids want the same cool organization and features that the grown-ups get. When we designed The Sprout Kid’s Backpack, we applied all the same consideration and thought we put into our adult backpacks, scaled down to kid size. For children 4 years to 8 years old, The Sprout just might be the #1 backpack out there for day hikes, museum/library/field trips, or even an overnight at the grandparents. It’s also worth pointing out that The Sprout is amongst the rare Made in USA backpack options for kids.

We definitely learned a thing or three from our Sprout beta-testers: Sloane (age 4) convinced us of the necessity of a sternum strap on the Sprout, and Oliver (age 7) requested the small, almost-secret side pockets you’ll find in the main compartment of the Sprout.

The Sprout Kid's Backpack - A Kid's First Backpack - TOM BIHN

The Sprout Kid's Backpack - A Kid's First Backpack - TOM BIHN

The Sprout Kid's Backpack - A Kid's First Backpack - TOM BIHN

The Sprout Kid's Backpack - A Kid's First Backpack - TOM BIHN

The Sprout Kid's Backpack - A Kid's First Backpack - TOM BIHN

The Sprout Kid's Backpack - A Kid's First Backpack - TOM BIHN

The Sprout Kid's Backpack - A Kid's First Backpack - TOM BIHN

The Sprout Kid's Backpack - A Kid's First Backpack - TOM BIHN

The Return of the Field Journal Notebook!

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Returns

Last year, we announced that the Field Journal Notebook was amongst several designs retiring to make room for new ones. We never really like retiring designs, but we’d crunched the numbers and made up our minds. And that, we thought, was that.

Then the emails and phone calls started coming in: did we have any Field Journal Notebooks left? Couldn’t we make just one more batch? We thought about it, we considered it seriously. We remembered how you’ve taken the Field Journal Notebook amazing places (to record your observations of bears and to conduct interviews and research at refugee camps). Tom recalled how fond of the FJN he was, of the hours and hours he spent refining it.

In spite of all that, we felt we simply had to stand firm in our resolve to retire the FJN. After all, we must retire older designs at some point to make room for the new designs we come up with. But the emails and phone calls didn’t stop – the Fans of the Field Journal Notebook had become a force to be reckoned with.

Then we came up with a work around, a diplomatic compromise if you will: we could make the FJN new again, by offering two optional organizational inserts – we could all have our cake and eat it too. One organizational insert would have slots for pens/pencils and a small zippered mesh pocket for erasers, lead refills, and other small items. The other organizational insert would have an open-top pocket sized to fit notebooks around the size of Field Notes, or big phones.

The Field Journal Notebook remains as it was: designed originally for biologists and geologists working in the wilderness, the Field Journal Notebook is a useful tool for artists, writers, and anyone who, for reasons aesthetic or practical, wants an alternative to electronic devices. Essentially, the Field Journal Notebook is a compact, portable, weatherproof, zippered notebook for note-taking, journaling, or sketching.

The two new organizational inserts for the Field Journal Notebook are:

Field Journal Notebook Organizational Insert, Pen/Pencil
The front of this insert has six pen/pencil slots and a small zippered pocket (perfect for erasers or earbuds). The back features a length-wise zippered pocket.

Field Journal Notebook Organizational Insert, Pocket
The front of this insert has an open-top pocket which nicely fits Field Notes or an iPhone 6 Plus. The back features a length-wise zippered pocket.

TOM BIHN | The Field Journal Notebook Returns
Left: Field Journal Notebook Organizational Insert, Pocket and Right: Field Journal Notebook Organizational Insert, Pen/Pencil

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Organizer Back Pocket
The back pocket of the Field Journal Notebook Organizational Insert (same for both the Pen/Pencil and Pocket versions).

And to celebrate the return of the Field Journal Notebook, we’ve included two postcards with postage affixed (for mailing within the U.S. — folks outside the U.S. will need to add postage).

One of postcard is addressed to us, with the other side completely blank; we’re hoping that you’ll use this postcard to send us a doodle, illustration, poem, haiku, or just a note. When you send this postcard back to us, we’ll pin it up on the walls of our Seattle factory.

TOM BIHN Mail Us a Postcard

The other postcard features a watercolor illustration by the artist Dan Bransfield. It’s ready for the address of your friend, family member, pen pal, or to whomever you’d like to send a note.

TOM BIHN | Dan Bransfield Watercolor Postcard

Below is our new video for the Field Journal Notebook and some photos of it in-use.

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Returns! Day Planner, organizer, sketch book, notebook...

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Returns! Day Planner, organizer, sketch book, notebook...

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Returns! Day Planner, organizer, sketch book, notebook...

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Returns! Day Planner, organizer, sketch book, notebook...

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Returns! Day Planner, organizer, sketch book, notebook...

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Returns! Day Planner, organizer, sketch book, notebook...

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Returns! Day Planner, organizer, sketch book, notebook...

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook Returns! Day Planner, organizer, sketch book, notebook...

Fjord, Sitka, Monarch: Limited Edition Halcyon 200d Colors

TOM BIHN Limited Edition Halcyon 200d Colors

Last summer, we offered three limited edition Halcyon 200d colors: Zest, Island, and Northwest Sky. All three colors proved to be very popular, and though we had intended them to be “limited edition”, we decided we wanted keep one of the new colors around as our fifth official (and more-or-less permanent) Halcyon 200d color.

We also decided that Northwest Sky (because its a lighter and brighter color) would make a better neutral lining color than our darker Steel Halcyon 200d. It’s already replacing Steel as a lining color in every new batch of bags we make.

Which color were we going to add: Island or Zest? That didn’t seem like enough choices, so we ordered another round of three limited edition colors. We know this sounds crazy, and in fact it is crazy, but hey: we love color as much as you do!

Here they are: meet Fjord, Sitka, and Monarch.

In a month or two, we’ll post a poll in our Forums in which you can vote for the color you’d like to see become our fifth official Halcyon 200d color: Zest, Island, Fjord, Sitka, or Monarch. (Remember, that’s going to be in addition to Wasabi, Iberian, Ultraviolet and Northwest Sky.)

Fjord
Less saturated mid-blue with grey and teal undertones.

Sitka
A bright and crisp evergreen with slightly blue undertones.

Monarch
Joyful true orange.

Fjord, Sitka, and Monarch are available in the following bags:
Shop Bags
Aeronaut 45
Aeronaut 30
Travel Tray
Packing Cube Shoulder Bag
Aeronaut 45 Packing Cube Backpack

TOM BIHN Limited Edition Colors | Sitka Monarch Fjord Halcyon 200d
Shop Bags, left to right: Fjord, Sitka, Monarch

TOM BIHN Packing Cube Backpack as a Packing Cube in Sitka Halcyon 200d
The Aeronaut 45 Packing Cube Backpack in Sitka Halcyon 200d

TOM BIHN Aeronaut 45 Packing Cube in Sitka Halcyon 200d
The Aeronaut 45 Packing Cube Backpack in Sitka Halcyon 200d

TOM BIHN Aeronaut 45 Packing Cube in Sitka Halcyon 200d
The Aeronaut 45 Packing Cube Backpack in Sitka Halcyon 200d

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag in Monarch | TOM BIHN
The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag in Monarch

Travel Tray in Fjord; Futuristic Lego Architecture Creation
The Travel Tray in Fjord

Aeronaut 45 Aether Packing Cubes
The Aeronaut 45 in Black/Fjord (with Aether Packing Cubes)

TOM BIHN Fjord Halcyon 200d
Fjord

TOM BIHN Sitka Halcyon 200d Fabric Limited Edition
Sitka

TOM BIHN Monarch Halcyon 200d
Monarch

Introducing Aether Fabric Packing Cubes

TOM BIHN Aether Packing Cube

Packing Cubes help to make the most efficient use of your packing space — and they keep your clothes neat, whether you’re a folder, bundler, or roller (see the video below for more on these packing styles).

We’ve long offered Packing Cubes sized specifically for our Aeronaut 45, Aeronaut 30, and Tri-Star travel bags. Made with an exterior of Halcyon 200d ultralight rip-stop fabric and strong polyester mesh, they’re amongst our most popular travel accessories.

When our fabric mill in Japan presented us with a revolutionary new fabric — Aether — our eyes lit up and our first thought was: this would make a great fabric for even lighter Packing Cubes.

Aether is an ultra-light, 100% nylon fabric from Japan. It has a unique and somewhat complex construction, combining 30 denier monofilament with both 100 denier and 200 denier yarns in a micro-ripstop weave that further increases its tear strength. Like most of our fabrics, Aether is coated on the backside with urethane for weather resistance, as well as having a surface treatment of durable water repellant. Though its hand is a bit crisp when new, we greatly prefer Aether’s aesthetic over commonly available silicone-coated nylons. It’s light, but surprisingly tough. As far as we know, we’re the first manufacturer to use Aether.

We present to you packing cubes sized specifically for the Aeronaut 45, Aeronaut 30, and Tri-Star travel bags in Aether. Each size of Aether Packing Cube is available in your choice of color: Carbon (a dark grey), Violet (more purple than our Ultraviolet), and Wasabi (a true match to our Wasabi Halcyon 200d).

Aether Packing Cubes are solid Aether fabric, front and back, no mesh. Because Aether is, depending on the color, more-or-less translucent (as seen in the photos and video below) the visibility of contents offered by a mesh panel is not essential.

In addition, we’ve shaved off more weight by using #3 YKK coil zippers, and binding the internal seams with Aether fabric as well. Together we’ve reduced the weight of all the Packing Cubes by about 40% – not bad, eh? Aether Cubes will require a tad bit more gentle treatment, but we think most people will find the weight savings worth it.

Some folks will choose a set of matching color Aether Packing Cubes, but we think a lot of people might choose different colors of Aether Packing Cubes in an effort to use color coding for packing organization. Example: socks/undies go in the Aeronaut 45 Aether Packing Cube in Wasabi, while t-shirts and work-out clothes go in the
The Aeronaut 45 in Black/Fjord with Aeronaut 45 Aether Packing Cubes.

Aether Packing Cubes in Carbon

Aether Packing Cube in Carbon

Aether Packing Cube for shoes

TOM BIHN Aeronaut 30 with Aether Packing Cubes

TOM BIHN Aeronaut 30 Packing List

TOM BIHN Aether Fabric Packing Cube in Wasabi

TOM BIHN Aether Packing Cube in Violet

TOM BIHN Aether Packing Cube in Violet

TOM BIHN Aether Packing Cube in Violet

TOM BIHN Aether Packing Cube in Violet

TOM BIHN Aether Packing Cubes in Violet

Introducing the First and Second Aid Pouches

Introducing First and Second Aid Pouches | TOM BIHN

Every time you get on a plane and the flight attendants walk everyone through the safety procedures, you’re instructed to “Secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” Of course, the logic behind this is that you are of no use to yourself or others if you’re not breathing!

The ability to take care of yourself first is especially important if you’re somewhere far from help, hiking, skiing, trekking, or even cross-country driving. The outdoor education and conservation organization The Mountaineers poses two questions to would-be adventurers: “Can you respond positively to an accident or emergency? And can you safely spend a night (or more) out?”

To help backpackers and hikers prepare themselves for self-sufficiency in the wild, The Mountaineers devised a list called the Ten Essentials, vital items to bring on every hike. Since the list was first generated back in the 1930s, having the Ten Essentials and knowing how to use them has been considered part of responsible hiking.

When backpacking—and in many other situations—it’s a powerful thing to know you’re ready to take care of your needs, as well as equipped to deal with the unexpected. But consider that level of preparedness extended to help others: what if the emergency to which you’re responding isn’t just about saving yourself, but helping someone else avoid potential disaster?

For example, when Tom goes hiking, he packs the Ten Essentials for himself, and some extras in case he meets anyone who needs something. Sort of first aid for himself, and second aid for others. Similarly, Darcy packs extra first aid and comfort items for any humans or canines she might meet on the trail who have forgotten theirs (see her packing photos below).

Taking care of ourselves and others is the idea behind our First and Second Aid Pouches. The First Aid Pouch is red, and that’s where we keep the usual first-responder, medical-related stuff. The blue Second Aid Pouch is where we keep stuff that is intended to provide urgent care and comfort to others, often stuff that is earmarked to be lent or given away.  They’re both large enough to hold and organize many items, but not so large that they’re burdensome to carry. Just as we instinctively dive for the red pouch when we need aspirin or a bandage when we’re out and about, the blue pouch is our go-to when we encounter someone with non-medical, yet still somewhat dire, needs.

You’ve probably guessed already that the concept of First and Second Aid extends far beyond the hiking trails. Anyone who goes to professional conferences knows how helpful it can be to have a little stash of pens, tissues, sheets of paper, painkillers, and mints or cough drops. Having a few extras can enable you to help someone without depriving yourself of something you might need later.

Whether you’re a commuter, traveler, cyclist, urban explorer, parent, babysitter, dog walker, or student, chances are that you do a whole bunch of stuff that requires its own Essentials. The First Aid Pouch is designed to hold Essentials for you; the Second Aid Pouch holds Essentials for others. What will you put in yours?

 

Second and First Aid from TOM BIHN on Vimeo.

Darcy's First Aid Pouch | TOM BIHN

Darcy’s First Aid Pouch. Items of note: the tick key (works on humans and animals alike), and especially the extra diphenhydramine, which Darcy has carried ever since she and Lily went on a hike and Lily stuck her whole snout into a wasp nest in the ground. After being stung many times, Lily’s nose and mouth began to swell; luckily, Darcy had diphenhydramine in her first aid kit and was able to dose Lily before her reaction became too severe. (Please consult your veterinarian as to whether diphenhydramine is safe for your pet and if so, the appropriate dosage.)

Darcy's Second Aid Pouch | TOM BIHN

Darcy’s Second Aid Pouch, hiking edition. Previously, Darcy’s First and Second Aid items were carried in 3D Organizer Cubes; that worked just fine, but these pouches make it more obvious which pouch to grab, as well as easier to organize or find particular items.

Darcy's Other Second Aid Pouch | TOM BIHN

Darcy’s Second Aid Pouch, everyday edition. Note the emergency dog leash and small Nalgene of dog treats. Having found many lost dogs over the years (as well as helping people capture their dogs who were having too much fun, and were unwilling to get back in the car and go home after a hike), Darcy has learned to carry these two items to make that whole process a little easier.

News Briefs

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.

Early reviews of the Luminary 12 / 15 from the Forum community are in. See L15 reviews by logan_g, G42, Lia, anna2222, Quiltmama, and L12 reviews by marbenais, awurrlu and L12/L15 comparison reviews by Cristina, aedifica, bartleby.

The new Luminary 12 and Luminary 15 backpacks + bags in 210d ballistic nylon will be up for pre-order on 02/26. Details here.

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