Videos

On Backorders

At any given time, you can count on at least some of our bags being available for backorder. Sometimes it’s just a color or two that’s sold out, but sometimes every color option is on backorder. It’s pretty much been this way since we can remember: as soon as we think we’ve increased production capacity to meet demand, you guys demand even more from us. And it’s awesome. And we spend a lot of time thanking you silently in our heads as we get to be busy at work every day doing what we love to be doing.

That said, we realize it can be frustrating to not be able to get the bag you want, especially if you’re going on a trip or have some other time constraint. We’re continually thinking of new ways we can increase production capacity: being smarter about the flow of work through our Seattle factory, buying new/faster/better equipment, hiring more factory crew.

But here’s the thing: if the only goal was to have every bag in stock at all times, there’s choices we could’ve made that would’ve guaranteed that. We know what those are, and you probably do too. They aren’t necessarily bad things or things we pass judgement on — they just aren’t things we want to do.

So, it’s slow and steady, but we’re working on being able to make more bags so that chances are, more often than not, the next time you need a new bag we’ll be able to ship it to you right away. We’re getting the quality right, we’re making more (and more secure) jobs for our factory crew, we’re getting better at what we do. It’s a challenge, but it’s one we’re up for, and we hope you’ll stay with us for the ride.

ScottE22: My first “What’s in my bag?” video

“Finally got around to my first ever TB video. It went a little long because, like others on the forum, I’m a nerd when it comes to describing my gadgets.”

Head over to the Forums for ScottE22’s packing list + a chance to ask him questions about his packing methodology.

Video: Three Trips with the Aeronaut

Featuring Beth Whitman and Jon from Wanderlust and Lipstick, Ahna and Ryan of 3form LightArt, and our very own tCook and Libby with their Aeronauts and various accessories.

Video: How to tie cord zipper pulls

Included with The Guide’s Pack and Founder’s Briefcase are enough Coyote and Red cord pulls for the metal zipper pulls on each bag. This video demonstrates how to add the cord pulls to the metal zipper pulls:

Video: Adjusting the internal frame in The Guide’s Pack

See also: The Guide’s Pack and our how-to video on adding cord zipper pulls included with the pack.

Innovation in Fabrics (video)

The story behind the fabrics we use, including our 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack, told by the best textiles guy in the business.

Video: Materials Testing

A few of the ways we’ve come up with to test our materials…

Mason’s Smart Alec + Co-Pilot Packing List Video

Thanks to Mason Drumm for sending us this video.

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.

Chris and Daniel’s Bags from the Two Weeks in Japan Videos

Back in late August, we posted a couple fantastic videos courtesy of Chris from SHEP Films (the folks who worked with us on our Smart Alec, Tri-Star, and Everyday Carry videos) in which he and his traveling companion, Daniel, detail what they packed for a two week family trip to Japan. Although Chris and Daniel mention the bags and accessories they use by name, we figured it would be handy to have everything compiled into one list along with at which point in the packing video these things can be found. See the packing video below, along with the list of everything used.

What Chris used…

0:04Aeronaut, Steel Dyneema/Wasabi

0:40RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Wasabi; Clear Organizer Wallet (for business cards)

0:44 — Small Padded Organizer Pouch;  Size 2 Travel Stuff Sacks, Ultraviolet and Wasabi (both for miscellaneous stuff like ear buds, a multi-tool, batteries, and memory cards)

0:56Co-Pilot, Steel Dyneema/Solar

1:02Travel Tray, Wasabi

1:053D Clear Organizer Cube, Steel

1:083D Mesh Organizer Cube, Black

1:10Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Wasabi

1:15 — Aeronaut End Pocket Packing Cube, All Fabric

1:19Cache, size 6Z

1:20 — Large Packing Cube for the Aeronaut

1:24Kindle Fire/Keyboard Pouch (for tablet)

and what Daniel used…

2:09 — Large Packing Cube for the Aeronaut

2:16Aeronaut, Black/Steel

2:183D Clear Organizer Cube, Wasabi Dyneema

2:31Synapse 19, Black/Iberian

2:3216-inch Key Strap; Kindle Fire/Keyboard Pouch, Padded

If you want to see all of this stuff in action along with some great shots of the bags, Japanese scenery, and delicious food, check out the second video below.

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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