Tom Bihn Absolute Shoulder Strap

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1.5" / 38 mm nylon webbing made in USA

1.5″ / 38 mm nylon webbing made in USA

The Absolute Shoulder Strap has a unique, patented, internal control-stretch system that’s a lifesaver when carrying a heavy bag. It’s the ideal strap for those who carry hefty loads or simply want the most comfortable strap available. The Absolute Shoulder Strap combines a nonslip, ergonomically curved pad — made of soft, durable neoprene — with comfortable stretch backing to make bags feel 50% lighter and 100% more comfortable.

The Absolute Shoulder Strap is available in two version: with snaphooks and without snaphooks.

The Absolute Shoulder Strap with snaphooks:
We go the extra mile and add heavy-duty, all-metal snaphooks. Made in U.S.A. to our specifications, our snaphooks are double-plated with a matte black finish to keep them sharp looking for years. The Absolute Shoulder Strap with Snaphooks is designed to work with any bags (ours or otherwise) that have D-rings or equivalent hardware. TOM BIHN bags that accept the Absolute Strap with snaphooks include the AeronautTri-StarWestern FlyerCo-PilotEmpire BuilderZephyrRistretto for iPad,Ristretto for 11″ MacBook AirRistretto for 13″ MacBook Pro/AirHorizontal Brain CellVertical Brain CellCheckpoint FlyerCamera I-O and Cadet.

The Absolute Shoulder Strap without snaphooks:
This version comes without snaphooks because it’s designed to work with our bags that have toothed slides to accept webbing (as opposed to D-rings that accept snaphooks). TOM BIHN bags that accept the Absolute Strap without snaphooks include the ID, EgoSuper Ego, and Large Cafe Bag. On the pages for those bags, the Absolute Strap is offered as an upgrade from the included Standard Strap. (The Standard Shoulder Strap has a .25″ / 6 mm texturized rubber pad, high quality U.S. nylon webbing, and heavy-duty plastic snaphooks.) Note that, when the Absolute Shoulder Strap is selected as an upgrade from the Standard Shoulder Strap to the above-mentioned bags, the attaching hardware of the Absolute Shoulder Strap (snaphooks and slides) are not required and are not included.

Of course, at TOM BIHN, we’re somewhat perfectionists: we make sure the webbing of our Absolute Shoulder Strap is our own top quality U.S. made nylon webbing, which lasts and looks better longer than the standard polypropylene. The strap is adjustable from 20″ to 52″.

We also offer three other shoulder straps for use with our bags: the Simple Shoulder Strap, the Standard Shoulder Strap, and the Q-AM (Quick-Adjust Messenger) Shoulder Strap.

  MATERIALS:

.375″ / 10 mm neoprene padding
Double-coated heavy duty metal snaphooks made in USA especially for TOM BIHN
1.5″ / 38 mm nylon webbing made in USA for TOM BIHN


CONSTRUCTION:

Made in USA 


SPECIFICATIONS:

Adjusts from ~ 20″ to ~ 52″ / ~ 510 to ~ 1320 mm
Weight: 8 oz / 230 grams

 

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Tom Bihn Clear Quarter Packing Cube

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

The Clear Quarter Packing Cube has two equal-size compartments: it’s a great way to organize toiletries, power supplies and cables, and other small items. And with its two clear sides, at least a few of life’s mysteries are certain to be revealed.

The Clear Quarter Packing Cube opens and closes with #5 YKK coil zippers with plastic sliders, which means the Cube has no metal parts to rust or scratch electronics. A loop allows you to hang the Clear Quarter Packing Cube on a hook should you need to (that is especially useful when using it as a toiletries kit). The loop is also helpful when you’re attempting to yank the Clear Quarter Packing Cube out of an overstuffed bag.

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.

  MATERIALS:

.016″ clear urethane
200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric
#5 YKK coil zippers with plastic sliders

CONSTRUCTION:

Made in USA 
100% finished seams

SPECIFICATIONS:

Dimensions: 7.8″ x 6.7″ x 3″ / 200 x 170 x 80 mm
Weight: 4 oz / 115 grams
Volume: 165 cubic inches / 2.7 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

 

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Tohn 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.

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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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Leatherman Style PS

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LEATHERMAN STYLE® PS

The handy Style PS is one unique, travel-friendly, multi-tool. With spring-action pliers, a file, scissors, tweezers, bottle opener and mini-screwdriver, you’ll never be without your most necessary tools; now even when you travel! Fits in a pocket or clips on your pack or bag for easy portability. So stylish it’s almost a shame it fits so easily in your pocket.

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LEATHERMAN STYLE® PS TOOLS

  1. Spring-action Needlenose Pliers – A precise die-cast pinching tool for holding or manipulating materials, ideal for small objects or tight spaces, that automatically spring back to the open position when not being in use. Spring-loaded tools are helpful to reducing hand fatigue that can occur when manually adjusting the grip on the tool with one hand.
  2. Spring-action Regular Pliers – A precise die-cast pinching tool for holding or manipulating materials, that automatically spring back to the open position when not being in use. Spring-loaded tools are helpful to reducing hand fatigue that can occur when manually adjusting the grip on the tool with one hand.
  3. Spring-action Wire Cutters – Bypassing cutting blades meant for cutting regular-gauge wire, that automatically spring back to the open position when not being in use. Spring-loaded tools are helpful to reducing hand fatigue that can occur when manually adjusting the grip on the tool with one hand.
  4. Spring-action Scissors – Scissors for cutting paper or other light materials that automatically spring back to the open position when not being in use. Sprung tools are helpful to reducing hand fatigue, specially in scissors where the may be opening and closing the tool many times to make multiple cuts in a row.
  5. Flat/Phillips Screwdriver – A flat angled screwdriver tooled from 420 HC stainless steel that can be used on Phillips or small slotted screws.
  6. Tweezers – A precisely designed personal care tool for removing or picking up very small and/or delicate items such as slivers or fish hooks.
  7. Nail File – Made from stainless steel, this is ideal for nail care when a conventional nail file is unavailable.
  8. Carabiner/Bottle Opener – This tool features a one way gate and allows for easy clipping to a belt loop or strap. It can also be used to pop the top on a favorite beverage.

LEATHERMAN STYLE® PS FEATURES

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A. Key Ring Hole – A strong loop for attaching a split ring or key ring, allowing the user to keep their multi-tool handy at all times.

B. Travel Friendly This product is compliant with current TSA (Transportation Security Alliance) regulations for allowable carry-on items. Please visit www.tsa.gov for a complete list of regulations.

C. Outside-accessible Features – This multi-tool features tools that are accessible while the tool is in its folded or closed position, mimicking the functionality of a pocket knife.

  • CLOSED LENGTH: 2.9 in / 7.5 cm
  • WEIGHT: 1.58 oz / 44.7 g

Download Leatherman Style® PS User Guide

 MATERIALS

337Glass-filled Nylon – A thermoplastic material where strength is improved by adding chopped glass fibers. This allows for excellent durability without adding significant weight. In Leatherman knives, the glass-filled nylon handles are so strong that an inner steel frame is not required, thereby reducing weight for a lighter every day carry. Leatherman uses a 60% glass mix.

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Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is a high strength steel alloy ideal for hand-tools. It does not readily corrode, rust or stain.

 

 

 

 

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Tom Bihn Double Carabiner

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The Double carabiner may be used to fix the smaller bags on other bags or on an airplane seat pocket.

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Tom Bihn Whistle Sternum Strap Half

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It’s become an important part of our EDC (Every Day Carry) over recent years: the whistle. The classic use of the safety whistle is, of course, signaling you’re in distress and need help: three sharp blasts in succession, followed by a pause of at least one minute, and repeated until a response is received. The shrill sound of a whistle is likely to carry much farther than the human voice and require much less energy. Remember, the number three is key in distress situations: a distress signal can be three fires or piles of rocks in a triangle, three blasts on a whistle, or three flashes of a light. Worldwide travel expert Jodi Ettenberg has a great post on safety whistles. You might be surprised to read about the situations in which her whistle came in handy — read all about it here (her whistle is different than ours, but you get the idea).

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Have a dog (or two or four) that hike with you? Train them to come to the sound of your whistle. It’ll likely take repeated practice, patience, and lots of high value treats to train your dog to come to the sound of a whistle, but it can be very useful in situations when your dogs are off leash and you need them to return immediately. (If you’re whistling for your dog, or just testing out your new whistle, try one sharp blast or two, and make sure to give enough time between blasts so that no one thinks you’re really in trouble.)

Our Whistle Sternum Strap Half features a nearly impossible-to-lose whistle integrated into the male (usually the left) half of the sternum strap buckle used on our Brain BagSmart Alec, and Synapse backpacks, as well as all three of our convertible travel bags — the Tri-Star, the Aeronaut, and the Western Flyer with backpack straps. The Whistle Sternum Strap Half is available as an optional upgrade on all these bags: select one at the time you buy one of those backpacks and you’ll receive it along with the standard sternum strap, allowing you to swap or carry a strap. The Whistle Sternum Strap Half replaces just one-half of the standard sternum strap and is also available on this page for purchase on its own for anyone with any of the above bags — but note that the Strap Half won’t work on TOM BIHN packs made before about 2005 — those have a 1″ wide sternum strap and this new whistle strap won’t work with that. To install the Whistle Sternum Strap Half: simply remove the standard male half of the sternum strap half you’ve been using all these years and replace it with the Whistle Sternum Strap Half.

Available in Steel Grey if you want your whistle to be obvious and easy to see, or Bright Orange if you want it to be really obvious and really easy to see.

P.S. We’re working on a whistle that can be added to just about any TOM BIHN bag. Stay tuned.

 MATERIALS:

Nylon webbing
Acetal whistle and slide

CONSTRUCTION:

Made in USA 

SPECIFICATIONS:

.75″ / 20 mm width
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Tom Bihn Clear Organizer Wallet

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The Clear Organizer Wallet (dimensions: 5.7″ x 3.9″ / 145 x 100 mm) is thin but has a larger capacity than you might guess: it can fit up to 24 cards.

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The “Clear” part of the Clear Organizer Wallet is the front panel, ideal for displaying your ID. It’s made out of .016″ clear urethane. 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.

Inside the Clear Organizer Wallet are two Ultrasuede® dividers with contoured tops (similar to those of some file folders) that help you navigate between the three sections inside the wallet. The front divider and back divider are two different colors, useful for those of us who like to organize according to color.

On the top left side of the Clear Organizer Wallet is a snaphook that allows you to clip it securely to one of the O-rings inside our briefcases, messenger bags, backpacks, travel bags, and knitting bags. If you don’t need or want the snaphook, simply break it off.

The Clear Organizer Wallet zips open and shut with a #5 YKK coil zipper with a plastic slider. This zipper is lighter than metal and won’t rust or scratch stuff like small electronics.

 MATERIALS:

.016″ clear urethane front
Ultrasuede® dividers
#5 YKK coil zipper with plastic slider
And depending on your selection of color/material, exterior of:
U.S. high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon
1000 denier Cordura®
Vulcana hemp/recycled rubber
200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop

CONSTRUCTION:

Made in USA 
100% finished seams

SPECIFICATIONS:

Dimensions: 5.7″ x 3.9″ / 145 x 100 mm
Weight: 1.2 oz / 30 grams

 

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