Tom Bihn 3D Fabric Organizer Cube

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The 3D Fabric Organizer Cube is a one-compartment organizer cube. It’s available in two different fabrics: ultralight 200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop or 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack.

Our 200 Dyneema®/nylon fabric is custom produced just for us by a mill in Japan. Its great tear strength and surprising abrasion resistance come from the grid of white Dyneema® yarns woven approximately every .25″ / 6 mm parallel to the X and Y axes (the weft and warp), forming the distinctive ripstop pattern (the Dyneema® yarns don’t accept dye and hence remain their natural white color).

Our 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack is a 420 denier, high-tenacity, type 6.6 nylon fabric that was originally developed for the military for use in parachute backpacks. It’s a beautiful, densely woven, and tough-as-nails fabric, and its smooth surface means it entirely lacks an affinity for pet hair, lint, sweater fuzz and snow.

A #5 YKK Aquaguard® zipper with two plastic sliders zips the 3D Fabric Organizer Cube. Two O-rings, on the left and right exterior sides of the Cube, allow you to clip a Key Strap to the Cube and attach it to the O-rings inside your larger TOM BIHN travel bag, messenger bag, briefcase, laptop bag, knitting bag, or backpack.

We give you the option of adding a Shoulder Strap to the 3D Fabric Organizer Cube, allowing you to hang the Cube from a towel rack or doorknob or wear it over your shoulder. The shoulder strap is the same strap included with our Side Effect bag: 5/8″ nylon webbing, adjustable, with plastic snaphooks (no pad).

 MATERIALS:

200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop
420d HT nylon Classic Parapack
#5 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zipper with plastic sliders

CONSTRUCTION:

Made in USA 
100% finished seams

SPECIFICATIONS:

Dimensions: 7″ x 4.3″ x 2″ / 180 x 110 x 50 mm
Weight:
400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop: 1.8 oz / 50 grams
420d HT nylon Classic Parapack: 2.2 oz / 65 grams
Volume: 60 cubic inches / 1 quart / 1 liter (ASTM Standard Measure)

 

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Tom Bihn 3D Mesh Organizer Cube

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The 3D Mesh Organizer Cube is a one-compartment organizer cube with mesh front and back panels that offer breathability and a moderate level of visibility of the contents of the Cube.

We give you the option of adding a Shoulder Strap to the 3D Mesh Organizer Cube, allowing you to hang the Cube from a towel rack or doorknob or wear it over your shoulder. The shoulder strap is the same strap included with our Side Effect bag: 5/8″ nylon webbing, adjustable, with plastic snaphooks (no pad).

A band of either 1000 denier Cordura® nylon, 200 Dyneema®/nylon, or 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack (depending on the color/fabric you choose) wraps around the top, sides, and bottom. A #5 YKK® coil zipper with two plastic sliders zips the 3D Mesh Organizer Cube. Two O-rings, on the left and right exterior sides of the Cube, allow you to clip a Key Strap to the Cube and attach it to the O-rings inside your larger TOM BIHN travel bag, messenger bag, briefcase, laptop bag, knitting bag, or backpack.

The front and back panels are made of heavy-duty nylon mesh.

 MATERIALS:

Heavy-duty nylon mesh front and back
1000 denier Cordura® top/sides/bottom
#5 YKK coil zipper with plastic slider

CONSTRUCTION:

Made in USA 
100% finished seams

SPECIFICATIONS:

Dimensions: 7″ x 4.3″ x 2″ / 180 x 110 x 50 mm
Weight:
1000d Cordura®: 2.5 oz / 70 grams
400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop: 2 oz / 60 grams
420d HT nylon Classic Parapack: 2.3 oz / 65 grams
Volume: 60 cubic inches / 1 quart / 1 liter (ASTM Standard Measure)

 

 

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Tom Bihn 3D Clear Organizer Cube

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The 3D Clear Organizer Cube is a one-compartment organizer cube with clear front and back panels. The 3D Clear Organizer Cube was designed specifically to meet the TSA 3-1-1 liquids-program requirements. It works great for that purpose and, unlike a ziplock bag, is reusable and guaranteed to last through years of use as a toiletries kit when you’re traveling and as an everyday organizer bag when you’re not.

We give you the option of adding a Shoulder Strap to the 3D Clear Organizer Cube, allowing you to hang the Cube from a towel rack or doorknob, or wear it over your shoulder while waiting in the airport security line. The shoulder strap is the same strap included with our Side Effect bag: 5/8″ nylon webbing, adjustable, with plastic snaphooks (no pad).

A band of 1000 denier Cordura® nylon fabric (you choose the color) wraps around the top, sides, and bottom. A #5 YKK Aquaguard® zipper with two plastic sliders zips the 3D Clear Organizer Cube. Two O-rings on the left and right exterior sides of the 3D Clear Organizer Cube allow you to clip a Key Strap to the 3D Clear Organizer Cube and attach it to the O-rings inside your larger TOM BIHN travel bag, messenger bag, briefcase, laptop bag, knitting bag, or backpack.

The front and back panels are .016″ clear urethane (100% PVC free). In our bags and organizer pouches which use a clear material, that clear material is urethane instead of PVC. This is a conscious and, we hope, conscientious decision on our part; PVC is pretty nasty stuff. It isn’t good for your health (ever open a brand new PVC shower curtain, get a headache, and wonder why?) or the environment. The Europe Union has gone so far as to ban PVC children’s toys. Unfortunately, PVC is still the third most widely used thermoplastic polymer, in part because urethane and other alternatives tend to be more expensive than PVC. We think the added expense of urethane is worth it for the health of you, us, and the planet.

The fine print: the 3D Clear Organizer Cube is not waterproof and the Nalgene® plastic bottles shown in the photos are not included.

  MATERIALS:

.016″ clear urethane front and back
1000 denier Cordura® — or — 200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop sides/bottom
#5 YKK Aquaguard® water repellent coil zipper with plastic sliders

CONSTRUCTION:

Made in USA 
100% finished seams

SPECIFICATIONS:

Dimensions: 7″ x 4.3″ x 2″ / 180 x 110 x 50 mm
Weight:
1000d Cordura®: 2.6 oz / 75 grams
200d Dyneema ®/200d nylon ripstop: 2.2 oz / 65 grams
Volume: 60 cubic inches / 1 quart / 1 liter (ASTM Standard Measure)

 

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Go Bags & Go Kits – Aeronaut

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Key benefits

Airline Carry-on compliant | Superb design and construction quality | Excellent protection from shock and impact | Logically arranged compartments and sub-compartments | Form fitting flexibility | Premium materials and hardware | Ideal for mass transit travelers & active lifestyles | Exceptionally comfortable carry options | Optional shoulder strap | Waterproof

General Description

The Tom Bihn Aeronaut takes on the challenge of offering an innovative user and task focused carry-on bag that takes cues from the timeless cargo bags, but softens the typical ‘boxy’outlines with aerodynamic curves instead. As airlines strive to penalize customers with fines for oversized and overweight carry-on’s the Aeronaut is the best solution that combines maximum volume and minimized weight with durability, styling and user comfort. This is the Jenny Craig© of overhead compartment bags. In true Tom Bihn style- form and function are evenly matched. Ergonomic, flexible and user accommodating- the Aeronaut is sure to make your next journey a pleasure. Throughout our maiden run with it the onomatopoeia that kept springing into my head was ‘sproing!’. This best describes the feeling of carrying the Aeronaut with the shoulder strap across one’s chest. A pair of mated hand straps and a tuck-away backpack system make it flexible for changing situations. Since it’s airline compliant -two end handles make for quick and sure retrieval during the disembark rush that inevitably sees less endowed passengers struggling with thier inferior luggage.
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Left Accessory
Left Side
Center Main
Right Side
3 Lära Bars 2, Toilet Kits
2, dress socks
2, Gift flashlights
1,Dress Belt
1, Bottle of Pepto Bismol
4oz bottle of detergent
1,Two-piece suit (Summerweight Wool)
1, Dress shirt
1, Silk short sleeve shirt
1, Pr Chinos
1, Long sleeve ‘T’shirt
1, Dress Tie & Cufflinks + 1,Handkerchief
1, Pr Gym shorts
1, athletic supporter
3, Prs Ultralight under pants
4, Prs ultralight Under-‘T’ shirts
1, Pr Casual cargo shorts
5 small gift boxes in Large Tom Bihn Sack
1, Radio Shack Door-wedge alarm
1,Pr Dress shoes stuffed with…
4,Prs GymSocks.
3, Lära Bars
Net weight fully loaded as tested – 23Lbs ( Includes Tom Bihn Absolute Shoulder Strap)


First Field Trial
 of the Aeronaut


First Impressions:
– Drop dead gorgeous curvy silhouette.
– Orientation of hand straps & shoulder straps make huge sense for carry and retrieval
– I hardly remembered the hidden backpack straps! They tuck away very seamlessly thanks to the elegant zipper closure. Backpack comfort is very good – the padding on the spine-facing side of the Aeronaut gives it a good feel . Sternum strap is a nice touch. It could double as a day-pack with no problem!
– Space allocation is top notch. Thanks to Tom Bihn and Eagle Creek organizers, my various categories of garments all fit inside perfectly. Two toilet kits fit in the side compartments , a pair of dress shoes in the main and there was still plenty of room for four small gift boxes. 
– Seamed zippers open and close effortlessly .The pull tabs have generous holes in them for locks.
– End mounted grab straps are curvilinear and easy to grab, giving the Aeronaut three sides by which it can be retrieved from overhead compartments.
– Fabrication quality is top notch and precise. There are no wrinkles or bulging anywhere- and yet all structural elements have self supporting form resulting from the structural dynamics and inherit material stiffness. An empty Aeronaut looks ‘pumped up’ – making the packing process a breeze.
– Materials are top notch as well. Both the heavy denier waterproof Nylon fabric and the huge YKK zippers look like they can survive many years of frequent travel- especially by Air, Train or Bus.
– Color- I like the red that was chosen very much. Its Pantone equivalent  is 186MC A very neutral red. Let’s name it Rojo Picanté in honor of its maiden voyage. The black piping and straps really give the Aeronaut a polished, Jet Set look.
-Carry comfort. Thanks to the narrow profile of the Aeronaut when hand carried, the center of weight is closer to the user than on comparable luggage. This actually makes the Aeronaut more comfortable to carry as the user’s arm stays close to their body. In addition, the High/Narrow profile keeps weight distributed in the same axis as the user- vertical. 
– Backpack straps. The access zipper so cleverly echoes the design of the main zippered compartment, only the fact that it runs as a short curved line- is a clue to what’s hiding inside. The straps deploy very quickly and are simply connected to short ‘Fastex-style’ snaps that are revealed by pulling them out of their peek-a-boo nooks! I’m not sure if anyone else has designed so elegant a concealed backpack strap arrangement. It’s the sort of thing that brings a smile on your face when you first encounter it.
Once connected, the access port zipper remains open. I felt an inner urge to close it- but why? The converted Aeronaut then back mounts and feels good on the shoulders and back. The included sternum strap is useful in controlling lateral motion. No waist strap is included and the Aeronaut doesn’t need one.
– Where do I put my drink bottle?. I was about to gripe about the lack of a bottle pouch- when it hit me. One of the ends has a diagonally oriented zipper pocket that would easily accommodate an 16oz bottle or Three juice boxes! I tested it and indeed- a 16oz cylindrical bottle or Three, 4oz juice boxes fit perfectly if the host compartment beneath isn’t over packed!

Some details that make the difference
– Metal hardware. That’s right! Black anodized steel strap snaps and attachment anchors as well as the metal zipper pulls – give the Aeronaut ‘Premium’ travel luggage status . No nastily ‘snap-offs’ during a hurried retrieval or at the hands of abusive luggage handlers or conveyors. The shoulder strap adjustment ladders are polymer- minimizing weight and putting durability where it really belongs- at points that will bear the brunt of travel abuse.
– Harmony between the three carry options ( Hand, Shoulder and Backpack). As I mentioned earlier, the hand and shoulder straps are oriented on the long/narrow side and the backpack straps on the broad side but here’s a special detail often missed is less intelligently designed luggage. All compartments- main and secondary- can be opened without in any manner interfering with the carry strap , shoulder strap or backpack straps. Lest you dismiss this point as trivial; consider that during a security search the hand straps on some carry-on’s may have to be unsnapped to give the security officer access to a compartment directly beneath it. Because the Aeronaut’s compartment openings are all around and outside the strapping, there’s never any fumbling with straps to accomplish this task- The Aeronaut handles searches with grace and aplomb!
– Contoured edges. In true Tom Bihn form, the Aeronaut is designed with the same signature ‘curvature of edges that not only make it aesthetically pleasing , but also ergonomically pleasant in terms of interactions with the user as well as architectural and structural edges. Simply put, it’s visually and physically snag-resistant.
-Thoughtful mesh inner compartments. These can hold obvious small items but consider this possibility. I ‘ll print a copy of my Itinerary for the maiden journey, as well as a photocopy of my Passport. These can be neatly tucked into the main compartment’s flap- which has a zippered mesh pocket for a liner. That way if you’re luggage tag is ever severed off- airport personnel can easily find your Itinerary at the top of the main hatch!

What’s Missing? 
Almost nothing- but I would have liked to see the outside bottom panel covered with a floor & street proof material, as I suspect that the showroom new look of the Aeronaut will not last for long on that side of the bag if its subjected to contact with dirty pavements or other grimy surfaces.

Target Market
-Primarily the Air, Bus or Train riding traveler. The Aeronaut has a strong secondary market in Students, Athletes,Journeymen and Professionals that are currently using less curvaceous cargo bags or backpacks. The Aeronaut is the ideal ‘Weekender’ bag as well.

Form Factor & Build –
Sizes-Airline Carry-on specifications compliant
Geometry- Aerodynamic cargo.
Material- Made of 1050 Ballistic nylon; lined of 200 denier nylon with a Dyeema (like Spectra) ripstop.Braided nylon-cord zipper pulls with polymer terminal tabs.

Ergonomics– Aerodynamic and ergonomic contours give it a ‘stuffed pillow’ feel that loves to be hugged, carried or hauled. Superb strap orientations make it easy on shoulder joints and eventually minimize carrier fatigue,

Affordances– One large main compartment houses the larger items. Two end compartments and a third slip compartment accept objects that are smaller or that must be more quickly accessed. Substantial zipper pulls afford access to the various spaces and their contents. Intelligently designed carry handles allow for a ‘suitcase’ style of carry with one hand. Metal ‘D’ rings are situated to allow for the connection of optional accessory shoulder straps. Backpack carry straps are seamlessly concealed behind a dedicated zippered panel. Two peek-a-boo snap connectors are tucked in for a neat yet accessible conversion. inner mesh pockets securely accommodate documents or small objects that need to be topmost of the main compartment for quick access. Two end-panel mounted ‘grab straps’ allow for strategic retrieval of a perpendicularly oriented Aeronaut from overhead compartments.

Human Factors & Usability -The Aeronaut conforms to all heuristics guiding excellent user-centered design in the industrial engineering of a carry-on piece of luggage.In other words, the need for effective, efficient and easy to learn functionality are fully accommodated through sound consideration of the cognitive, reflexive and contextual aspects of this product’s use. In addition, sound ergonomics contribute to a pleasant and transparent user experience .Usability has therefore been closely aligned to the operator requiring a certain type of task and goal-centric carry case.The task and context specific orientation of compartments as well as access to them align with the typical requirements and needs of the air,train and bus traveler. Versatile carry options allow for flexible use. As such, an Aeronaut not only accommodates one preferred option- it also accommodates a variation in carry styles within a single journey and in varying contexts. As such, a person needing to carry it hands free but with quickest removal may choose a shoulder carry. Next would be an across the chest shoulder carry. A one handed carry style allows for practical maneuverability during boarding and disembarkation. Backpack carry has the least impact on shoulders- distributing weight more symmetrically for the heaviest loads or for long transits that may require free hands. Since the Aeronaut most efficiently resides in airline overheads in the perpendicular to hatch position, the two end mounted grab straps- make for effective, speedy and logical retrieval .
even though many carry- on’s have wheels of some sort- they often add substantial weight while offering little advantage to the fit and svelte traveler. Try rolling a 23lb carry-on over cobble-stone streets and you’ll understand what we mean. Of all the parts of any luggage that are most likely to suffer damage in transit-those little wheels top the list. The lack of clumsy pull handles or silly tethers are not missed as these are probably the second most annoying accouterments.

Styling and Aesthetics 
Within a number of contexts, the Aeronaut’s exterior appearance coordinates well with the user and their task- in order to create a harmonious visual ensemble that projects an image of aerodynamic-ness rather than boxiness. Cargo bags abound but few are put together in as sleek and curvaceous a package as the Aeronaut. This is the perfect passenger in any muscular American or Imported sports car. In Ferrari Red it makes a statement that’s decidedly ‘Neo-American Chic’. Whether used on a private jet or commercial airplane- the Orient Express or the Marrakech Express- Queen Mary or Greyhound Bus, the Aeronaut conforms it’s minimalist lines to whatever setting it may be tasked to adorn. A wide selection of colors coordinate well with various customer preferences and profiles.

Environmental Stress – We evaluated the Aeronaut on a single five day get-away by air and taxi. The toughness and yet sleekness of the fabric was well suited to the typical experience of using the Aeronaut on airplanes and in motor vehicles.To test the protected zippers, we subjected Aeronaut to a 10 minute shower- Not a drop of water was discovered inside. Considering the replacement cost of potential content belongings, this was deemed a success- instilling great confidence in its ability to withstand a typical downpour. The unobtrusive silhouette minimized the snagging and crushing that often subject lesser quality luggage to severed straps, handles and so on. It just slips into place and slides right out again without resistance. Long term testing has not been completed at this time. We’ll file another report after the next journey or two.

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Specifications: Tom Bihn-Aeronaut

  • Made of 1050 Ballistic nylon; lined of 200 denier nylon with a Dyeema (like Spectra) ripstop.
  • 10 YKK Uretek “splash-proof” zippers
  • Meets most non-commuter domestic airlines’ carry-on size standards (see FAQ)
  • Overall dimensions: 22″ x 14″ x 9″ / 555 x 355 x 230mm
  • Volume: 2700 cubic inches / 45 litres
  • Empty Weight: 2.71 lbs / 1230 grams
  • Made in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Specifications:AbsoluteComfortStrength:Absolute Shoulder Strap

  • Adjustable from 20″ to 52″
  • Weight: 7.5 oz.
  • Non-Slip Grip is soft and comfortable, and ensures the strap won’t slip off your shoulder.
  • Manufactured by OP/TECH USA for Tom Bihn.
  • Made in Montana, U.S.A.

Evaluation Results & Summaries

Ease of Use
Excellent.
The Aeronaut exudes ergonomic intelligence and logical compartmentalization as well as smooth use. One never senses that the Aeronaut is fighting against its user, but rather that it supports the user in a task and context sensitive manner.

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Task performance optimization
Extraordinarily Effective. The Aeronaut is ideal for carrying a load of 23 Lbs or more for distances short or long on mass transit carriers such as Airplanes, Boats, Trains or Busses.With intelligent use of packing aids such as Tom Bihn or third party luggage organizers; an extraordinary volume of contents can be transported for a check-in free travel experience for between a weekend and one week.
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Accommodation for emergency provisions
Excellent. Though this is rather extravagant as an emergency Go-Bag, nonetheless, a fully provisioned Aeronaut makes a handsome and accessible 72Hr Go Bag- filled with emergency provisions, first aid and small shelter (Go-Bag evaluation results are pending)
See> Emergency Preparedness Provisions 24/48/72

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Fabrication Design and Construction quality 
The fabrication quality of Aeronaut is top notch and is in keeping with the expectations of its intended customers. More than this it may also be relied on by users beyond this base and can work well within a number of professional settings.
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Items of Note:
Excellent Customer Relationship Management |Superb design and construction quality|Excellent protection from shock and impact | Logically arranged compartments and sub-compartments | Form fitting flexibility | Premium materials and hardware | Ideal for mass transit travelers & active lifestyles |Exceptionally comfortable carry options optional shoulder strap | Waterproof

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Tom Bihn Travel Stuff Sack

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Our Travel Stuff Sacks serve a variety of purposes: they stow and compress items like down/polyfill jackets and vests (constraining them to a smaller amount of space); they can be used to separate dirty clothes from clean clothes; and some folks prefer to use them for packing clothing that doesn’t need to be folded, like underwear — we don’t fold our underwear — do you? (On second thought, let’s not go there.)

The shape of our Travel Stuff Sacks is a little different than you might expect: the bottom isn’t square nor is it round. Rather, it’s an elongated or flattened circle, an oval — this shape looks sharp and helps make the Travel Stuff Sacks pack efficiently in bags like the AeronautSynapse, and others. The Sacks cinch shut with a drawstring closure and cord lock.

Travel Stuff Sacks are available in four sizes: 1 (very small — very light down vest), 2 (small — very light down jacket), 3 (medium — down jacket), and 4 (large — all of the above). Each size is available in a variety of colors — great for those of you who like to organize/pack by color (“I keep socks in the Wasabi Travel Stuff Sack and underwear in the Steel Travel Stuff Sack”).

 

Travel Stuff Sacks are made from our 200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ultralight ripstop fabric, produced especially for us in Japan and dyed in our own custom colors.

 MATERIALS:

200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop
Sturdy nylon drawstring


CONSTRUCTION:

Made in USA 
100% finished seams


SPECIFICATIONS:

Size 1:
External Dimensions – 5.2″ tall x 3.8″ x 2.7″ / 130 x 100 x 70 mm
Weight: 1 oz / 25 grams
Volume: 40 cubic inches / 0.7 liters
Size 2:
External Dimensions – 6.3″ tall x 5.2″ x 3.5″ / 160 x 130 x 90 mm
Weight: 1.2 oz / 30 grams
Volume: 100 cubic inches / 1.6 liters
Size 3:
External Dimensions – 7.9″ tall x 6.6″ x 4.3″ / 200 x 170 x 110 mm
Weight: 1.4 oz / 40 grams
Volume: 185 cubic inches / 3 liters
Size 4:
External Dimensions – 9″ tall x 7.9″ x 5.2″ / 230 x 200 x 130 mm
Weight: 1.8 oz / 50 grams
Volume: 300 cubic inches / 5 liters

 

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Aeronaut Travel Bag by Tom Bihn

The Aeronaut is my choice for carry-on travel bag and may be bought at TomBihn.com.

Officially named on September 1st, 2005, but being thought as early as 2003, the Aeronaut is Tom Bihn´s answer to the demand for a Maximum size Convertible Carry-on traveler´s bag that could navigate through not just airports, train stations, and bus depots, but through airplanestrains, and buses.

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Aeronaut sketch by Dan Bransfield

The requests from 2005 Tom Bihn´s Forums Posts:

  • Conforms to actual carry-on standard size
  • Convertible between backpack straps and a shoulder strap
  • Has a waist strap for stability/to prevent back strain
  • No Wheels
  • Splash-proof zippers
  • Made of ballistic nylon to eliminate the need for a frame
  • Have at least two compartments (to separate clean from dirty among other reasons)
  • DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating
  • See the comments on the OneBag web site

Main points from OneBag.com on Choosing A Bag :

To maximize carrying capacity, look for a rectilinear design.

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Adding external pouches increases a bag’s dimensions without adding appropriate corresponding storage volume.

Although these two bags have identical external dimensions (as measured by the airlines), the rectilinear bag offers an astonishing 29% more storage space! Not a negligible consideration.

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This view also exposes three additional problems of non-rectilinearity. Extending a bag at its front moves its centre of gravity further from one’s body than it need be, making it less comfortable to carry. It also renders the bag more awkward to manoeuvre in crowded situations. Finally, those curved sides make it more difficult to pack effectively!

Source : Onebag.com

 

On Tom Bihn´s Design:

Tom Bihn´s Materials:

Form Factor:

“My Carry-on features a large rather squarish main compartment with two large end pockets, each big enough to carry two pairs of shoes or one pair of boots”, that is the oldest description I found for Tom Bihn´s Convertible Carry-on from a  2003 forum post.

The early attempts (prior to 2003) to find a specific “relatively easy-to-get-at place near the outside of the bag” for a laptop were dismissed and the Aeronaut was launched with the basically the same form factor it has up to this date.

Designed to qualify as a maximum-size airline carry-on bag, the Aeronaut can be carried as a backpack (with its zip-away backpack straps), or with its padded handle can be carried on-edge as one would a traditional suitcase, or over the shoulder using the Absolute Shoulder Strap.

The Absolute Shoulder Strap combines a nonslip, ergonomically curved pad — made of soft, durable neoprene — with comfortable stretch backing with internal control-stretch system to make bags feel 50% lighter and 100% more comfortable. a lifesaver when carrying a hefty load or simply want the most comfortable strap available.

The downside to most duffel bags is their lack of compartmentalization. But not the Aeronaut. The main body of the bag is divided into three significant compartments: a large center compartment is flanked on both ends by substantial end pockets. These end pockets can easily accommodate size 12 running shoes. The end pockets also are great for segregating the clean from the unclean, or perhaps socks and underwear, from everything else.

The main compartment is accessed through a curved zipper opening and swallows a substantial stack of folded shirts/blouses/trousers/dresses; as you pack the Aeronaut, the end pockets act like bookends, keeping everything in the center compartment relatively flat and folded. The inside of the opening “hatch” features a convenient zippered mesh pocket for small items.

The studs inside the main compartment may be popped to expand it into the end pocket space.

Packing:

The inside organization may be done using any combination of Travel Sacks, Packing Cubes and Pouches, kind like a tetris game !

Travel Sacks serve a variety of purposes: to stow and compress items like down/polyfill jackets and vests; to separate dirty clothes from clean clothes; to pack clothing that doesn’t need to be folded; and to store any assortment of small items (like cables or extra batteries). Available in a variety of colors to allow you to organize/pack by color (“I keep socks in the Wasabi Travel Stuff Sack and underwear in the Steel Travel Stuff Sack”).

 

Tom Bihn´s travel sacks are made of 200 denier Dyneema®/Nylon Ripstop in 4 sizes:

  • Size 1: 130 x 100 x  70 mm, weight: 25 grams, volume: 0.7 liters
  • Size 2: 160 x 130 x  90 mm, weight: 30 grams, volume: 1.6 liters
  • Size 3: 200 x 170 x 110 mm, weight: 40 grams, volume: 3.0 liters
  • Size 4: 230 x 200 x 130 mm, weight: 50 grams, volume: 5.0 liters

Tom Bihn´s Packing Cubes are available in either Fabric/Mesh or All Fabric. The All Fabric version is intended for storing shoes, dirty clothes, or other items you may want to keep separate from the other stuff inside your bag. The Fabric/Mesh version allows you to more easily see what’s inside your Packing Cube. At the top, the Packing Cubes features a webbing loop for hanging them on a hook or doorknob.

Large Packing Cube: Use two (stacked one on top of the other), or one plus two Small Packing Cubes.

Small Packing Cube: Use four (stacked one on top of the other, or interlocking like bricks), or two plus one Large Packing Cube.

End Pocket Packing Cube: One fills each end pocket, or four can fill the main compartment, like books on a shelf. The End Pocket Packing Cube is available in either Fabric/Fabric or Fabric/Mesh. The All Fabric version is intended for shoes or other items you may want to keep separate from the rest of your stuff. In the Fabric/Mesh version of the Aeronaut End Packing Cube, the larger sides are fabric, rather than then mesh; in other words, the edges are mesh. This is specifically because the mesh does not slide as nicely as the Dyneema®/nylon fabric, and it’s necessary for the Fabric/Mesh Packing Cube (especially when full) to be able to gracefully slide into the end pockets.

Clear Quarter Packing Cube: It was designed by Tom Bihn to fill up one-half of the end compartment of the Aeronaut travel bag, but its handy size is useful for many other applications as well.

The Clear Quarter Packing Cube has two clear equal-size compartments: it’s a great way to organize toiletries, power supplies and cables, and other small items. It opens and closes with #5 YKK coil zippers with plastic sliders, which means the Cube has no metal parts to rust or scratch electronics. The loop is very helpful when you’re attempting to yank it out of an overstuffed bag or using it as a toiletries kit.

Packing Cube Backpack: This is a dual-purpose packing cube: use it to organize and pack your clothing — just like you’d use the Large Aeronaut Packing Cube. 

When you reach your destination, you can remove the contents of the Aeronaut Packing Cube Backpack and right-side it out, expanding and transforming it into a 16 liters backpack with two compartments, an O-ring, and webbing backpack straps that are surprisingly comfortable for lighter loads. It will save you space by not having to bring a separate backpack for day use. As a backpack it is 445 x 345 x 105 mm,

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag: This is a dual-purpose packing cube: use it to organize and pack your clothing — just like you’d use the End Pocket Packing Cube.

When you reach your destination, repack the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag with a light jacket, wallet, lunch or small water bottle, map, and add a shoulder strap: you’re ready to go out and explore, and you’ve saved space by not having to bring a separate bag for day use.

3D Organizer Cube: This is a one-compartment organizer cube. It’s available in three different options: clear front and back panels. mesh front and back panels and all fabric.

The 3D Clear Organizer Cube was designed specifically to meet the TSA 3-1-1 liquids-program requirements. It works great for that purpose and, unlike a ziplock bag, is reusable and guaranteed to last through years of use as a toiletries kit when you’re traveling and as an everyday organizer bag when you’re not.

The 3D Fabric Organizer Cube is available in two different fabrics: ultralight 200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop or 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack.

The 3D Mesh Organizer Cube is a one-compartment organizer cube with heavy-duty nylonmesh front and back panels that offer breathability and a moderate level of visibility of the contents of the Cube. A band of either 1000 denier Cordura® nylon, 200 Dyneema®/nylon, or 420d HT nylon Classic Parapack wraps around the top, sides, and bottom.

A #5 YKK® coil zipper with two plastic sliders zips the 3D Organizer Cube. Two O-rings, on the left and right exterior sides of the Cube, allow you to clip a Key Strap to the Cube and attach it to the O-rings inside the Aeronaut.

 

Dimensions, weights and volumes of Aeronaut Packing Cubes:

  • Backpack: 345 x 345 x 105 mm, weight: 255 grams, volume:  12.5 liters
  • Large      : 340 x 340 x 110 mm, weight:  110 grams, volume:  12.0 liters
  • Small      : 340 x 170 x 110 mm,  weight:    75 grams, volume:    6.0 liters
  • End         : 340 x 200 x  80 mm,  weight:   90 grams, volume:    5,0 liters
  • Shoulder: 300 x 200 x 80 mm,   weight:   95 grams, volume:     4.5 liters
  • Quarter : 200 x 170 x 80 mm,    weight:  115 grams, volume:     2.7 liters
  • 3D C C : 180 x 110 x 50 mm, weight: 75 grams, volume: 1 liter
  • 3D C D:  180 x 110 x 50 mm, weight: 65 grams, volume: 1 liter
  • 3D F D:  180 x 110 x 50 mm, weight: 50 grams, volume: 1 liter
  • 3D F P:  180 x 110 x 50 mm, weight: 65 grams, volume: 1 liter
  • 3D M C: 180 x 110 x 50 mm, weight: 70 grams, volume: 1 liter
  • 3D M D: 180 x 110 x 50 mm, weight: 60 grams, volume: 1 liter
  • 3D M P: 180 x 110 x 50 mm, weight: 65 grams, volume: 1 liter

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Tom Bihn Tri-Star

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The Tri-Star is a midsize carry-on travel bag replete with useful features — it may just be a business or pleasure traveler’s dream bag. With room for most sizes of our Brain Cell, the center compartment of the Tri-Star provides a secure and protected place for your laptop. Add Packing Cubes for clothing and shoes in the outer compartments and a Freudian Slip to the center compartment, and you may not need to come back to your home or office for quite a while. The Tri-Star measures 19″ x 13″ x 8″ (480 x 330 x 205 mm), putting it between the Western Flyer and the Aeronaut in size. It’s a perfect size carry-on for use in Europe and Australia, where airlines’ carry-on sizing requirements are more conservative than in the United States. The size of the Tri-Star also works well for travelers who find they don’t need a carry-on as large as the Aeronaut, but can’t or don’t want to limit their packing list enough to use our smaller Western Flyer.

The front of the Tri-Star features four zippered pockets, all zipping shut with #8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zippers.

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On the right is a subtle-but-clever curved zipper pocket: unzip it partially and it’s a useful pocket for a boarding pass. Unzipped entirely, it’s an expandable water bottle pocket. The bellows that make the pocket expandable can be snapped up so your water bottle doesn’t fall out, or unsnapped to allow greater access to the pocket. (Note that with a water bottle in the pocket, the bag may no longer meet the most strict size regulations: we assume you’ll remove your water bottle as you board the plane.)

On the left side are three horizontal zippered pockets. The top zippered pocket spans the full height of the bag; the second goes about halfway; and the third is the shallowest of the three. All three horizontal zippered pockets have one O-ring inside for attaching a Key Strap (one 8″ Key Strap is included with the Tri-Star) or other organizational accessories.

The big pocket can hold a New York Times Best Seller (even a hardback) or a Kindle. The middle pocket can fit sunglasses or a laptop power supply. The small pocket can help keep your wallet, keys, passport, and other smaller items handy. The lower left-hand corner features the distinctive TOM BIHN Tri-Star logo label. Black piping bordering the front panel of the Tri-Star gives it a finished appearance and helps it retain its shape and size — no matter how much stuff you put in it.

The Tri-Star has three main compartments of approximately equal size, and each has two O-rings. The front compartment can be further divided left and right, with a zip-out divider. Depending on what you pack and how you like to organize, you may find this divider quite useful. Once divided, one side is larger than the other: the larger side can accommodate a three-ring binder; the smaller side handles a pair of shoes (inside a Packing Cube or not, your choice).

The middle compartment has two Annex Clips designed to secure the optional Brain Cell laptop case to the Tri-Star; the Annex Clips are removable, so if you don’t plan to carry a Brain Cell, you can remove them. The Brain Cell provides superior laptop protection with a corrugated plastic insert, a soft, brushed-foam interior, suspension system, and memory-foam bottom — and still comes in at just about 1 lb. for the larger sizes. In the Tri-Star, the level of laptop protection is increased because the Brain Cell sits between the other two main compartments. The Brain Cell can be unclipped from the Tri-Star and used on its own (it has handles and shoulder strap attachment points) or clipped inside another TOM BIHN bag, depending on its size.

Also in the middle compartment are two unobtrusive webbing loops (that we call “rail loops”) to which you can secure the optional Cache (available in sizes specifically for every Apple laptop and iPad; PC users, click here for our Laptop Bag Fit Guide). When you add the Cache, the Tri-Star becomes a “checkpoint-friendly” laptop travel bag. Here’s how it works: on the back (or bottom, depending how you look at it) of the Cache are two parallel “rails” of 1″ wide lightweight nylon webbing which extend from the top to the bottom. Included (and already attached for your convenience) when the Cache is ordered with the Tri-Star are two Gatekeeper Rail Clips: unclip the side that isn’t clipped to the Cache, slip it through the webbing loops in the Tri-Star middle compartment, and flip it shut. Slip the Cache inside the Tri-Star, and pull it back out: you’ll see that the Gatekeeper Rail Clips ride the rails of the Cache, allowing you to remove your laptop from the Tri-Star entirely while it is still encased in the protective Cache. Doing this at the airport security checkpoint means the X-ray machines (and TSA personnel) will have a clear, unobstructed view of your laptop — allowing you to keep your laptop in the Cache and the whole affair securely held together as one unit. (We think that’s much better than having to remove your laptop and dump it in one of those buckets.) Many of us will appreciate this functionality on a daily basis as well: the rail system can be a convenient and quick way to remove one’s laptop from the bag. Note that one must choose between attaching the Cache or the Brain Cell in the middle compartment of the Tri-Star. Need to carry two laptops? Put one in a Cache or Brain Cell in the back compartment.

The back compartment is full of open space and is ready to accept one Large Tri-Star Packing Cube, a Small and a Medium Tri-Star Packing Cube, or your clothes just on their own. (This depends on how you like to pack: some people don’t need or want Packing Cubes, while others would never travel without them.) The back compartment of the Tri-Star also features two compression/tie-down straps to help you keep clothing in place and wrinkle-free. They’re an alternative to Packing Cubes. The compression/tie-down straps are removable (via Gatekeepers) so if you don’t want or need to use them, you can leave them behind. The Tri-Star Packing Cubes are available for order separately by clicking here; they are available in Large (Fabric/Mesh), Medium (Fabric/Mesh), and Small (Fabric/Fabric or Fabric/Mesh).

Also available are the dual-purpose Packing Cube Shoulder Bag and Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer). In preparation for and during your journey, use them to organize and pack your clothing. When you reach your destination and it’s time to leave the Tri-Star at your hotel or hostel, repack the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag with a light jacket, wallet, lunch or small water bottle, and map, and add a shoulder strap: you’re ready to go out and explore, and you’ve saved space by not having to bring a separate bag for day use.

The Tri-Star is made with an exterior of urethane-coated, 1050 denier, U.S. made ballistic nylon (not 1680 ballistic nylon, which is not as abrasion resistant as 1050). It’s lined with our ultralight 200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric (made in Japan). We choose to use ballistic nylon over Cordura® as an exterior fabric: we believe 1050 denier ballistic nylon is superior for travel, as its smooth texture allows you to more easily stow and retrieve the Tri-Star from overhead compartments. 1050 denier ballistic nylon also naturally attracts less fuzz/pet hair than Cordura®. Our 1050 denier ballistic nylon is custom-dyed for us in the United States. Our Dyneema®/nylon ripstop is the lining fabric of choice, as it’s ultra lightweight (every ounce counts in one-bag travel) yet extremely tough. As with many TOM BIHN bags, we use YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zippers. These zippers keep the weather outside where it belongs. All our fabrics are treated to be water resistant: you may choose to renew that resistance with Nikwax every six months to a year, depending on your use of the bag.

The attachment points for an optional shoulder strap are offset on the Tri-Star to provide the best balance and comfort, should you carry the bag with a shoulder strap. We recommend using the Absolute Shoulder Strap with the Tri-Star if comfort is your primary concern. You, of course, have the option of using any shoulder strap you already have that attaches to D rings. The two PORON® foam padded handles of the Tri-Star are positioned for maximum comfort, stability, and balance — they are designed not just to meet at the top dead center of the bag, but kiss there too, so no fishing for the second handle. Grab both handles, and your Tri-Star is a balanced load.

Empty, the Tri-Star stands up on its own. Depending on how you pack it, it can continue to stand up on its own.

The Tri-Star comes with metal zipper pulls. Included with the bag is a package of Cord Zipper Pulls so you can choose between metal and cord. If you prefer the quieter Cord Zipper Pulls, you can cut off the metal zipper pulls and replace them with Cord Zipper Pulls. For instructions on how to do that, visit the Cord Zipper Pulls page.

The back of the Tri-Star features hideaway backpack straps. Want to carry the bag as a briefcase or shoulder bag, or stow it in the overhead compartment for a flight? Unsnap the bottom of the backpack straps and tuck them into the back compartment — you’ll never know they were there. To turn it into a backpack, simply reverse these steps. The backpack straps are padded and contoured, and they feature a removable sternum strap and an optional removable waist strap. Both the sternum and waist straps are simple webbing straps designed to help distribute weight and stabilize the bag to your body.

Both the left and right ends of the Tri-Star have padded grab handles that allow you to easily grab and pull your bag out of the overhead compartment.

The Tri-Star in 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop:
The Tri-Star is also available in ultralight 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop. This stellar fabric is made for us in Japan. Though one-third the weight of our U.S. made, high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon, it has comparable tear strength and very good abrasion resistance. With 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop you’ll save about 20% on the over-all weight of the Tri-Star. Note that 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop won’t stand up to the all-out abuse that 1050 denier ballistic nylon can handle – you’ll need to exercise care and not drag or otherwise mistreat your ultralight Tri-Star. It’s a compromise many will feel worthwhile, but it’s a compromise to consider.

MATERIALS:

U.S. high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon — or — ultralight 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop
200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric lining
#10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zipper on main compartment
#8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zippers on pockets
EVAZOTE® foam backpack shoulder straps
PORON® foam handle

CONSTRUCTION:

Made in USA 
100% finished seams

SPECIFICATIONS:

Dimensions: 19″ x 13″ x 8″ / 480 x 330 x 205 mm
Weight:
1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 3 lb 6 oz / 1525 grams
400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop: 2 lb 12 oz / 1255 grams
Volume: 2000 cubic inches / 33 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Optional, removable 1″ / 25 mm waist strap

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