Apr 27 2009
This may come as a total shock to you all, but I am into gadgets. I also like bringing with me every gizmo that I might possibly need when I go out. I’ve got my SwissTool, my iKlear, my zip ties and my FlyLight. My cell phone, my camera, my mouse pad and my iSight. For the last 6 months I’ve been toting around all that, my iBook and quite a bit more in my Willow PK-02: Thoreau Backpack and in those 6 months I have developed some considerable back pain from all that gadgetry.
Inspired to downsize
|Out of the blue came the Tom
Bihn ID Mid-sized Messenger Bag. I went through a bit of inner conflict
as I came to the realization that all the gak I used to carry in my Thoreau
simply would not fit in the ID. Don’t misunderstand me: the ID has plenty
of room for any normal human being with a healthy outlook on what one
should be expected to keep with them at all times. It’s just that, with
I was able to keep all the necessary tools for every eventuality packed
and ready, with the ID I am forced to pack only for the anticipated events
of the day. An exercise I was greatly in need of actually.
About the bag
The Tom Bihn ID Bag is a messenger style bag, meaning that it has a single
|Open the front flap to reveal an open-top pouch and organizer for the
essential gadgets of the day ahead. On the flap itself is a rather large
pocket with a waterproof zipper. The main cargo bay of the ID has snaps
for an optional, and highly recommended, Brain
Cell laptop sleeve. The Brain Cell is designed to cradle you ‘Book
and absorb some of the shock it might encounter on the road. The flat
pocket on the back of this bag is the perfect size for documents.
|Tom Bihn has also thought to give the ID a waist strap that keeps the
bag in place as you where it while riding or running for a train. Provision
has been made to allow for a Cat Eye flasher to be attached to the bag
for extra visibility by motorists at night and Tom Bihn has made the ID
available in several eye catching colors that will you similar attention
during day rides.
Pros and Cons
I really like the size of the ID and although it won’t hold all my iBook accessories
it is sufficient to hold the ones I’m likely to use in a single outing. It is
also very strong, well constructed and light. Gotta like that.
I really like the waist strap because it gives me an added sense of security
to know that anyone who might try to run by and snatch my ‘Book is gonna have
to take me along with it.
The Brain Cell add-on is a nice touch and keeps you ‘Book safe from your other
items while still leaving it accessible.
On the downside, I wish there were some divisions made in the main cargo area.
The organizer in the front of the bag is great but it would be nice to have
similar features inside that accommodated the larger items I carry. And while
Tom Bihn never specifically marketed this bag to wardrivers, being as this is
the Wardriver Wednesday column I don’t feel that it is totally inappropriate
to mention that the bag is not quite big enough to tote an iBook or PowerBook
and a Pringles
Can AntennaÃ³you are likely to crush your can if you try.
According to their web site. the Tom
Bihn ID Mid-sized Messenger Bag is available in sizes to fit 12″ and
15″ PowerBooks and and the 12″ iBooks. It evidently is too small for
the 17″ PowerBook and 14″ iBook is uncomfortable positioned between
the 12″ and 15″ sizes.
All things considered, I must say that the Tom
Bihn ID Messenger Bag is my favorite of the multitude of bags I’ve tried.
For more information on this and other Tom Bihn bags, check out the
Tom Bihn site.