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    Confession: I made my wife wait an extra half an hour to head out of town a few days ago because my Aeronaut 30 was due to arrive any minute. Alas, sanity prevailed and we left before UPS showed up, so the past three days have seen my mind wander repeatedly to the poor lonely TB box that I knew was waiting for me on my stoop. I tore into it as soon as we arrived home this evening, but I have to admit, Bihnions, I was totally unprepared for the un-assembled zipper pulls. I was a Bihngin, and I guess I did not do enough research, but I'm afraid my excitement was not enough to alleviate the frustration of assembling my own zipper pulls on a $300 bag. There's no question the bag is everything I hoped it would be, but spending 15 minutes having to build part of it myself seems condescending to me, so as far as Tom Bihnery goes, I may be one and done. But what a one, eh?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanky2 View Post
    Confession: I made my wife wait an extra half an hour to head out of town a few days ago because my Aeronaut 30 was due to arrive any minute. Alas, sanity prevailed and we left before UPS showed up, so the past three days have seen my mind wander repeatedly to the poor lonely TB box that I knew was waiting for me on my stoop. I tore into it as soon as we arrived home this evening, but I have to admit, Bihnions, I was totally unprepared for the un-assembled zipper pulls. I was a Bihngin, and I guess I did not do enough research, but I'm afraid my excitement was not enough to alleviate the frustration of assembling my own zipper pulls on a $300 bag. There's no question the bag is everything I hoped it would be, but spending 15 minutes having to build part of it myself seems condescending to me, so as far as Tom Bihnery goes, I may be one and done. But what a one, eh?!?
    Welcome to the Forums @kanky2

    I'm glad you like your bag - I love my A30.

    I believe that the pulls don't arrive installed on the bags because people customize their bags a variety of ways: there's more than one way to use the cord to make the pull; some folks cut off the metal pull first; others use different colours of paracord; some make really cool paracord pulls in the shapes of dragonflies, turtles, elaborate knots (lots of photos on these Forums); and some prefer not to install the extra cord & plastic pulls over the existing metal ones at all....

    For myself, I do a combination of the above, depending on the bag, the colour, and which zipper/pocket it is... I have yet to do the fancy knots though!
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too! My search unicorn is the Sapphire Dyneema original Small Shop Bag...

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    Man, releasing new products on a Friday afternoon is such a good move on TB's part...I walked into my house after running to the bank to deposit my paycheck, and got an email about HLT 2's being back in stock. And since I have no impulse control and want it now...well, instead of doing the smart thing and waiting for my preorder to ship, I currently have a Solaris HLT 2 and a Black/UV zipper A5 Ghost Whale on the way.

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    I too like the Friday release! Purchased 1 of the small Island, medium Black, and 2 of the large Black double carabiners. I think I can find good uses for all of them. I only wish the smalls came in Black or Iberian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kanky2 View Post
    Confession: I made my wife wait an extra half an hour to head out of town a few days ago because my Aeronaut 30 was due to arrive any minute. Alas, sanity prevailed and we left before UPS showed up, so the past three days have seen my mind wander repeatedly to the poor lonely TB box that I knew was waiting for me on my stoop. I tore into it as soon as we arrived home this evening, but I have to admit, Bihnions, I was totally unprepared for the un-assembled zipper pulls. I was a Bihngin, and I guess I did not do enough research, but I'm afraid my excitement was not enough to alleviate the frustration of assembling my own zipper pulls on a $300 bag. There's no question the bag is everything I hoped it would be, but spending 15 minutes having to build part of it myself seems condescending to me, so as far as Tom Bihnery goes, I may be one and done. But what a one, eh?!?
    Welcome! "Bihngin" is quite clever. @G42 has our reasoning right, but we're aware of this and are looking at some various options. We wonder ourselves how many folks prefer the option of metal pulls vs. cord pulls; will take this feedback into consideration for sure. (anyone else reading this: feel free to chime in!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Skirata44 View Post
    Man, releasing new products on a Friday afternoon is such a good move on TB's part...I walked into my house after running to the bank to deposit my paycheck, and got an email about HLT 2's being back in stock. And since I have no impulse control and want it now...well, instead of doing the smart thing and waiting for my preorder to ship, I currently have a Solaris HLT 2 and a Black/UV zipper A5 Ghost Whale on the way.
    I love love love the Solaris HLT 2. I thought I'd keep the Coyote, but it's Solaris for me.

    TB Anticipation Syndrome-hlt-carabiners-4-jpg

    Quote Originally Posted by azbandit View Post
    I too like the Friday release! Purchased 1 of the small Island, medium Black, and 2 of the large Black double carabiners. I think I can find good uses for all of them. I only wish the smalls came in Black or Iberian.
    The Smalls turned out to be even more useful than we imagined, so I think we'll offer them in more colors in the future.
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    Current carry: testing new potential materials in the form of Original Large Shop Bags.

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    I take it all back! Used the Aeronaut 30 today and I feel just as giddy as the rest of you Bihnbros! I'm sorry for complaining; I'll assemble my own zipper pulls any time. Question: did the Internal Frame in my Aeronaut 30 truly make me walk more upright? Or was that just an illusion brought on by new-found Bihnogance? Another question: if I caught my wife attempting to recycle the box my Bihn came in, do I have to find a new wife?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanky2 View Post
    I take it all back! Used the Aeronaut 30 today and I feel just as giddy as the rest of you Bihnbros! I'm sorry for complaining; I'll assemble my own zipper pulls any time. Question: did the Internal Frame in my Aeronaut 30 truly make me walk more upright? Or was that just an illusion brought on by new-found Bihnogance? Another question: if I caught my wife attempting to recycle the box my Bihn came in, do I have to find a new wife?
    Hahah! OK, still, I've added you to the list of folks we'll contact to ask if they want to test our potentially easier-to-install pulls when they arrive.. Smilie
    Have a question? @Darcy (to make sure I see it)

    Current carry: testing new potential materials in the form of Original Large Shop Bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy View Post
    We wonder ourselves how many folks prefer the option of metal pulls vs. cord pulls; will take this feedback into consideration for sure. (anyone else reading this: feel free to chime in!)
    I prefer the metal pulls because I think they're more sturdy to secure closed if I need to. Now, if that's just an illusion and metal tabs are no more secure than cord pulls against pickpockets then I don't have much of a preference (though I do think the metal tabs are easier to customize with cord). Though I still haven't quite figure out a good way to deal with the bottom and right pockets on the Sy22 at the same time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy View Post
    I love love love the Solaris HLT 2. I thought I'd keep the Coyote, but it's Solaris for me.

    TB Anticipation Syndrome-hlt-carabiners-4-jpg
    Oh, that looks awesome! Gives a nice sense of scale for the carabiners, I definitely want to snag a few more of those now. What's the black thing on the right side? Looks like kind of a fidget toy, maybe?

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    The problem with pre-orders, it's just so easy to order additional stuff and tag on to the same shipment.

    So found out about Tom Bihn in late jan, and as luck would have it, it was the pre-order time for GE.

    After lotsa of reading, ordered a S30GE for self and S22GE for wife.

    A lack of impulse control ended up with S25GE in a second order.

    Got notified that the HLT2 was in stock last week and made order 3.

    Oh wait, there's strap keepers in coyote and those nifty double carabiners. Order 4.

    Opps, those include cord pulls don't have plastic ends and my pudgy fingers ain't good with knots. Order 5 for cord pulls with ends.

    Wonder how many orders will i end up with before April comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etnt View Post

    Wonder how many orders will i end up with before April comes.
    @etnt , welcome to the Forums!

    and I can only say - welcome to the club Smilie
    I have 2 additional orders to my GE preorder already and we still have weeks before shipment
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too! My search unicorn is the Sapphire Dyneema original Small Shop Bag...

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    Quote Originally Posted by etnt View Post
    The problem with pre-orders, it's just so easy to order additional stuff and tag on to the same shipment.
    I ordered a bag that was being discontinued.

    Then I ordered some accessories for it.

    Then I discovered Shop Bags.

    Then my son stole my SE.

    And so on...

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    My Guide's Edition Synik 30 in Ursa has been shipped. Damn you UPS, hurry!

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    My Guide Edition Synapse shipped! No confirmation yet though on the other stuff that I've added to the preorder though...hopefully it all gets to New York soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skirata44 View Post
    My Guide Edition Synapse shipped! No confirmation yet though on the other stuff that I've added to the preorder though...hopefully it all gets to New York soon!
    I think there's a system limitation... you'll probably only get an email confirmation for the original primary pre-order, but they'll put any other items that you selected 'ship with my pre-order' into the same box.
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too! My search unicorn is the Sapphire Dyneema original Small Shop Bag...

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