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  1. #1
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    Apr 2014

    Damaged New Smart Alec :(

    Hi people-of-Tom-Bihn!

    I've recently purchased the Tom Bihn bags of my dreams after a (really) long period of deliberation and was super delighted to receive them. However, after a few days of use, I realized a few defects/ damage. Could you guys tell me if it's repairable, and if so, how?

    1. There's a patch on the exterior of my Smart Alec where the ballistic nylon is obviously damaged- it has no sheen and is a shade lighter than the rest of the material.

    2. The seams on my bag straps seem to be coming undone- there is fraying.

    I've only very lightly and carefully used my Smart Alec and am devastated that it's already showing signs of damage... :(

  2. #2
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Have you contacted customer service?
    It's the weekend and you might not get a reply till Monday or Tuesday if they're swamped, but they'll be more than happy to help.
    They'll be able to get a better idea of what happened if you can send photos of the damage/defect and perhaps a more detailed description of how you've used the bag so far, like what you placed in them, and where you took your bags.

  3. #3
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Yup, contact CS. Here is a link to the snippet on the FAQ about damaged bags

  4. #4
    TOM BIHN Crew (we work here) Darcy's Avatar
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    May 2003
    The far west
    Yikes, that definitely sounds weird/wrong/suss… if you could, please send photos to (you can 'cc me: as we'd definitely like to see exactly what's going on here.
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine, Founder's Briefcase, Synapse 19 (day hikes), Guide's Pack (longer day hikes), Yeoman Duffel (winter/emergency stuff for the car), Aeronaut 30 (travel), Night Flight Travel Duffel (camera bag), Moveable Feast + Shop Bags (food)

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