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sapridyne
03-06-2008, 06:20 AM
Hi, Darcy -- I ordered The Ristretto Messenger last week and am excited to get it! I know you've said in previous posts that it will ship late March... do you by any chance have a more specific date?

Thanks!

Darcy
03-06-2008, 02:53 PM
No specific date: but the factory is working on the Ristretto as I type. And we've just added new pictures of the Ristretto to the Ristretto page (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/TBP/TB0223). You'll see a few very cool design changes in these new pictures: new logo label/logo placement, a padded flap for the padded laptop compartment, extra curved pocket under the front flap, new style of removable waist strap, etc.

Darcy
03-06-2008, 06:03 PM
Ristretto (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0223) questions should be posted here!

rabergnc
03-06-2008, 06:32 PM
Hi Darcy - The redesign looks wonderful. I cannot tell from the pictures, can you switch out different straps or is the strap chosen permanently attached. . I have an absolute I use for other sacks. Would I be able to swap it for the one that comes with the bag?

rdowd
03-07-2008, 07:45 AM
The bag and color combos look great! FYI - the photos are marked a little funny:
"a b c d e <b>d e</b> f g h i"

Darcy
03-07-2008, 01:59 PM
Thanks. Fixed. :)

Darcy
03-07-2008, 02:18 PM
Hi Darcy - The redesign looks wonderful. I cannot tell from the pictures, can you switch out different straps or is the strap chosen permanently attached. . I have an absolute I use for other sacks. Would I be able to swap it for the one that comes with the bag?

You can use and switch between the Standard, Absolute (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0505), and Q-AM (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0520) straps with the Ristretto. (The Standard Shoulder Strap, which comes with the Ristretto unless you select a the Absolute or Q-AM straps instead, is removable.)

And the Ristretto does look great: the proportions are great, the new label looks amazing, and the new pocket is way cool too. It makes me want to get a 13" MacBook instead of the 15" MBP I'm planning on getting soon!

Darcy
03-12-2008, 04:52 PM
Update:

Those of you who already have pre-orders for the Ristretto will have your bags shipped by the end of March.

Those of you who place orders between now and when the bags are officially in-stock (mid-April) will have your orders shipped by mid-April.

lefty
03-15-2008, 08:35 AM
The description of this bag says that it has 5 pockets, of which some are iPod size and the others are pen size. Does this mean that I can't carry the power adapter of the Macbook in its own pocket?

Perhaps I can squeeze the adapter in the main pocket with the computer, but that would mean two loose pieces of hard plastic (the computer and the adapter) will be scratching and moving against each other during transport.

Thanks

moriond
03-15-2008, 02:21 PM
The description of this bag says that it has 5 pockets, of which some are iPod size and the others are pen size. Does this mean that I can't carry the power adapter of the Macbook in its own pocket?

Perhaps I can squeeze the adapter in the main pocket with the computer, but that would mean two loose pieces of hard plastic (the computer and the adapter) will be scratching and moving against each other during transport.

Thanks
I don't understand how there would be two loose pieces of hard plastic (the computer and the adapter) moving against each other. First of all, according to the description of the Ristretto (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0223), and shown in light gray in views b, c, d, and j there is an interior padded compartment for the MacBook computer:

... interior compartment padded at the front, back, and bottom and sized specifically for your MacBook Air or 13" MacBook.

The interior padded compartment, located in the main compartment of the Ristretto Messenger, protects your MacBook inside the bag -- it's made from .25" (8mm) open-cell foam laminated with durable 500 denier Cordura® on the outside and an interior of super-soft brushed nylon (just like our Soft Cell). The back side of the Ristretto is padded with 1/4" closed cell foam.

If you wanted to carry the power adapter in a separate padded pouch, couldn't you clip on a padded pouch (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0318) to the internal O-ring? A small organizer pouch should work for you, although you could get the one designed for the MacBook Air's external superdrive if you wanted slightly more pouch space. Amended: or check out this image (http://the-gadgeteer.com/assets/tombihn-aeronaut-32.jpg) of a Medium size pouch with (older style) power adapter brick and cord from the Gadgeteers's Review of the Aeronaut, Packing Cubes, and Organizer Pouches (http://the-gadgeteer.com/review/tom_bihn_aeronaut_packing_cubes_and_organizer_pouc hes) for another alternative. The picture appears about two-thirds of the way down in a long article, so I've separately linked it, but you should read the description and caption in the main Review article.


Also clippable to the "o-rings" inside of the Ristretto Messenger are Padded Organizer Pouches (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0318). We've designed a size of Padded Organizer Pouch created specifically to fit the SuperDrive. The Superdrive Padded Organizer Pouches can be purchased with the Ristretto Messenger or separately. Other sizes of Padded Organizer Pouches (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0318) are available, as well as Cordura (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0317), Cork (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0317C), and Clear (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0319) Organizer Pouches.

Addendum: The Ristretto seems nicely sized to fit into the back compartment of the Western Flyer (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/500/TB0950) in place of a Horizontal (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0300) or Vertical Brain Cell (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0390). Has Tom given thought to this combination and how best to pack the Ristretto into the Western Flyer? As I mentioned in another post (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=6680&#post6680), there aren't any pictures of the back compartment on the product page of the Western Flyer or in the current review at One Bag, One World. Look instead at the rightmost image in the Rainy Day Magazine Review blog post (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/515) and follow the links to the article for larger versions of this picture. I'm wondering whether the Ristretto could easily be secured under the corner flap that holds the recessed end of the plastic snap for the sling strap, or whether the thickness of the Ristretto would put undue pressure on this. (For people carrying a Horizontal Freudian Slip (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0345) in the Western Flyer (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/500/TB0950) this is a perfect place to secure it.)

I'm thinking, in particular, of this review of the Western Flyer (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=6691&#post6691), where travis states the strengths are paticularly how well it is sized and shaped for airplane travel, but where on the ground he wants to revert to a smaller carrying bag:

I carry an empty Cafe Bag to use when I arrive at my destination. To me the Western Flyer’s strengths on the plane are weaknesses on the ground and it’s just too big for me to want to carry around daily when I don’t need to carry my laptop.

Just my thoughts. YMMV

lefty
03-16-2008, 04:46 AM
I don't understand how there would be two loose pieces of hard plastic (the computer and the adapter) moving against each other. First of all, according to the description of the Ristretto (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0223), and shown in light gray in views b, c, d, and j there is an interior padded compartment for the MacBook computer:
YMMV

I see it now. I didn't read the description carefully. It says "The interior padded compartment, located in the main compartment of the Ristretto Messenger, protects your MacBook inside the bag".

Thanks.

Darcy
03-17-2008, 11:46 AM
Thanks for clarifying that, moriond!

We will take more pictures of the Ristretto (especially with a laptop and power supply inside of it) just as soon as Tom gets his new MacBook (replacing his 12" Powerbook).

brantroz
03-18-2008, 12:06 PM
Darcy (et all),

I was wondering if there is any update on the alternate sized versions of this bag? Specifically, I'm referencing it along with my original product selection post of the "vertical messenger (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?t=995)".

As reminder, I carry an HP nc6400 laptop, which is a 15" widescreen.

Thanks!

Darcy
03-18-2008, 01:19 PM
No updates yet: there's a lot in the works right now!

sapridyne
03-29-2008, 10:41 PM
I just got this new bag yesterday. Tom Bihn is my favorite bag company… the attention to detail is amazing. I was concerned that it wouldn’t hold everything I needed, but I was wrong. It holds my MacBook Air, the power adapter, an Airport Express, my Verizon Aircard, a little bag of misc. cables and adapters, my Shure SE530 earbuds (another essential), a power extension for my power adapter, an ethernet cable, and a magazine for the subway — all with room to spare. One of the things I love about it is the number of plastic O-rings with whcih you can clip your keys and the little bags for quick access. GREAT JOB, TOM!

PanicKing
03-29-2008, 11:58 PM
The Ristretto looks really nice, but I'm disappointed to hear that the padded compartment won't fit a Thinkpad X61 (my laptop) according to the gottabemobile reviewer. The overall dimensions for the bag created false hope for me... :-(

Hopefully, other sizes will come sooner rather than later.

Darcy
04-02-2008, 05:34 PM
I just got this new bag yesterday. Tom Bihn is my favorite bag company… the attention to detail is amazing. I was concerned that it wouldn’t hold everything I needed, but I was wrong. It holds my MacBook Air, the power adapter, an Airport Express, my Verizon Aircard, a little bag of misc. cables and adapters, my Shure SE530 earbuds (another essential), a power extension for my power adapter, an ethernet cable, and a magazine for the subway — all with room to spare. One of the things I love about it is the number of plastic O-rings with whcih you can clip your keys and the little bags for quick access. GREAT JOB, TOM!

The Ristretto is also Tom's current bag of choice: it fits his brand-new 13" MacBook quite well.

We're glad to hear that the Ristretto is working well for you!

smurray
05-02-2008, 05:42 AM
The Ristretto looks really nice, but I'm disappointed to hear that the padded compartment won't fit a Thinkpad X61 (my laptop) according to the gottabemobile reviewer. The overall dimensions for the bag created false hope for me... :-(

Hopefully, other sizes will come sooner rather than later.

I'm confused how the X61 cannot fit since it has smaller dimensions than the 13" macbook and it is listed as fitting. I was planning on ordering one for my 700m, but am now wondering whether or not it would fit. I assumed since the 700m is smaller than the 13" macbook that it would fit fine.

HMI
05-07-2008, 12:26 AM
No specific date: but the factory is working on the Ristretto as I type. And we've just added new pictures of the Ristretto to the Ristretto page (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/TBP/TB0223).

Cheers,

I would have appreciated some full-bag pictures in the other color options as well as opposed to the tiny ones.

/Jan

HMI
05-08-2008, 08:31 AM
Cheers,

I would have appreciated some full-bag pictures in the other color options as well as opposed to the tiny ones.

/Jan

What the h**l .. who cares about colors anyway :-)

I just ordered a bunch of stuff and I will be happily awaiting my TB shipment. Although I might shed a tear whilst unpacking since I will know, that $55 is shipment cost alone. Guess I'll just have to pop over to the US more often :-)

Cheers,

Jan

Foggy Morn
05-13-2008, 02:27 PM
Just received my Ristretto in plum and wasabi yesterday - great bag! I like that my MBA fits with the Incase neoprene sleeve I have for it as well as without it. (Yeah, I know it doesn't need the extra protection, but I'm still in ”precious“ mode with the MBA.)

This is one of those designs that is just right for me. I'm only sorry that I held off ordering it til after a workshop I went to a couple of weeks ago. It would have been perfect. At least I have it now for all future events.