PDA

View Full Version : First Tom Bihn Trip



joiedwards
09-07-2011, 05:16 PM
Went to Las Vegas, Nv for the Labor Day weekend. A 4 day trip to meet friends and attend a conference. I took my Smart Alec and Aeronaut bags as well as several of their pouches. The Aeronaut was as light as a feather hanging from my shoulder on the Absolute Strap. The Smart Alec was already my everyday carry pack for work and neither bag was full.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/6125688404_a552eec804.jpg
Packing List - Aeronaut:
2 pair jeans
2 long sleeve shirts (lightweight material)
4 tee shirts
4 sets briefs, bras and socks (in separate Kifaru Pullouts)
1 pair pjs (shorts and top)
1 pair flip-flop shower shoes (in 2 shoe socks)
Small bag of hair rollers, a hairnet, a brush and a comb
Lid Pocket - alarm clock, spare belt.
Quart Ziploc with Shower Kit (bar of soap, moisturizer, eyedrops, throat spray, etc)
Clear Medium Pouch - all papers related to trip, confirmations, tickets, receipts, maps
Large Pouch - papers and catalogs collected at the conference

Packing List - Smart Alec:
Large Pouch - reading material
Mini Pouch - Ricola throat drops
Kleen Kanteen (in water bottle pocket) - took to the airport empty and filled after security
Sunglass case with sun or regular glasses in it in other pocket
Padded Mac Drive pouch - Ipod and Ultimate Ears in ear monitors in Otter Case
Sonnicare toothbrush in its case
Medium Pouch - toothpowder, Kleenex, Spork, Small Pouch (First Aid Kit), Mini Pouch (foam earplugs),
few Wet Ones foils, Comb, small bit of ducttape, tube of Airborne, eyeglass repait kit, Big Red gum.
Pen/Pencil pouch - 2 fountain pens, 1 Mechanical pencil, 1 Sherpa Sharpie, Midori brass ruler.
Small Pouch - charging cables for iphone and ipod
Small foldup shopping bag
Fenix TK10 flashlight and spare batteries
Keys

I wore: one set underwear, jeans, tee shirt, long sleeve shirt, trainers, belt
I carried: pocket notebook, space pen, wallet (mini Pouch), leather pocket briefcase (holds 3 by 5
notecards)

Everything worked perfectly together and everything I got at the conference fit in the Aeronaut.
I had to hike my luggage out on the tarmac and up and down the ramps and never felt over burdened. I have more trips planned this year and Tom Bihn will be traveling with me!

Thanks for the very usable and organizing luggage.

Note: unless otherwise stated, all Pouches are Tom Bihn Dyneema or cordura.

Darcy
09-08-2011, 09:32 AM
Thanks, Joi. I posted this on our blog today. (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/1934)

ShineAgain
09-08-2011, 12:18 PM
I used the same two bags for a 10-day, multiple stop trip into Canada. I was actually able to fit my whole CPAP machine plus a Co-pilot packed full of my junk inside of the Smart Alec. It was a breeze packing 10 days worth of clothes in the Aeronaut too. I brought a full, 10-day's worth of clothes in the thing too! Things got a little heavy going through customs, but what a joy by-passing normal luggage hassles along the way. IMHO, nothing looks sexier than these two matching black bags!

gmanedit
09-08-2011, 12:51 PM
ShineAgain: "IMHO, nothing looks sexier than these two matching black bags!" My opinion, too.

dorayme
09-08-2011, 05:02 PM
Love the pics and list. I agree the matching bags look so lovely together!

joiedwards
09-08-2011, 07:12 PM
Wow, Thanks Darcy for the kind words. Yeah, I like the black fabric they use. I think I will be getting a Brain Bag at some point for 2 day business trips and it will be black. I need to get more of the Pouches. it is so much easier to move from bag to bag with everything in categories in pouches. My friend who traveled with me is planning on getting the pouches. She loved them for organizing.

backpack
09-08-2011, 08:19 PM
Wow, Thanks Darcy for the kind words. Yeah, I like the black fabric they use. I think I will be getting a Brain Bag at some point for 2 day business trips and it will be black. I need to get more of the Pouches. it is so much easier to move from bag to bag with everything in categories in pouches. My friend who traveled with me is planning on getting the pouches. She loved them for organizing.

I feel the same way about Steel! And, yes, Tom Bihn Pouches are the greatest invention since the washing machine, dryer and computer!

Extremely handy, enable color coding and transfer of stuff from one bag to another in a jiffy. And they are stylish, the zipper works and they are strong!

gmanedit
09-08-2011, 09:21 PM
Yeah, I like the black fabric they use. I think I will be getting a Brain Bag at some point for 2 day business trips and it will be black.

Just be aware that the Brain Bag is Cordura, not ballistic nylon. (The Smart Alec combines the smooth ballistic with the rougher Cordura.) It's another great bag.

Maria
09-09-2011, 04:00 AM
Hum? I too like matching bags! Although the colours are so beautiful, I'll just need to get a matching set of everything in each colour…you know, depending on the mood or the trip. Forest? Steel? Navy? Black?

So enjoy the organization with the pouches. (Although I still dream of pouches with a gusset.)

dorayme
09-09-2011, 07:02 AM
I feel the same way about Steel! And, yes, Tom Bihn Pouches are the greatest invention since the washing machine, dryer and computer!

Extremely handy, enable color coding and transfer of stuff from one bag to another in a jiffy. And they are stylish, the zipper works and they are strong!
Yes on the steel part, my matching "luggage" is steel too.
Yes on the greatest invention part.
Yes on the usefulness on organizing and function part and stylish parts too!
Yes, yes, yes!

joiedwards
10-17-2011, 04:22 PM
Just got back from my second trip with my dynamic duel, Smart Alec and Aeronaut bags. I flew to Oakland and then took the BART to Dublin, Calif for the San Fransisco Pen Show. Lots of walking but my luggage was no problem. Packing list was the same. The Absolute Strap is a minor miracle dropping the weight of my Aeronaut to nothing! And I was able to get 4 albums and two Kurt Vonugut books I picked up in there padded with clothes.

I an so looking forward to purchasing a Brain Bag for shorter trips so i only have to carry one bag.

Loving me some Tom Bihn!!!1