Recognition for our Crew from Andrew

Thank you all,

I found you after one of the other coaches for my company showed off his Brain Bag while we were traveling to support a new contract. I subsequently managed to grab one of the last few red Synapse 25 specials and its made a huge difference in my daily work. I’m in a suit most of the time and the bag stands out, in an awesome way. It has literally removed pain from my daily commute, and opened a few conversations that became contacts for my next project. The design and immaculate craftsmanship is wonderful. I used to do theatrical costuming and am envious of your ability to make such excellent work of the materials and designs in your hands.

I’m now hooked. I’ve just received my second bag (a Co-Pilot) and am eagerly awaiting the return of the right color of the Aeronaut 45 to place my next order. I’ve got a trip planned for this fall and have rebuilt my itinerary from the ground up to take advantage of the two bags without wheels options. I fully expect to indoctrinate friends and family in the very near future.

You do great work, thank you,
Andrew

The above was sent to factorycrew@tombihn.com

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Updates to Snaphook Attachment Point Placement

Earlier this year, we heard from four people — one with a Co-Pilot, one with a Pilot, one with a Cadet and one with a Side Kick — who were all experiencing the same issue with their bags: the main compartment zipper was getting fuzzy and worn-looking. Though premature wear and tear (and even failure) of a zipper can occur if someone carries a too-large-for-the-bag object in the bag that puts undue pressure on the zipper, we asked and did some investigating and that wasn’t the case in these instances. So, what was happening here?

What we’ve determined is that, for a minority of people who have purchased one of the following bags after January 2014, a combination of various factors led to the snaphook on their shoulder strap abrading the zipper on their bag.

To be clear: our research and testing leads us to the conclusion that this is an issue experienced by few and not many; nonetheless, we wanted to prevent even those few from experiencing that problem, so we’ve gone ahead and updated the shoulder strap snaphook attachment point placement on the Co-Pilot, Pilot, Cadet, Daylight Briefcase and Side Kick.

Read on for the full scoop.

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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

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News Briefs

The Pre-Order window for The Truck, Small + Large Zip-Top Shop Bags and Original Small Shop Bag has closed. Our factory will now begin making the pre-ordered bags. All but the Original Small Shop Bag (due to low numbers ordered) will be made available for pre-order once again in September.

We don’t have any current plans to make future production runs of The Hero’s Journey or Moveable Feast. You can sign up on their pages to be notified if/when we make more.

Three of our most popular briefcases are back in-stock: the Pilot, Cadet, and Daylight Briefcase.

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