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  • atarango1
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    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    Graduated sizes from
    quart sized Bag for temperature sensitive Medications - Thermos
    a double barrel water bottle/bottle size suitable for lunch boxes - Carafe
    Grocery tote size to complement the shop bags - Incubator
    Cooler sized bag for picnics and travel -Tailgator
    Oh and a flattish one for casserole dishes - Potluck

    They would need to work for hot or cold. Please consider these, there is a need.
    I agree on the insulated bags...

    And something I would love to see is a soft-sided pet carrier that has a firm bottom and is well-designed. I have gone through so many pet carriers for my large tomcat (I usually have to get a small dog carrier because the cat carriers suck) but a solid pet carrier design, that has room for the animal, and some pockets for food, a leash, toy, etc and that can be taken on a plane-- I would be willing to spend good money for that, especially if it didn't break or rip every other trip.

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  • lacyfinn
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    Synapse in more "vibrant colors." Like the Aubergine with Wasabi interior. or a Navy with Wasabi interior.

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  • dorayme
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    TB Thermals-insulated bags done TB style

    Graduated sizes from
    quart sized Bag for temperature sensitive Medications - Thermos
    a double barrel water bottle/bottle size suitable for lunch boxes - Carafe
    Grocery tote size to complement the shop bags - Incubator
    Cooler sized bag for picnics and travel -Tailgator
    Oh and a flattish one for casserole dishes - Potluck

    They would need to work for hot or cold. Please consider these, there is a need.

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  • Tlacltme
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    I agree wholeheartedly, dorayme!

    I don't think I mentioned it in this thread, but I'm pretty sure elsewhere on the forum I mentioned my wish for more N/I items...and I'm now the proud owner of an N/I Synapse...which I use every day and LOVE!

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  • dorayme
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    I would just like to bring to light the new items that were fulfilled from this year's whishlist so far. It's amazing to me that Tom listens to customers requests, ideas, and desires and responds with products that provide real solutions.

    Black Ballistic Little Swift
    Whistle (it's so cool that it's integrated into the sternum strap)
    New Dyneema color
    More black/UV combo items
    New sized vertical pouch offerings aka E-reader pouches
    Forgive me if I missed something else.

    Thank you so much Tom for listening to us! Thank you crew for working so hard to make our bags, and get those orders out to us quickly. I know at times we can be particular about what we want. Thanks for being particular about how you give us what we want. It ensures that in the end that what we receive is the best that it can be both in function, aesthetic and durability. That's what we wanted in the first place anyway.

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  • alta215
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    I know I am months late in this but - I love the Summary Wish List that Lani made a while back.
    I don't see my name there but I had wished for a black/black LS and a larger Synapse back in March. I am happy to report that I now have a black/black LS in my hot little hands and I love it just as much as I knew I would! Thank you!
    I don't know if it is feasible to cross things off the list as they are fulfilled but I'd be curious to know how many other wishes have actually been granted.

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  • katiya
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    2012 wish list~

    Originally posted by darbs View Post
    If the SE became available in other colors, I would scoop it up in a heartbeat! I've got the black and am thinking about ordering the plum just to have a different color even though I'm not a huge purple fan. I would LOVE some shade of blue or red or a brown one.
    Dear Tom-

    Add me to the list who would order at least 4 Side Effects if you'd lose the waist strap. I bought one for a friend once who uses it as a man bag and loves the waist strap. I personally will never use a bag, backpack or messenger bag with a waist strap since I find them unseemly, uncomfortable and definitely not to my liking. More colours besides Black and Purple pretty please. I second the choice of a dark brown, maybe a deep blue or wasabi colour? I have a young friend who would love one in shocking pink but no rush there.

    How about cafe bags with the strap in the front orientated to the center and not off to the side lol. I guess that's a small thing compared to the side effect issue ~

    I would love a Co-Pilot in a deep brown but I'm on a dark brown kick lately!

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  • darbs
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    If the SE became available in other colors, I would scoop it up in a heartbeat! I've got the black and am thinking about ordering the plum just to have a different color even though I'm not a huge purple fan. I would LOVE some shade of blue or red or a brown one.

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  • MaggieScratch
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    I, too, would love a Side Effect sans straps,* perhaps in blue or black Ultrasuede...and in fact if you make such a bag before my trip to the UK next October, I will certainly take one along as a small shoulder bag by day, wristlet by evening. (Though perhaps ballistic would be better in Blighty as it is more water-resistant? I think? Oh, the dilemma.)

    *though I do wear my Indigo Side Effect using the waist strap while walking, and it's the perfect ballpark bag as well--I use the shoulder strap till I get to the park, then once I'm inside, I use the waist strap so it's not in my way as I jump around in my seat like a crazy person. I like my baseball.

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  • darbs
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    Originally posted by Janine View Post

    Let's get right to it.

    1. The Side Effect Sans Waist Straps.

    The Side Effect is my most-used Tom Bihn bag. I love it as a small, durable purse. I can clip on a variety of straps in different configurations to carry it as a shoulder bag, a cross-body bag, an over-the-arm bag, or a wristlet. I almost always carry it inside another bag and then pull it out for quick trips. I can drop it into my backpack or the kids' diaper bag and I know I have everything I need with me.

    The only thing I don't like about it is the waist strap. I have never carried my Side Effect that way and I never will; I don't have a shape that lends itself to waist-based carry. (Read: I am shaped like a sausage with no noticeable waist to strap a bag around.) I know that I can tuck them away and simply not use them, but that adds bulk and weight to a bag that could otherwise be perfect.

    I'll make a confession: I have two Side Effects, and one has become an experiment. I used a stitch ripper to remove the zillions of stitches on one side seam and removed the waist strap. Then, because I was giddy and eager, I fastened the bag back together with binder clips and beheld my work. It was everything that I hoped it would be. The Side Effect is light, slim and trim without the extra webbing and fabric tucked away on the back. I dread having to pull out all those stitches on the other side, and I'm crossing my fingers that my sewing machine and sewing skills are up to snuff for reattaching the binding and layers of fabric, but I would rather carry a poorly-fixed Frankensideeffect than my perfect regular one with waist straps. (My hat is off to the bold person who actually cut the waist straps off her Side Effect. I couldn't bring myself to do that.)
    It was me. I cut those straps off right at the nylon webbing so I still have flaps tucked in the back. I did it and have never looked back! I use mine on a daily basis and those flaps have never come "un-tucked". It was the best decision ever. Sorry Tom, I just can't do the fanny pack. My fanny is big enough!

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  • dorayme
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    Hi Janine! Waves from the south
    I'm sorry you didn't find purse love in the LS like I did. I do understand your dilemma. When I had diaperlings I too needed a small purse within the larger bag, now that they are out of diapers I find that I frequently end up needing to put somebody else's things in my PLO occasionally. The LS is perfect for that. The micro purse is a niche that TB could fill well. I know many more than you who would be happy to have one, and it would be a great complement to both travelers and business folk. I hope he's interested in taking your challenge.

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  • Janine
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    Dear Tom,

    It goes without saying that I love your bags. But let me say it anyway: I love your bags. I would rather wrestle with a Tom Bihn bag that was less than ideal than search for something else. That's why I'm writing to you today. I have a list of items that I wish you'd make. I would much rather invest my time in trying to convince you to add to your product line than go through the endless buy-and-return cycle in a quest for the perfect bag.

    Let's get right to it.

    1. The Side Effect Sans Waist Straps.

    The Side Effect is my most-used Tom Bihn bag. I love it as a small, durable purse. I can clip on a variety of straps in different configurations to carry it as a shoulder bag, a cross-body bag, an over-the-arm bag, or a wristlet. I almost always carry it inside another bag and then pull it out for quick trips. I can drop it into my backpack or the kids' diaper bag and I know I have everything I need with me.

    The only thing I don't like about it is the waist strap. I have never carried my Side Effect that way and I never will; I don't have a shape that lends itself to waist-based carry. (Read: I am shaped like a sausage with no noticeable waist to strap a bag around.) I know that I can tuck them away and simply not use them, but that adds bulk and weight to a bag that could otherwise be perfect.

    I'll make a confession: I have two Side Effects, and one has become an experiment. I used a stitch ripper to remove the zillions of stitches on one side seam and removed the waist strap. Then, because I was giddy and eager, I fastened the bag back together with binder clips and beheld my work. It was everything that I hoped it would be. The Side Effect is light, slim and trim without the extra webbing and fabric tucked away on the back. I dread having to pull out all those stitches on the other side, and I'm crossing my fingers that my sewing machine and sewing skills are up to snuff for reattaching the binding and layers of fabric, but I would rather carry a poorly-fixed Frankensideeffect than my perfect regular one with waist straps. (My hat is off to the bold person who actually cut the waist straps off her Side Effect. I couldn't bring myself to do that.)

    2. A Co-Pilot With A Middle Compartment.

    I love my Co-Pilot as a quick-trip diaper bag. But when I try to add my personal items, I have trouble finding room for them. Likewise, if I've been carrying personal items in my Co-Pilot and want to throw in some diapers, I'm at a loss where to put them.

    You know how the Western Flyer and Tristar can be categorized by 2 and 3 large compartments in their construction? Imagine adding a middle compartment to the Co-Pilot to Tristarify it. Then one full-width compartment could be dedicated to diapers, one could be available for parent stuff, and the front compartments could remain in service for bottles/sippy cups/snacks as they are now. My example is biased by my current needs, yes, but others have asked for a "Pilot" and I think this would be a clever and useful way to upsize.

    3. A Half-Size Packing Cube Shoulder Bag.

    If the Side Effect Sans Waist Strap isn't going to happen, then a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag at half the current size would serve my needs for a durable bag for personal items and multiple carry options.

    4. Organizer Pouches With Two O-Rings.

    One at each of the top corners. That way a strap could be clipped to each ring to turn and organizer pouch into a flat purse/shoulder bag. It would be an acceptable alternative to Half-Size Packing Cube Shoulder Bag if you don't like any of my other ideas.

    I'm sure you noticed that 3 of my 4 wish list items are purselike objects. As alluded to above, what works for me is to carry a large backpack or tote with a small purse inside. The large bag also carries my books and jacket and lunch and iPad or laptop - big stuff that doesn't need to come with me on every stop I might make. I change the large bag frequently, depending on what adventures I'm planning for that day, but the purse is changed less frequently and I rely on it to always have my necessaries inside.

    I like my bags to match or to complement one another. It really bothers me if they don't. And while it might be possible to find a purse from another company is close to perfect, it won't match the rest of my Tom Bihn collection and I won't be content. I want my daily-carry purse to look like it belongs with my Swift, and my Synapse, and my Empire Builder, and my Western Flyer, and my Tristar, and my Aeronaut. I want a clip-on strap (sorry, Cafe Bags). I want everything to be built with the quality and attention to detail that I have come to expect from Tom Bihn bags. I've been spoiled by my Tom Bihn bags and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

    Thanks for providing a venue for customers to advance their ideas. It's one of the many reasons I love being a Tom Bihn customer.

    Sincerely,
    Janine Hempy

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  • s_clarsach
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    A couple of wishes:
    A Large Cafe Bag with a zippered pocket along the inside back wall.
    A Tristar with no interior dividers, just one big compartment. (I have vacation brain - if I can't see it, I can't find it).

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  • snowbot
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    Add my spouse to the list of people who would like a larger Synapse.

    In general, he's tolerated my Tom Bihn obsession, but shown no interest himself. He was on travel for a few weeks, during which time my Synapse and small Cafe Bag arrived. I was so surprised when the first thing he commented on after getting settled back home was the Synapse. "That looks like a great backpack" he said. This evening I caught him checking the Tom Bihn backpack webpage. But the Synapse is too small to replace his field pack, and he feels the Smart Alec is too large. He's been looking for a field pack replacement since we met and hasn't found one yet.

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  • Badger
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    I'm not sure if such a thing is possible. What gets past Katy?

    Nothing.

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