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Rusty1778
02-27-2014, 06:51 AM
Hey everyone,

After much research I finally ordered up my first Tom Bihn bag, a navy/iberian Tristar. I work at a remote mine in northern Canada and fly to and from work every two weeks on a Bombardier dash 8-100. These planes have a very small drop down overhead bin (probably the smallest one out there) and in all my reading I couldn't find an instance of someone fitting a Tristar in one. I'm happy to say that with a full load (2 changes of clothes,15" macbook pro, chargers, toiletries, 2 bags of coffee, large headphones, Ipad etc.) the bag fit as if it was made for the overhead, but just barely. A good shove was required to get the bin to fully close and engage the latches. With a slightly less full and bulging bag there would be no problem. I wanted to post this in case there were others out there regularly flying on the DHC-8-100 who wanted to get this bag.

As a side note, I really really like the bag, it's very compact yet well thought out. I've gone from a ~20" checked roller to this one bag carry on without loosing much capacity and I have no doubt that the sturdy construction can stand up to the abuse this kind of travel puts on a bag. All of the epic amount of praise they get for quality is justified. Sometimes you can tell right away when something is made to last. Also.. get an absolute strap!

Moose
02-27-2014, 01:56 PM
Congratulations. Great color pick and, I think the TS is one of the most versatile bags out there. No doubt you'll get many years of use from it.

MaggieScratch
02-27-2014, 02:25 PM
2 bags of coffee

Only the necessities, I see! (for me would be: gallon baggie of various teas and packets of instant oatmeal]


Also.. get an absolute strap!

QFT (quoted for truth).

Rusty1778
02-27-2014, 06:25 PM
Even though the regular coffee is free at work I just can't do without some fresh ground from whole bean in a French press... Such a snob! :)

Rocks
02-27-2014, 08:46 PM
Even though the regular coffee is free at work I just can't do without some fresh ground from whole bean in a French press... Such a snob! :)

You're in good company! I think there are several here who travel with coffee. I'm one of them!

Moose
02-28-2014, 01:20 AM
You're in good company! I think there are several here who travel with coffee. I'm one of them!

Me too. I've been accused of being g a coffee snob too.

monkeylady
02-28-2014, 09:26 AM
Not snobs...once you have tasted excellent coffee, why settle for dishwater? We pack coffee on international travels as well. I have a travel French press. Small. Sometimes it's a little more bulk than what I want, but hey, it works....but all this digression has little to do with the lovely Tristar....

blarson94
02-28-2014, 11:32 AM
Ditto. I take my own too. "Life's too short to drink lousy coffee."


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ClaireJ
02-28-2014, 11:45 AM
I haven't used one myself, but some people I know rave about the aeropress for traveling with coffee - more compact than a French press and some think the flavor is actually better!

Rusty1778
03-01-2014, 03:41 AM
ClaireJ, I had never heard of the Aeropress before, looks very cool and well reviewed. I think it will be perfect for the type of travel I do.. Even for camping/backpacking. I'd be willing to bet one will be ordered by the end of the day!

moriond
03-01-2014, 08:30 AM
ClaireJ, I had never heard of the Aeropress before, looks very cool and well reviewed. I think it will be perfect for the type of travel I do.. Even for camping/backpacking. I'd be willing to bet one will be ordered by the end of the day!
@Rusty1778, @ClaireJ, @blarson94 and others, you might want to take a read through some of the old forum threads like
Traveling with Coffee (http://forums.tombihn.com/not-about-bags/3771-traveling-coffee.html)
Bihn Coffee Nerd Kit (http://forums.tombihn.com/bag-reviews/4703-tom-bihn-coffee-nerd-kit.html)

The latter thread has more discussion about the Aeropress and other options.

blarson94
03-01-2014, 10:08 AM
Great, thanks for the thread reference.


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