Introducing the Pilot

The Pilot personal item travel bag | TOM BIHN | Made in America

The Pilot personal item travel bag | TOM BIHN | Made in America

The Pilot personal item travel bag | TOM BIHN | Made in America

The Pilot is a personal item carry-on sized travel bag designed to fit the items you want close at hand and easily accessible during your flight or at the airport. It’s a natural complement to our larger Aeronaut, Tri-Star, and Western Flyer carry-on travel bags. Ultralight travelers may choose to use the Pilot as their “one bag” travel bag, utilizing the Pilot’s Packing Cubes for organizing clothing and a 3D Clear Organizer Cube for toiletries. Some may not even use the Pilot primarily for travel: it also serves well as an organized every day carry briefcase.

And the Pilot is proof that, yeah, we do listen: several years ago, we introduced the Co-Pilot, our original personal item travel bag. For many, the Co-Pilot was an ideal size, but some of you asked for a slightly larger version that would accommodate a 13″ laptop. We heard you, and that larger Co-Pilot is here, with a few updates. Not simply content to upsize an existing design, we took a look at the extra space the Pilot offered and considered how we could best maximize its utility while retaining a proportioned look and feel.

The Pilot. $150. Available for pre-order and ships by mid-February.

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